Robyn Gail Kelly

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Robyn Gail Kelly

Lecturer and Academic

Room J210, Building J, Newnham Campus

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Robyn originally worked as a teacher in the field of European languages and high school education and began her nursing degree in 1992. Post registration, she worked in post surgical nursing and then gained qualifications in midwifery and child health. She has also worked in community nursing and health promotion. Robyn moved to Tasmania from Perth, Western Australia in 2006 where she taught in the undergraduate nursing programme at Edith Cowan University. She is currently Lecturer within Nursing & Midwifery and in 2008 to mid 2009 held the position of Course Co-ordinator of the Undergraduate Programme.

Robyn completed her PhD in early parenting mental health promotion in 2014 and is currently teaching into the undergraduate nursing programme in the areas of community health and mental health nursing, and child and adolescent health.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2015. Midwifery and child health nursing: supporting early parenting mental wellbeing
  • Master of International Health, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 2006. Salutogenesis framework in early parenting education
  • Graduate Certificate in Family and Child Health, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Studies (Midwifery), Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1998
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Edith Cowan University, Australia, 1995
  • Bachelor of Education/Dip Ed (3rd Year), University of Western Australia, Australia, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts (languages), University of Western Australia, Australia, 1987

Languages (other than English)

  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Research Themes

Robyn's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. Her research interests include understanding how mental health is understood and promoted within maternity and child health arenas.  Robyn's research into mental health promotion in early parenting lies within the framework of Primary Health Care and midwifery and child health models of care delivery.


Primary Health Care, Mental Health Promotion, Midwifery, Child Health, Early Parenting, Perinatal, Perinatal depression, Critical Ethnography, Policy, Protocols, Midwifery models of care, Child health nursing models of care

Teaching expertise

  • Primary Health Care
  • Midwifery
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community health nursing
  • Strengths-based Nursing

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  • Primary Health Care
  • Mental health promotion
  • Wellbeing promotion
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Midwifery
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Strengths-based nursing models

Research Fields

  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Community Child Health (111704)

Research Impact

  • Child Health (920501)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2007Hauck Y, Kelly RG, Fenwick J, 'Research Priorities for parenting and child health: a Delphi study', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59, (2) pp. 129-139. ISSN 0309-2402 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04278.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 12


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2012Kelly RG, 'Early parenting mental health promotion', 2012 Graduate Research Symposium, 16-17 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 12. (2012) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Research Supervision




PhDHealth Problems after Childbirth2016
PhDCoping in the Postpartum Period: Does Continuity of Care Impact Maternal Mental Wellbeing?2016