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Professor Susan McDonald Adjunct Professor, Midwifery

My appointment to the joint position of Professor of Midwifery (Women's' and Infants' Health) at La Trobe University and the Mercy Hospital for Women is to provide professional leadership and head the Mercy/La Trobe Midwifery Professorial Unit. I am strongly committed to the promotion of midwifery education, research and practice and to ensuring that nurses and midwives are assisted to work at the highest level across the broadest possible scope of practice within maternal and infant health services.

Head of Department of Midwifery, La Trobe University 2000-2015. This department incorporates Midwifery, Postgraduate Neonatal Nursing and Child Family Community courses and staff.

Principal or co supervisor for Masters, PhD and Professional Doctorate students.
Co-ordinator Master of Midwifery coursework degree.
As the University supports the concept of Clinical Schools, I am based at the Mercy Hospital for Women to lead innovation in education, training, research and development. I lead a very strong and successful clinical Master of Midwifery Science program designed to encourage research and higher learning in candidates' area of expertise and clinical interest. I also maintain strong links with other teaching hospitals and maternity services locally, nationally and internationally.
Member of the "Healthy Motherhood Program" in collaboration with the Mother and Child Health Research Centre, La Trobe University.

My activities apart from University Division of Nursing and Midwifery/Mercy Hospital for Women committee responsibilities include:
Scientific Reviewer for national and internation project grant bodies.
Scientific reviewer for numerous National and International journals.
Examiner for PhD and Master Degree theses.
Member of the Board, Tweddle and Family Health Service, Victoria 2002-2011.
Member of Consultative Committee for Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity.
Member NHMRC for Development and Review of National Antenatal Care Guidelines.


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