Position/s

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Population Health)
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Lynette works as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, in the area of population health with a specific focus on vulnerable groups and disaster preparedness, community disaster resilience, mass-gatherings, and alcohol and other drugs. Lynette also has an interest in community nursing and nursing issues that impact on the culture and practices in the workplace. Lynette previously worked in a range of community health settings, including home nursing, community health centers and in an executive role with the Drug and Alcohol Services SA. Has extensive experience in working in collaboration with a range of health and welfare professionals to develop training initiatives, program development and evaluation.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Applied Science, Nursing Studies, S.A.C.A.E. Sturt College.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Community Health Major, S.A.C.A.E. Underdale College.
  • Masters Health Administration, University of New South Wales.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences), Flinders University.

Honours, awards and grants

2001 Department of Human Services Nursing Excellence Awards- Winner of the Nursing Excellence in Leadership.
2010 Australian Safer Communities Award, sponsored by Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department. Highly Commended Award 'Staying Safe and Healthy at Adelaide Schoolies Festivals' Hutton, A., Cusack, L., Munt, R., Roderick A., Arbon, P.

Key responsibilities

  • Committee Member - School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee.
  • Board Member - Flinders University Disaster Research Centre.
  • Board Member - National Centre of Education and Training on Addiction.

Research interests

Lynette's research interest is in the qualitative paradigm and includes the application of critical social theory which was the philosophical approach applied in her PhD. Also has experience in Participatory Action Research and Phenomenology.

Current research interests includes management of vulnerable populations in heatwaves, including those with alcohol and other drug problems and mental health; health needs of homeless people during extreme weather events; preparation of Aged Care Facilities for a disaster, and indicators of community disaster resilience. Lynette nursing research interests includes understanding the use of competencies in the workplace; nursing workforce implications in a disaster, and community nursing.

