Miss Madeleine Powell

Miss Madeleine Powell

Casual Academic

MPH, MHM, BNurs.

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

I am a Doctoral Student and part-time Project Officer at UNSW's School of Population health. I have over 5 years of experience in research, collaborating on diverse research projects in both hospital and community settings. 

After 6 years of clinical experience in surgical and intensive care nursing, I began work as a Clinical Research Nurse at the Princess Alexandra Hospital ICU. In this role, I conducted a variety of nursing-led studies focused on improving patient care. Whilst working here I completed a Dual Master of Public Health and Health Management at the University of New South Wales.

In 2020 I commenced work at UNSW, working on several projects at both the School of Population Health and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre focused on child injury prevention, child protection, and e-cigarette prevalence and harms. 

In June 2021 I commenced my Ph.D. at the UNSW School of Population Health and was awarded a Scholarship from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. My Ph.D. research will use epidemiological methods and leverage a multi-jurisdictional electronic cohort (e-cohort) study of Australian children to study child maltreatment amongst children with parents who have substance use problems. 

My research interests lie in epidemiology, non-communicable diseases, social determinants of health, and children's and women’s health.

  • Journal articles | 2024
    Powell M; Pilkington R; Varney B; Havard A; Lynch J; Dobbins T; Oei JL; Ahmed T; Falster K, 2024, 'The burden of prenatal and early life maternal substance use among children at risk of maltreatment: A systematic review', Drug and Alcohol Review, 43, pp. 823 - 847, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13835
    Journal articles | 2023
    Economidis G; Pilkington R; Lynch J; Dobbins T; Shakeshaft A; Powell M; Eades AM; Falster K, 2023, 'The effect of family-based therapy on child physical abuse and neglect: a narrative systematic review', International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, 6, pp. 633 - 674, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s42448-023-00170-z
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lovell T; Mitchell M; Powell M; Cummins B; Tonge A; Metcalf E; Ownsworth T; O'Neill K; Morris L; Ranse K, 2023, 'Fostering positive emotions, psychological well-being, and productive relationships in the intensive care unit: A before-and-after study', Australian Critical Care, 36, pp. 28 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2022.08.001
    Journal articles | 2023
    Lovell T; Mitchell M; Powell M; Tonge A; Strube P; O'Neill K; Dunstan E; Bonnin-Trickett A; Miller E; Suliman A; Ownsworth T; Ranse K, 2023, 'Dying in intensive care: An analysis of the perspectives of families and clinicians on end-of-life care', Australian Critical Care, 36, pp. 595 - 603, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2022.07.004
    Journal articles | 2022
    Coyer F; Chaboyer W; Lin F; Doubrovsky A; Barakat-Johnson M; Brown W; Lakshmanan R; Leslie G; Jones SL; Pearse I; Martin K; McInnes E; Powell M; Mitchell ML; Sosnowski K; Tallot M; Thompson A; Thompson L; Labeau S; Blot S, 2022, 'Pressure injury prevalence in Australian intensive care units: A secondary analysis', Australian Critical Care, 35, pp. 701 - 708, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2021.10.009
    Journal articles | 2021
    Larsen EN; Corley A; Mitchell M; Lye I; Powell M; Tom S; Mihala G; Ullman AJ; Gibson V; Marsh N; Kleidon TM; Rapchuk IL; Rickard CM, 2021, 'A pilot randomised controlled trial of dressing and securement methods to prevent arterial catheter failure in intensive care.', Aust Crit Care, 34, pp. 38 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2020.05.004
    Journal articles | 2021
    Santomauro C; Powell M; Davis C; Liu D; Aitken LM; Sanderson P, 2021, 'Interruptions to Intensive Care Nurses and Clinical Errors and Procedural Failures: A Controlled Study of Causal Connection.', J Patient Saf, 17, pp. e1433 - e1440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PTS.0000000000000528
    Journal articles | 2020
    Castillo MI; Mitchell M; Davis C; Powell M; Le Brocque R; Ullman A; Wetzig K; Rattray J; Hull AM; Kenardy J; Aitken LM, 2020, 'Feasibility and acceptability of conducting a partially randomised controlled trial examining interventions to improve psychological health after discharge from the intensive care unit.', Aust Crit Care, 33, pp. 488 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2020.01.002
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mitchell ML; Ullman AJ; Takashima M; Davis C; Mihala G; Powell M; Gibson V; Zhang L; Bauer M; Geoffrey Playford E; Rickard CM, 2020, 'Central venous access device Securement and dressing effectiveness: The CASCADE pilot randomised controlled trial in the adult intensive care.', Aust Crit Care, 33, pp. 441 - 451, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2019.10.002
    Journal articles | 2020
    Powell M; Bonnin-Trickett A; Davis C; Dunstan E; Suliman A; Tonge A; Mansfield D; Ownsworth T; Takashima M; Mitchell M, 2020, 'End-of-life care in ICU – what clinicians think', Australian Critical Care, 33, pp. S12 - S12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2020.04.036
    Journal articles | 2020
    Powell M; Brown D; Davis C; Walsham J; Calleja P; Nielsen S; Mitchell M, 2020, 'Handover practices of nurses transferring trauma patients from intensive care units to the ward: A multimethod observational study.', Aust Crit Care, 33, pp. 538 - 545, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2020.03.004
    Journal articles | 2018
    Santomauro C; Powell M; Davis C; Liu D; Aitken L; Sanderson P, 2018, 'Interruptions to intensive care nurses lead to clinical errors', Australian Critical Care, 31, pp. 125 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2017.12.038
  • Conference Papers | 2023
    O'Neill K; Powell M; Lovell T; Brown D; Walsham J; Calleja P; Nielsen S; Mitchell M, 2023, 'Improving the handover of complex trauma patients by implementing a standardised process', in Australian Critical Care, pp. 799 - 805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2022.10.020

Winner 2010 Undergraduate Student of the Year, Mater Clinical Teaching and Learning Award: Awarded Student of the Year by the Mater Hospital in recognition of my dedication to learning and patient care, competing against finalists from all health disciplines.

I am currently completing my Ph.D., working under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Falster, Dr. Alys Havard, Associate Professor Timothy Dobbins, and Dr. Rhiannon Pilkington. The title of my Ph.D is: Transforming the health system response to parents with drug and alcohol misuse to prevent child maltreatment: a population data linkage study.

I am also working part-time at the UNSW School of Population Health as the Project Officer for an Aboriginal community-led child injury prevention project based in remote NSW.

I am an investigator on a number of nursing-led research projects conducted at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, including a pre-post intervention study aiming to improve end-of-life care delivered in ICU, a health care delivery study aiming to improve the Nursing handover of complex trauma patients on discharge from ICU, and a study trialing the delivery of Animal Assisted Therapy for ICU patients.