Dr Charlene Thornton is a Midiwife and Clinical Epidemiologist at the University of Western Sydney, School of Medicine. Charlene completed her undergraduate nursing degree in 1992, her post graduate qualification in midwifery in 1996 and during her clinical work became acutely interested in short and long term outcomes for women and babies following pregnancy events. Following the completion of a double Masters in Science in Medicine in Research and Clinical Epidemiology, Charlene went on to complete her PhD in Medicine in 2005 under the supervision of Prefessor Annemarie Hennessy, Dean of Medicine, University of Western Sydney. Her thesis, examining outcomes for women and babies following a diagnosis of hypertension during pregnancy, led to policy change across the province of British Columbia in Canada regarding intravenous administration of fluids in women with hypertension, who are at increased risk of pulmonary oedema.
Charlene's research interest include long and short term maternal outcomes, inlcuding maternal mortality, following complicated pregnancies and the use of large population based datasets to ascertain results.