Dr Lauren Kearney

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Dr Lauren Kearney


Senior Research Fellow (Maternal and Child Health)

PhD Aust.Cath., GradDipClinNurs(Child&AdolescentHealth) Aust.Cath., RN, RM, IBCLC

+61 7 5456 5755
+61 7 5456 5940
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H1.3.36, Building H1, USC Sunshine Coast
Dr Lauren Kearney


Dr Lauren Kearney works in a joint clinical academic appointment between the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, University of the Sunshine Coast and the Women and Families Service Group, Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Lauren’s clinical background is in paediatric and child health nursing and in more recent year’s midwifery.

The primary focus of her role is to build and support research capacity amongst nurses, midwives and other health care professionals working within the maternal, child and family health domain. She is currently supervising several higher degree by research students, and research interests include the perinatal period, postpartum haemorrhage, care for women with complex needs during labour and birth and enabling closeness between mothers and infants in the postpartum period.

Lauren has been the recipient of several competitive research grants which primarily support clinicians to conduct pragmatic research within their clinical speciality, with the goal to improve practice.

Professional memberships

Australian College of Midwives


Research All Rounder Award, FoSHEE Research Day

Research grants 

Project Investigators Funding Body Year

Respectful maternity care: a cross-sectional survey of Queensland Women

Reed, R, Bogossian, F, Kearney, L, Kynn, M, Jenkinson, R, Nugent, R, Toohill, J, Vedam, S

SNMP & NURTURE Grant A$9,931 2019

Barriers and facilitators, to care close to or at home for dying

Boyce, A., Kearney, L. & George, K.

Wishlist A$5,000 2017
Thromboelastography in Obstetrics Godsall, G. & Kearney, L. Wishlist A$20,000 2017

Neonatal safe sleep enablers within maternity units: a pilot study

Kearney, L., Young, J., & Rutherford, C.

Wishlist Early Career Research Grant A$19, 993


Comparison of intrathecal morphine with quadratus lumborum block for post-operative analgesia following elective caesarean section (QLBvITM study): a pilot randomised controlled trial

Basson, W., Massey, D. & Kearney, L.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$9,975


Transition and transformation in neonatal special care: supporting parental presence and maternal-infant interaction

Lannan, S., Rowe, J., Kearney, L. & Barnes, M

Wishlist A$9,879


YES – Yoga ESpecially for Mums by Midwives: A pilot research study exploring a new antenatal pedagogy

Enchelmaier, S., Kearney, L. & Hartley, B.

Wishlist A$10,000


Identifying the risk: a prospective cohort study examining postpartum haemorrhage in a regional Australian health service

Kearney, L., Davenport, L., Schafer, K., Reed, R. & Young, J.

Wishlist Early Career Research Grant A$19,998


“Pondering Poos”: Does a group-based primary health service supporting families of children with toileting issues impact upon child wellbeing and perceived parental efficacy?

Collis, D., Kennedy-Behr, A., Kearney, L. & Torr, S.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Prophylactic intrapartum epidural intravenous fluid pre-loading: a prospective cohort study

Lindstrom, H., Kearney, L., Godsall, G. & Hogan, E.

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Paediatric Pain Management: An action research cycle to enhance practice

Couch, B., Kearney, L., Rogers, P., Young, J. & Camadoo, L

Wishlist Novice Research Grant A$10,000


Reducing risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies: trial of a safe sleep enabler to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy in high risk environments

Young, J., Craigie, L., Ngarrama Team (Hine, H., Kosiak, M.,   O’Sullivan, M.), Woorabinda Multi-purpose Health Centre staff (Cody, R., Vahdat, P., Doolan, F.), Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (McAvoy, L., Saylor, L., Lauder, D.),   Kearney, .L, Cowan, S.

Closing the Gap: National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development A$314,980

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