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Research Biography

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

Research Impact

In her post-doctoral work, Lauren is passionate about ensuring all children can live in safe, strong families and communities where they can reach their full potential. Funded projects included the Safeguarding Project which explored Australian nurses and midwives understanding of their roles in keeping children safe across, and the Educating Future Workforce Project which mapped interprofessional education for preservice (undergraduate) nurses, midwives and social workers to see if they are equipped for a collaborative public health response to child abuse.

Lauren's ongoing research builds capacity of the multidisciplinary child and family workforce to support children and families experiencing adversity. This includes exploring ways to better educate and equip early childhood professionals for interdisciplinary practice that support families experiencing adversity. Innovative strategies to better educate, equip and support the workforce include enhanced resourcing, ongoing support and practice development opportunities, including learning from the lived experiences of children and families.

Research Interests

Lauren's research interests include:

- Children and young people's health, development, safety and wellbeing

- Prevention and early support for child abuse and neglect

- Social determinants of health

- Health and welfare professionals' roles in supportin families experiencing adversity

- Paediatric nursing

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, MORE THAN MANDATORY REPORTING: Nurses’ experiences of safeguarding children in Australia, Flinders University

Jan 2015Jun 2020

Award Date: 27 Aug 2020

Master, Nurses experiences of their children’s hospitalisation for acute illness, Flinders University

Apr 2012Mar 2014

Award Date: 14 Apr 2015

Bachelor (Honours), A clinical audit of paediatric in-hospital medication omission errors, University of South Australia

Apr 2007Dec 2010

Award Date: 12 Apr 2011

External positions

Associate Editor, Journal of Children and Young People's Health, Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses

Mar 2020 → …


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Research Areas

  • Healthy start to life
  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • Paediatric nursing
  • Community child and adolescent health nursing
  • Social determinants of health
  • Child health and wellbeing
  • Child abuse
  • Child and family health nursing/care of children
  • Health service, public policy, equity and access
  • Nursing workforce development
  • Early childhood education
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Interprofessional education


  • RT Nursing
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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