Dr Lauren Lines

Associate Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N313)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lauren Lines (RN, BNhons, MN, PhD) is an Associate Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Lauren has a background as a paediatric nurse, working for almost 10 years in paediatric acute medical and surgical environments. In her current role, Lauren teaches undergraduate nursing and postgraduate specialist paediatric nursing. Lauren’s PhD thesis (2020) focussed on nurses' experiences of responding to child abuse and neglect in child focussed settings in Australia.

In her post-PhD research, Lauren is working on the 'Safeguarding Project'. The Safeguarding Project explores the nature and scope of Australian nursing and midwifery roles in a public health approach to protecting children from abuse & neglect. Stage one (in progress) is reviewing Australian policies and frameworks about child health & wellbeing and child protection to identify how safeguarding is defined and enacted in Australia, especially as it relates to nurses and midwives. Stage one will guide nurses' and midwives' safeguarding practices, and inform Stage two of the project. Stage two is a Delphi-study exploring the nature and scope of nursing and midwifery safeguarding practices across all child focussed settings in Australia. The findings will inform the development of professional safeguarding standards that articulate nurses' and midwives roles, guide operational planning, facilitate interdisciplinary communication and ultimately promote better outcomes for vulnerable children in Australia.

Honours, awards and grants

Sturt Nursing Graduates Award 2014

Teaching interests

- nursing

- vulnerable populations

- social determinants of health

- paediatric nursing

- child health and development

- safeguarding and child protection

Topic coordinator
NURS1006 Ethics and Law for Professional Practice
Topic lecturer
NURS1004 Physical Dimensions of Being Human
NURS1006 Ethics and Law for Professional Practice
Supervisory interests
Child abuse
Child and family health nursing/care of children
Child health and wellbeing
Community child and adolescent health nursing
Paediatric nursing
Social determinants of health
Interests
  • child health and wellbeing
  • nurses role in responding to child abuse and neglect
  • paediatric nursing