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Professor of Midwifery, Charles Darwin University

Professor Sue Kildea is the Professor of Midwifery and Co-Director of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Charles Darwin University. She is recognised internationally as a midwifery leader, a health services researcher and an advocate for returning birthing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander control; and rural and remote communities. She is passionate about the year before and after birth and sees it as the best time to positively impact mums, bubs and families. She uses research for social change and has been undertaking research in the maternity field since the mid-90s. Sue is a registered nurse midwife with clinical, management, policy, education and research experience across both acute and primary health care settings. She is a strong collaborative researcher, with particular expertise in introducing and evaluating innovative models of maternity service delivery, leading research across distances, strengthening rural and remote maternity services, care provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and translating research into practice.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Midwifery, The University of Queensland
  • 2009–present
    Professor of Midwifery, Mater Health Service & Mater Research Institute


Research Australia’s Health Services Research Award, 2018. CRANAplus: Aurora Award in recognition of leadership and outstanding contributions to remote area health in Australia (2012). University of Technology Sydney Human Rights Reconciliation Award (2004).