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Damhnat McCann

Damhnat McCann

Senior Lecturer Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Lead (300 units)

Room 222, Building N, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3812 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3952 (fax)

Damhnat.McCann@utas.edu.au

Career summary

Qualifications

  • GDip(Paeds), Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia, 1997
  • MPH, University of Queensland, Australia, 2001. A description of the home based treatment and characteristics of children presenting to hospital with acute gastroenteritis

Biography

Damhnat has a clinical background in acute paediatric nursing and has worked in a variety of hospitals in Australia and overseas, 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 the home care of children presenting to hospital with acute gastroenteritis.

In a later role as Nurse Researcher, including time spent as acting Director of Nursing Research, Damhnat was involved in the development and growth of clinical research and evidence based practice (EBP) throughout the RCH and Health Service District, with an emphasis on health service improvement.

Since commencing at the University of Tasmania in 2005, Damhnat has been involved in coordinating and teaching research and EBP and clinical practice subjects in nursing at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. From 2011-2014, she coordinated the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), with an emphasis on students undertaking nursing honours projects that improve clinical practice and strengthen cross disciplinary links.

Research Themes

Damhnat's research aligns with the University theme of Better Health, with a focus on improving patient care through improved health service delivery and support. Damhnat's current primary area of research interest is the care of children with complex needs and their families, with a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Past research includes:

  • Time use of parents caring for a child with complex needs
  • Parental sleep deprivation
  • Home modification and adaptation when living with a child with ASD
  • Negotiation of care within the acute paediatric setting

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member of the Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN)
  • Member of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Member of the Tasmanian Scientific Research Advisory Committee

Administrative expertise

Damhnat is experienced in leading project teams undertaking research and has managed multidisciplinary teams undertaking quality assurance projects in the clinical setting. In addition to unit coordination responsibilities, Damhnat has coordinated the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course and is currently the Curriculum Lead for the 300 units in the BN.

Teaching

Nursing research, Evidence-based practice, Nursing practice, Child health

Teaching expertise

Damhnat has considerable expertise in teaching research and evidence based practice (EBP) to undergraduate and postgraduate students and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in the clinical setting, having completed EBP trainer courses through the University of Queensland. She has also taught in a number of nursing practice subjects.

Teaching responsibility

Unit coordinator for Research for Clinical Practice A (CNA672), a core subject in the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery and Professional Honours courses. This subject focuses on the need to incorporate an evidenced based approach within nursing care and the translation of research findings into practice.

Unit coordinator for Practice Enhancement Streams (CNA347) in the Bachelor of Nursing.

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Expertise

Damhnat is an experienced researcher with track record in conducting randomised controlled trials, surveys and clinical audits. She has a detailed understanding of mixed methods research and has used this approach in family based research, particularly with families living with a child with complex needs. Specific expertise and skills include:

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

Collaboration

Damhnat regularly collaborates with or leads multidisciplinary research teams. 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 and exploring the experience of higher education for students with ASDs with Dr Owen and colleagues from School of Health Sciences, School of Education and Disability Support Services.

Current projects

  1. Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education, a cross disciplinary project in collaboration with colleagues in Architecture and Design, Education, Centre for Rural Health and Disability Support. The project is funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
  2. The history of nurse education in northern Tasmania, an oral history project with colleagues Dr Elaine Crisp and Annette Saunders that has recorded the memories of more than 50 nurses including nurses who commenced their training in the 1930s. This project has generated a public exhibition at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.
  3. The home care of children with complex needs, a series of studies exploring the time use and impact on home for parents caring for a child with complex needs.

Research Fields

  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Paediatrics (111403)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Care for Disabled (111703)
  • Mental Health Nursing (111005)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (130299)
  • Residential Client Care (111718)
  • Intensive Care (110310)
  • Infectious Diseases (110309)
  • Special Education and Disability (130312)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Family Care (111707)
  • Architecture (120199)

Research Impact

  • Nursing (920210)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Carer Health (920202)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Health (929999)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Inherited Diseases (incl. Gene Therapy) (920110)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)
  • Infectious Diseases (920109)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Diagnostic Methods (920203)
  • Equity and Access to Education (939903)
  • Disability and Functional Capacity (920403)
  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Blood Disorders (920101)

Publications

Damhnat has published in nursing and multidisciplinary journals across a broad range of topic areas with a focus on health service delivery and the care of children with complex needs.

