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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 Midwifery units. I am the Program Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public health, ensuring the qualioty assurance of delivered programs. I co-supervise higher degree research students. I am a practitioner member of the ACT Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 

My Doctoral study examined the impact of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) in the Australian setting and provided recommendations which have informed national public health policy direction. I chair the Australian College of Midwives Advisory Committee for the BFHI in Australia. I am also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and accredited BFHI assessor.

I am currently working with midwifery colleagues across Australia and New Zealand on several different projects: examining Australian and New Zealand women's early parenting experiences during a pandemic; exploring the factors that influence breastfeeding practices at discharge from accredited and non-accredited Australian BFHI hospitals and investigating the support offered to undergraduate midwifery students.    

Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Postnatal issues for women and babies and early parenting 

  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding

  • The Baby Friendly Health Initiative

  • Student support and the learning experience


I can be contacted by email: [email protected] 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Australia: a case study of the uptake and development of a global programme into a national setting , University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 19 Jul 2018

Master, Master of Education & Work, Macquarie University

Award Date: 11 Sept 2002

Bachelor, Bachelor of Nursing, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 7 Mar 1997

External positions

Practitioner member , ACT Nursing and Midwifery Board

10 Jan 2019 → …

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

2 Feb 2011 → …


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