Researcher biography

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.