As a postgraduate research student at the Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health, you will be joining a vibrant and active research community that is committed to developing your skills via a comprehensive programme of research student training and supportive supervision.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) diseases of pregnancy affect about 30,000 pregnant women in Australia per year, which is about 10% of all women giving birth. As well as immediate complications for mother and baby, such as preterm birth, long term health issues for women after these blood pressure complications in pregnancy include increased heart attacks and stroke, two of the three leading causes of death in Australian women.
Women who have had pregnancy hypertension are at double to triple the risk of heart attacks and stroke compared to other women, as soon as 10 years after pregnancy. It is unknown whether Australian women and health care providers know about these risks or what to do about them. This study is assessing, then addressing, the knowledge gaps both of women who have experienced high blood pressure in pregnancy and of their healthcare providers, regarding long-term health.
Loretta Musgrave is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) and was successful in obtaining the inaugural Ho Man Kong and Ho Cheng Fung Ying Memorial Scholarship as well as a scholarship through the Stillbirth CRE. Loretta’s’ thesis ‘Evaluation of mobile phone applications for promoting behaviour change in women of reproductive age and pregnancy: generating evidence to inform best practice’, aims to generate evidence to inform future development and utilisation of pregnancy planning and pregnancy specific mobile phone applications through six key objectives with a particular interest in applying this to stillbirth awareness and prevention.
Nadine works as a Clinical Nurse Consultant and is undertaking a PhD. The focus of her research is exploring babies physiological and behavioural responses during caregiving in the neonatal unit.
Tebikew's research is 'Maternal Health Literacy Amongst Women Receiving Group Antenatal Care in Ethiopia: A mixed-method study.'
In 2016 Shanghai declaration for health promotion, the WHO has identified health literacy as one of the focus areas to achieve sustainable development goals (9th Global Conference on Health Promotion Shanghai 2016: Health literacy and the SDGs). This study aims to assess the health literacy of pregnant women attending Group Antenatal Care in Ethiopia and its association with birth preparedness and complication readiness. In addition, the experience of pregnant women in group antenatal care will be explored in terms of how group antenatal care does improve their health literacy.
The Centre for Midwifery Child and Family Health students undertaking Honours, Masters and Doctoral research studies have fortnightly meetings where they discuss their research with peers. The meetings are facilitated by the research members including leading professors of midwifery and public health. The meetings are always well attended either in person or by video conferencing, demonstrating a thriving research student community.