Dr Carolyn Briggs has a longstanding interest in community health nursing, specialising in child health nursing and family health. She has worked as a clinician, educator and researcher in child and family health nursing and inaugurated the Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Heath Nursing at UTS. She currently teaches a wide range of subject at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Carolyn Briggs has a particular interest in health policy for children and families and her professional doctorate was on the impact of the NSW Government’s Families First Initiative on child and family health nursing services. She has represented the views of child and family health nurses on federal and state government committees, where she brought her extensive experience in community child and family health nursing. Carolyn has retained strong links to the clinical community and is active in professional organisations representing child and family health nurses. She is the Editor of the Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing for, which is the official journal of the professional nursing organisation, Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia.
Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Australia
Editor, Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing C
Past President of the Child and Family Health Nurses Association (NSW) Inc. and Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia.
Community child health nursing services
Health policy for children and families
Nursing practice in child and family health nursing
Current Research Project
Child health nursing
Family and community health nursing
Primary health care, health promotion and health education
Fowler, CM, Rossiter, C, Maddox, J, Dignam, DM, Briggs, CJ, DeGuio, A & Kookarkin, JL 2012, 'Parent satisfaction with early parenting residential services: a telephone interview study', Contemporary Nurse, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 64-72.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Early parenting residential units provide a child and family health support and education service for parents experiencing parenting difficulties. An ongoing concern of nursing staff and management is whether the parenting knowledge and skills gained are translated into sustainable parenting practices after discharge. This paper explores the response to a post discharge telephone interview about parents' experience of nursing care during their residential stay and their parenting experience since discharge. A descriptive qualitative approach identified four themes in the parents' responses: greater confidence, greater knowledge about their babies, changing expectations of parenting and their infants, and sustainability of parenting skills.
Homer, CS, Henry, K, Schmied, V, Kemp, L, Leap, N & Briggs, CJ 2009, ''It looks good on paper': Transitions of care between midwives and child and family health nurses in New South Wales', Women and Birth, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 64-72.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Background The way in which women and their babies transition from maternity services to the care of child and family health nurses differs across Australia. The aim of the study was to understand the transition of care from one service to another and how to promote collaboration in the first few weeks after the birth. Method A descriptive study was undertaken. All midwifery, child and family health and Families NSW managers in NSW were invited to participate by completing a questionnaire. Results There was a wide range of transition of care models. These varied by setting, geography, context and history. Three main models emerged from the analysis. These were as follows: 1. Structured, non-verbal communication system that relied on paper-based or computerised systems. This included either centralised referral or centre-based referral processes. 2. Liaison person model which was similar to purposeful contact, but with everything vested in one clinician who is responsible for the coordination and organisation. 3. Purposeful contact model which was mostly for identified at-risk women and included continuity of care with formal networks and face to face contact.
Keatinge, D, Fowler, CM & Briggs, CJ 2007, 'Evaluating the Family Partnership Model (FPM) program and implementation in practice in New South Wales,Australia.', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 28-35.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Objective This study investigates participants experiences of implementing and educating colleagues in the Family Partnership Model (FPM). Design Qualitative research approaches using content analysis.