Researcher biography

Sue Kildea holds a Clinical Chair in Midwifery and is a joint appointment between the Mater Health Services and Mater Research Institute Brisbane and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland. She is a registered nurse midwife with clinical, management, policy, education and research experience across both acute and primary health care settings. Sue is a strong collaborative researcher and many of her research projects aim to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Together with a Senior Elder from Maningrida in Arnhem Land she was a joint recipient of the UTS Human Rights Award for contribution to advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (2004). Sue has expertise in health services research, epidemiology, qualitative and evaluation methods, participatory action research and randomised trials. Sue has particular expertise in introducing and evaluating innovative models of maternity service delivery, translating research into practice, leading research across distances. Sue is an active clinician, is still working as a midwife and has worked internationally and provided technical expertise for the World Health and other organisations in Indonesia, Viet Nam, Mongolia and Geneva.

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