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International nurse migration

Women's health

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Sophia is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Operating Theatre Nurse who graduated in Zimbabwe a few years ago. She completed a few University courses: Diploma in Nurse Education, a Bachelor's degree in Adult Education and a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Midwifery. She worked as a midwife and Midwifery Educator before joining the Zimbabwe Open University as a lecturer on the BSc Nursing program in 2001. Sophia had the opportunity to attend short courses on International Maternal Health Care in Uppsala, Sweden and a Training & Training Management Course in Aarhus Technical College, Denmark.

In 2004 Sophia decided to pursue her nursing career in Australia. She has worked as a surgical nurse and later as a CNE at Bankstown and Liverpool hospitals respectively. Sophia joined CSU in 2009 as a lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery. Sophia graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in 2018 following her study on Experience of sub-Saharan African overseas-qualified nurses working in rural NSW.

Teaching Interests

  • The Professional midwife
  • Primary Health Care in Midwifery
  • Challenges in Midwifery Practice
  • Family & Child Health
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing

 Research Interests

  • Health workforce Issues: International nurse migration
  • Maternal health
  • Student engagement in the teaching-learning processes

 Professional Memberships

  • NSW Nurses & Midwives' Association
  • Australian College of Midwives
  • NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union)

 Professional Activities

  • Reviewing nursing texts for publishers on a casual basis
  • Active committee member of Wagga African Association (WAFRICA)



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 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Experience of sub-Saharan overseas qualified nurses in rural Australia, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 14 Sept 2018

Nursing/Midwifery, MScN, Master of Science in Nursing (Midwifery specialty), University of Zimbabwe

Award Date: 22 Jul 1997

Adult Education, BAdEd, Bachelor's Degree in Adult Education, University of Zimbabwe

Award Date: 16 Dec 1994

Nurse Education, DNE, Diploma in Nurse Education, University of Zimbabwe

Award Date: 15 Dec 1989

External positions

Board member, Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga

Advisory Committee Member, Wafrica Incorporated

Subject keywords

  • Cultural diversity;
  • Nurse migration


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