Publications

  • Arbon, P. and Cusack, L. (2011). Using research and evidence in practice. In D Kralik and A van Loon, ed. Community Nursing in Australia. 2nd ed. Qld, Australia: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 193-231.
  • Cusack, L., de Crespigny, C. and Athanasos, P. (2011). Heatwave, mental health-substance use. In DB Cooper, ed. Introduction to mental health - substance use. Oxon, UK: Radcliffe Publishing, pp. 173-185.
  • Mateer, J., Cusack, L. and Ranse, J. (2011). Pandemics and environmental emergencies. In K Curtis, C Ramsden and B Lord, ed. Emergency and Trauma Care for nurses and paramedics. Sydney: Elsevier / Mosby, pp. 673-694.
  • Schultz, W., Frith, D., Elson, R., Cook, J., Cusack, L., Watts, D., et al. (2006). Responding to alcohol and other drug issues in the workplace: a training kit. Flinders University, South Australia: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction.
  • Schultz, W., Frith, D., Elson, R., Cook, J., Cusack, L., Watts, D., et al. (2006). Responding to alcohol and other drug related issues in the workplace : an information and resource package. Flinders University, South Australia: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction.
  • Gebbie, K., Arbon, P. and Cusack, L. (2013). A Community Disaster Resilience Scorecard: A process tool to strengthen community resilience. In Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 18th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Manchester, UK. May 2013, pp. s18-s19.
  • Cornell, V., Cusack, L. and Arbon, P. (2013). How does the lived experience of older people influence their preparedness for emergency events. In Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 18th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Manchester, UK. May 2013, pp. s6-s7.
  • Cusack, L., Gilbert, S. and Fereday, J. (2012). The role of clinical leadership in transitioning to practice programs. In The Joanna Briggs Institute, ed. Transforming clinical leaders to reform healthcare. Adelaide: The Joanna Briggs Institute. Transforming clinical leaders to reform healthcare. Adelaide. Aug 2012.
  • Siegloff, L., Cusack, L., Arbon, P., Hutton, A. and Mayner, L. (2011). Health workforce and disaster preparedness of rural hospitals. In Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 17th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Beijing, China. May 2011, pp. s33-s33.
    [10.1017/S1049023X11001117]
  • de Crespigny, C., Wilson, C., Cusack, L., Chong, A. and Beshara, M. (2011). A pilot - Exploring over-the-counter use of analgesics in the SA Aboriginal community. In Mental Health & Medication Safety. Mental Health & Medication Safety. Adelaide, SA. Mar 2011.
  • Hutton, A. and Cusack, L. (2011). Building public policy to support young people party safely at mass-gathering events. In DANA Conference. Exploring the Frontiers of Drug & Alcohol Nursing, DANA Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Jun 2011.
  • Bahnisch, L.V., Arbon, P., Cusack, L., Ranse, J., Shaban, R., Considine, J., et al. (2011). To work or not to work: An analysis of the willingness of Australian emergency nurses to respond to a disaster. In 9th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd. 9th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Adelaide. Sep 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Cusack, L. (2011). A journey through specialty areas of practice. What have we learnt along the way? In Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia Inaugural National Conference. Bottoms Up, Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia Inaugural National Conference. Albert Park, VIC. Mar 2011.
  • Cusack, L., Siegloff, L., Arbon, P., Hutton, A. and Mayner, L. (2011). Tension between emergency management policy decisions and aged care facilities in Australia: A case study. In Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 17th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Beijing, China. May 2011, pp. s67-s68.
    [10.1017/S1049023X11002135]
  • Ranse, J., Arbon, P., Shaban, R., Considine, J., Mitchell, B., Hammad, K., et al. (2010). Understanding the willingness of Australian emergency nurses to respond to a health care disaster. In Ramon Z. Shaban, Marie F. Gerdta and Julie Considine, ed. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier. 8th International Conference for Emergency Nurses,The National Convention Centre, Canberra, 14-16 October 2010. Canberra, ACT. Oct 2010, pp. 138-139.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2010.08.267]
  • Cusack, L. (2010). Impact of national nursing and midwifery regulation on training and workforce planning. In Clinical Training & Workforce Planning Summit. Clinical Training & Workforce Planning Summit. Melbourne, Victoria. Aug 2010.
  • Cusack, L. (2009). Collaborating of the coal face. In Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Nursing, Midwifery & Aboriginal Health Worker Practicum. Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Nursing, Midwifery & Aboriginal Health Worker Practicum. Adelaide, South Australia. Aug 2009.
  • Tovell, A.J., de Crespigny, C.F., Cusack, L. and Wilson, S. (2006). Developing Alcohol Clinical Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal and Islander Peoples. In Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2006 Conference. Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2006 Conference. Sydney, NSW. Jun 2006.
  • de Crespigny, C.F., Wilson, S., Cusack, L., Tovell, A.J. and O'Connor, J.V. (2005). Indigenous alcohol clinical practice guidelines [abstract] In Program and Handbook, APSAD 2005 Conference. Science, Practice, Experience: APSAD 2005 Conference. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2005.
  • Ranse, J. and Cusack, L. (2010). Changes to Australian nursing and midwifery registration: Implications for interstate disaster response. Collegian, 17(4) pp. 207-208.
    [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.07.001] [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.07.001] [Scopus]
  • Cusack, L., Arbon, P.A. and Ranse, J. (2010). Pre-hospital clinical management of heat stress. Australian Nursing Journal, 5 pp. 30-32.
  • Cusack, L. (2009). Being prepared for rising temperatures. Australian Nursing Journal, 17(5) pp. 32-32.
    [Scopus]
  • Smith, M. and Cusack, L. (2006). Commentary on Whitehead D (2004) Health-promoting hospitals: the role and function of nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing 14, 20-27. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(2) pp. 230-232.
    [10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01263.x] [10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01263.x] [Scopus]
  • Roche, A.M., Evans, K., Steenson, T.M., Pidd, K.J., Lee, N.K. and Cusack, L. (2012). Australia's Alcohol and Other Drug Telephone, Referral, and Counselling Services: A Guide to Quality Service Provision.
  • Athanasos, P., Neild, R.K., de Crespigny, C.F. and Cusack, L. (2010). The physiological impact of heatwaves. In Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia. Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia. Gold Coast, QLD.
  • Hutton, A., Cusack, L., Zannettino, L., Shaefer, S., Verdonk, N. and Arbon, P. (2014). What are school leavers' priorities for festival preparation? Australian Journal of Primary Health,