Total publications

27

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2012Journal ArticleMcCann D, Bull R, Winzenberg T, 'The daily patterns of time use for parents of children with complex needs: a systematic review', Journal of Child Health Care, 16, (1) pp. 26-52. ISSN 1367-4935 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1367493511420186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Bull R; Winzenberg T

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2010Journal ArticleRickard CM, McCann DE, Munnings J, McGrail MR, 'Routine resite of peripheral intravenous devices every 3 days did not reduce complications compared with clinically indicated resite: a randomised controlled trial', BMC Medicine, 8, (53) EJ ISSN 1741-7015 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-8-53 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26

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2008Journal ArticleMcCann DE, 'Sleep Deprivation is an Additional Stress for Parents Staying in Hospital', Journal for Specialist in Paediatric Nursing, 13, (2) pp. 111-122. ISSN 1539-0136 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00142.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

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2008Journal ArticleMcCann DE, Young J, Watson K, Ware R, Pitcher A, et al., 'Effectiveness of a tool to improve role negotiation and communication between parents and nurses', Paediatric Nursing, 20, (5) pp. 14-19. ISSN 0962-9513 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 4

Journal Article

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016McCann D, Bull R, Winzenberg T, 'Brief Report: Competence, Value and Enjoyment of Childcare Activities Undertaken by Parents of Children With Complex Needs', Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families ISSN 0882-5963 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.10.018 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bull R; Winzenberg T

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2015McCann D, 'Does continuous partial attention offer a new understanding of the required vigilance and associated stress for parents of children with complex needs?', Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, (6) pp. 1238-1241. ISSN 0305-1862 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cch.12275 [eCite] [Details]

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2015McCann DE, 'Parenting children with complex needs', Journal of Child Health Care, (Special Issue No.3) pp. 1-3. ISSN 1367-4935 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2015Cabote CJ, Bramble MD, McCann D, 'Family Caregivers' Experiences of Caring for a Relative With Younger Onset Dementia: A Qualitative Systematic Review', Journal of Family Nursing, 21, (3) pp. 443-468. ISSN 1074-8407 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1074840715573870 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cabote CJ; Bramble MD

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2014McCann D, Bull R, Winzenberg T, 'Sleep deprivation in parents caring for children with complex needs at home: a mixed methods systematic review', Journal of Family Nursing pp. 1-33. ISSN 1074-8407 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1074840714562026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Bull R; Winzenberg T

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2012McCann D, Bull R, Winzenberg T, 'The daily patterns of time use for parents of children with complex needs: a systematic review', Journal of Child Health Care, 16, (1) pp. 26-52. ISSN 1367-4935 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1367493511420186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Bull R; Winzenberg T

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2012Robinson A, Lea E, Hemmings L, Vosper G, McCann D, et al., 'Seeking respite: issues around the use of day respite care for the carers of people with dementia', Ageing and Society, 32, (2) pp. 196-218. ISSN 0144-686X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X11000195 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Robinson A; Lea E; Hemmings L; Vosper G; Rumble R

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2010Davis L, Ware RS, McCann DE, Keogh S, Watson K, 'Factors influencing paediatric nurses' response to medication administration', BMJ Quality & Safety, 19, (e4) EJ ISSN 1475-3898 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/qshc.2008.028852 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2010Rickard CM, McCann DE, Munnings J, McGrail MR, 'Routine resite of peripheral intravenous devices every 3 days did not reduce complications compared with clinically indicated resite: a randomised controlled trial', BMC Medicine, 8, (53) EJ ISSN 1741-7015 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-8-53 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26

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2009Davis L, Ware Robert, McCann DE, Keogh S, Watson K, 'Evaluation of contextual influences on the medication administration practice of paediatric nurses', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65, (6) pp. 1293-1299. ISSN 0309-2402 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.04990.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2008Marlow AH, McCann DE, Pullen DL, 'The use of online discussion areas to enhance the practicum experience of undergraduated nursing students: the experience of one Australian University', Australian College of Educators, (7) pp. 1-15. ISSN 1447-5111 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Marlow AH; Pullen DL

2008McCann DE, 'Sleep Deprivation is an Additional Stress for Parents Staying in Hospital', Journal for Specialist in Paediatric Nursing, 13, (2) pp. 111-122. ISSN 1539-0136 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00142.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

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2008McCann DE, Young J, Watson K, Ware R, Pitcher A, et al., 'Effectiveness of a tool to improve role negotiation and communication between parents and nurses', Paediatric Nursing, 20, (5) pp. 14-19. ISSN 0962-9513 (2008) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

2008Robinson AL, Hemmings L, Lea EJ, McCann DE, Nichols H, et al., 'Issues in the Transition from Home to Respite Day Care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (1) pp. A29. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Rumble RH; Vosper GC

2008Rumble RH, Robinson AL, Lea EJ, Vosper GC, Hai L, et al., 'A Profile of Day Respite Care', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (1) pp. A54-A55. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Rumble RH; Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Vosper GC

2008Shields L, Young J, McCann DE, 'The Needs of Parents of Hospitalized Children In Australia', Journal of Child Health Care, 12, (1) pp. 60-75. ISSN 1367-4935 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1367493507085619 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 14

