Meet our internationally recognised midwifery experts and researchers who continue to improve practice and inform policy globally.
Head of Discipline, Midwifery
Director of the Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health
Kathleen has been a midwife since 1996 and during that time gained a wealth of experience in clinical and academic positions. She has consistently advocated for teaching excellence, innovation in midwifery practice and evidence-based practice. She contributed to the development of midwifery knowledge and enhanced curriculum development and assessment by introducing progressive teaching and assessment processes to the curriculum to meet the demands and changes in service provision of midwifery.
Clinical and academic experience has taught her how to build and maintain strong relationships with all departments within the University and the hospital. She is aware of the importance of developing and fostering collegial relationships and working closely with midwifery, medical and allied health colleagues to provide leadership. She has the ability to both lead or work within a team and has the opportunity to work with several agencies on various projects including statutory and third sector agencies and I have been successful in fostering and achieving collaborative interagency working.
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Director of Midwifery Studies
Christine is the Lead for the Maternal, Newborn and Women’s Clinical Academic Group with the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and is the coordinator of the National Publicly-Funded Homebirth Consortium. In 2015 she was the first Post-Doctoral Research Fellow based with the UTS WHO Collaborating Centre. Christine takes a lead in higher degree research student supervision and support groups, and currently is studying the Australian midwifery workplace culture.
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Co-Director of the Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health
Allison Cummins teaches both in the undergraduate and post-graduate midwifery programs at UTS. She has developed teaching and learning grants, including a one-touch midwifery app for smartphones, and other online and workshop projects. Allison’s research interests include the introduction and support for midwifery continuity of care models (where a known and trusted midwife provides care to a mother during pregnancy), and birth and the early parenting period. Her interest in these areas stems from working at the Royal Hospital for Women as a midwifery educator who was intimately involved in the introduction of midwifery group practice models of care.
Lecturer in Midwifery, Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Midwifery
Deborah is registered as a midwife in Australia and Singapore. Her PhD, which was attached to the Birthplace in Australia project, was a qualitative study of the processes of intrapartum transfer from planned homebirth to hospital. Much of her research is focussed upon supporting women with complications to have positive childbearing experiences. An innovative clinician, she collaborated with obstetric colleagues in 2011 to establish Singapore’s first midwifery group practice.
Distinguished Professor of Midwifery
Caroline is a distinguished professor in the Faculty of Health at UTS and is registered as a midwife in Australia. She has led research into the development and implementation of innovative models of midwifery care and the development of midwifery practice and education. Her other research includes the translation of research into clinical practice particularly in maternity care, clinical risk management strategies and the development of educational strategies to prepare midwives for practice.
Lecturer in Midwifery
Loretta Musgrave has practiced as a midwife for over 20 years and holds both a Nursing and Midwifery registration. She has experience in Midwifery education, Nursing and Midwifery health regulation and preventative health. Loretta’s research aims to generate evidence to inform future development and utilisation of preconception and pregnancy specific applications for smartphones. Loretta teaches in the undergraduate midwifery program at UTS.
Lecturer in Midwifery, Course Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
Vanessa Scarf is the project coordinator at UTS for Birthplace in Australia, a study being undertaken by researchers from around the country comparing neonatal mortality and morbidity associated with low-risk births at home, birth centres or stand-alone midwifery units, compared with births in standard labour wards. A practicing midwife for over 20 years, Vanessa has taught undergraduate midwives at UTS and coordinates the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery program.
"The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is a popular course that leads to registration as a midwife in Australia.
The course uses a blended approach to learning. Students enjoy the pre-class activities together with learning new skills and knowledge on campus one day a week. The concurrent employment provides students with the opportunity to work alongside midwives working in continuity of care models, providing care to women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the early parenting period."
Lecturer in Midwifery
Dr Annabel Sheehy is a midwife who has worked in varying research and teaching roles in the Faculty of Health at UTS since 2011. Currently, as part of the midwifery teaching team, her passion for the education of new midwives is focused in the subjects of anatomy and physiology, translation of research into practice, and midwifery practice and skills. Continuing to practice as a registered midwife sustains her currency and appreciation of the woman-centred heart of midwifery. Annabel’s PhD focused on workforce trajectories, experiences and career choices of new midwives, thus displaying her keen interest in workforce issues and sustainability of the midwifery profession.
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