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.
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
Professor of Midwifery, Midwifery and Women's Health Research Unit, University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney, Doctor of Midwifery
Wolfson Institute of Health Sciences & Thames Valley University London UK , MA (Midwifery Practice)
Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, BNurs - Bachelor of Nursing (Epidemiology)