Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Catherine Turner has bolstered the College’s research horsepower. Photo: Julianne Osborne
Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Catherine Turner has bolstered the College’s research horsepower. Photo: Julianne Osborne

Research centre to focus on a healthy start to life

By Jon Taylor

CDU has made several high-profile research-focussed appointments in its College of Nursing and Midwifery and will develop a new national research centre focusing on maternal and infant health and wellbeing in rural and regional areas.

College Dean, Professor Catherine Turner has bolstered the College’s research horsepower significantly since starting in the position in July last year.

“When I arrived as Dean it was evident the College had a greater focus on teaching than building research capacity as a priority,” Professor Turner said.

“That’s why I have assembled a team of the best researchers I could find, all of whom have a focus on health services and translational research – making a real difference to services people receive.

“Given CDU’s location, we are ideally placed to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternity issues and assess how services on the ground can be strengthened for the best start in life,” she said.

Professor Turner said the establishment of the research centre would significantly boost the College research capacity.

“The Centre’s research strategy will focus on areas that promote a healthy start to life.

“The expertise we have in the new centre has the capacity to make a real impact across Northern Australia where some huge challenges exist in terms of babies being born too soon and too small,” she said.

Professor Turner said the Territory and CDU were ideal environments for research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander birthing, maternal and infant health, as well as helping encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the midwifery profession and research careers.

“We are committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwifery students in our undergraduate and postgraduate programs and have support through the Australian Government’s Away from Base funding.

"We also have the capacity to grow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research workforce in these areas,” she said.

For further information on the appointments visit W: cdu.edu.au/newsroom/midwifery-appointments