Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Linda Shields

Professor Linda Shields

MD (research), PhD, FACN, Centaur Fellow, MAICD

At Charles Sturt University my research interests lie in the care of children in health services, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Are health outcomes for children who live in the bush different to those for children in the city?

Does accessibility to health care have an impact on outcomes for children with conditions such as cystic fibrosis, or chronic heart disease?

Are they influenced by climate change and subsequent changing fortunes of farming families?

By translating this research into clinical practice, I can help to understand how health professionals can influence health outcomes.

Previously, my main areas of research and scholarship have been in paediatric and child health nursing, and history, and these will continue.  My particular interest in history lies around nursing during the Third Reich, and I examine how the past influences health professionals today.

A new and interesting endeavour for me is the development of inventions that improve the way we care for people, and an invention under development at present is a nasogastric tube which can safely determine correct placement in the stomach, as well as preliminary work to develop an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of hospital waste.

For over 10 years, I have been an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland, Australia.

The dignity of service allows us to hold an elite position within society. We have the privilege of caring, and only by respecting the responsibility to produce the best scholarship possible, and to conduct the most rigorous and adventurous research can we hope to serve those who come to us for care.
I subscribe to the idea that academics have an obligation to speak out, and that academic autonomy and freedom put us in the very privileged position to be able to do so safely. Professors have an added obligation to "profess their profession" and so I have written extensively on problems I see in nursing, the health professions and in society in general. After all, as Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing".

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Professor Shields' expertise in this area is mainly in teaching clinicians in health services about research. This takes the form of both didactic teaching and supervision and mentoring. She conducts series of practical methods subjects, all geared for the novice researcher, or for those who would like to "brush up" their interest in research.
Her main expertise lies in capacity building in younger academics and clinicians, in particular, those who work in health services, who see a question for which some research needs to be done, and who needs some help to conduct a study.

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  • The influence of living in rural and remote areas on health outcomes and nursing
  • The effects of climate change on health of those who live "in the bush"
  • Care of children in health services
  • Family-centred care and child-centred care
  • Vulnerable families seeking health care for their children
  • Health care for children in developing countries
  • The history of nursing, in particular the role of nurses and midwives in the Nazi era

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2015Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing
2012International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Honour Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
2011Fellowship, Royal Society of Medicine (UK)
2009Research Nurse of the Year, Nurses' and Midwives' Board of WA (Finalist)
2005Vitae Lampada Medal: Royal Children's Hospital and Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. (Award for those who have contributed to or facilitated undergraduate and postgraduate medical education with particular focus on the health and welfare of children)
2005Surgeon-General's Centenary Medal (Australia Defence Force) (Award for leadership in nursing ethics)
2002Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award (State finalist)
2000Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (Churchill Fellowship: Family-centred care in Nordic countries & UK)
2000Liz Davenport – Woman of Achievement Award
1992Fellowship, Australian College of Nursing
1991Fellowship, Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses

Boards of Directors:

International Committees:

National Committees (Australia):

  • National Blood Authority (NHMRC), paediatric committee member
  • Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, Executive Committee
  • Life membership, Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Australia New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine
  • University of Queensland Medical Alumni
  • Churchill Fellows' Association
  • Queensland Nurses' Union/Australian Nursing Federation
  • National Tertiary Education Union
  • Life Member, Queensland University of Technology Alumni

Editorial Boards:

  • Journal of Child Health Care
  • Nursing Children and Young People
  • Working Papers in the Health Sciences
  • European Journal of Person Centred Healthcare
  • Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research
  • Nordic Journal of Nursing Research

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