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Qualifications: RN, RM, M Mid Studies, PhD, Fellow ACM
Donna is a descendent of the Kamilaroi people. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney, based in the clinical environment at the Midwifery and Women’s Health Research Unit Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.
Donna completed her PhD in 2013 with the NHMRC funded randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care. She is very active in translational research and was the project midwife on the third revision of the Australian College of Midwives, National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral.
Donna has 27 years’ experience as a clinician, educator/lecturer, midwife consultant and researcher and has worked at a variety of tertiary and metropolitan maternity services and universities within NSW during this time. She was also a hospital accredited independent and homebirth midwife in Newcastle from 1988-2000. In the last decade she has been involved in maternity service reform including the implementation and evaluation of midwifery models of care in particular caseload midwifery at the midwifery led service, Ryde Midwifery Group and the large caseload midwifery model at the RHW.
Her current research focus is the evaluation of Malabar Community Midwifery Link Service, an urban Aboriginal community caseload midwifery model of care. She is committed to continue the work for social and maternal health reform, necessary to address the abhorrent disparities in the social and health status of Australia’s Traditional owners …and so, is honoured to serve on this Board promoting “Indigenous Midwives for Tomorrow”.
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