Dr Diana Austin

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6701- Senior Lecturer

Email: diana.austin@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8238-6829

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Academic appointments:

  • Programme Leader, AUT (2015 - 2018)

Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Arts (Midwifery), Massey University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Nursing), Massey University
  • Diploma of Midwifery, Auckland Institute of Technology
  • Diploma of Nursing, Auckland Technical Institute
  • Doctorate of Health Science, Auckland University of Technology

Overview:

I have a passion to energise teams to work together to enhance the future generations of health professionals to improve health outcomes through education and research. I began my career in health initially as a nurse and following 2 years with Volunteer Service Abroad in the Solomon Islands I completed my midwifery education. I have had a range of roles in health including quality improvement, clinical governance, research and education. Joining AUT in 2012 as a lecturer, I have integrated these skills to enhance midwifery and interprofessional education.

Research interests:

Action research
Health professional wellbeing
Critical incidents in healthcare
Midwifery practice
Interprofessional education

Teaching summary:

Midwifery – undergraduate and postgraduate
Doctoral supervisor

Fields of research:

  • Midwifery

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Austin, D. M., Ferkins, L., Swann, J., & Smythe, E. (2019). Being “nice”: A complex activity among health professionals following a critical incident. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. doi:10.1002/sres.2614

Journal articles

  • Austin, D. M., Ferkins, L., Swann, J., & Smythe, E. (2019). Being “nice”: A complex activity among health professionals following a critical incident. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. doi:10.1002/sres.2614

  • Austin, D., Ferkins, L., Swann, J., & Smythe, E. (2017). After the event: Debrief to make a difference. O&G Magazine, 19(2).

  • Gilkison, A., McAra-Couper, J., Fielder, A., Hunter, M., & Austin, D. (2017). The Core of the core: What is at the heart of hospital core midwifery practice in New Zealand?. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 53. doi:10.12784/nzcomjnl53.2017

  • Austin, D. M., Sadler, L., McLintock, C., McArthur, C., Masson, V., Farquhar, C., & Rhodes, S. (2014). Early detection of severe maternal morbidity: A retrospective assessment of the role of an early warning score system. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 54(2). doi:10.1111/ajo.12160

  • Austin, D., Smythe, E. A., & Jull, A. (2014). Midwives' wellbeing following adverse events - what does the research indicate?. Journal of the New Zealand College of Midwives, (50). doi:10.12784/nzcomjnl50.2014

  • Sadler, L. C., Austin, D. M., Masson, V. L., McArthur, C. J., McLintock, C., Rhodes, S. P., & Farquhar, C. M. (2013). Review of contributory factors in maternity admissions to intensive care at a New Zealand tertiary hospital. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 209(6). doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2013.07.031

  • Austin, D., & Benn, C. (2006). Induction of Labour: The Influences on Decision Making. Journal of the New Zealand College of Midwives, 34. Retrieved from https://www.midwife.org.nz/resources-events/nzcom-journal/previous-issues/

Creative works

Conference contributions

  • Marsters, N., Austin, D., & McAra-Couper, J. (2018). Developing Pasifika midwifery workforce in New Zealand - a collaborative approach. In Transforming leadership: Nurses as change agents for non communicable diseases (NCD's) in the Pacific. Rarotonga: South Pacific Nurses Forum. Retrieved from http://www.spnf.org.au/

  • Austin, D. (2018). Support for health professionals when outcomes are poor. In Transforming leadership: Nurses as change agents for non communicable diseases (NCD's) in the Pacific. Rarotonga: South Pacific Nurses Forum. Retrieved from http://www.spnf.org.au/

  • Austin, D. (2018). Planning a change: Maximise the impact and capture the learning. In Transforming midwifery practice through education 2018. Gold Coast. Retrieved from https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-health/transforming2018

  • Austin, D., Gilkison, A., & Clemons, J. H. (2018). Midwifery student’s perception of a Practice Development Tool. In Transforming Midwifery Practice Through Education. Gold Coast: Griffith University. Retrieved from https://www.griffith.edu.au/

  • Austin, D. (2018). Mobilising health professionals’ practical knowing for organisational advancement in the aftermath of critical incidents - Change through action research. In Alara World Congress 2018: Legacy for transforming social change. Vermont: College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University. Retrieved from https://alarassociation.org/

  • Austin, D. (2018). Impact of poor outcomes for health professionals and researchers: A tool to facilitate well-being. In Annual Scientific Congress 2018: Nurturing the people of our land. Auckland: Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand. Retrieved from http://psanz2018.com.au/

  • Austin, D., Ferkins., Swann., & Smythe. (2017). Action research, complexity theory and critical incidents. In Midwifery & Women's Health Symposium. MD Confere3nce Centre.

  • Austin, D., Smythe, E., & Swann, J. (2016). Helping you, helping me, facilitation wellbeing following critical incidents in healthcare.. In Learning for change and innovation World Congress. Adelaide: The Global Centre for Work Applied Learning and ALARA.

  • Austin, D., Smythe, E., & Swann, J. (2016). Multimedia tool to facilitate health professional wellbeing following critical incidents. In New Zealand College of Midwives Biennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Austin, D., Smythe, E., & Swann, J. (2016). Support for health professionals following a critical incident. In National Women's Annual Clinical Report Day. .

  • Austin, D. (2014). Adverse events - looking after the midwife. In NZ College of Midwives 13th Biennial National Conference: Midwifery relationships are the bridge to quality. Hamilton.

  • Sadler, L., Austin, D., McLintock, C., McArthur, C., Masson, V., & Farquhar, C. (2012). Preventability of severe maternal morbidity in pregnancy and the postpartum period: A retrospective assessment of the potential role of an Early Warning Score. In 10th Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care (AAQHC). Cairns. Retrieved from https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/

  • Sadler, L., Austin, D., McLintock, C., McArthur, C., Farquhar, C., & Masson, V. (2012). Potentially avoidable severe maternal morbidity among maternity patients 2010-2011. In 10th Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care (AAQHC). Cairns. Retrieved from https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/

Reports

  • Austin, D., Gilkison., & McAra-Couper. (2017). AK1035 Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) Programme Annual Report 2016. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT.

  • Austin, D., Gilkison., & McARa-Couper. (2016). AK1035 Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) Programme Annual Report 2015. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT.

  • Pot, M., Sadler, L., Li, N., Pook, S., & Austin, D. (2014). National women's annual clinical report 2014. Auckland, New Zealand: National Women’s Health & Auckland District Health Board. Retrieved from http://nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz/

  • Stone, P., & Austin, D. (2006). Assessment of Antenatal Screening for Down Syndrome in New Zealand. Auckland: UniServices.

Theses

  • Austin, D. (2017). Facilitating health professional wellbeing following critical incidents: An action research study. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/10947

Oral presentations

  • Austin, D., MacDiarmid, R., Brenton-Rule, A., Morgan, C., & Flood, B. (2019). Exploring the complexity of implementing an Interprofessional Learning Zone. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Austin, D., & Gilkison, A. (2018). School of learning and teaching showcase. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Austin, D. (2017). Action research, complexity theory and critical incidents. Auckland, NZ.

  • Gilkison, A., McAra- Couper, J., Hunter, M., Austin, D., & Fielder, A. (2016). Sustainable core midwifery practice in New Zealand. Auckland.