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2007Melville D, Da Silva MS, Young J, McCann D, Cleghorn G, 'Postprocedural effects of gastrointestinal endoscopy performed as a day case procedure in children: implications for patient and family education', Gastroenterology Nursing, 30, (6) pp. 426-436. ISSN 1042-895X (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/01.SGA.0000305225.01275.35 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2006Young J, McCann DE, Watson K, Pitcher A, Bundy R, et al., 'Negotiation of care for a hospitalised child: nursing perspectives', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 9, (3) pp. 7-14. ISSN 1441-6638 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 8

2006Young J, McCann DE, Watson K, Pitcher A, Bundy R, et al., 'Negotiation of care for a hospitalised child: parental perspectives', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 9, (2) pp. 4-13. ISSN 1441-6638 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 7

2005Davis L, Keogh S, Watson K, McCann DE, 'Dishing the drugs: a qualitative study to explore paediatric nurses' attitudes and practice related to medication administration', Collegian, 12, (4) pp. 15-20. ISSN 1322-7696 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60504-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18

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2004McCann DE, Young J, Wilkinson J, Cartwright K, Ronlund K, 'Promoting family centred care in the post anaesthetic unit. A study of staff support', ACORN Journal, 17, (1) pp. 26 - 34. ISSN 1448-7535 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Melville D, Da Silva M, McCann DE, Cleghorn G, Young J, 'Post endoscopic effects on children and thier families', Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 39, (supplementary 1) pp. 452. ISSN 1536-4801 (2004) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2002McCann DE, Longbottom H, Nissen M, 'The home management and characteristics of children presenting to hospital with acute gastroenteritis', Contemporary Nurse, 13, (2-3) pp. 169-178. ISSN 1037-6178 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Dehghani N, Molloy L, McCann DE, 'Do you remember how to save a life?: Longevity of gatekeeper traits gained through training programs in youth suicide gatekeepers - A systematic review', The National Suicide Prevention Conference, 24-26 July, Melbourne, pp. 24. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Molloy L

2013Owen Ceridwen, McCann Damhnat, 'Picturing home: self-directed photography as a lens to explore the home environment in the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder', 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference: Refereed Proceedings, 6-8 February 2013, Fremantle, Australia, pp. 1-18. ISBN 978-0-646-90922-6 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Owen Ceridwen

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Radford J, McCann D, Mauldon E, 'Care Coordination for Younger People with Chronic Disease: A Focused Review of the Relevant Literature for Tasmania Medicare Local', Tasmania Medicare Local (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Radford J; Mauldon E

Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Crisp EP, McCann DE, Saunders AF, 'Beds, Books & Bandages: 125 Years of Nurse Education in Northern Tasmania', Queen Victoria Museum, 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston, Tasmania (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Crisp EP; Saunders AF

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$295,717

Projects

Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education (2015)$29,124
Description
This project addresses the complex support needs of higher education students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the context of the substantive anticipated future growth of this population. The research adopts an innovative holistic framework that uniquely positions disability support in concert with pedagogical innovations and built environment design and considers the full academic pathway. It employs a mixed methods design including primary data collection of students experiences via photovoice. A key outcome is a proposed framework to enhance support considering the opportunities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Funding
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Curtin University ($29,124)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Owen CM; McCann DE; Rayner CS; Quarmby L; Devereaux CJ; Sheehan FK
Year
2015
The literature review: paediatric to adult care transition care co-ordination (2013)$10,264
Description
This project is a literature review regarding the possible effectiveness of a care co-ordinator for paediatric patients especially those transitioning from paediatric to adult care within health services. Based on the literature, recommendations for the design features of a service will be made.
Funding
Primary Health Tasmania ($10,264)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Radford JC; Mauldon E; McCann DE
Year
2013
At home with Autism: Transforming meanings of 'home'; from the perspective of carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2011)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Owen CM; McCann DE
Year
2011
DRIP Trial: Developing a Research Base for Intravenous Peripheral Cannula Re-Sites (2007)$67,469
Funding
Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust ($67,469)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rickard CM; McCann DE
Year
2007
Barriers to access and use of day centre services by people with dementia, memory loss or cognitive deficits (2006 - 2007)$81,860
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($81,860)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Robinson AL; Rumble RH; McCann DE
Period
2006 - 2007
Minimising Blood Loss During Intensive Care Unit Testing (2006)$35,000
Funding
Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust ($35,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McCann DE; Rickard CM
Year
2006
Negotiated Care: Improving communication between nurses and parents (2004)$24,000
Funding
Royal Children's Hospital Foundation ($24,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane
Research Team
Pitcher A; Bundy R; Greathead D; McCann D; Young J
Year
2004
An evaluation of nursing practice related to medication administration (2004)$13,000
Funding
Queensland Health Clinician Development Program ($13,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane
Research Team
Keogh S; McCann D; Davis L
Year
2004
Post gastrointestinal endoscopic effects on the child and their family (2003)$30,000
Funding
Royal Children's Hospital Foundation ($30,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane
Research Team
Melville D; Soares da Silva M; McCann D; Young J
Year
2003

Damhnat 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.