  • Hutton, A.E. and Cusack, L. (2013). The perspectives of young people on their use of alcohol and risks at school leavers festivals. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 16(3) pp. 16-20.
    [Scopus]
  • Cusack, L., van Loon, A., Kralik, D., Arbon, P. and Gilbert, S. (2013). Extreme weather-related health needs of people who are homeless. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3) pp. 250-255.
    [10.1071/PY12048]
  • Cusack, L., de Crespigny, C. and Wilson, C. (2013). Over-the-counter analgesic use by urban Aboriginal people in South Australia. Health and Social Care in The Community, 21(4) pp. 373-380.
    [10.1111/hsc.12023]
  • Cusack, L., Gilbert, S. and Fereday, J. (2013). Flexibility in competency-based workplace transition programs: an exploratory study of community child and family health nursing. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(3) pp. 129-136.
    [10.3928/00220124-20130215-72]
  • Cusack, L., Arbon, P., Hutton, A., Starr, L. and Verdonk, N. (2013). Exploring nursing students' understanding of being regulated. Contemporary Nurse, 44(2) pp. 232-241.
    [10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.232]
  • Arbon, P.A., Ranse, J., Cusack, L., Considine, J., Shaban, R., Woodman, R., et al. (2013). Australasian emergency nurses' willingness to attend work in a disaster: A survey. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 16(2) pp. 52-57.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.003]
  • Arbon, P.A., Cusack, L. and Verdonk, N.R. (2013). Mass gathering public health and emergency medicine literature review: Levels of evidence. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 10(1) pp. Article 5.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Arbon, P., Cusack, L., Ranse, J., Shaban, R., Considine, J., Kako, M., et al. (2013). Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: A study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departments. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 16(3) pp. 103-109.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004]
  • Hutton, A.E., Cusack, L. and Zannettino, L. (2012). Building public policy to support young people in reducing alcohol-related harm when partying at Schoolies Festivals. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18(2) pp. 96-100.
    [10.1071/PY11067] [Scopus]
  • Cusack, L., Siegloff, L., Arbon, P. and Chamberlain, D. (2012). Managing the tension between emergency management policy decisions and residential aged care facility planning in South Australia. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27(4) pp. 51-54.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Cornell, V., Cusack, L. and Arbon, P. (2012). Older people and disaster preparedness: a literature review. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27(3) pp. 49-53.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Cusack, L., de Crespigny, C. and Athanasos, P. (2011). Heatwaves and their impact on people with alcohol, drug and mental health conditions: a discussion paper on clinical practice considerations. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(4) pp. 915-922.
    [10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05551.x] [Scopus]
  • Neild, R.K., Athanasos, P., Cong, T.L., Cusack, L. and de Crespigny, C.F. (2010). THE IMPACT OF HEATWAVES ON MENTAL HEALTH, DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONDITIONS. Drug and Alcohol Review, 29(sup 1) pp. 53-53.
  • Cusack, L. and Smith, M. (2010). Power inequalities in the assessment of nursing competency within the workplace: Implications for nursing management. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(9) pp. 408-412.
    [10.3928/00220124-20100601-07] [10.3928/00220124-20100601-07] [Scopus]
  • Cusack, L., Arbon, P.A. and Ranse, J. (2010). What is the role of nursing students and schools of nursing during disaster? A discussion paper. Collegian, 17(4) pp. 193-197.
    [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.09.006] [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.09.006] [Scopus]
  • Hutton, A.E., Munt, R.L., Zeitz, K.M., Cusack, L., Kako, M. and Arbon, P.A. (2010). Piloting a mass gathering conceptual framework at an Adelaide Schoolies Festival. Collegian, 17(4) pp. 183-191.
    [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.09.005] [10.1016/j.colegn.2010.09.005] [Scopus]
  • Talmet, J., Crespigny, D., Cusack, L. and Athanasos, P. (2009). Turning a blind eye: denying people their right to treatment for acute alcohol, drug and mental health conditions - an act of discrimination. Mental Health and Substance Use: dual diagnosis, 2(3) pp. 247-254.
    [10.1080/17523280903154961] [10.1080/17523280903154961] [Scopus]
  • Hutton, A., Cusack, L., Zannettino, L., Shaefer, S., Verdonk, N. and Arbon, P. (2014). What are school leavers' priorities for festival preparation? Australian Journal of Primary Health,
  • Arbon, P.A., Cusack, L. and Verdonk, N.R. (2013). Mass gathering public health and emergency medicine literature review: Levels of evidence. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 10(1) pp. Article 5.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Arbon, P.A., Ranse, J., Cusack, L., Considine, J., Shaban, R., Woodman, R., et al. (2013). Australasian emergency nurses' willingness to attend work in a disaster: A survey. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 16(2) pp. 52-57.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.003]
  • Arbon, P., Cusack, L., Ranse, J., Shaban, R., Considine, J., Kako, M., et al. (2013). Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: A study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departments. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 16(3) pp. 103-109.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004]
  • Cusack, L., Arbon, P., Hutton, A., Starr, L. and Verdonk, N. (2013). Exploring nursing students' understanding of being regulated. Contemporary Nurse, 44(2) pp. 232-241.
    [10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.232]
  • Cusack, L., Gilbert, S. and Fereday, J. (2013). Flexibility in competency-based workplace transition programs: an exploratory study of community child and family health nursing. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(3) pp. 129-136.
    [10.3928/00220124-20130215-72]
  • Cusack, L., de Crespigny, C. and Wilson, C. (2013). Over-the-counter analgesic use by urban Aboriginal people in South Australia. Health and Social Care in The Community, 21(4) pp. 373-380.
    [10.1111/hsc.12023]
  • Cusack, L., van Loon, A., Kralik, D., Arbon, P. and Gilbert, S. (2013). Extreme weather-related health needs of people who are homeless. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3) pp. 250-255.
    [10.1071/PY12048]
  • Hutton, A.E. and Cusack, L. (2013). The perspectives of young people on their use of alcohol and risks at school leavers festivals. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 16(3) pp. 16-20.
    [Scopus]
  • Cornell, V., Cusack, L. and Arbon, P. (2012). Older people and disaster preparedness: a literature review. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27(3) pp. 49-53.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]

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Board Member- Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia.

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