Our staff and students

Academic staff

Name Position Telephone Email
Assoc. Professor Lisa Amir Principal Research Fellow +61 3 9479 8775 l.amir@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Shannon Bennetts Research Officer, Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program +61 3 9479 8763 s.bennetts@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Catherine ChamberlainSenior Research Fellow+61 3 9479 8799C.Chamberlain@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Amanda Cooklin Research Fellow, Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program +61 3 9479 8803 a.cooklin@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Sharinne Crawford Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program +61 3 9479 8794 s.crawford@latrobe.edu.au
Ms Clair CullenResearch Fellow 


Dr Méabh Cullinane Research Fellow +61 3 9479 8832 m.cullinane@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Della Forster Professor of Midwifery and Maternity Services Research +61 3 9479 8783 d.forster@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Stacey HokkeResearch Officer, Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program s.hokke@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Leesa HookerPost-doctoral Research Fellow+61 3 5444 7984l.hooker@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Helene JohnsResearch Fellow+61 3 9479 8786h.johns@latrobe.edu.au
Ms Jasmine LoveResearch Assistant, Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program 


Professor Susan McDonald Professor of Midwifery (Women's and Infants Health) +61 3 9479 8731 s.mcdonald@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Helen McLachlan Principal Research Fellow +61 3 9479 5955 h.mclachlan@latrobe.edu.au
Ms Fiona McLardie-HoreProject Coordinator+61 3 9479 8779f.mclardie-hore@latrobe.edu.au
Ms Anita Moorhead Project Coordinator +61 3 9479 8789 a.moorhead@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Michelle Newton Lecturer in Midwifery +61 3 9479 5802 michelle.newton@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Jan Nicholson Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professorial Chair +61 3 9479 8810 j.nicholson@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Touran Shafiei Research Fellow +61 3 9479 8798 t.shafiei@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Rhonda Small Professor Emerita  r.small@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Angela Taft Principal Research Fellow +61 3 9479 8809 a.taft@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Kayli WildResearch Fellow k.wild@latrobe.edu.au
Dr Ingrid WilsonPost-doctoral Research Fellow+61 3 9479 6288I.wilson@latrobe.edu.au

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Administrative staff

Name Position Telephone Email
Zoe Marchant Adminstration Officer +61 3 9479 8792z.marchant@latrobe.edu.au

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Honorary associates

Name Institution
Dr Paul Agius Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute
Dr Clare Barnett ZEG Berlin – Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research
Dr Katherine Carroll Centre for Health Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Mary-Ann DaveyDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University
Dr Michelle Kealy Integrated Maternity Services, Department of Health, Northern Territory Government
Dr Karalyn McDonald Infectious Diseases Unit, Monash University, Melbourne
Dr Jane Morrow Australian Catholic University
Dr Wendy Pollock Maternal Critical Care
Dr Elizabeth WestruppDeakin University
Dr Ingrid MogrenDepartment of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Umea University
Dr Naomi HackworthParenting Research Centre
Dr Rhonda Powell (nee Tombros) School of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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These are the postgraduate students at the Judith Lumley Centre and the projects they are working on (some of which are described in more detail in the Research pages):

  • Nawal Abdulaghani: Pronuturance practices at birth and PPH
  • Catina Adams: Enhanced MCH in Victoria - improving outcomes for families experiencing family violence
  • Beatriz Paulina Ayala Quintanilla: Violence against women, maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity
  • Laura Biggs: A mixed methods evaluation of the Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) National Helpline
  • Fiona Burgemeister: Parenting and early child development in vulnerable families: implications for policy and services
  • Rhian Cramer: SILC – Supporting infant feeding in local communities – evaluation of SILC processes
  • Kate Dawson: Exploring the introduction, expansion and sustainability of caseload midwifery in Australia (ECO)
  • Maggie Flood: Examining postpartum haemorrhage: risk factors, data quality and reporting
  • Heather Grimes: RUBY (Ringing up about breastfeeding): exploring telephone support in the early postnatal period to increase breastfeeding: an RCT
  • Sarah Hay: Evaluating a new Parenting Kit designed by the Royal Women's Hospital: a mixed methods study
  • Rebecca Hyde: Your Views Matter - Exploring the experiences, satisfaction and needs of parents of infants in Newborn Intensive and Special Care at the Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Lester Jones: Clinical reasoning: adopting and adapting a simple tool for capturing the complexities of pain
  • Robyn Matthews: EXPert- Exploring midwives’ and nurses’ perceptions of 'expertise' at the Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Fiona McLardie-Hore: RUBY - Ringing up about breastfeeding early - a randomised controlled trial
  • Anita Moorhead: Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing (DAME): a randomised controlled trial
  • Belinda O'Connor: Improving health of Aboriginal mothers via continuous midwife care
  • Kerryn O'Rourke: Researching the work of the organisation Birth for HumanKIND
  • Mercy Otsin: Strategies for ending unintended pregancies in Ghana
  • Ranmali Rodrigo: Optimal method to express, store and transport breast milk from home to hospital in two settings: a developed and a developing country
  • Moni Rani Saha: Breastfeeding practices and experiences of women requiring medicines during lactation
  • Sarmin Sayeed: Non-medical reasons for caesarean section – factors influencing decision-making in Australian women
  • Charlene Smithson: Web-based support for breastfeeding
  • Heather Wallace: Reproductive health in Timor-Leste - fertility, contraception and maternal mortality
  • Laura Whitburn: The role of cortical processes in the perception of pain during labour

Congratulations to our recent graduates:

  • Fetene Berhanu Belihu: Perinatal and obstetric outcomes of East African immigrant women in Australia: Trends and influencing factors
  • Miranda Buck: Nipple pain in early motherhood
  • Sonia Reisenhofer: What is the relationship between self-efficacy and position in the stages of change (or other) pathway for women experiencing intimate partner violence?
  • Ingrid Wilson: Reducing alcohol-related violence against women and children – the effectiveness of alcohol prevention interventions that reduce risky drinking