Conor Macfarlane

Kate Wallace

Kerrie Wilson
Student Advisor

Head of Department

  Christine Griffiths
Head of School

Christine is Head of the School of Midwifery. Living on the Kapiti Coast she is based in the Wellington satellite, and travels to Dunedin regularly. Christine has worked for Otago Polytechnic (OP) since 2010 and has responsibilities across the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes. She has worked full time as a midwife since gaining midwifery registration in 1985, and is a founding member of the New Zealand College of Midwives. Christine is currently studying towards a PhD through AUT.

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Avril Robinson

Cara Baddington
Senior Lecturer

  Carolyn McIntosh
Principal Lecturer

Carolyn is a Principal Lecturer and Kaiako in the School of Midwifery.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 1981, she has been a rural midwife with a passion for primary midwifery care in the rural setting. Carolyn is also a casual midwife in the primary maternity unit in Balclutha. Carolyn attained a certificate in tertiary teaching and learning in 2009. She has been involved in developing practice courses in a flexible format to enrich student engagement and learning. Carolyn is currently researching the use of video in midwifery student's assessment. Carolyn's other research interest is communities of practice in midwifery which was the focus of her thesis for her Masters Degree in Midwifery.

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  Deb Beatson
Principal Lecturer

Deb is a Principal Lecturer/Kaiako in the School of Midwifery. Deb has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2010, and is based at the Whanganui satellite.
Graduating from Otago Polytechnic as a midwife in 1999, she has since worked as a Community Midwife and Hospital Based Midwife in Whanganui and Brisbane. Deb has a Master of Midwifery and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.
Deb's research interests include Pasifika student success, and physiological placental birth.

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  Emma Bilous
Principal Lecturer

Emma joined the School of Midwifery in 2010 and is a Lecturer/Student Practice Facilitator at the Central Otago satellite site, based in Wanaka. She graduated from Otago Polytechnic as a midwife in 1998 and established Mountain Mamas Midwives in Wanaka. Working in a rural location, Emma is acutely aware of the issues surrounding remote rural midwifery in New Zealand and is passionate about supporting and educating rural midwives.

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Emma Le Lievre

Fleur Kelsey
Senior Lecturer

  George Parker
Senior Lecturer

George is a Senior Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programme in the School of Midwifery. A registered midwife, George practiced as a Lead Maternity Carer and core midwife in Porirua and Wellington in the early and mid 2000s. For the past decade George has worked in women's health policy, research, and health promotion and is passionate about the value of critical perspectives in shaping women's health knowledges and practices.

George has a Bachelor of Midwifery from Ara Institute of Canterbury, a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Women's Studies), and a Master of Philosophy (Women's Studies) from Massey University. George also recently completed a PhD in Health Sociology at the University of Auckland, where they also teach part-time in the medical humanities programme. George is regularly engaged as a consultant on issues related to reproductive health care and rights and has has published a range of journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes.

George specialises in critical qualitative, poststructural, feminist and intersectional research approaches and their research interests include maternal health promotion, critiques of medicalisation, critical perspectives on weight and maternal health, gender and sexuality diversity in maternity care, midwifery epistemologies, and reproductive rights and justice.

George is currently supervising four Master of Midwifery students as primary and secondary supervisor on topics including postnatal care, contraception in the Pacific, and midwifery ways of knowing in relation to fetal growth assessment.

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  Jade Wratten
Principal Lecturer

Jade is a senior lecturer/kaiako in the School of Midwifery, based in the Palmerston North. She has worked as a midwife at Mid-Central DHB and also as a Lead Maternity Carer. Jade believes that NZ's model of midwifery care is unique and deserves protection and nurturing within New Zealand. She is passionate about helping students develop and gain quality midwifery skills and knowledge.

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  Karen Wakelin
Principal Lecturer

Kia ora,

My name is Karen Wakelin and I am a midwife and Principal midwifery lecturer teaching on both the Bachelor and post-graduate Midwifery programmes at Otago Polytechnic. I am a PhD candidate through Auckland University of Technology undertaking research to explore how midwives and pregnant women/people use communication technology to connect.

