Deputy Head of School – Education and Head of Discipline – Midwifery, University of Newcastle

I have been a registered nurse since 1978 and a registered midwife since 1990. I remain current with registration in both disciplines. I recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy - Midwifery, exploring the maternity care encounters of socially disadvantaged women. I completed my Masters of Philosophy - Midwifery in 2008, exploring the interactions between midwives and women who smoked during pregnancy. My findings, for both studies would suggest that it is often difficult for midwives to maintain a woman-centred model of interaction with competing organisational and Ministry of Health public health agendas. I am the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle. My research interests therefore, involve the provision of woman-centred care for all childbearing women regardless of the midwifery context as well as the educational strategies that will support graduate midwives to implement woman-centred care into their practice.

Research Expertise
Midwifery, Nursing, Women's health in relation to childbearing, and Communicating within a partnership model of health care I recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy - Midwifery, exploring the maternity care encounters of socially disadvantaged women. I completed my Masters of Philosophy - Midwifery in 2008, exploring the interactions between midwives and women who smoked during pregnancy. I my findings would suggest that it is often difficult for midwives to maintain a woman-centred model of interaction with competing organisational and Ministry of Health public health agendas.

Teaching Expertise
I have been teaching within the midwifery, nursing undergraduate and postgraduate programs since 2000 at the University of Newcastle. I also guest lecture into the Masters of Pharmacology program. I am currently the program convenor for the Bachelor of Midwifery Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle. My research interests involve the provision of woman-centred care for all childbearing women regardless of the midwifery context and the educational strategies that will support graduate midwives to implement woman-centred care into their practice.

Administrative Expertise
I am currently the program convenor for the Bachelor of Midwifery Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle.

Collaborations
I am currently a member of the nursing and midwifery BRICs (Building Research and Interdisciplinary Collaboration) Network. I am also currently a member of the research centre for health professional education.

Experience

  • 2002–2018
    Dr Ebert, School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle