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  • Faculty of Science Charles Sturt University 7 Major Innes Road



  • 35 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile

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 is excited about her recent appointment with Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery in 2019 at the Port Macquarie Campus.

Shanna has actively established and maintained research and teaching collaborations across the Mid North Coast Local Health District supporting the professional development of midwifery staff students and registered midwives. Most notably Shanna and health service colleagues started the Postnatal Maternity Outpatient Clinic (PMOC), a "drop in" postnatal clinic formed due to community need for additional postnatal services, after hospital discharge. The clinic allows for inter-professional collaboration and enables students to lead care in a supervised environment fulfilling their full scope of midwifery practice.

Shanna is an early career researcher and current PhD candidate. Shanna’s research interests surround improving maternal and infant health and the use of immersive technologies in nursing and midwifery education. She is currently investigating antenatal weighing and weight related behaviour in her PhD work. Shanna is a member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and Priority research centre for health behaviour at the University of Newcastle. Shanna is conducting inter disciplinary research exploring the use of immersive technologies for tertiary and clinical education locally, nationally and internationally. Shanna has experience in both honours and PhD supervision

Education/Academic qualification

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 , University of Newcastle

01 Apr 2014 → …

External positions

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

01 Nov 2004 → …

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Research Output

  • 35 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 2 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Review article

Impact of perinatal depression and anxiety on birth outcomes: A retrospective data analysis

Dowse, E., Chan, S., Ebert, L., Wynne, O., Thomas, S., Jones, D., Fealy, S., Evans, T-J. & Oldmeadow, C., 01 Jun 2020, In : Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The return of weighing in pregnancy: A discussion of evidence and practice

    Fealy, S., Davis, D., Foureur, M., Attia, J., Hazelton, M. & Hure, A., Mar 2020, In : Women and Birth. 33, 2, p. 119-124 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Barriers and enablers for smoking cessation amongst pregnant women: An umbrella review

    Barnett, M. J., Fealy, S. & Wilson, A., Aug 2019, In : Women and Birth. 32, 4, p. 310-317 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Extended reality for midwifery learning: MR VR Demonstration

    Jones, D., Siang See, Z., Billinghurst, M., Goodman, L. & Fealy, S., 2019. 2 p.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • The integration of immersive virtual reality in tertiary nursing and midwifery education: A scoping review

    Fealy, S., Jones, D., Hutton, A., Graham, K., McNeill, L., Sweet, L. & Hazelton, M., 01 Aug 2019, In : Nurse Education Today. 79, p. 14-19 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    CSIRO On Accelerator grant

    Fealy, Shanna (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Award

  • CSIRO On Prime grant

    Fealy, Shanna (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Award

  • Hunter Medical Research Institute - Project Grant

    Fealy, Shanna (Recipient), 01 Jan 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 2 External HDR Supervision

    Dietary Iron During Pregnancy: Finding the Right Balance

    Shanna Fealy (Examiner)

    01 Feb 2020 → …

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringExternal HDR Supervision

    Conflict Resolution and Virtual Reality

    Shanna Fealy (Examiner)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringExternal HDR Supervision

    Press / Media

    Ground-breaking conflict simulator helps train budding nurses

    Shanna Fealy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Simulated midwifery

    Shanna Fealy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSIRO On accelerate 4

    Shanna Fealy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media