My background is midwifery and primary health care. I have had twenty five years experience
as a private midwife providing continuity of care to women and their
families. With my colleague Maralyn Foureur, I obtained admitting rights to the Mater (1984)
and later the John Hunter Hospital and started the first midwife run public
antenatal clinic (1987) in Australia at Western Suburbs Hospital in Newcastle.
In 1991, I was Senior Midwifery Educator in the Hunter and advanced
midwifery education by incorporating consumers into the education process and
conducting workshops for the midwifery students on issues of grief and loss,
complementary therapies and interpersonal relationships.
I was appointed as the foundation manager for the Belmont Birthing
Service, a stand alone midwifery-led maternity service which is part of Hunter
New England Health. Homebirths became part of the services provided at the end of 2007. The first baby born at home attended by midwives from this service was on Christmas Day 2007.
I joined the University of Newcastle
in May 2009 where my main responsibilities were: midwifery education, developing
midwifery as primary health care and promoting relationship-based midwifery
work (continuity of care). Together with Kathleen Fahy, the Professor of Midwifery at the time, wrote the highly acclaimed Bachelor of Midwifery Program which commenced in 2011. Recent research projects include: doctors and midwives
interaction in the care of birthing women and their impact on health outcomes;
a cohort study of the safety of holistic physiological 3rd stage of
labour care to identify the relative predictive strengths of risk
factors of post partum haemorrhage and how midwives
work with women to help them optimise their reproductive psychophysiology.
Maralyn, Kathleen and I cowrote and edited a midwifery textbook "Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship" which increasing numbers of universities are using as a text for their midwifery programs.
From January 2011 I freelanced. I have worked as a midwife in a private hospital, taught at Canberra University and more recently at Southern Cross University. In August, I joined a team to support midwifery education in Papua New Guinea.
Now I'm working as Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the beautiful Southern Cross University at the new Beachside campus, Coolangatta. We have a great team and fabulous students.