Ms Lael Ridgway
RN RM GCHEd(CTL) PgDAdNsg (Child, Family & Comm) MNSc IBCLC MACN
Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health Nursing & Midwifery , Coordinator - Master of Child, Family and Community Nursing and Nurse Immuniser Programs.
College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Room 355, George Singer Building, Melbourne (Bundoora)
Judith Lumley Centre
Nursing, Midwifery, Child Family and Community Nursing, Lactation, Research and Higher Education
Membership of professional associations
MCaFHNA ARACY AAIMH VAMCHN MCHN(Vic) ANF ANC
Area of study
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 has been employed in both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education since 2003 and currently coordinates the Child Family and Community Nursing and Immunisation programs at La Trobe University.
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. She has worked in partnership with senior researchers in the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, Judith Lumley Centre, University of North Texas and aims to expand collaborations into 2018.
Her key areas of interest are in early childhood health and developmental monitoring, primary health care of families, the use of information and communication technology and improving practice quality and outcomes.
Perinatal and Child Health
- Lael's research is in improving quality outcomes, measures and maternal and child health practice.
- Maternal and Child Health Nursing
- Child and Family Health
- Primary Health Care
- Nurse Immuniser
- Midwifery (postnatal)
Department of Education and Training Maternal and Child Health Expert Reference Group
Middlemiss, W., Stevens, H., Ridgway, L., McDonald, S., & Koussa, M. (2017). Response-based sleep intervention: Helping infants sleep without making them cry. Early Human Development, 108, 49-57.
Ridgway, L., Cramer, R., McLachlan, H. L., Forster, D. A., Cullinane, M., Shafiei, T., & Amir, L. H. (2016). Breastfeeding Support in the Early Postpartum: Content of Home Visits in the SILC Trial. Birth, 43(4), 303-312.
McLachlan, H. L., Forster, D. A., Amir, L. H., Cullinane, M., Shafiei, T., Watson, L. F., ... & Small, R. (2016). Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC) in Victoria, Australia: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 6(2), e008292.
Bryant, E., Ridgway, L., & Lucas, S.R. N. (2016). Attachment icebergs: Maternal and child health nurses' evaluation of infant-caregiver attachment. Community Practitioner, 89(5), 39.
Ridgway, L., Mitchell, C. & Sheean, F. (2011) Information and communication technology (ICT) use in child and family nursing: What do we know and where to now? Contemporary Nurse, 40(1).
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.
2017 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting (6-8 April 2017, Austin, Texas, USA). No Need to Make Babies Cry: Responding to Infant Sleep Cues Increases Infants’ Total Sleep Time
2015 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) 12th Annual Conference (27-30 October 2015, Melbourne Vic). Local innovation: responding to key curriculum drivers and developing a specialist evidence-based curriculum for a specialist postgraduate nursing stream
2015 International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP). Preceptorship education to improve support for postgraduate community-based nursing students: a pre- and post-evaluation study
2015 International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP). Curriculum development for a postgraduate nursing speciality: preparing students to enter the Maternal, Child and Family Health nursing workforce
2013 5th National Association of Maternal, Child, Family and Community Nurses Conference. Educational preparation of the future Maternal, Child and Family Health nursing workforce: developing a specialist curriculum
2013 5th National Association of Maternal, Child, Family and Community Nurses Conference. Research moving us past the quandary towards sleep solutions amenable across a diversity of families reviewing: looking back to inform looking forward
2012 – ANTS: 14th National Nurse Educators Conference (11-13 April, 2013, Perth WA.) Keeping up-to-date: Professional development of the Victorian Maternal and Child Health nursing workforce
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
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
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.
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
‘Raising Children’ (DVD) Authors: Raising Children Network 2008.
2015 – 2016 Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area. Facilitating the early identification of autism through a mobile application. J. Barbaro, L. Ridgway, C. Dissanayake. $29,972.67
2013 – Innovation Grant Vic Govt DBDSI. Measuring the Impact of Infant Care at Sleep Transition: Monitoring Effects on Infant Stress Regulation When Exposed to Response Based Settling Interventions. In collaboration with University North Texas, Safe Sleep Space and Mercy Health.
2006 – 2008 Telstra Community Development Fund: Prospective identification of autism in infancy. In collaboration with School of Psychology, La Trobe University.
Professional Activities and Consultancies
2015 ongoing: Member Expert Maternal and Child Health Advisory Group, Department of Education and Training, Government of Victoria
2012-2013 & 2017 ongoing: Executive member, Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN)
2015 ongoing: Victorian PEDS in research group
2015 ongoing: ANZ PEDS key stakeholder group