PhD celebrations at JLC

Miranda Buck is now officially allowed to add the title "Dr" to her name and her other academic titles, RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil.

Ingrid Wilson and Sonia Reisenhofer recently passed their PhDs. And so did Fetene Belihu Berhanu not long after.

The title of Miranda's thesis is 'Nipple pain in early motherhood'. Her supervisors were Lisa Amir at JLC and Karalyn McDonald at Monash University.

Ingrid's thesis is titled 'Fearing the "changed" man: Women’s experience of alcohol-related intimate partner violence. A constructivist grounded theory study'. She was supervised by Angela Taft and Kathryn Graham (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario, Canada).

Sonia's thesis has the title Understanding abused women’s needs, identifying their goals and using the 'Stages of Change' to enhance health professionals’ care for women experiencing intimate partner violence. Her supervisors were Angela Taft, Mary-Ann Davey and Kelsey Hegarty (University of Melbourne).

Fetene's thesis is titled Perinatal and obstetric health outcomes of Eastern African immigrant women in Victoria, Australia: a population based study, supervised by Professor Rhonda Small and Dr Mary-Ann Davey.

Miranda has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. She also teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs.
Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme and Sylvie.

Ingrid has extensive experience working in privacy and human rights policy in Australia and in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Criminology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (UK). She has a strong interest in gender-based violence and the impact on women and children. She has advised on alcohol policy issues for the Victorian State Government and the Australian Drug Foundation and appeared as an expert witness before the Victorian Royal Commission into the Prevention of Family Violence.
Ingrid is the Chair of WIRE, Women’s Information and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also the coordinator of the La Trobe Violence Against Women Network (LAVAWN) which brings together scholars at La Trobe working on gender-based violence.

Sonia is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University, Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree programs conducted in Singapore and manages the International Activities within the School. She is also the Subject Chair for Medications in Nursing. She has a strong background in acute and emergency care. Her current research interests include the areas of family violence, acute care and international education.

Fetene is an international doctoral student from Ethiopia. Previously, Fetene has worked as technical capacity builder (maternal & child health), project coordinator and health officer in public and non-governmental organisations in Ethiopia. Fetene is generally interested in researching reproductive health and birth outcomes post migration using epidemiological methods.

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