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.
Do we lose them? Existing research suggests that new graduate midwives are well prepared, keen, and successful working in continuity models of midwifery care. However they are often prevented in doing so by personal and organisational barriers. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, My Master of Midwifery research focuses on the experiences and career trajectory new graduates who aspire to work in continuity models of midwifery care, but who are prevented in doing so directly on graduation. Retrospectively examining the experience of graduates from the last 5 years, combined with a cohort study of 2020 and 2021 graduates, my research hopes to find out how many achieve their goal and move into these models within 2-5 years of graduation. Conversely, how many do we lose to fragmented models of care, or midwifery altogether? What barriers and facilitators do they experience when moving into continuity models of care, and how does this inform the recruitment process, support and management of recent midwifery practitioners?
I am completing my Honours in Midwifery at UTS. I will be conducting a small qualitative study exploring women’s experiences in midwifery continuity models of care following a previous traumatic birth experience. My aim is to explore the moderating factors that influenced women to choose a midwifery continuity model of care after experiencing birth trauma and gain insight into how women perceived their care in this model.
I am a Bachelor of Midwifery Honours student researching the male partner’s experience of being a primary labour and birth support. My research seeks to discover how men understand their role in the birth room, how informational support is received and where healthcare providers can facilitate active participation. Ultimately, my research aims to create a better birth experience for women and strengthen the family bond at birth.
My thesis is titled “The relationship between the formal and social support women receive in the perinatal period and levels of depression and anxiety: a mixed methods study”.
My thesis is titled "Optimising freedom of movement and choice of positioning for women in labour who are using continuous fetal monitoring technologies: Midwives’ views and experiences.”
I aim to explore how midwives facilitate freedom of movement and choice of positioning during labour for women who are using continuous fetal monitoring. I will be exploring midwives acceptability of the different wired and wireless continuous fetal monitoring devices available in Australia. In turn I aim to identify midwives’ perspectives on the factors that facilitate and/or inhibit the use of wireless continuous fetal monitoring and contribute to the continued use of restrictive wired continuous fetal monitoring technologies within Australian facilities.
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. My 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.
I am 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. My 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.
I work as a Clinical Nurse Consultant whilst undertaking a PhD. The focus of my research is exploring babies physiological and behavioural responses during caregiving in the neonatal unit.
My 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). My 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.