Amanda's role with the Faculty of Health involves the provision of high level project coordination and management for the Faculty, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development. The main focus of her work with UTS has been international consultancies and research projects across the Pacific and South East Asian regions .
Prior to working with the WHO Collaborating Centre, Amanda worked on projects for the Faculty's Centres of Midwifery, Child and Family Health, and Health Services Management, as Project Administrator on the AusAID-funded Indonesia-Australia Women's Health Project, and Project Manager for the World Bank – funded Indonesian Sister Schools Program.
With a strong background in all aspects of project management, Amanda has completed postgraduate studies in International Social Development, and Population Health and Nutrition, that has allowed her to work successfully in a variety of areas and settings of international and domestic development work.
Amanda continues to manage a variety of projects, often with a focus on health development, nursing and midwifery, whilst overseeing development consultancy and research programs for the Centre.
Rumsey, M, Catling, C, Thiessen, J & Neill, A 2017, 'Building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity in the Pacific.', International Nursing Review, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 50-58.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The Australian Award Fellowship Program aimed to strengthen nursing and midwifery leadership and capacity in developing countries in the Pacific.It is necessary to build an optimal global health workforce, and leadership and mentorship are central to this need. This is especially important in small island states such as the Pacific who have limited capacity and resources.This health system strengthening program addressed quality improvement in education, through the mentorship of potential nursing and midwifery leaders in the South Pacific Region.Program participants between 2013 and 2015 were interviewed. Data were audio-taped, transcribed and analysed thematically using an inductive process.Thirty-four nurses and midwives from 12 countries participated. There were four main themes arising from the data which were: having a country-wide objective, learning how to be a leader, negotiating barriers and having effective mentorship.Our study showed that participants deemed their mentorship from country leaders highly valuable in relation to completing their projects, networking and role modelling. Similar projects are described.The limitation of this study was its small size. There is a need to continue to build the momentum of the program and Fellows in each country in order to build regional networks.The Program has provided beneficial leadership education and mentorship for nurses and midwives from Pacific countries. It has provided a platform to develop quality improvement projects in line with national priorities.Global aid programs and the recipients of the program would benefit from comparable health strengthening approaches to nursing and midwifery in similar developing countries.
Dawson, A, Kililo, M, Geita, L, Mola, G, Brodie, P, Rumsey, M, Copeland, F, Neill, A & Homer, C 2016, 'Midwifery capacity building in Papua New Guinea: Key achievements and ways forward', Women and Birth, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 180-188.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Moores, A, Catling, C, West, F, Neill, A, Rumsey, M, Kilio Samor, M & Homer, CSE 2015, 'What motivates midwifery students to study midwifery in Papua New Guinea?', Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 60-67.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Introduction: Midwives in Papua New Guinea have a vital role to play in addressing the high maternal and neonatal mortality rate. Attracting applicants in sufficient numbers and quality to study midwifery has been challenging in some countries.
Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the motivation of students to study midwifery in Papua New Guinea. Findings from this study will assist in midwifery workforce recruitment and retention.
Methods: Between 2012-2014, midwifery students (n=298) from the four midwifery schools in Papua New Guinea were surveyed and interviewed on their perceptions regarding their midwifery studies. One part of the data collection process asked the students to describe their motivation to become a midwife with the question: Why did you choose to study midwifery? A content and thematic analysis was undertaken.
Results: 194 (65% response rate) students provided between 1-3 different responses to the question, making a total of 246 responses. Three main themes emerged which were recognising a public need; recognising professional needs; and, building upon experience.
Discussion: Forty-one percent (n=101) of midwifery students in Papua New Guinea studied midwifery because they wanted to help lower the high maternal mortality in the country. This is a unique finding reflecting the reality of maternal and child health in Papua New Guinea and is of great contrast to the motivations of midwifery students in similarly low to middle income countries in the region and globally.
Rumsey, M & Neill, A World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region, AusAID and PNG National Department of Health 2015, PNG Maternal and Child Health Initiative Phase II: Mid-term Summary Report, Sydney, Austalia.
Homer, C, Neill, A & Rumsey, M WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development, University of Technology, Sydney 2015, Midwifery Education in Papua New Guinea: A Discussion Paper.
Moores, A, Catling, C, West, F, Neill, A, Rumsey, M & Homer, C WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development, University of Technology, Sydney 2015, What Motivates Midwifery Students to Study Midwifery in Papua New Guinea?.
Rumsey, M, Brodie, P, Copeland, F, Neill, A & Homer, C WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development, University of Technology, Sydney 2015, Midwifery Capacity Building in Papua New Guinea: Key Achievements and Ways Forward.
rumsey, M, Neill, A & Homer, C WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and and Health Development, Univeristy of Technology Sydney 2015, Papua New Guinea - Maternal and Child Health Initiative Phase II.
Rumsey, M & Neill, A WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Midwifery and Health Development, University of Technology Sydney 2014, South Pacific Chief Nursing And Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA)Meeting - 18th to 21st November 2014 TONGA‘Takanga Etaufohe’ – Nurses Collaboratively Rowing (Leading) the WayMeeting Brief -, pp. 1-3.
Rumsey, M, Neill, A, Homer, C & Karan, P WHO CC UTS 2014, UTS World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development - Phase 1: final report - PNG maternal and child health initiative (MCHI), pp. 1-58, Sydney, Australia.
Rumsey, M, Neill, A, Homer, C & Copeland, F World Health Organization – Western Pacific Region 2013, WHO/AusAID Collaboration in PNG for the project, “Capacity building in Midwifery Education and Practice in PNG” - Final Status Report, pp. 1-138, Boroko, Papua New Guinea.
Rumsey, M, Thiessen, J & Neill, A WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Midwifery and Health Development, University of Technology Sydney 2012, South Pacific Fellowships in nursing and midwifery: supporting today's talent to become tomorrow's leaders, pp. 1-25.