Danielle Bywaters

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Danielle Bywaters

PhD Candidate, Research Assistant

Room J006, Building J, Newnham Campus

0412 179 441 (phone)

Danielle is a nurse and photographer who is currently a PhD Candidate. Her Phd study is interdisciplinary and uses a visual method to explore communication in nursing. She uses a video reflexive based methodology to explore how the nurse and patient communicate within a singular interaction. The reflexive (video feed-back) phase of this methodology, provides an opportunity for the patient and the nurse to describe their experiences of watching themselves in the video recorded nurse/patient interaction.


My research investigates communication in health care. The PhD research examines the role of the nurse as a provider of healthcare information within an educational encounter with an older person. The PhD thesis describes how I create a video ethnography in the acute health care setting. In 2016 I was employed as a Research Assissant on the “Positive Wards” project with Professor Kinsman, Professor Walsh, Professor Walker, Dr Elmer, Dr Carnes at the University of Tasmania. This study also uses a video based methodology to explore best practice within a community setting.

Currently I am a Grade 4 Senior Nurse in the in the Day Procedure Unit (DPU) at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH). Previously employed as the Acting Clinical Nurse Educator in DPU at the LGH for the purpose of facilitating the National Health Care and Quality Standards, as required for hospital accreditation (Nov 2014-March 2015). For the last decade I have nursed in acute care at the Launceston General hospital; eight years in the Day Procedure Unit and two years on a General Surgical Ward.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award

Graduate Diploma of Nursing-Acute Care


University of Tasmania



Registered Nurse


Re-Entry DHHS



Master of Fine Art

“Marks of Light”

Melbourne University



Bachelor of Arts


Deakin University




Professional practice

  • Member of International Video Reflexive Collaborative Association (VREIA) collaborating with internationally recognised researchers using video in health care research
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • The Australian Sociological Association

Administrative expertise

Research Assistant, “Positive Wards” 2016. Roles; administrative assistance, project management (writing agendas, minutes, reports, ethics amendment, coordinating the research team), relationship building with major stakeholders, obtaining consent from participants, video recording interactions, managing the storage of video and audio data, data analysis and writing findings.


Visual Methods, Video Ethnography, Patient Experience, Health Literacy, Reflective Practice in Nursing, Patient Education, Chronic Disease Management, Photovoice, Photo-Media, Communication in Healthcare, Research Methods.

Teaching expertise

  • Clinical Nurse Educator (2014-15), Day Procedure Unit at the LGH (Preceptor of nursing students, enrolled nurses, graduate nurses)
  • Masters Supervisor (2003-2004), University of Tasmania. Supervising Three International student undertaking Masters in Contemporary Art
  • Photomedia Co-ordinator (1993-01), Monash University, Caulfield, Faculty of Design
  • Writing curriculum, designing units and course outlines and co-ordinating all three levels in the undergraduate program

Research Appointments

PhD Representative Faculty of Health committee 2016

Video Based Health Care Research

McLeod, H.; Bywaters, D.; Collier, A.; Grant, S.; Lenne, B.; Wyer, M. “The patient revolution and video-reflexive ethnography. ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference, Australia, July 2016. at:

Research background as visual artist and academic:

Research output: 16 Solo art exhibitions, 43 Group art exhibitions, recently:

2017 Curtain Call, Stills Gallery, Sydney, NSW, 2014, House andhome, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, VIC, 2012, Inspiring Artists Exhibition, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW

Peer recognition of photographs in books, newspapers, journals, art collections, commissions and websites


  • Marsh, Anne, ‘Look Contemporary Australian Photography since 1980’, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2010
  • Miles, Melissa, ‘The Burning mirror photography in an ambivalent light’, Australian scholarly publishing, North Melbourne, 2008, pp 230-242.

Newspaper reviews

  • McFarlane, Robert, 'From Ethereal Light to Captivation', review, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2005.
  • Nelson, Robert, ‘Doors of Perception’, The Age (Today), 26 April 2000, p 5.


  • Miles, M.K., 2005, The burning mirror: photography in an ambivalent light, Journal of Visual Culture, vol 4, issue 3, Sage Publications Ltd, UK, pp. 329-349.

Art collections: Art Gallery of W.A., Art Gallery of S.A., Macquarie Bank, Qantas, Singapore Airlines

Photographic commissions: entire publication of my photographs in book designed by leading Australian designers Saatchi and Saatchi, Sydney, as part of the Australian Government’s Building Brand Australia program, November 2011.


  1. Australian 
  2. Stills Gallery