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Mel Lauva

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Mel Lauva

Professor of Nursing/Associate Dean NSW Campuses

Room 215 , Newnham M

0419399261 (phone)

Melanie.lauva@utas.edu.au

Biography

Professor Lauva has worked in higher education for over 15 years, within two universities and spanning six campuses across Australia. Her senior leadership experience includes leading internal and external professional accreditation processes, curricula reform and re-design, innovation in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing curricula and in strengthening transformative strategic and operational relationships and partnerships.  Mel’s entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to partnerships and education has resulted in distinctive, high-quality curricula being offered through key strategic partnerships.

With a deep understanding and insight into the importance of place and community, Mel is passionate about delivering education to people where they live and work; and she views this as imperative to address equity and access, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Professor Lauva’s experience in learning and teaching includes developing and operationalising strategic plans, which has led to sustainable nursing programs aligned with the needs of the local community and with emerging areas of national health and research priorities.

Professor Lauva holds a PhD and Master of Education Research Methods and a Graduate Certificate of Health from Charles Darwin University and Diploma of Professional Education from the University of Western Australia. Mel graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing with First Class Honours from Edith Cowan University.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, Charles Darwin University, Australia, 2017. The Voice of Reason: An analysis of Nurse-Related Adverse Events (2001-2013).
  • BNurs  (1st Class Hons), Edith Cowan University, 2006. A descriptive survey of undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of desirable leadership qualities of nurse preceptors

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Registered Nurse (AHPRA)
  • Curriculum Assessment Chair and Member (ANMAC)

Administrative expertise

  • Project Management
  • Portfolio Management (undergraduate, postgraduate, learning and teaching, business management, clinical practice, campus)

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Fields of Research

  • Health informatics and information systems (420308)
  • Health care administration (420306)

Research Objectives

  • Health policy evaluation (200205)

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$2,540,000

Projects

Health service management research as an enabler for organisational improvement (2020 - 2024)$750,000
Description
The research study is investigating how the health service management (HSM) program is an enabler for organisational improvement in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD). The HSM program strives to improve organisational leadership, management and service improvement in the health facilities. The research will examine the activities and outcomes from the HSM program across a five-year period.
Funding
Western Sydney Local Health District ($750,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lauva M; Eljiz K; Agaliotis M; Siddiqui N; Hogden AV; Taylor R; Warwick SM; Greenfield D
Period
2020 - 2024
Studying the impact of the SLHD health services management program (2017 - 2021)$1,250,000
Description
The research study is investigating the impact of the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) health service management (HSM) program. The HSM program strives to improve organisational management, leadership, and staff capability in the health services. The research will examine the activities and outcomes from the HSM program across a longitudinal period.
Funding
Sydney Local Health District ($1,250,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lauva M; Greenfield D; Eljiz K; Siddiqui N; Hogden AV; Agaliotis M; Taylor R; Warwick SM
Period
2017 - 2021
Investigating the SWSLHD Transforming your experience program (2017 - 2019)$540,000
Description
The research study is investigating the impact of the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) program entitled Transforming your experience (TYE). The TYE program is seeking to improve organisational functioning, staff engagement and the patient/family experience with the health services. The research will examine healthcare organisational development, management and leadership improvement activities to determine the impact of the TYE program for staff and patients/ families.
Funding
South Western Sydney Local Health District ($540,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lauva M; Eljiz K; Siddiqui N; Hogden AV; Taylor R; Agaliotis M; Warwick SM; Greenfield D
Period
2017 - 2019