Deborah Davis, Professor

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Professor Davis came to the ACT to take up the role of Clinical Chair in Midwifery with the University of Canberra and ACT Government Health Directorate in 2011. Previous to that she had a similar role with the University of Technology, Sydney and South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and had also spent many enjoyable years working as a midwife and midwifery lecturer in New Zealand.

Professor Davis has worked as a privately practicing midwife in Australia and New Zealand providing care to women choosing both home and hospital births.  She  is active in the profession, serving several terms on the Board of the Australian College of Midwives,  and currently co-chairing the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives.

Areas of Teaching

Professor Davis teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programs mainly foucsing on topics related to research. She enjoys supervising Bachelor of Midwifery Honours, Masters and Doctoral research students. 

Research Interests

Professor Davis has a number of research interests that cohere around central themes of wellness, physiological birth and midwifery led care.  She is interested in salutogenic theory and has designed and evaluated a number of interventions using this theory. She is interested in midwifery led interventions that enhance the wellness or experience of childbearing women and their family inlcuidng those that assist women to have a healthy weight gain in pregnancy. 




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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 1995 2020

Barriers and facilitators in antenatal settings to screening and referral of pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: A qualitative study of midwives’ experience

Oni, H. T., Buultjens, M., Blandthorn, J., Davis, D., Abdel-latif, M. & Islam, M. M., 1 Feb 2020, In : Midwifery. 81, p. 1-8 8 p., 102595.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pregnant Women
Referral and Consultation
Pharmaceutical Preparations
1 Citation (Scopus)

Acknowledging the primacy of continuity of care experiences in midwifery education

Gamble, J., Sidebotham, M., Gilkison, A., Davis, D. & Sweet, L., 28 Sep 2019, In : Women and Birth. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Continuity of Patient Care

Analysing constructions of childbirth in the media: Moving possibilities for childbirth beyond gender essentialism

Kurz, E., Davis, D. & Browne, J., 7 Jul 2019, In : Women and Birth. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Natural Childbirth

A salutary childbirth education program: Health promoting by design. A discussion paper

Davis, D., Ferguson, S., Nissen, J., Fowler, C. & Mosslar, S., Dec 2019, In : Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare. 22, p. 100456 7 p., 100456.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prenatal Education
Sense of Coherence

'I'm having a baby not a labour': Sense of coherence and women's attitudes towards labour and birth

Ferguson, S. & Davis, D., Dec 2019, In : Midwifery. 79, p. 1-8 8 p., 102529.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sense of Coherence
Cesarean Section