Della is a leading international researcher in maternal and infant care. She has a joint appointment as the Professor of Midwifery and Maternity Services Research with the Judith Lumley Centre (JLC), La Trobe University and the Royal Women’s Hospital, and extensive experience as a clinical midwife. Since completion of her PhD in 2005 Della has built up her research program and skills and has well developed research networks with academic, community and clinical service providers. She has broad experience in a range of methodologies and large projects including RCTs, descriptive studies, cohort studies, focus groups and evaluation projects. Her main research areas are models of maternity care, perinatal mental health, and breastfeeding.
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Fiona has worked as a midwife in a range of clinical areas for over 25 years. She is the Midwifery and Maternity Services Research Unit Research Coordinator, and is the Project Coordinator of the NHMRC funded Baggarrook Yurrongi project – Implementing continuity of midwife care to improve the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies across four hospitals in Victoria. Fiona was the project coordinator on the RUBY (Ringing Up about Breastfeeding) study, a randomised controlled trial exploring early telephone peer support for breastfeeding and she is PhD candidate with her work based around the outcomes of this trial
Anita has a nursing and midwifery background with an interest in breastfeeding. She is the Clinical Midwife Consultant: Lactation at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. Anita is the project coordinator of the DAME Trial, a multi-site, two arm randomised controlled trial of antenatal expression of colostrum in late pregnancy for women with diabetes in pregnancy, exploring the safety and efficacy for mother, fetus and infant. Anita is enrolled as PhD candidate at La Trobe University and is exploring the views and experiences of antenatal expressing for women who participated in the trial. Anita has co-authored several peer reviewed papers and was part of the team responsible for writing Breastfeeding in Victoria: A Report.
Rebecca joined the Women’s Hospital in 2009 as a Graduate Midwife and is currently working with the Blue Team as Clinical Midwife Specialist and joined the Midwifery and Maternity Services Research Team in July 2015. She joined La Trobe University as a Midwifery Lecturer in July 2017. She is joint project coordinator of the EXPert study – Exploring nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions of ‘expertise’ and what it is like to work at the Women’s and the GEM Care study (Group Education and Midwifery Care) – a feasibility pilot randomised control trial exploring group pregnancy care. She is the project coordinator for the Your Views Matter study – Exploring families experiences of care in the Newborn Intensive Care. Rebecca is currently enrolled in a Masters of Applied Science, exploring the families experiences of care in the Newborn Intensive Care.
Robyn has worked as a midwife since 2007 in both rural and tertiary settings across Victoria across the continuum of pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal. She is joint project coordinator of the EXPert study – Exploring nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions of ‘expertise’ and what it is like to work at the Women’s and the GEM Care study (Group Education and Midwifery Care) – a feasibility pilot randomised control trial exploring group pregnancy care. She is the site coordinator for the My Baby’s Movements study – an app to assist with women’s knowledge and understanding of fetal movements. Robyn also works for the Blue Team as a clinical midwife specialist and is a current PhD student exploring midwifery workforce.
Pam has been employed at the Royal Women’s Hospital as a registered midwife working in pregnancy, birthing and postnatal since completing her Bachelor of Midwifery from Australian Catholic University in 2014. Pam is a Balardong Noongar woman who was born in Melbourne. She has a specific interest in improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and newborns, and has experience working alongside Aboriginal families from very early in her career. She has a passion for embedding cultural safety into maternity care. Pamela commenced her research career in 2017, working alongside a team of researchers on a National Health and Medical Research Council funded Partnership Project, as a research assistant. The project is called “Woman’s Journey: Baggarrook Yurrongi, Nurragh Manma Buliana”. She is now completing a Master of Applied Science degree through the Judith Lumley Centre at La Trobe University. Her thesis will focus on a smaller component of the overarching Woman’s Journey project, being the views and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have given birth at one of the four partner hospitals in Victoria. Pamela has been invited to present at several national events where she has disseminated her research and spoken of the health disparities between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and newborns.
Helen is a Professor at the Judith Lumley Centre and Discipline Lead (Midwifery) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. She has a background as a nurse and midwife. Helen’s research interests include models of maternity care including caseload midwifery, perinatal depression, and breastfeeding. She has conducted studies using a variety of research designs (e.g. randomised trials, surveys, cohort studies, focus groups). Helen was the lead Investigator on the COSMOS randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery (the first trial of its kind in Australia and only the third anywhere) and is currently leading a major NHMRC funded partnership project which is exploring the implementation of a caseload model for Aboriginal women at four health services in Victoria, Australia.
Touran has a clinical and research background in midwifery. Touran’s PhD explored Iranian and Afghan immigrant women’s experiences of maternity care, their experiences of postnatal depression and their use of health services after birth. Her research interests include maternal health, maternity care and immigrant women’s health. Touran was the trial coordinator of the evaluation of the Growing Together Parenting Kit, an information kit for new families in Victoria, and is now managing a large new NHMRC Project Grant exploring a peer support intervention to prevent depression and anxiety in new mothers (the DAISY project). She has a La Trobe Postdoctoral Fellowship exploring perinatal mental health.
Michelle Newton is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. She has experience in clinical midwifery, hospital and university-based midwifery education and in midwifery curriculum design, and has established extensive professional networks through roles in the Australian College of Midwives and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Michelle has expertise in the implementation and evaluation of midwifery-led models of care and in primary health care initiatives. Michelle’s PhD explored the implementation of caseload midwifery models of care, and current research focusses on the growth and sustainability of caseload models from a workforce and implementation perspective.
Helene has a clinical midwifery background and a keen interest in women's experience of birth and early parenting. Currently working in the Women's Health Information Centre, Well Women's and African Women's Clinic, she has developed a particular interest in breastfeeding influences and outcomes. Helene has recently completed her PhD exploring the frequency of breast milk expressing and the effect of expressing on breastfeeding outcomes and other factors through the MILC (Mothers and Infants Lactation Cohort) Study.