ARCH staff at Mercy Health

The partnership between Mercy Health and La Trobe University is creating evidence-based services to improve health, safety, wellbeing and the patient experience.

Discover the Mercy Health ARCH.

ARCH Director - Mercy Health

Christine East is Director of the Mercy Health ARCH, and is a Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at Mercy Health and La Trobe University. She is a member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (and a past president), the Australian College of Nursing, the Australian College of Midwifery and the External Review Group for World Health Organisation Recommendations (maternity). She has led randomised controlled trials of fetal monitoring during labour, is an investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council's Stillbirth Centre of Excellence and an investigator on two project grants. She also conducts numerous systematic reviews. She has over 100 publications and is based at the Mercy Hospital for Women and Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Research group

Brooke Owen is a professional doctoral candidate at La Trobe University, based at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She is researching perceived barriers to physiological birth among midwives and obstetricians. This will take the form of an investigation into shared decision making, medical intervention in birth and clinical practices.

Deb Pidd is a professional doctoral candidate at La Trobe University. Her program of research will be based at the Mercy Hospital for Women and involves identifying a woman-centred, evidence-based pathway for women who have experienced previous psychologically traumatic birth.

Contact

For enquiries please contact:

Professor Christine East
Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, Mercy Health and La Trobe University
College of Science, Health and Engineering
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, 3086, Australia
E: c.east@latrobe.edu.au