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Shanna has over 15 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2001. Shanna gained extensive experience working in various health facilities in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Shanna began a career in midwifery in 2005 completing a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery at Charles Sturt University. Shanna then progressed into Nursing and Midwifery education upon completion of her Master of Midwifery studies in 2008 at the University of Newcastle. She accepted various casual academic and clinical teaching appointments before becoming a permanent member of the universities teaching staff in June 2013. Shanna was appointed at Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery in 2019 at the Port Macquarie Campus. Shanna has recently been appointed as a post-doctoral reserach fellow with the Ageing Well in rural and reginal Australia research group.

Shanna is an early career researcher with a PhD in community medicine and clinical epidemiology from the University of Newcastle. Shanna’s research interests surround improving maternal and infant health, regional and rural health and the use of immersive technologies in nursing, midwifery, and medical education and practice. Shanna is a conjoint lecturer with the University of Newcaslte and affiliate member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) . Shanna has experience in both honours and PhD co-supervision and honours thesis examination.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, PhD, Antenatal Weighing and Gestational Weight Gain, University of Newcastle


Award Date: 13 Jul 2021

Diabetes Education, Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Education , Deakin University

Award Date: 01 Dec 2013

Midwifery , Master of Midwifery , University of Newcastle

Award Date: 01 Dec 2008

Midwifery , Post Graduate diploma in Midwifery - registered Midwife , Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 Dec 2005

Bachelor of Nursing , Bachelor Of Nursing Degree - Registered Nurse , University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 01 Dec 2001

PhD Candidate Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, PhD , Antenatal Weighing and Weight Related Behavior in Pregnancy , University of Newcastle

01 Apr 2014 → …

External positions

Registered Nurse Registered and Midwife , Mid North Coast Local Health District

01 Nov 200501 Nov 2020


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