My midwifery degree was completed in 1997 where I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery through Kings College, London. I later completed a Masters (Applied) in Midwifery from Victoria University, Wellington in 2006. My thesis explored the sustainability of LMC midwifery practice in an urban region of New Zealand with findings published through the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.

I have worked as an LMC midwife, core midwife and associate clinical midwifery manager of a secondary hospital and have held professional positions as Regional Chairperson for the New Zealand College of Midwives, undertaken competency reviews with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and am currently a midwife representative on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. My research interests are around midwifery relationships, communication technology and education.

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Kelleigh Sheffield-Cranstoun
Kaiako/Senior Lecturer

  Kerry Adams
Principal Lecturer

Kerry joined the School of Midwifery in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer/Kaiako. Kerry graduated from the Bachelor of Midwifery programme in Otago, in 1999. She spent over a year working at Wellington Womens' Hospital and returned to Dunedin in 2001. She began a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) practice and has worked at the Queen Mary as a Core Midwife. Kerry continues to provide a small LMC practice as well as working full time at Otago Polytechnic. Kerry has been involved in various professional roles including as a NZCOM ratified Expert Adviser, member of the MCNZ Professional Conduct Committee and Midwifery Adviser for the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme. Currently Kerry is involved in professional role as the Deputy Chair of Midwifery Council and is a mentor of new midwives in the MFYP programme.

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  Lisa Baier

Lisa is a pharmacist and a Pharmacology Lecturer in the School of Midwifery and joined Otago Polytechnic in 2011. Originally from a small town near Salzburg in Austria, Lisa graduated in 2007 from University of Innsbruck with a 'Magistra of Pharmacy', which is the equivalent of an MSc in Pharmacy. She became a registered pharmacist in Austria in 2008, after completing a one year internship in a rural community pharmacy and also registered as a pharmacist in New Zealand in 2013.

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  Lorna Davies
Associate Professor

I have been a midwife for over three decades and I have worked in midwifery education for 27 years both in the UK and in Aotearoa (17 years). I did my Masters (MA Women’s Studies) in the late 1990’s where I explored Inquiry Based Learning as a feminist pedagogy and completed my PhD where I explored the place of sustainability as a concept in midwifery practice in 2017. I have additionally been involved in a number of research projects over the years and would list my research interests as:-

• sustainability in midwifery/healthcare
• sustainability literacy
• interprofessional education
• workforce issues in midwifery.

My specialist areas in the research field are:-

• Qualitative Research
• Action Research (with a particular focus on Participatory AR)
• Autoethnography
• Thematic Analysis (particularly reflexive TA)
• Theory – Actor- Network theory

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  Megan Walker

Megan is a Senior Lecturer/kaiako and the Year 1 Co-ordinator within the School of Midwifery. After graduating from Otago Polytechnic in 2007 Megan has worked as an LMC Community midwife and as a Core midwife at a tertiary maternity facility. Megan is the immediate past Chairperson of the Otago Region New Zealand College of Midwives and has a small caseload of women in the community.

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Morgan Weathington
Senior Lecturer

Rachel Monerasinghe

  Rae Hickey
Principal Lecturer

Rae is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Midwifery. She graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 1996 and began work immediately as a Lead Maternity Carer in a busy Wellington practice. When she moved back to Dunedin with her family she continued to practice midwifery and also became immersed in undergraduate midwifery education. Since working at Otago Polytechnic Rae has gained post graduate midwifery qualifications as well as completing a graduate certificate in education and receiving an Otago Polytechnic award for teaching excellence. Rae was part of a small working party of midwifery academics from Otago Polytechnic and CPIT who redesigned and developed a midwifery curriculum for flexible blended delivery. Teaching is her main role. Rae maintains her midwifery practising certificate and holds professional leadership roles within the midwifery profession. Rae has an appointment by Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) as a Competency Reviewer, is a Mentor in the Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP) programme and in 2020 was appointed as a Subject Matter Expert for the MCNZ national registration exam. Rae is also a representative on the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) OP branch committee.

