Dr Allison Cummins, Acting Director of the Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
Allison is a midwife with over 20 years of experience in public and private maternity settings. The topic for Allison's recently completed Doctor of Philosophy is titled "Enabling New Graduate Midwives to work in Midwifery Continuity of Care Models". This qualitative research strengthens the important work produced within the Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health. Allison is also a member of the UTS-wide trans-disciplinary team for the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII).
Dr Christine Catling, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
Christine graduated from her PhD in 2013 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 and the CMCFH. Christine takes a lead in the higher degree research student support groups.
Dr Dominiek Coates, Research Fellow
Dominiek is a Research Fellow with SPHERE – Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise - with the Clinical Stream for Maternal, Newborn and Women’s Health. Dominiek is a social scientist with a background in sociology and counselling. She has expertise in patient-centred care, translational research and implementation science.
Professor Angela Dawson (Associate member), Associate Dean International
Professor Angela Dawson is a public health social scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to priority populations in Australia and low and lower middle-income countries. Angela is an NHMRC Translational research fellow examining approaches to counselling women with FGM at the point of care and the recipient of the Sax prize for research impact. She has undertaken research into to the delivery of reproductive health services in humanitarian emergencies, the management and referral of women who have experienced domestic violence as well as access to abortion and emergency contraceptive pills in Australia and internationally. Angela is the convenor of the Public Health Association of Australian Women’s Health Special Interest group, a member of the Interagency working group of reproductive health in crisis and an Associate Editor of the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
Angela has a special interest in Indigenous health and innovative approaches to delivering drug and alcohol services. She has been involved in the evaluation of Aboriginal child health programs across NSW. Angela was involved with the National Malaria Control Programme in five African countries, a Gates funded project with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has also designed programmes to develop dialogue and debate between journalists and public health practitioners in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Professor Cathrine Fowler, Researcher
Cathrine's research and clinical practice interests focus on parental learning and developing interventions with families who experience complex and high-risk lives. Cathrine is currently leading research into the parenting education and support needs of incarcerated mothers and fathers within the NSW Correctional System. She is also Professor for the Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health.
Dr Deborah Fox, Lecturer in 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.
Professor Joanne Gray, Head of Graduate Research School
Joanne has played a key role in the development and implementation of midwifery curricula over many years. She has successfully gained a number of learning and teaching awards and grants to explore authentic assessment practices, the impact of clinical practice laboratory design on student learning, the use of simulation in midwifery education and the development of podcasts for use in teaching.
Chris Rossiter, Project Manager and Researcher
Chris has worked closely with the midwifery team since 2015 assisting with the preparation of the midwifery curricula for accreditation with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. She has also worked closely with Cathrine Fowler and Caroline Homer on other research projects.
Vanessa Scarf, Lecturer in Midwifery
Vanessa Scarf oversees data management and works closely with the Data Analyst to collect data from all over Australia. She communicates with the cross-national Investigator team, coordinates the ongoing progress of research and liaises with state and territory data linkage units and custodians. Vanessa is the Coordinator of two NHMRC Funded projects: “ The Birthplace in Australia" and “Costing the place of Birth in New South Wales”. These are innovative studies involving linked data analysis and some prospective data collection.
Professor Fiona Brooks, Professor of Adolescent Health, Assistant DVC Research
Fiona has undertaken research with midwives and health visitors internationally to develop and evaluate midwifery online communities of practice. She has supervised midwifery doctoral students researching midwives management of the second stage of labour, women’s experience of continuity of care and induction. Her research work seeks to challenge a deficit approach to young people’s health by examining how protective health assets may operate to support and build capacity across the first and second decades of life.
Distinguished Professor Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery
Caroline has led research about the development and implementation of models of midwifery care and the development of midwifery practice and education. She leads a number of studies funded by NHMRC and the ARC. In 2015, she was also the Director of the WHO Maternal and Child Health Initiative in PNG as part of the UTS World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development.
Professor Maralyn Foureur, Adjunct Professor
Maralyn is leading research into place of birth and the next birth after a previous caesarean section (NHMRC funded) and she leads the Birth Unit Design research theme.
Dr Carolyne Njue, Chancellor’s post-doctoral research fellow
Carolyne is a recipient of the Chancellor’s post-doctoral research fellowship and is undertaking research in maternal and child health service delivery with the Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research, Faculty of Health. Carolyne is a social scientist with a background in research, monitoring and evaluation of health programs. She has undertaken research with priority populations in low income countries, including in fragile and post-conflict environments. Carolyne is passionate about improving health access and supporting research scholarship.
Dr Fenglian Xu, Adjunct Fellow
She has seven years' research experience in mothers’ mental health using linked New South Wales (NSW) health services data. In 2015, she commenced the study of a predictive model for postpartum depression. The findings from this study will help health care professionals or policymakers develop and implement evidence-based preventive interventions.
Professor Jane Sandall CBE has a background in midwifery and an academic background in sociology. Jane’s research in maternal health and reproduction focuses on implementation and impact of safety and quality strategies and innovations in care at an organisational and frontline level. Key themes include relationship-based models of care, maternity staffing, skill mix and outcome and management of escalation for life threatening events. She is leading the POPPIE pilot trial looking at a continuity of midwifery model of care for women at elevated risk of preterm birth in South London.
Dr Andrew Symon, Adjunct Associate Professor
Andrew is a midwife and is a senior lecturer in the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee, Scotland. Current research concerns models of midwifery care and quality of life for pregnant women / new mothers. He is a member of the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) Global Research Alliance.
Dr Jane Frawley is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow. Dr Frawley ia a member of the Australian Centre of Public and Population Health Research within the Faculty of Health at UTS.
Dr Frawley's research program applies rigorous public health and health services research methods to the areas of maternal and child health. Dr Frawley is working on a variety of maternal and child health projects including evaluating maternal and birth impacts from pertussis and influenza during pregnancy; examining midwives communication with parents about maternal and childhood vaccination; parental attitudes to vaccination; complementary medicine practitioner attitudes towards vaccination, as well as helping establish a longitudinal cohort study to follow the long term impacts of severe cardiovascular disease in pregnancy for women and their babies.