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Dr Wendy Pollock

Associate Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Wendy is a critical care nurse and Australian midwife who has taught, researched and published extensively on topics related to maternal critical illness and severe maternal morbidity. She completed her PhD on ‘Critically ill pregnant and postnatal women in Victoria: characteristics, severity of illness and provision of acute health services’ in 2008, at The University of Melbourne. Wendy is an Associate Investigator on the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and was the Australian College of Midwives representative on the National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management Guidelines Module 5 – Obstetrics and Maternity. She has honorary appointments at The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, Australia. Since joining Northumbria University as an Associate Professor of Adult Nursing in March 2020, Wendy has become a member of the North East & North Cumbria Enhanced Maternal Care and MEWS Working Group, and is undertaking a study on Healthcare Worker Wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Wendy Pollock

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Wendy is a critical care nurse and Australian midwife who has expertise in maternal critical illness and severe maternal morbidity Wendy often uses a mixed methods approach and has research skills in epidemiology, systematic review, surveys, cohort studies, data management and statistical analysis, and in undertaking interviews and focus groups with themed analysis.

Wendy’s key area of interest is severe maternal morbidity encompassing:

  • Early recognition of clinical deterioration in pregnant and postpartum women
  • Knowledge and skills of nurses and midwives to care for critically ill pregnant and postpartum women
  • Organisation and delivery of acute health services for pregnant and postpartum women who have enhanced maternity care needs
  • Understanding the experience of women and families who endure severe maternal morbidity

Another research interest is workforce standards and she was instrumental in the development of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Workforce Standards for Intensive Care Nursing (2018). Since arriving at Northumbria University, Wendy is leading a study on Healthcare Worker Wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A third research focus is the implementation and adoption of evidence-based practice. Wendy is an applied researcher and her research activities incorporate enhancing clinical care and improving patient outcomes as a key element.

Key Publications

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  • A critical care pandemic staffing framework in Australia, Marshall, A., Austin, D., Chamberlain, D., Chapple, L., Cree, M., Fetterplace, K., Foster, M., Freeman-Sanderson, A., Fyfe, R., Grealy, B., Hodak, A., Holley, A., Kruger, P., Kucharski, G., Pollock, W., Ridley, E., Stewart, P., Thomas, P., Torresi, K., Williams, L. 1 Mar 2021, In: Australian Critical Care
  • Implementation of an obstetric triage decision aid into a maternity assessment unit and emergency department, McCarthy, M., Pollock, W., McDonald, S. 25 Jun 2021, In: Women and Birth
  • Organizational strategies to optimize women’s safety during labor and birth: A scoping review, McCormick, M., Pollock, W., Kapp, S., Gerdtz, M. 5 Jul 2021, In: Birth
  • A comparison of moderate to late preterm neonates receiving nasal continuous positive airway pressure in Australian tertiary and non-tertiary centres, Patterson, H., Pollock, W. 1 Jul 2020, In: Neonatal network : NN
  • Haematological features, transfusion management and outcomes of massive obstetric haemorrhage: findings from the Australian and New Zealand Massive Transfusion Registry, Lasica, M., Sparrow, R., Tacey, M., Pollock, W., Wood, E., McQuilten, Z. 1 Aug 2020, In: British Journal of Haematology
  • Intimate partner violence and severe acute maternal morbidity in the intensive care unit: A case-control study in Peru, Ayala Quintanilla, B., Pollock, W., McDonald, S., Taft, A. 1 Mar 2020, In: Birth
  • Eclampsia in Australia and New Zealand: A prospective population-based study, Pollock, W., Peek, M., Wang, A., Li, Z., Ellwood, D., Homer, C., Jackson Pulver, L., McLintock, C., Vaughan, G., Knight, M., Sullivan, E. 16 Dec 2019, In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Incidence, trends and severity of primary postpartum haemorrhage in Australia: A population-based study using Victorian Perinatal Data Collection data for 764 244 births, Flood, M., McDonald, S., Pollock, W., Cullinane, F., Davey, M. 1 Apr 2019, In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pregnant and postpartum considerations., Pollock, W., James, A. 2019, Critical Care Nursing, Sydney, Australia, Elsevier
  • Risk factors for severe postpartum haemorrhage: A population-based retrospective cohort study, Davey, M., Flood, M., Pollock, W., Cullinane, F., McDonald, S. 22 Nov 2019, In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


  • Other Courses Graduate Certificate December 21 2009
  • Nursing Related Studies PhD April 05 2008
  • Education PGDipHE December 09 1994
  • Nursing PGDip December 22 1992
  • Midwifery Certificate RM (Aust) 1991
  • Critical Care Nursing Certificate Crit Care Nurse 1989
  • General Nursing Certificate RN (Aust) 1984

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