Staff profile

Professor Susan McDonald

Professor of Midwifery

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Mercy Hospital for Women,

Qualifications

1974 General Nursing, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA 1978 Midwifery, King Edward Memorial Hospital For Women, WA 1987 Child Health Nursing, Curtin University, WA 1989 Bachelor of Applied Science (Ng) Primary Health Care, Curtin University, WA 1992 Master of Medical Science (Prelim) University of Western Australia. 1997 Doctor of Philosophy ( Obstetrics and Gynaecology) - Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia

Membership of professional associations

Member Royal College of Nursing, Australia.

Area of study

Midwifery

Brief profile

My appointment to the joint position of Professor of Midwifery (Womens 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. 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 NHMRC project grant applications
  • 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

 

Research interests

Midwifery

- Please contact me to discuss a topic.

Perinatal and Child Health

- perinatal and infant health outcomes

Women's Health

- women's health outcomes

Recent publications

McCarthy E A, Pollock WE, Nolan T, Hay S, McDonald S. Improving influenza vaccine coverage in pregnancy in Melbourne 2012-2011 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology DOI:10.1111/j.1479-8288X.2012.01428.x

McCarthy M, McDonald S, Pollock W. Triage of pregnant women in the emergency department: evaluation of a triage decision aid. Emergency Medicine Journal DOI:10.1136/emermed-2011-200752.  

Taylor JE, Tan K, Lai NM, McDonald SJ. Antibiotic lock for the prevention of catheter-related sepsis in neonates. Cochrane Database of Reviews. Accepted Nov 2012.  

Luyben A, Barger M, McDonald S. International Confederation of Midwives Education Standing Committee: Joint Expertise for Midwifery Education.  International Journal of Childbirth Vol 1: Issue 2, 2011 p136-137.    

McDonald SJ. Women who receive continuous support during labour have reduced risk of caesarean,instrumental delivery or need for analgesia compared with usual care.  Invited Commentary on : Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyer   GJ Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Sys Rev 2011;2:CD003766  Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100194.    

McDonald SJ, Henderson JJ, Faulkner S, Evans S, Hagan R. (2010) Effect of an extended midwifery postnatal support programme on the duration of breastfeeding: A randomised controlled trial. Midwifery 26:88-100. 

Christine Chi Oi Lam , Susan J McDonald (2010) Comparison of two pushing techniques used in the second stage of labour for their effect on maternal perception of fatigue in the early postpartum period among Chinese women: A randomised controlled trial. Hong Kong Journal of Obstetrics & Midwifery, July 2010, Volume 10, Number 1, pg 13-21.

Wang, S. E., McDonald, S. J. & Oats, J (2009) Evaluation of the menopausal self-care behaviours questionnaire among middle-aged women in Taiwan. Nursing Methods (submitted).  

McDonald S (2009) Chapter 29 : Physiology and management of the Third Stage of Labour In: Myles Textbook for Midwives 15E pp 531-554 Fraser and Cooper (Eds) Published by: Elsevier Science.  

McDonald SJ, Henderson JJ, Faulkner S, Evans S, Hagan R (2008) Effect of an extended midwifery postnatal support programme on the duration of breast feeding: A randomised controlled trial. Midwifery 2008, doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2008.03.001.

McDonald SJ, Middleton P (2008) Effect of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes (Cochrane Review), The Cochrane Collatoration 2008.  John wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Begley CM, Devane D, Murphy DJ, Gyte GML, McDonald SJ, McGuire B (protocol)(2008) Active versus expectant management for women in third stage of labour (Cochrane Review),  The Cochrane Collaboration 2008.  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

McDonald SJ (2007) Management of the Third Stage of Labour Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 52 (3): 254-261.

Ramelet AS, Rees N, McDonald S, Bulsara M, & Huijer Abu-Saad H  (2007) Development and preliminary psychometric testing of the Multidemensional Assessment of Pain Scale (MAPS):  Pediatric Anesthesia 2007 17: 333-340.

