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Biography

I have been a midwife since 1986 and I have worked in all areas of midwifery. I was part of the original midwifery team in the Birth Centre of The Canberra Hospital and provided woman centred midwifery care for many years. My passion for midwifery is only surpassed by my passion to create women centred midwives.

I hold a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and for the last 6 years I have worked in academia at the University of Canberra most recently as Acting Associate Professor and Midwifery Discipline Lead. I am committed to making a significant contribution to the midwifery profession and the community and my strong local knowledge of midwives, midwifery education and maternity services has helped me to advocate for change at the political and structural level. I am proud to lead the UC Midwifery team to produce highly sought after, career-ready graduates as well as to produce high quality, applied research that makes a difference to maternity services and childbearing women.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include experiential education, salutogenesis, physiological childbearing, strong mothers, change leadership and healthy culture.

Research Interests

My research interests include midwifery models of care, applied salutogenesis, educational curriculum design and organisational culture change. 

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Research Output 2013 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Social networking sites (SNS) as a tool for midwives to enhance social capital for adolescent mothers

Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Williamson, M. & Ferguson, S., 1 Jul 2018, In : Midwifery. 62, p. 119-127 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Networking
Midwifery
Mothers
Guidelines
Western Australia

The future in their hands: Graduating student midwives’ plans, job satisfaction and the desire to work in midwifery continuity of care

Evans, J., Taylor, J., Browne, J., Ferguson, S., Atchan, M., Maher, P., Homer, C. S. & Davis, D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Women and Birth. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Hand
Students

Using narrative inquiry to listen to the voices of adolescent mothers in relation to their use of social networking sites (SNS)

Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Williamson, M. & Ferguson, S., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 74, 3, p. 743-751 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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What CAM use during pregnancy says about our care models

Bowman, R., Davis, D., Ferguson, S. & Taylor, J., Oct 2018, In : Women and Birth. 31, p. 27 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract