Lydia is a lecturer in Nursing at CQUniversity and a researcher whose doctoral research examines nurse and midwives’ experiences of managing the care of women seeking abortions in the context of violence. She is currently an investigator on a project exploring the relationship between gambling and domestic violence. Her research into domestic violence and abortion was motivated by her clinical roles as a registered nurse working in areas of reproductive health both nationally and internationally.

(2016 – Current) Doctor of Philosophy (post candidature)
Central Queensland University

(2015) Nature of Learning and Teaching
Central Queensland University

(2010-2014) Masters of Public Health (Health Promotion)
James Cook University

(2007) Grad Dip Tropical Nursing
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

(1999-2002) Bachelor Nursing Science
Central Queensland University


May 2010 – May 2012
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
Registration Number: 89427

Jan 2009 – May 2012
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
United Kingdom
Registration Number: 05J022O

Nov 2002 – current
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
(Previously Queensland Nursing Council)
Registration Number NMW0001457019


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Audits and Accreditation.  If you wince at these words, read this.

Terry Pratchett had a certain way that he wanted us to imagine auditors: dead-eyed, celestial soul eaters created by god-like bureaucrats.  Pratchett and Hollywood have captured the zeitgeist surrounding what many in industry would consider the innovation-destroying, big-brothering of the accreditation process.  Perhaps you agree. But I think they go alright.  And unlike superman, these …

An argument for ‘Feminism’ in the Nursing Curricula

Being female is wonderful, but it is also complex and confusing. Working in the female-dominated profession of nursing emphasises the bewilderment. The outsider would assume that those occupied in the caring profession would share this caring attitude towards their colleagues. However, ask any nurse, and they will tell you this is not necessarily true. The …


Journal Articles:

Reid-Searl, K., Mainey, L., Bassett, J., Dwyer, T. (2018). Using simulation to deliver intimate patient care. Collegian.

Mainey, L., Dwyer, T., Reid-Searl, K., & Bassett, J. (2018). High-level realism in simulation: a catalyst for providing intimate care. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 17, 47-57. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2017.12.001

Mainey, L., Taylor, A., Baird, K. (2017). Health professionals’ experiences and attitudes of managing disclosure of domestic violence and sexual assault in the context of abortion: PRISMA systematic Review Protocol. Systematic Reviews.

Book Chapters:

Reid-Searl, K., Carville, K., Mainey, L., O’Neill, B., & Crowley, K. (2017). Urinary Elimination. In A. Berman & S. Snyder (Eds.), Kozier and Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing (Vol. 3). French’s Forrest: Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Reid-Searl, K., Carville, K., Mainey, L., O’Neill, B., & Crowley, K. (2017). Faecal Elimination. In A. Berman & S. Snyder (Eds.), Kozier and Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing (Vol. 3). French’s Forrest: Pearson Australia.

Book Contributions:

Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., Reid-Spears, J (in press). Nursing Student’s Maths and Medications. Pearson

Research Grants:

Hing, N., Langham, E., Taylor, A., O’Mullan, C., Mainey, L., Jackson, A., Rintoul, A. (2017). The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women. (Vol. $230 848). Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety & CQUniversity

Bassett, J., Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., & Mainey, L. (2015). Undergraduate nursing students understanding of intimate body care through Mask-Ed Simulation. (Vol. $10 000). CQUniversity, Rockhampton: CQUniversity.

Mainey, L
., Al Natour, R., & Every, D. (2016). Improving cross-cultural training for CQUniversity students through virtual reality simulation (Vol. $10 000). CQUniversity, multi-campus: CQUniversity.

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CQUniversity Australia
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