Karen Cheer

    Karen Cheer

    PhD student

    Cairns

    Research topic

    Socio-cultural understandings of Asia-Pacific peoples’ health and wellbeing

    Research outline

    Most of the world’s 3 million stillbirths per year occur in developing countries. In Papua New Guinea, Australia’s closest neighbour, there are complex and interconnected socio-cultural, spiritual, professional and systemic factors surrounding the phenomenon of stillbirth.

    My research involves a qualitative study that explores, describes and theorises understandings of stillbirth and experiences of providing care to women following stillbirth, from the perspective of a cohort of midwifery students at a university in Port Moresby. Grounded theory methodology is complemented by decolonizing research methods. Findings will be presented to inform the midwifery program and pastoral care of midwifery students. My research will contribute to our knowledge on stillbirth experiences in resources-limited and complex social and cultural settings.

    Research questions

    How do midwifery students at a university in Papua New Guinea understand, experience and manage the provision of care to women following stillbirth?

    Supervisory team

    Professor Komla Tsey

    Dr David MacLaren

    Dr Jenny Kelly

    Research grants

    Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

    Graduate Research Scheme 2016, James Cook University

    Awards

    NTEU 2016 Joan Hardy Scholarship

    Publications

    Cheer, K. (2015). Asia-Pacific women's experiences of stillbirth: A metasynthesis of qualitative literature. Health Care for Women International, 37(8), 889-905. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2015.1080261

    Cheer, K., MacLaren, D., & Tsey, K. (2016). The use of grounded theory in studies of nurses and midwives’ coping processes: A systematic literature search. Contemporary Nurse. doi:10.1080/10376178.2016.1157445.

    Menadue, C. B., & Cheer, K. C. 2017). Human culture and science fiction: A review of the literature 1980 to 2016. Sage Open, Jul-Sep, 1-15. doi:10.1177/2158244017723690

    Research grants

    Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation
    How midwifery students at a university in PNG understand, experience and manage the provision of care to women following stillbirth

    Indicative funding: $3,000
    This study will describe and theorise the understanding of stillbirth and experiences of providing care to women following stillbirth with a cohort of midwifery students at a univeristy in Papua New Guinea. The study will document social, cultural, spiritual and professional factors that inform the provision of care from the perspective of midwifery students who have been maternal healthcare providers prior to enrolment. The study will contribute to the body of knowledge on stillbirth experiences in resource limited and complex social and cultural settings, and enhance collaboration between JCU and Pacific Adventist University.
    Chief Investigators: Karen Cheer, Komla Tsey, David MacLaren and Jenny Kelly
    Collaborating Institutions: College of Arts, Society & Education; College of Medicine & Dentistry; The Cairns Institute


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