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Dr Pauline Wong has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years with a clinical background in trauma and intensive care nursing at Alfred Health in Melbourne, where she also held managerial and educational roles.

Pauline is currently a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is an accomplished academic, experienced in lecturing in acute and critical care nursing using a diverse range of teaching pedagogy including enquiry-based and blended, online and flipped learning approaches, clinical skills and immersive simulation. Pauline has provided academic leadership in a range of course coordination and unit chair roles. She has also led several curriculum reviews and implemented a number of e-learning initiatives.

Pauline completed her PhD in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in 2016. Her research developed a grounded theory of family resilience when a relative is admitted unexpectedly to an Australian intensive care unit. The recommendations can be used by healthcare professionals to inform clinical practice that is inclusive of families and their critically ill patients.

Pauline's research program is focused on understanding approaches to partnering with families and to explore the outcomes and experiences of healthcare consumers with regard to patient- and family-centred care practices in ICU. Her program aligns with consumer involvement in health and social care decision-making as well as the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard: Partnering with Consumers. Pauline's research incorporates qualitative and mixed methods, to inform relevant evidence-based practice and to develop an understanding of stakeholders’ views on partnering with families.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Heightened Emotional Vulnerability and Regaining Control: A Grounded Theory of Family Resilience in the Australian Intensive Care Unit, La Trobe University

Award Date: 15 Dec 2016

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 5 Dec 2002

Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Clinical Nursing Education), La Trobe University

Award Date: 2 May 1997

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), La Trobe University

Award Date: 21 Apr 1995

Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences

Award Date: 14 Dec 1987

External positions

Member, Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)

1 Jul 2021 → …

Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)

Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd (ACCCN)

Assistant Editor, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal

Member, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

Research area keywords

  • Nursing
  • Intensive Care
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Qualitative methods
  • Grounded Theory
  • Patient- and Family-Centred Care
  • Families
  • Consumer participation
  • Clinical Nursing Education

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