Dr Trudi Mannix

Casual Academic

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
I completed my general nursing training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1979, and my midwifery certificate after 18 months of training at Simpson's Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1982. In 1984 I completed the Neonatal Intensive Care Certificate at the Queen Victoria Hospital and achieved the award for top student. Teaching quickly became my passion, and in 1987 I became the clinical educator in the Neonatal Unit at Flinders Medical Centre. I returned to the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1989 to take up the position of coordinator of the Neonatal Intensive Care Course, a position I held for 20 years until my move to Flinders University in 2009. During that time, my biggest achievements were introducing problem-based learning to the curriculum, coordinating the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and developing an e-learning module for neonatal resuscitation using Moodle. My research interests include parental stress interventions and infant neuro-development. 

RN, RM, NICC, Grad Dip Health Couns, BN (Ed), MN (Child Health), Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Accredited Instructor-Basic Life Support, Doctor of Education (EdD), NBO Assessor (Newborn Behavioural Observations)

Honours, awards and grants

I am a Churchill Fellow (2013) and won a $20,000 scholarship to visit neonatal units in the USA and Canada to investigate programs to reduce stress in parents whose babies were in neonatal units. I was successful in gaining a Faculty Seeding Grant in 2012 to fund a practice development project at the Lyell McEwin Hospital regarding handover. I also won a Faculty Grant in 2014 to conduct a study in the Neonatal Unit at Flinders Medical Centre on the effects of early discharge on neonates and their families.

Key responsibilities

I am Topic Coordinator for midwifery topics across all years, and also teach in these topics. I have a keen interest in the use of IT, including Moodle, PebblePad and Personal Learning Spaces (PLS), and was on the Advisory Group to help establish PLS in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I was on the curriculum planning group for the first topic in the new Bachelor of Nursing curriculum which commenced in 2013, and I am currently on the group working to develop the new midwifery curriculum due to commence in 2017.

Having completed a Doctorate in Education, I am also interested in the development of the Doctorate in Nursing. I have been Practice Development Facilitator at Lyell McEwin Hospital in the paediatric ward, where I spent one day a week with the staff focusing on practice improvement. I set up and facilitated the Paediatric Nurse Leaders Group in South Australia, and was involved in the development of the first Paediatric Early Warning System in South Australia.

I am the Professional Experience Placement Facilitator Supervisor for midwifery, and supervise the clinical educators who support the midwifery students in the clinical venues.

Teaching interests
Neonatal nursing care 'special care and intensive care' physiology and embryology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of common neonatal problems, assessment of the newborn, resuscitation of the newborn, neurodevelopmental therapy, paediatrics, facilitating the relationship between the new baby and family, research methods, application of theory to clinical practice, innovative teaching techniques such as problem based learning and e-learning.
Topic coordinator
MIDW2003 Buidling Research Skills for Midwives
MIDW2205 Babies at Risk
MIDW3305 Evidence for Midwifery Practice
MIDW3307 Practice project in Midwifery
MIDW2204 Midwifery Care for the Woman and baby with Complex Needs
MIDW1002 Midwifery 1
MIDW1005 Communication for Midwifery Practice
Topic lecturer
NURS1103 Health Across the Lifespan
NURS1107 Evidence for Healthcare Practice
MIDW2205 Babies at Risk
MIDW2204 Midwifery Care for the Woman and Baby with Complex Needs
MIDW3305 Evidence for Midwifery Practice
MIDW1002 Midwifery 1
Supervisory interests
Child and adolescent health
Critical thinking
Delphi technique
Deteriorating patient
Neonatal nursing
Paediatric nursing
Parental stress
Teaching and learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Neonatal Nursing (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Thidarat Eksirinimit

PhD: A longitudinal evaluation of Kangaroo Care for preterm infants in Thailand - SEP 2012

Further information


Name of grant



OLT Innovation and Development grant (2015-2018) Augmenting students’ learning for employability through post-practicum educational processes ($467 000)

I am a member of this research team working with Prof. Stephen Billett as Lead Investigator, and Assoc. Prof. Linda Sweet.


Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences seeding grant ($16000)

Title: ‘Home and Away: the effects of a neonatal early discharge program - a matched case controlled study’.Lead Investigator.

Grant application successful. Data Collection underway.


2013 Churchill Fellowship; $20,000

Title: ‘Investigating Stress Interventions for Parents with babies in a Neonatal ICU’.

Four week study tour of UK, USA and Canada September 2013. Results have informed the application for the 2014 seeding grant.


Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery Start up grant $5000.

Title: ‘A collaborative PD project to improve clinical handover in paediatrics’.

A two-staged quality improvement project using a Practice Development framework was conducted in the paediatric ward at LMH. Nurses participated in the assessment of the issues and the design of the educational resources. Their use of ISBAR and general handover skills were evaluated before and after access to the resources. Findings support the use of a PD approach in the provision of education to guide clinical performance in patient handover. Paper submitted for publication.

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