What we do
The Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health is dedicated to improving the health of childbearing women, children, young people and families through our leadership in midwifery, child and family health research, education, practice development and consultancy. We conduct research that strengthens and supports the health of Australian families, improves policy and systems particularly in vulnerable populations, develops workforce capacity and practice and improves outcomes for Indigenous women, children and adolescents.
We achieve our goals through the pursuit of excellence in globally relevant research-inspired teaching and learning that has impact, leading interdisciplinary approaches to health development and improvements, collaboration and engagement with industry partners and developing graduates who are leaders in their profession.
Each of our objectives relate to our discipline areas of midwifery, child and family health and paediatric nursing and the health care of young people:
- Conduct high quality research to improve quality of practice, services and systems
- Develop, evaluate and improve practice development initiatives that are based on evidence and best practice and provide technical, evidence-based consultancy services
- Contribute to, and participate in, the educational and professional development of midwives, nurses and other relevant health care professionals
- Support capacity building in higher degree research students and early career researchers and support leadership development
- Foster collaborative relationships and interdisciplinary research in practice development and knowledge translation to enable system-level reform
Our Research Framework
Our work is guided by the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health Research Framework (PDF 150KB)
This framework has been adapted from the QNMC Framework (Renfrew et al. 2014).
For all childbearing women, children and infants:
- Education, information, health promotion.
- Assessment, screening, care planning.
- Promotion of normal processes, prevention of complications.
For childbearing women, children and infants with complications:
- First-line management of complications.
- Midwifery, medical, obstetric, neonatal, paediatric services.
Organisation of care
- Available, accessible, acceptable, good-quality services – adequate resources, competent workforce.
- Continuity, services integrated across community and facilities.
- Respect, communication, community knowledge, and understanding.
- Care tailored to women’s, children’s and families’ circumstances and needs.
- Optimising biological, psychological, social and cultural processes, strengthening women’s, children’s and families’ capabilities.
- Expectant management, using interventions only when indicated.
- Practitioners who combine clinical knowledge and skills with interpersonal and cultural competence
- Division of roles and responsibilities based on need, competencies and resources