Dr Christine Catling, Centre Director
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.
Dr Allison Cummins, Midwifery Lecturer
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.
Associate Professor Angela Dawson, Senior Lecturer
Angela is a social scientist with a background in health promotion and primary health service delivery. She contributes methodological and public health perspectives to research, teaching and learning in the Centre. She works with priority populations in Australia and internationally, bringing insights towards addressing inequity in maternal and reproductive health.
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.
Associate Professor Joanne Gray, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
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.
Nicki Watts, Lecturer in Midwifery
Nicki is a Lecturer in Midwifery and coordinates two different studies. The “Breeching the System” study explores the experiences of women who chose a vaginal breech birth and the midwives and doctors who cared for them. Nicki is a midwife with 17 years’ experience in all aspects of midwifery care in public and private sectors.
Professor Fiona Brooks, Professor of Adolescent Health
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. She is also a member of the UTS-wide trans-disciplinary teaching team for the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII).
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.