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  Tricia Thompson
Senior Lecturer

Tricia is a senior lecturer within the School of Midwifery, and lives in Taranaki. Her midwifery practice has focused on homebirth in provincial and rural settings, but she has also worked in primary, secondary, and occasionally tertiary maternity units in both Aotearoa and isolated outback areas in Australia. Her other work has been in safe motherhood and global midwifery, gender empowerment, and sustainable development programmes in South and South East Asia. She is passionate about creating more sustainable ways of being in all realms - personal, professional and community.

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  Yvonne Mosley-Martin
Senior Lecturer

Yvonne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Midwifery, based in Dunedin, and has been working for Otago Polytechnic since 2011. Yvonne has worked as a core midwife in a primary and teriary matenity, and as a LMC. Yvonne has a passion for teaching which encourages, inspires and supports student midwives to be sucessful.

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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Alida Reynolds
Internationalisation & Homestay Co-ordinator

  Jean Patterson
Academic Supervisor

Jean is an Associate Professor in the School of Midwifery. She teaches in the postgraduate programmes and supervises thesis students. Her previous midwifery practice experience has been in largely rural areas and her research interest is in the sustainability of a viable rural birth option. In particular, Jean's PhD study explored the challenges of managing the distance from specialist care when transfer was needed. Jean's PhD and Master's degree (with Distinction) are from Victoria University Wellington. She is a subeditor on the board of the New Zealand College of Midwives' journal and also reviews submissions to other midwifery journals. She is also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee and manages the Category B ethics processes for the School. Jean has been involved in School research projects aimed at evaluating the blended satellite midwifery programme which began in 2009. These projects have included a 3 year graduand cohort study, the experiences of Maori and Pacifica students in the programme and an alumni study. Her role also includes mentoring research active staff and students and she has a broad experience in qualitative research methodologies, surveys, and post-modern and critical methodologies.

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  Sally Baddock

Professor Sally Baddock has developed a strong platform of research over the last 20 years in the area of infant behaviour and physiology during sleep and the impact of sleep practices on sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This includes investigating the benefits and risks of infant-parent bed-sharing while recognising the importance of cultural context. She is part of a team that has produced significant research outputs from four major studies on infant sleep – three of which have been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and all of which have attracted widespread international recognition and at times have generated widespread media attention and influenced public policy.
Sally is a member of the academic staff in the School of Midwifery. She has taught in the Health Sciences for over 30 years and for 7 years she was Co-Head of School. As Professor she continues her leadership roles across the polytechnic with a focus on research, and continues to teach physiology at postgraduate level and supervise candidates for the Master of Midwifery. Masters projects include a range of explorations focused on the evidence underpinning midwifery practices and include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She pursues further research interests through collaborations with staff from the School of Midwifery, including a series of projects investigating learner experiences in Midwifery education. She supports research of colleagues through her role as research coordinator in the school.

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Sherie Bell
College Operations Coordinator

  Suzanne Miller
Associate Professor

Suzanne (she/her) is an Associate Professor and is based in Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). A midwife since 1991, Suzanne has practiced as a Lead Maternity Carer supporting both home and hospital births alongside her education and other professional roles. Suzanne has been a New Zealand College of Midwives member since 1990 and has been a reviewer in the Midwifery Standards Review and Midwifery First Year of Practice programmes. She held a position on the Neonatal Encephalopathy Working Group of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee for six years, and is currently a panel member for Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu: Midwifery Council of New Zealand Professional Conduct Committee. She is an expert advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner. Suzanne has taught in both the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes since 2010. In 2019 Suzanne became the Postgraduate Programme Leader. She combines her postgraduate teaching roles with supervision of Master of Midwifery tauira and is involved in number of research collaborations both within and external to Te Kura Matatini ki Otago: Otago Polytechnic. 'Place of birth' was the research focus for both her Master's and PhD research. Current research interests include:
exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the the provision of perinatal care
the impact of Covid-19 on kaimahi within tertiary institutions
health equity for trans and non-binary people who are receiving perinatal care
supervision-at-distance of Master of Midwifery tauira

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