Dr Terri Downer - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Terri Downer

PhD Sunshine Coast, MAdvNurs Griff., GradCertClinEd James Cook, RN/RM, SFHEA

  • Lecturer, Nursing (USC Moreton Bay)
+ 61 7 5456 5765
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Moreton Bay
Dr Terri Downer

Dr Terri Downer commenced in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in 2010. She has an extensive clinical background as both a registered nurse and midwife having worked in both the UK and Australia. Terri has recently completed her PhD, titled Exploring Antenatal Education: An Interpretive Description.

Formerly the Faculty Blended Learning Lead for FoSHEE, Terri has been involved in the development of online blended learning resources including ePortfolios, videos, QR codes and support material to enhance student learning. Having a keen interest in the integration of blended learning principles into the curriculum has meant that Terri has developed advanced skills in digital literacy and ePortfolios for which she has been asked to collaborate and speak at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Terri is a reviewer for Elsevier journals and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

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Professional memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
  • The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Related news

  • Birth teaching tool a graphic lesson 


  • Advance award - Advancing the Blended Learning Environment 2015
  • Best Poster award - Bright, P., Lord, B., Forbes, H., Oprescu, F., Barr, N., Downer, T., Phillips, N., McTier, L., Simbag, V. & Alla, K. Expert in my Pocket: Creating first person POV videos to enhance mobile learning. Ascilite: Shaping the future of tertiary education conference. Rhetoric and reality. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2014.

Research grants

Project name Funding body Year
Applying student voices in the evaluation of current blended learning initiatives at USC Exploratory Grant $20,000


Designing a Graduate ePortfolio: Exploring the Expectations of Industry CLTGP A$15,000


Expert in my pocket: a mobile-enabled repository of learning resources for the development of clinical skills in student health professionals OLT A$180,000


Process Practice and Pedagogy in Antenatal Education HDR Student Research Grant A$3,757 2012-2013
Learning about Mothering and Baby: Implementing a perinatal parenting program for first time mothers OHMR Project Grant approx. A$15,000 2012-2013

Research areas

  • antenatal education
  • use of contemporary technology in the nursing and midwifery laboratory
  • simulation and 3D visualisation: design and implementation
  • digital literacy and the use of ePortfolios

Teaching areas

  • Midwifery Practice 1
  • NUR212 Contexts of practice: Child, Youth and Family

Terri Downer's area of expertise includes nursing, parenting, child birth, breastfeeding and midwifery.

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USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann presenting Dr Michele Verdonck with her award.
Award for teaching ‘future colleagues’
14 December 2015

Games of wheelchair basketball, inspiring guest speakers and even ice baths are all part of the teaching process for one University of the Sunshine Coast senior academic.