The Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health continues to maintain strong links with health care providers and institutions. Underpinning our work is a focus on a broad definition of health incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. We believe that the sharing of professional knowledge, research evidence and experience through partnerships with clinicians, university, faculty, other health professionals and community members enhances and improves services. We are committed to improving health care through education and research, and our work with others, to integrate this into practice and policy. We believe that research incorporated into consultancy, technical advice and policy development can improve health and social systems that support new families.
Many of the staff and portfolio holders are also closely linked to professional organisations. These include:
- Australian College of Midwives (ACM) (opens external site)
- Child and Family Health Nurses Association (CAFHNA) (opens external site)
- Council for Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANA) (opens external site)
- Tresillian Family Care Centres (opens external site)
- Philips healthcare - fetal monitoring (opens external site)
- NSW Health - nursing and midwifery (opens external site)
Maternal, Newborn and Women’s Clinical Academic Group - part of Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), Maridulu Budyari Gumal
The Maternal, Newborn and Women’s Clinical Academic Group (MNW CAG) is situated in the centre. Led by Dr Christine Catling and Dr Dominiek Coates, the CAG is one of 16 CAGs of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), Maridulu Budyari Gumal. SPHERE is an academic health science partnership that aims to mobilise, drive and accelerate research translation towards improving healthcare outcomes and better value care.
The MNW CAG brings together a multidisciplinary group to improve the outcomes for women and babies, across SPHERE, nationally and globally. The team spans from applied basic science to clinical practice and into health systems and services. The CAG addresses education, clinical practice, service delivery and research in relation to maternal, newborn and women's health, generating new evidence and translating current evidence into practice.
The MNW CAG strategically supports innovative co-designed translational research projects that address healthcare priorities aligned with practice and/or policy needs. Research studies led by members of the CAG include the 'Timing of Birth Study' and the 'Best Pregnancy Care Pathways' for women with high risk pregnancy. Each study takes a mixed methods approach to generate evidence and support the real-world translation of findings.
Key partners include the South Western Sydney and South East Sydney Local Health Districts (LHDs) as well as the University of NSW and Western Sydney University. Since its inception, the executive includes representation from across the SPHERE academic and clinical partners in: consumer advocacy, obstetrics and gynaecology, renal medicine, midwifery management, health economics and statistics, epidemiology, women’s health, translational science, and health administration and management.