Orlikowski CEP,Dickinson JE, Paech MJ, McDonald SJ, Nathan E (2006) Intrapartum analgesia and its association with back pain and headache in nulliparous women Australian New Zealand Journal of obstetrics and Gynaecology 46: 395-401.

McDonald SJ, Abbott J ( 2006) Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, 2004. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ramelet AS, Abu-Saad HH, Bulsara M, McDonald S, & Rees N (2006) Capturing postoperative and procedural pain responses in critically ill infants aged 0 to 9 months.  Paediatric Critical Care Medicine, 7(1): 19-26.

Womens’ Health : A Handbook (2005) Eds: McDonald SJ Thompson CM Elsevier publishing.

McDonald S, Abbott JM, Higgins SP (2004) Prophylactic ergometrine-oxytocin versus oxytocin for the third stage of labour (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ramelet AS, Huijer Abu-Saad H, McDonald S, & Rees N (2004) The challenges of pain measurement in critically ill young children: A comprehensive review Australian Critical Care 2004; 17(1): 33-45.

Dickinson J, Paech M, McDonald S, Evans S (2003) Maternal Satisfaction with Intrapartum Analgesia in Nulliparous Labour Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 200343: 6: 463-468.

Lynch AM, McDonald S, Newnham J, Magann P,  Blanksby B,Goodman C (2003) Effects of aquatic exercise on maternal fitness and wellbeing Journal for of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 14; 163: 163-169.

Henderson J, Dickinson J, Evans S, McDonald S, Paech M (2003) The Impact of Intrapartum Analgesia on Breastfeeding Duration Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 43: 5: 372-377.

McDonald S (2003) Chapter 28 : Physiology and management of the Third Stage of Labour In: Myles Textbook for Midwives 14E Fraser and Cooper (Eds) Published by: Elsevier Science.

Prendiville W, Elbourne D, McDonald S (2003) Prophylactic uterotonics in third stage of labour (Protocol for a Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2003. Oxford: Update Software [NB. Last updated June 1999].

McDonald SJ, Abbott JM (2003) Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes (Protocol for a Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2003. Oxford: Update Software.

Elbourne DR, Prendiville WJ, Carroli G, Wood J, McDonald S (2003) Prophylactic use of oxytocin in the third stage of labour (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2003. Oxford: Update Software. [NB. Last updated July 2001].

McDonald S, Prendiville WJ, Elbourne D (2003) Prophylactic syntometrine versus oxytocin for delivery of the placenta (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2003. Oxford: Update Software. [Last updated in 2003].

Prendiville WJ, Elbourne D, McDonald S (2003) Active versus expectant management in the third stage of labour (Cochrane Review).  In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2003, Oxford: Update Software [NB. Review last updated March 2000].

McDonald SJ (2002) Commentary; Starting oxytocin before or after delivery of the placenta had similar efficacy in preventing postpartum haemorrhage. In: Evidence-based Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol 4: 3: p123.

Quinlivan JA, Thompson CM, Black KI, Korman LH, McDonald SJ (2002) Medical and Midwifery Students: how do they view their respective roles on the labour ward? Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 42: 4: 415-20.

Dickinson J, Paech M, McDonald S, Evans S (2002) The Impact of Intrapartum Analgesia on Labour and Delivery Outcomes in Nulliparous Women Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 42: 1: 59-66.

Ramelet AS, Bulsara M, Huijer Abu-Saad H, McDonald S, & Rees N (2001). Postoperative pain the the critically ill infant Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 4(4), Viii.

Research projects

Taylor J, McDonald SJ,Tan K. Antibiotic lock for prevention of infection in neonates

Bowman S, McDonald SJ, Fitzgerald L. Roles and Expectations of 1st time fathers during labour and birth (PhD student research project)   Pollock W, McDonald SJ, Shub A et al .Development of a severity of pre-eclampsia score  

Pollock W, McDonald et al. Impact of severe maternal morbidity on women in the 12 months following birth (submitted to BUPA Dec 2012)  

Pollock W, McDonald SJ. Maternal Critical Care Education Program for Midwives and ICU Nurses. Evaluation of a pilot program

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