Marjorie ATCHAN


Former affiliation

Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students

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I am a registered midwife with a clinical background that includes postnatal care and breastfeeding / infant feeding support. I have been working at the University of Canberra since 2012, convening and teaching into various undergraduate units. I convene the post-graduate Midwifery program and co-supervise higher degree research students. I am an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and accredited Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) assessor. I chair the Australian College of Midwives Advisory Committee for BFHI in Australia. My Doctoral study examined the impact of BFHI in the Australian setting and provided public policy recommendations. I contribute expertise to reference groups that are examining aspects of breastfeeding support in Australia. I am also working with midwifery, nursing and allied health colleagues on several projects investigating undergraduate students: the support offered to midwifery students, the nursing student’s university experience and the development of health students’ sense of cultural safety and respect.

Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Postnatal issues for women and babies

  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding

  • The Baby Friendly Health Initiative

  • Student support and the learning experience

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Technology Sydney

Master, Macquarie University

Bachelor, University of Technology Sydney

External positions

Chairperson Baby Friendly Health Initiative Advisory Committee, Australian College of Midwives

2 Feb 2011 → …

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Research Output 2011 2018

United Nations
Breast Feeding
Feeding Methods
2 Citations
Subcutaneous Infusions
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Information Storage and Retrieval
2 Citations

An historical document analysis of the introduction of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative into the Australian setting

ATCHAN, M., DAVIS, D. & Foureur, M. 1 Feb 2017 In : Women and Birth. 30, 1, p. 51-62 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Feeding
Health Promotion
3 Citations

A methodological review of qualitative case study methodology in midwife research

Atchan, M., Davis, D. & Foureur, M. 2016 In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 72, 10, p. 2259-2271 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Infant Care
9 Citations
Translational Medical Research
Delivery of Health Care
Policy Making