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Professor, Chair in Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery Deakin University and Western Health Partnership, Deakin University

Prof Linda Sweet is midwife and nurse with broad experience in many different clinical environments, management and research. She is the inaugural Chair in Midwifery of the Deakin University and Western Health partnership and is also the deputy editor of the international journal Women and Birth.

Professor Sweet's research interests include primary health care, including sexual health and midwifery, and health professional teaching and learning.

Such things include:

Pregnancy care for women with obesity
Preventing GDM and its sequelae
Continuity of Care Experience program in midwifery education
Developing learner agency through education
Improving workplace-based/clinical placement assessment for the health professions
Facilitating learning in the workplace


RN, RM, NICC, Cert IV Training and Assessment
BNg (Flin), MNgS (Flin), PhD (UniSA), GCTEd (Flin)
Former IBCLC

Honours, awards and grants:
2017 Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives
2016 Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators
2015 Billett, S, Sweet, L and colleagues, OLT research grant $467,000
2013 Nominee South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, Research Category
2013 Sweet, L and Graham, K Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant
2011 Sweet, L Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award winner
2010 Sweet, L and Glover, P Winner: ANZAME national research award
2006 Sweet, L National Ahmeda competitive scholarship for the International Board of Lactation Consultants examination, 2006.
2006 Sweet, L Winner: prestigious Mary Paton biannual national Australian Breastfeeding Association award, for the best original breastfeeding research paper titled "Breastfeeding a preterm infant and the objectification of breastmilk";
2005 Sweet, L PhD "Parents' experiences of breastfeeding a very low birth weight preterm infant from birth to twelve months of age."


  • 2019–present
    Chair professor, Deakin University and Western Health
  • 2013–2019
    Associate professor, Flinders University
  • 2007–2013
    Senior lecturer, Flinders University


  • 2009 
    Flinders University, GradCertEd)Higher Ed)
  • 2005 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 1997 
    Flinders University, MNursSt
  • 1994 
    Flinders University, BNurs

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives
  • Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators