Holly Louise Northam

Dr, OAM, Churchill Fellow

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Biography

Dr Northam brings over 30 years of clinical experience to her research and teaching practice. Holly has a strong social justice focus that is underpinned by her professional identity as a nurse and midwife. Her PhD study, ’Hope for a peaceful death and organ donation’ identified that more must be done to alleviate suffering caused by communication failures in healthcare. Holly played an instrumental role in setting up and running the ACT Organ and Tissue Donation Service and has been recognised for her expertise in this specialisation.

Holly’s research and teaching approaches are framed using the lens of hope and restorative practice to identify and support vulnerable people in health settings. The University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative have provided more that $100,000 in grant money to support the work of a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers (guided by Aboriginal Elders with Holly as CI) to identify restorative practices in healthcare to close the gap on inequitable Indigneous healthcare outcomes.

The work of this team is centred on the University of Canberra Hospital and Whanganui Hospital in New Zealand. The work explores the idea that culture leads practice, and by privleging vulnerable voices it is possible to improve healthcare outcomes including performance measures such as clinical indicators, patient and staff satisfaction, staff retention and the budget 'bottom line'. Authentic voice of the most vulnerable voice in health care systems clearly heard throughout those systems are seen as pivotal to improved outcomes. 

This work also informs a cardiac rehabiitation program provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as a research project seeking to create a culturally safe program in an out of hospital environment.

In a related area of consumer vulnerability, bereaved families of organ donors are working with a team of academic leaders led by Holly to explore a closed online community of donor's and recipients, and the impacts of their relationships. This work will be publically shared by the consumers in a first of its kind conference scheduled at UC for October the 4th and 5th this year hosted by Donor Families Australia.

Other research work that she is currently engaged in includes working with Elders and using Yarning Circles as a restorative practice in teaching health students about contemporary issues related to Indigenous healthcare. 

Several other projects relating to end of life care, critical care nursing practices and neuro intensive care are also underway in Holly's research portfolio.

Holly works with healthcare consumers, vulnerable communities, professionals and academics that are alert to recognising and responding to healthcare inequity. Holly is honoured to work with the ACT Restorative Practice Community, part of an International Learning Community of Restorative Practice. Holly is an active advocate working in leadership roles on several NGOs that seek to address healthcare inequity and elevate the voices of vulnerable people.

Areas of Teaching

Holly is passionate about ensuring that healthcare professionals are supported by excellence in education to enable a flourishing community.

HDR Completions: 

Dr Jane Frost (2017). First student to graduate with a Professional Doctorate in Australia, ‘Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners and Patient Enablement’

  • HDR supervision, Postgraduate critical care nursing courses
  • Undergraduate health degree courses- including Contexts of Healthcare (Social Determinants of Health); Indigenous Health: Contemporary Issues; and Ethics and Law for Health Professionals; and units across the Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery degree programs.

Awards

2019

Order of Australia Medal

2018

Recognition on the Digital ACT Women’s Honour Roll. http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/women/act-womens-honour-roll/2008 

2016

Donor Families Australia - Award ‘in appreciation for outstanding organ donation awareness’.

2013

University of Canberra Nurses Society - Special Commendation, Nursing and Midwifery Awards

2010

ACT Chief Minister’s Awards for Organ Donation Awareness - The Ben Wiseman Award for Healthcare

2010

ACT Chief Nurse - ACT Health Certificate of Appreciation ‘a true champion in times of enormous challenge’

2009

ACT Health: Quality Improvement Programme Award, ‘The Clinical Trigger’

2009

Australian National University Medical School - Award for significant contribution to teaching during the 2008 academic year

2008

ANU & the Canberra Hospital Grand Rounds & Clinical Advances Program: Award: Best Grand Rounds of the Year

2008

Australian of the Year - Finalist, Local Hero Award

http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=635

2006

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship ($~22,000)

‘The introduction of ethical guidelines and information about the benefits of organ donation after cardiac death’—UK, Spain and the USA. https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/3012/holly+northam

2004

ACT Government - Commissioner of Public Administration Award

2003

The Canberra Hospital - Employee Award for ‘the establishment of a ‘quiet room’ for families in the Intensive Care Unit’

Scholarships 

2015

Australian College of Critical Care Nurses  - NSW Branch Scholarship ($1,000)

2006

ACT Health - Scholarship Master in Critical Care Nursing Course

2002

ACT Health - Scholarship Postgraduate Critical Care Nursing Course

Research interests

  • Communication
  • End of life care in acute and home healthcare settings
  • Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
  • Donor Recipient communication
  • Resiliency
  • Enablement of children/adolescents with chronic disease
  • Patient and family experiences of healthcare
  • Health Justice approaches to ‘closing the gap’ on inequitable health outcomes
  • Restorative practice in healthcare
  • Decolonising approaches
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Cultural safety
  • Ethical healthcare
  • ‘Whanau Ora’ (Family and person centred care)

Related Links

2018 - Research into the use of restorative practice to close the healthcare gap for Aboriginal Peoples

2018 - Recognition on the Digital ACT Women’s Honour Roll

2008 - Australian of the Year - Finalist, Local Hero Award

2006 - Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship ($~22,000) - ‘The introduction of ethical guidelines and information about the benefits of organ donation after cardiac death’—UK, Spain and the USA.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Nursing

2016

Master, Nursing

2006

External positions

Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing

2002

Midwifery Certificate , Gosford District Hospital

1983

General Certificate of Nursing , General Certificate of Nursing

1980

AHPRA Registered Nurse

AHPRA Registered Midwife, NMW 1374563

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Research Output 2013 2019

General practice nurse–led screening for anxiety in later life in Australian primary care settings

Hills, D., Hills, S., Robinson, T., Northam, H. & Hungerford, C., 2019, In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

General Practice
Primary Health Care
Anxiety
Geriatrics
Nurses
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An exploration of the relationship between families of deceased organ donors and transplant recipients: A systematic review and qualitative synthesis

Dicks, S. G., Northam, H., van Haren, F. M. P. & Boer, D. P., 25 Jun 2018, In : Health Psychology Open. 5, 1, p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Tissue Donors
Transplants
Social Adjustment
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Organ Transplantation
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A novel approach to studying co-evolution of understanding and research: Family bereavement and the potential for organ donation as a case study

Dicks, S. G., Ranse, K., Northam, H. L., van Haren, F. M. P. & Boer, D. P., 1 Jan 2018, In : Health Psychology Open. 5, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
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Bereavement
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Research Personnel
Research
Longitudinal Studies
3 Citations (Scopus)

Using the lens of enablement to explore patients' experiences of Nurse Practitioner care in the Primary Health Care setting

Frost, J., Currie, M. J., Cruickshank, M. & Northam, H., Apr 2018, In : Collegian. 25, 2, p. 193-199 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nurse Practitioners
Lenses
Primary Health Care
Referral and Consultation
Choice Behavior
2 Citations (Scopus)
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The development of a narrative describing the bereavement of families of potential organ donors: A systematic review

DICKS, S., RANSE, K., Northam, H. L., BOER, D. & Van Haren, F., 2017, In : Health Psychology Open. 4, 2, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
File
Bereavement
Tissue Donors
Grief