Staff profile

Ms Leesa Hooker

Lecturer

Faculty of Health Sciences
La Trobe Rural Health School
Department of Rural Nursing and Midwifery
Judith Lumley Centre

Bendigo

Qualifications

RN, RM, Cert. Critical Care, PG Dip PH (Child and Family Health Nursing), MHSc, PhD candidate.

Membership of professional associations

MRCNA, ANMF, MCaFHNA, Victorian Association of Maternal & Child Health Nurses, Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

Area of study

Nursing

Brief profile

Leesa completed her general nurse training with the Northern District School of Nursing (Bendigo) in 1989. She then moved to Melbourne where she has had a number of clinical nursing roles in  several hospitals while doing training to expand her clinical skills. On completing her Critical Care Nursing and Midwifery programs in 1993 she returned to work in rural hospitals in North/central Victoria. In 1998, on completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Child & Family Health Nursing) she then took on the role of  Maternal & Child Health Nurse (and Nurse Immuniser) with LGA & health services in rural Victoria and Queensland. In late 2009, she commenced working as a Lecturer in Nursing with La Trobe University Bendigo. Her research focus includes Women's Health, Maternal & Child Health Nursing and Intimate Partner Violence.

Research interests

Women's Health

- Intimate partner violence

Teaching units

  • Undergraduate BN subjects- Medications in Nursing, Community Nursing, Acute Care Nursing A/B 
  • Post Graduate Diploma Midwifery 
  • Post Graduate Child, Family & Community Nursing Masters Program at LTU

 

Recent publications

 

Hooker, L., Small, R., Humphreys, C., Hegarty, K., & Taft, A. Applying Normalization Process Theory to understand implementation of a family violence screening and care model in Maternal & Child Health nursing practice: a mixed method process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial. (submitted)

Taft , A., Hooker, L., Humphreys, C., Hegarty, K., Walter, R., Adams, C., . . . Small, R. Sustained maternal and child health nurse screening and care for postpartum mothers experiencing domestic violence (MOVE): a pragmatic cluster RCT in primary care (under review).

Hooker, L., & Taft, A. (2013). Screening for intimate partner violence in health care settings is a contested arena. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 21(5), 22.

Hooker, L., Ward, B., & Verrinder, G. (2012). Domestic Violence Screening in Maternal & Child Health nursing practice: a scoping review. Contemporary Nurse, 42 (2), 198-215.

Hooker, L. (2011). The relevance of the 63rd Annual United Nations conference, ‘Advance Global Health; Achieve the MDGs’ to maternal and child health practice in rural Victoria. Australian Journal of Child & Family Health Nurses, 8 (1), 17-19.

 

Conference presentations

Hooker, L. (2014, October18). Sustainable FV screening and MCH nurse care. Maternal & Child Health Nurse Victoria Inc annual conference. Melbourne, Vic.

Hooker, L. (2014, September 17/18). Using Normalization Process Theory to facilitate sustainable practice change: the MOVE randomised controlled trial of Maternal and Child Health nurse screening and care for women experiencing family violence.  2nd Biennial Australian Implementation Conference. Solving Complex Implementation Problems. Sydney, NSW.

Hooker, L. (2014, July). Sustainable Primary Health Care: the MOVE trial of Maternal and Child Health nurse screening for family violence. Primary Health Care Research Conference- Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes. Canberra, ACT.

Hooker, L. (2013, Dec). Strengthening Maternal & Child Health nursing practice for vulnerable families. La Trobe Rural Health School Higher Degree Research Festival. Bendigo, Vic.  

Taft, A. & Hooker, L. (2013, June). The MOVE randomised controlled trial of Maternal and Child Health nurse screening for family violence. 19th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI). Vancouver, Canada.

Hooker, L. (2013, May). Improving connections: The MOVE trial of Maternal and Child Health nurse screening for family violence. 5th National Biennial Conference of the Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Association (MCaFHN), Canberra, ACT.

Taft, A. & Hooker, L. (2012, July ).Preventing and reducing family violence against mothers and their infants: The MOVE randomised controlled trial of good practice in maternal and child health nursing care. 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Melbourne, Vic. 

Peddle, M., Deacon-Crouch, M & Hooker, L. (2011, September). Impact of simulation learning on technical, non technical and procedural skills of second year nursing students. SimHealth 2011. Innovation, education, research. Patient Centred Simulation. Sydney, NSW.

Peddle, M., Deacon-Crouch, M & Hooker, L. (2011, May). Impact of simulated learning on technical, non technical and procedural skills of second year nursing students. Poster presentation. Asia Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. Hong Kong.

Hooker, L. (2011, May). Screening for Domestic Violence in Maternal & Child Health. Poster presentation. 4th Biennial National Conference of the Australian Maternal, Child & Family Health Nurses. Gold Coast, QLD.

Hooker, L. (2011, February). Screening for Domestic Violence in Victoria: Scoping the literature on Maternal & Child Health Nurse Practice. Presented at the 17th International Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hooker, L. (2010, October). Screening for Domestic Violence in Rural Victoria. Presented at the La Trobe Rural Health School Showcase of Research and Teaching, Bendigo, Vic.

 

 

Research projects

Mother & Child Health Research -Improving maternal and child health care for vulnerable mothers (MOVE)

Judith Lumley Centre- MOVE 2- Improving maternal and child health care for women experiencing violence- 2 year follow up study.