Faculty of Health

Damhnat McCann

Damhnat McCann

Ms Damhnat McCann

Senior Lecturer Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Lead (300 units)

MPH, GDip(Paeds), RN

Contact Details

Contact Campus Newnham Campus
Building Building N
Room Reference 222
Telephone +61 3 6324 3812
Fax +61 3 6324 3952
Email Damhnat.McCann@utas.edu.au

Career Path

Ms McCann has a clinical background in acute paediatric nursing, including 9 years at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Brisbane. While there, she specialised in paediatric infectious diseases, completing a MPH focused on home care of children with acute gastroenteritis. In later roles as Nurse Researcher and then acting Director of Nursing Research at the RCH, she was involved in the development and growth of clinical research and EBP throughout the RCH and Health Service District, with an emphasis on health service improvement. Ms McCann currently coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), with an emphasis on students undertaking nursing honours projects that improve clinical practice and strengthen cross disciplinary links.

Teaching Interests

Ms McCann has considerable expertise in teaching research and evidence based practice (EBP) to multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and has completed EBP trainer courses through the University of Queensland. She currently coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program. A key aim of this program is to provide clinically focused research opportunities for nursing honours students through the creation of partnerships and the promotion of cross disciplinary research within the university and clinical setting.

Ms McCann also coordinates a core postgraduate research unit and remains involved with the teaching of research at the undergraduate level, playing a key role in the implementation of EBP throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Research Interests

The main focus of Ms McCann's research is improving patient care through improved health service delivery and support. A key area is the care of children with complex needs.  Her past research includes time use of parents caring for a child with complex needs; parental sleep deprivation; and negotiation of care within the acute paediatric setting. 

Ms McCann has supervised a number of nursing research honours students to completion, including systematic reviews exploring family experiences caring for family members with cerebral palsy and younger onset dementia; and cross disciplinary projects exploring prevalence and associated risk factors for MRGN bacteria and medication error in the acute care setting.

Key research collaborations include research with Dr Ceridwen Owen from School of Architecture and Design to explore living with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a particular emphasis on home modifications.

Research Expertise and Skills

  • Systematic reviews
  • Survey and audit tool development
  • Clinical audits
  • Photo interviewing, including with vulnerable populations
  • Research integrity and ethics

Web Access Research Portal (WARP) for Ms McCann