Associate Professor Lauren Kearney - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Lauren Kearney

PhD Aust.Cath., GradDipClinNurs(Child&AdolescentHealth) Aust.Cath., RN, RM, IBCLC

  • Associate Professor, Nursing and Midwifery
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Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Lauren Kearney

Associate Professor Lauren Kearney is an Associate Professor in Nursing and Midwifery within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, USC. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) and Honours Program within the School. Lauren is a registered midwife and nurse and her clinical background is in paediatrics, maternal and child health nursing and in more recent year’s midwifery.

Lauren’s teaching expertise is within the postgraduate and higher degree by research areas. Her research track record is strongly focused upon maternal and child health; specifically within the domains of evaluation of models of care (relating to the perinatal period and early years), intravenous fluid management and access during labour and birth, facilitators to promote a positive and physiological spontaneous vaginal birth, management of postpartum haemorrhage, and strategies for enabling closeness between mothers and infants in the postpartum period. Lauren has strong collaborations with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

The recipient of several competitive research grants in the maternal and child health area, Lauren is passionate about improving the experience of health care for women and children through translation of high quality evidence into practice.

Professional Memberships 

  • Australian College of Midwives


  • Research All Rounder Award, FoSHEE Research Day

Research grants 

Project Investigators Funding Body Year
Promoting and facilitating spontaneous vaginal birth in nulliparous women at full term: systematic review, predictive cohort study and development of an evidence-based bundle of care.

Kearney, L., Bogossian, F., George, K., Reed, R., Reeves, J., Triggs, T.

Wishlist-SERTF Collaborative Research Grant A$49,881 2019

Respectful maternity care: a cross-sectional survey of Queensland Women

Reed, R., Bogossian, F., Kearney, L., Kynn, M., Jenkinson, R., Nugent, R., Toohill, J., Vedam, S.

SNMP & NURTURE Grant A$9,931 2019

Barriers and facilitators, to care close to or at home for dying

Boyce, A., Kearney, L. & George, K.

Wishlist A$5,000 2017
Thromboelastography in Obstetrics Godsall, G. & Kearney, L. Wishlist A$20,000 2017

Neonatal safe sleep enablers within maternity units: a pilot study

Kearney, L., Young, J., & Rutherford, C.

Wishlist Early Career Research Grant A$19, 993


Comparison of intrathecal morphine with quadratus lumborum block for post-operative analgesia following elective caesarean section (QLBvITM study): a pilot randomised controlled trial

Basson, W., Massey, D. & Kearney, L.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$9,975


Transition and transformation in neonatal special care: supporting parental presence and maternal-infant interaction

Lannan, S., Rowe, J., Kearney, L. & Barnes, M

Wishlist A$9,879


YES – Yoga ESpecially for Mums by Midwives: A pilot research study exploring a new antenatal pedagogy

Enchelmaier, S., Kearney, L. & Hartley, B.

Wishlist A$10,000


Identifying the risk: a prospective cohort study examining postpartum haemorrhage in a regional Australian health service

Kearney, L., Davenport, L., Schafer, K., Reed, R. & Young, J.

Wishlist Early Career Research Grant A$19,998


“Pondering Poos”: Does a group-based primary health service supporting families of children with toileting issues impact upon child wellbeing and perceived parental efficacy?

Collis, D., Kennedy-Behr, A., Kearney, L. & Torr, S.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Prophylactic intrapartum epidural intravenous fluid pre-loading: a prospective cohort study

Lindstrom, H., Kearney, L., Godsall, G. & Hogan, E.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Paediatric Pain Management: An action research cycle to enhance practice

Couch, B., Kearney, L., Rogers, P., Young, J. & Camadoo, L

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Reducing risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies: trial of a safe sleep enabler to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy in high risk environments

Young, J., Craigie, L., Ngarrama Team (Hine, H., Kosiak, M.,   O’Sullivan, M.), Woorabinda Multi-purpose Health Centre staff (Cody, R., Vahdat, P., Doolan, F.), Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (McAvoy, L., Saylor, L., Lauder, D.),   Kearney, .L, Cowan, S.

Closing the Gap: National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development A$314,980


Research areas

  • evaluation of innovative health care delivery programs
  • community-based child health and the early years
  • midwifery practice and the perinatal period

Teaching areas

  • Paediatric and Child Health Nursing

Dr Lauren Kearney’s specialist areas of knowledge include midwifery practice in hospital settings, innovative models of care, working with vulnerable families and community based child health services.

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