Dr Deanne August

Research Fellow

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr August is a Registered Nurse, a post-doctoral MRFF Research Fellow at University Queensland, and the Nurse Research Co-ordinator for the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has over 20 years’ experience in Neonatal and Paediatric critical care settings, including retrieval services in far north Queensland. August is one very few Neonatal Nurses who has training in Skin Integrity, with a number of publications related to neonatal skin assessment. August’s PhD explored neonatal skin injuries from mechanical force (awarded July 2022). Clinical experiences have cultivated Deanne's desire investigate and evaluate clinical practice, with a specific focus on minimizing the sequalae of necessary care such as medical adhesives or vascular access. Her program of research has included systematic reviews, randomised control trials, case control, longitudinal studies, and international practice guidelines. Within studies she considers the effect of clinical workloads, implications on hospital systems including economic evaluation, and especially the neonatal/family experience. Dr August is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in neonatal skin integrity and injury assessment; with a growing track record with 16 peer reviewed articles published and international confrences invitations in the past 5 years.

Research Interests

  • Improving the safety of neonatal care
    Evaluation of clinical practice and limiting the frequency of sequalae attributed to necessary care such as medical adhesives or vascular access.
  • Nurse lead clinical practice innovation and translation of evidence
    Condensing evidence for the busy clinician concise through visual representations such as multimedia resources available on the world wide web or a skin development diagram from foetal and neonatal scientific evidence.
  • Neonatal skin care
    Improving the quality of neonatal skin health and skin injury assessments through evaluation of visual assessment and adjunct tools.

Research Impacts

Dr August's outcomes are integrated into a number of univeristy healthcare and expert settings desipte her early career status. For example, many of her PhD outcomes have been cited or incorperated into two international skin care gudielines (The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and National Association of Neonatal Nurses, a statewide hospital based training program (Queensland Health's Transition to Practice), and the post graduate course for Neonatal Nursing (University of Tasmania). She has also lead a book chaper for Neonatal Skin Care in the Austarlian First Text Book for Neonatal Care practices (Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand: Principles for Practice 1st edition). Other examples of her impacts include - Facilitating neonatal MARSI evidence into practice: investigating multimedia resources with Australian Neonatal Nurses – a participatory action research project has had direct policy and practice impact, across neonatal health services. This research included the development of a clinical education resource and supplementary tutorials for neonatal medical adhesive removal to prevent injury and improve clinical practice. In addition her developement of the the Graduated colour tape measure: (development and demonstration in a case series of neonatal skin injuries and evaluation of the consistency of neonatal skin injury assessment using clinical images), has direct practice and knowledge impact. This research yielded insight into barriers of effective skin injury assessment in the neonatal intensive care and produced a novel, economic and clinically applicable tool to assist with neonatal skin injury assessment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, James Cook University


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