Professor in Midwifery, University of Sydney

I am the Professor in Midwifery at the University of Sydney and conjoint Professor, School of Women's and Children's Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, Midwifery and Women’s Health Research Unit, Royal Hospital for Women.

I was educated as a midwife and a nurse in New Zealand and I have over 30 years experience as a midwife in clinical and academic settings in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Research interests:

Practice development in midwifery
Health services research in midwifery
Policy issues relating to the level and timing of intervention during labour and birth
Guidelines for consultation and referral in relation to the scope of midwifery practice
Innovative models of maternity care
Physiological markers of the progress of labour
Epidemiological research into maternity care using large population health data bases

Examples of research include:

A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care
An evaluation of primary level maternity units if New South Wales and New Zealand
Exploring ways to improve access to midwifery care for remote dwelling Aboriginal women
A study of the impacts of the physical and social environment on the quality and design of services provided by hospital (acute care) and community (remote health) during pregnancy and the year after birth.
Physiological research into clinical practice in maternity services
Using linked papulation data bases to determine patient level outcomes following intervention during pregnancy and birth
Co editing and co-authoring the third edition of the Australian and New Zealand textbook for midwives

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Professor of Midwifery, Midwifery and Women's Health Research Unit, University of Sydney

Education

  • 2003 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Doctor of Midwifery
  • 1997 
    Wolfson Institute of Health Sciences & Thames Valley University London UK , MA (Midwifery Practice)
  • 1992 
    Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, BNurs - Bachelor of Nursing (Epidemiology)
  • 1989 
    Adv Dip N - Adv. Dip Midwifery, Massey University, Wellington NZ
  • 1989 
    New Zealand, Registered Midwife

Publications

  • 2013
    Caseload midwifery care versus standard maternity care for women of any risk: M@NGO, a randomised controlled trial, The Lancet
  • 2013
    A cost-consequences analysis of a Midwifery Group Practice for Aboriginal mothers and infants in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia , Midwifery
  • 2013
    Maternal and perinatal outcomes amongst low risk women giving birth in water compared to six birth positions on land. A descriptive cross sectional study., Midwifery
  • 2012
    Collaboration in Maternity Care is achievable and practical. , Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • 2012
    Rates of obstetric intervention among low-risk women giving birth in private and public hospitals in NSW: a population-based descriptive study, BMJ Open

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Is lactic acid concentration in amniotic fluid a new predictor of labour dystocia?
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC 1044962
  • 2011
    The effects of the Queensland floods on pregnant women, their pregnancies and their children’s early development (QF2011)
    Role:
    AI
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 2009
    Evaluation of Midwifery Units (EMU): a prospective cohort study of primary level (free standing) midwifery led units.
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC 571901
  • 2009
    1+1=A Healthy Start to Life
    Role:
    CIG
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC Healthy Start to Life Grant
  • 2008
    M@NGO (Midwives @ New Group practice Options). A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care
    Role:
    CIA
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC 510207