Professor Susan

Professor Susan McDonald

Professor of Midwifery Latrobe University/Mercy Health

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Public Health

Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Judith Lumley Centre

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

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Member Australian College of Midwives, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand,

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 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

 

Research interests

Midwifery

- Complex pregnancy and birth

Perinatal and Child Health

- perinatal and infant health outcomes

Women's Health

- women's health outcomes

Recent publications

2016 Bardien N,Whitehead C,Tong S,Ugoni A , McDonald S, Walker SP. Placentl Insufficiency in Fetuses That Slow In Growth But Are Born Appropriate For Gestational Age: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.Plos ONE 11(1): e0142788.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142788

Flood M,Davey M-A, McDonald SJ,Pollock W Trams, trains, planes and automobiles: logistics of conducting a state-wide audit of medical records. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2016; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12531

Ayala Quintanilla B , Taft A, McDonald SJ, Pollock W. An examination of femicides in Peru between 2009 and 2014. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (accepted) Manuscript number: IJG-D-16-00137R1

Flood MM ,Davey M-A. McDonald SJ, Pollock W. Monitoring postpartum haemorrhage in Australia: Time to improve reporting and analysis (submitted) Australian Health Review. Manuscript ID  AH16071. 

Ayala Quintanilla B,Taft A, McDonald SJ, Pollock W, Roque Henriquez JC. Social determinants and maternal exposure to intimate partner violence of obstetric patients with severe maternal morbidity in the intensive care unit: a systematic review protocol .-BMJ Open 2016-013270 (in press)

Flood M,Davey M-A, McDonald SJ, Pollock W. Data accuracy in the vcictorian Perinatal Data Collection: results of a validation of 2011 data. HIMJ 16-0055 R1 (accepted)

2015  McCarthy EA, Pollock WE, Tapper L, Sommerville M,McDonald SJ Increasing uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women post H1N1 pandemic: a longitudinal study in Melbourne, Australia, 2010 to 2014. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2015) 15:53 DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0486-

Bardien N;Whitehead C; Tong S; Ugoni A; McDonald SJ; Walker SP "Placental insufficiency in fetuses that slow in growth but are born appropriate for gestational age: a prospective longitudinal study".  PloS One 3EMID:f0c60e81c009903b (accepted)

McIntyre M, Rolls C, McDonald SJ Challenging the notion that differences exist in the clinical competency of new graduate midwives, attributable to variations in accreditation standards that justify increases in clinical costs.Contempory Nurse (submitted )

Taylor JE, Tan K, Lai NM, McDonald SJ. Antibiotic lock for the prevention of catheter-related infection in neonates. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010336. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010336.pub2. (June 2015)

   2014 Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council 2014, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care – Module II Contributor as Member of the Executive Committee, Co Chair Clinical Working Party and Chair , Implementation Committee

Australian Government Department of Health, Canberra http://www.health.gov.au/antenatal ISBN: 978-1-76007-008-3 Online ISBN: 978-1-76007-009-0 Publications approval number: 10848

Barker HM,Simmons SW, Hiscock RJ,Cyna AM, McDonald SJ. Time to achieve comfort from labour epidural analgesia. Anaesthesic and Intensive Care 2014 Jan;42(1)73-77

Taylor JE, McDonald SJ,Tan K. Prevention of central venous catheter-related infection in the neonatal unit: a literature review.  The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine (accepted for publication, July 2014 (ID DJMF-2014-0317)

2013 McCarthy M, McDonald S, Pollock W. Triage of pregnant women in the emergency department: evaluation of a triage decision aid.Emergency  Medicine Journal 2013 30:117-122

Taylor J, McDonald SJ, Tan K. A survey of central venous catheter practices in Australian and New Zealand tertiary neonatal units.Australian Critical Care doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.11.002. Epub 2013 Dec 4.

JestonS, McDonald SJ, Pollock W. A survey of inotrope and vasopressor line change practices in Austrealian and New Zealand Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Journal of Neonatal Nursing http://dx.doi.org/101016/j.jnn.2013.08.001

 

McDonald SJ, Middleton P, Dowswell T, Morris PS. Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD004074. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD004074.pub3.

