Fiona Hawthorne

Fiona Hawthorne PhD; Churchill Fellow

Fiona Hawthorne started her career as a registered nurse in Brisbane. She has taught bioethics, clinical communication and preparation for professional practice in schools of nursing and medicine at various universities for a number of years, as well as working as a perinatal counsellor supporting families whose baby was likely to die shortly before, during or after delivery. Fiona completed a PhD in 2006 examining the construction of risk and sources of influence when contemplating pre-natal screening.
From her PhD work, Fiona was fortunate enough to be awarded the Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to undertake an extensive study tour of the UK and USA investigating how a perinatal palliative care service may be developed for Australia.
Fiona has worked as the Clinical Ethicist for a large metropolitan Australian hospital and continues to work in the healthcare context in Queensland, primarily in the area of adverse events and clinical incident management.
She is also a member of the Hummingbird House Clinical Advisory Board which provides clinical governance, feedback, peer review and support for establishing, refining, implementing and evaluating the clinical care model for this dedicated paediatric hospice.