Staff profile

Ms Lael Ridgway

Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health Nursing & Midwifery , Stream coordinator - Master of Child, Family and Community Nursing

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Judith Lumley Centre

Room 329, George Singer Building, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

RN RM GCHEd(CTL) PgDAdNsg (Child, Family & Comm) MNSc IBCLC

Membership of professional associations

MCaFHNA VAMCHN ANF

Area of study

Midwifery
Nursing
Public Health

Brief profile

Lael has many years' experience working in various fields of nursing and midwifery, including as a private consultant. She has postgraduate qualifications as a Midwife, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Lactation Consultant and in education. She commenced in her current role at La Trobe University in 2009, but has been employed in both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education since 2003.

Lael has contributed to many aspects of practice and policy development in Maternal and Child Health nursing and has clinical practice experience as a Maternal and Child Health nurse in Victoria and the Northern Territory and is a member of the editorial board for The Australian Journal Child and Family Health Nursing.

Her key areas of interest are in early childhood health and developmental surveillance, and primary health care of families.

 

 

Research interests

Perinatal and Child Health

- Lael's key research areas are in maternal and child health practice, child and family health nursing, infant mental health, early identification of Autism and information and communication technology in health care.

Teaching units

  • Maternal and Child Health Nursing
  • Child and Family Health
  • Community Health
  • Midwifery

Recent publications

Journal Articles

Barbaro, J., Ridgway, L. & Dissanayake, C. (2011). Developmental Surveillance of Infants and Toddlers by Maternal and Child Health Nurses in an Australian Community-Based Setting: Promoting the Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26(4), 334-337.

 

Conference presentations

2011 4th National Association of Maternal, Child, Family and Community Nurses Conference. Continuing Professional Development: Supporting portfolio development for Maternal, Child & Family Health Nurses

2010 6th International QEC conference. An exploration of advanced nursing practices within a Victorian Early Parenting Service

2009 3rd National Association of Maternal, Child, Family and Community Nurses Conference Nurses’ views on electronic health records used in the Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service

2009 3rd National Association of Maternal, Child, Family and Community Nurses Conference ‘Prospectively identifying infants at risk of an ASD through the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service: Results from the Social Attention and Communication Study (SACS)’ (Barbaro, Dissanayake & Ridgway)

2009 4th International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research Use of information technology in primary health care: the views and experiences of nurses working in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service, Victoria, Australia

2008 1st National Indigenous Family and Community Strengths Conference Challenges for the Educator: Incorporating a Strengths-based Perspective into Child, Family and Community Nursing Studies

Other

Invited DVD reviews (2010) Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nurses

‘Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Education Module’ (DVD) Authors: Leo Donnan and Richard Angliss

‘Raising Children’ (DVD) Authors: Raising Children Network 2008.

 

Older publications

MCH SIG Issues Paper Reference Group (2004) Exploration of Maternal and Child Health Nursing Practice in Victoria, Australia 2001-2003 Issues Paper: February 2004 ANF:Melbourne

Research projects

Professional Activities and Consultancies

2015 Member Expert Maternal and Child Health Advisory Group, Department of Education and Training, Government of Victoria

2012-2013 Executive member, Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN)

2009 Member Maternal and Child Health Program Standards Working Party with DEECD/MAV

2007-8 Member Key Age and Stage Program Resource Guide Working Party with DEECD/MAV

2003 Member MCH SIG Issues Paper Reference Group

2004 Invited Member Collaborative (DHS/MAV/MCH) Working Party addressing MCH  issues with MAV and DHS representatives.

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