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Linda has had 30 plus years in both the nursing but mainly in the midwifery discipline, first working as a clinician and for much of her career as an academic. Clinically Linda worked in all areas of midwifery in a tertiary Sydney maternity unit, including NNICU. Then worked as a clinical educator in electronic fetal heart rate monitoring before commencing work as an academic. Since starting as an academic full time Linda has continued to work clinically as a midiwfe in a variety of settings on a casual basis.


Linda started her career in academia at Cumberland College of Health Sciences and then University of Technology, Sydney before moving to Melbourne, at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and then Federation University Berwick campus and University of Tasmania.  During this period, Linda worked in a variety of roles from clinical educator to lecturer, but mainly as midwifery program coordinator of various Graduate Diploma Midwifery. 

The contributions that Linda has made to learning and teaching during her time as an academic can be demonstrated through the following:

  • leading and developing curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, mainly in midwifery but also nursing, management/leadership, neonatal, child and family health, breastfeeding and perinatal and infant mental health
  • convening and teaching into a variety of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following areas.
    • midwifery
    • neonatal
    • perinatal and infant mental health
    • nursing laboratories
    • ethics and law
    • research methodology and methods
    • leadership and management
    • organisational change
    • complementary medicine including chiropractic, osteopathy, Chinese Medicine

Linda has also contributed to learning and teaching through various consultancies in various hospitals, Australian College of Midwives and internationally, including Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Nepal. In addition, Linda has a history of developing sound reationships with industry for which she has been commended for.

Here contribution to curriculum development has been sustained through her extensive experience as lead writer and developer for postgraduate midwifery has also resulted in varius consultancies on external advisory committees in a number of national and international universities.

Research interests

The areas of research that Linda has  include:

  • all aspects of midwifery care
  • midwifery education/clinical education
  • midwifery models of care/continuity of carer
  • care of childbearing women post serious illness
  • care of childbearing women with intellectual disabilities
  • pre conceptual care
  • interdiscisplinary education
  • complementary health
  • organisatinal change
  • action research
  • curriculum development


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The challenges of change: planning a midwifery model of care, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005

Master of Nursing Administration, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 31 Aug 1990

Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Cumberland College of Health Sciences/ University of Sydney

Award Date: 31 Jul 1986

Graduate Diploma in Education (Nursing), Sydney College of Advanced Education

Award Date: 31 May 1984

Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Cumberland College of Health Sciences/ University of Sydney

Award Date: 27 May 1977

External positions

Graduate Research Coodinator, University of Tasmania


Head of Department Women's Health, Kumudini Hospital Bangladesh


Head of Discipline, Federation University


Midwifery Prpgram Coordinator, RMIT University


Midwifery Program Coordinator, University of Technology Sydney


Clinical Liaison Person, Cumberland College of Health Sciences


Registered Midwife, Westmead Hospital


Midwifery Student, Bankstown Hospital


Registered Nurse, Campbelltown Hospital


Subject keywords

  • midwifery practice
  • midwifery education
  • models of care
  • action research
  • rural and regional health
  • maternal wellbeing
  • organisational change


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