We are proud to announce that Maggie Flood is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Vivian Bullwinkel Award and a scholarship in recognition of her research for a Masters degree through La Trobe's Judith Lumley Centre.
Victoria is reported to have one of the highest recorded rates of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) for a first world country with almost a quarter of birthing women suffering a PPH in 2009.
This concerning statistic led to her current study focus and the award which is administered through the Nurses Memorial Centre.
The Centre's main aim is to provide education grants to nurses and midwives who wish to pursue postgraduate studies to benefit the community's health. One of the Centre's founding nurses was Vivian Bullwinkel - this grant is named in her honour as a living memorial to those who died in conflict.
Maggie's research will assess the accuracy of birth data in Victoria in 2011 and analyse postpartum haemorrhage for births from 2003-2011.
'This knowledge is important,' Maggie says. 'State and national reports rely on the data as do clinicians and policymakers for maternal and perinatal care.
'The number of women having haemorrhages has increased annually. There are known risk factors, but the reason for the rise remains a puzzle.
'I am grateful for this award and the opportunity to contribute this research as a living memorial to nurses and hopefully to help the next generation of mothers to be.'