Barker HM,Simmons SW,Hiscock RJ,Cyna AM,McDonald SJ.Time to achieve comfort from labour epidural analgesia Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 2014 Jan;42(1):73-7

W. Pollock, S. Simmons, L. Phillips, S. McDonald .Pattern and rate of massive transfusion for obstetric haemorrhage Australian Critical Care 05/2013; 26(2):86. DOI:10.1016/j.aucc.2013.02.018

2012 Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council 2012, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care – Module 1. Contributor as Member of the Executive Committee, Co Chair Clinical Working Party and Chair , Implementation Committee Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. http://www.health.gov.au/antenatal ISBN: 978-1-74241-730-1 Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-731-8 Publications approval number: D0791

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 (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010336. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010336.

2011 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 SJWomen 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

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.

Older publications

2001 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.

2000 Pope S, Watts J, Henderson J, McDonald S , Evans S (2000) Postnatal Depression: An Information Booklet for Consumers MH&MRC Publications Cat No 9938771

Pope S, Watts J, Evans S, McDonald S, Henderson J (2000) Systematic Review of Postnatal depression literature 1980 - 1999 NH&MRC Publications Cat No 9938839

  1999 McDonald S. (1999) Chapter 25 : The Third Stage of Labour In: Myles Textbook for Midwives 13E R.Bennett, L. Brown (Eds) Published by: Churchill Livingstone

1997 Koong D, Evans S, Mayes C, McDonald S, Newnham J (1997) Scoring System For The Prediction of Success With Minimal Intervention In Childbirth Obstet Gynecol 89: 654-9

McDonald SJ (1997) Management in the third stage of labour 1996  Doctoral Thesis. Faculty of Medicine. Dept Obstet and Gynaecol University of Western Australia

McDonald S (1997) Chapter 4 : Active Management of Labour In: Midwifery Practice Series Ed. Alexander, Levy Published by: Macmillan Press, London

1993 McDonald S, Prendiville,W, Blair,E (1993) Randomised controlled trial of oxytocin alone versus oxytocin and ergometrine in the active management of the third stage of labour Br.Med. J. 307: 1167-71

REPORTS

2009 Carr C, McDonald S. Development and Implementation of a Modified HIV Hepatitis C Counsellors Course for Midwives Providing Antenatal Care: A Collaboration between DHS, LTU, MHW DHS, March 2009

McDonald S , Prentice C. Victorian Midwifery Refresher Project: A Collaborative Project LTU, MHW, DHS DHS, May 2009

2007 McDonald S, Lang L, Clark E. Evaluation of The Team Model of Midwifery Care Implemented in a Rural, Multi Site Health Service DHS, Nov 2009

 

Research projects

 Nagle C, Heartfield M ,McDonald SJ, Birks M, Miles M, Morrow, Kruger G ,Bryce J. Development of the Midwife standards for practice. AHPRA $750,000.  McCarthy M,Simmons S, McDonald SJ, Pollock W, Goetz M. Obstetric Triage Decision Aid. Better Care Victoria. Innovation Fund. Victorian Government. Approx $320,000. Taft, A, McDonald S, Wild K: Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and practices to gender-based violence in Timor- Leste LTU THS Grant $48,950. Oats J, McDonald SJ .Recipient of for Vocational Training Teams in Timor Leste Rotary International Global Grant $US 110,000.  McDonald S, Taft A, Wild K Development of an education program for midwives for the reduction of violence against women in Timor Leste. A scoping exercise LTU THS Grant $8200. Ridgway L, McDonald SJ, Stevens H. Measuring the Impact of Infant Care at Sleep Transition: Monitoring Effects on Infant Stress Regulation When Exposed to Response Based Settling Interventions. Department of State Development and Business Innovation and Safe Sleep Space $31,000.  Oats J, McDonald SJ. Recipient of Rotary international Global Grant for Vocational Training Teams in Timor Leste $US 110,000.  McCarthy M, McDonald SJ, Robinson M: Early Pregnancy Loss. Mercy Foundation $12,000.  McDonald S ,Keane J, Pollock W. Implementation and evaluation of a student midwifery fellowship model of employment Victorian DOH $31,000.Taylor J, McDonald SJ,Tan K. Antibiotic lock for prevention of infection in neonates (PhD project,completed)

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