Dr Suzanne Belton


Senior Research Fellow with the Graduate School of Health Practice

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Dr Suzanne Belton is a midwife with clinical experience in community health, women’s health, family planning, refugee health and alternative birth systems.

She has experience working in SE Asia and China.
Her research interests include:

  • The sociology and anthropology of health
  • The social and cultural context of reproductive health
  • Gender and violence against women

Suzanne’s research interests include cross-cultural studies,refugee health, traditional birth attendants and informal health workers, community and institutional ethnography, medical anthropology and public health, midwifery and models of maternal health care, and gender and critical theory and human rights.

Current Projects

  • UNFPA and Alola Foundation in East Timor to assess and prevent maternal mortality and morbidity. Dr Belton gained a Safe Abortion Action Fund grant to improve post-abortion care for Burmese women on the Thai-Burma border.
  • (2008) Dr Belton worked with Indigenous women to document their experiences of remote maternity care in the Northern Territory.
  • (2006) ARC Linkages Project to improve birth outcomes in China.
  • She has taught research methods to remote area nurses (RANs) with the Centre for Remote Health.

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • Awarded: CDU Vice-Chancellor’s awards for Exceptional Performance in Research - Research Team Award: Shared with Lesley Barclay, Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske and Suzanne Belton, 2008


Refereed Journal Articles

Ireland, S., Narjic, C., Belton, S., & Kildea, S., (2010) Niyith niyith watmum the quiet story: exploring the experiences of Aboriginal women who give birth in their remote community, Midwifery, doi: 10.1016.j.midw.2010.05.009.

Gao, Y., Barclay, L., Kildea, S., Hao, M., and Belton, S., (2010) Barriers to increasing hospital birth rates in rural Shanxi Province, China, Reproductive Health Matters, 8(36) (in press).

Belton, S., Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of the Maternity Emergency Care course in remote Australia. Women and Birth, doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2009.08.004.

Belton, S., Whittaker, A., Fonseca, Z., Wells-Brown, T., & Pais, P., (2009) Attitudes towards the legal context of unsafe abortion in Timor-Leste, Reproductive Health Matters, 17(24), pp. 55-64.

Harris, A., Gao, Y., Barclay, L., Belton, S., Wei Yue, Z., Min, H., Auqun, X., Hua, L., Yun, Z. (2007) Consequences of birth policies and practices in post-reform China, Reproductive Health Matters, 15(30), pp. 114-124.

Other Publications


Belton, S., Whittaker, A. & Barclay, L., 2009, Maternal Mortality, Unplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Timor-Leste: A Situational Analysis, Alola Foundation and United Nations Population Fund.

Belton, S., Barclay, L., J Block Women of Art Project: Evaluating Community Education in a Prison Setting. 2008. Darwin.

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Location: Menzies Royal Darwin
                   Hospital Campus
Address : Menzies School of Health
                   PO Box 41096
                   Casuarina NT 0811
: 08 8922 7953
: 08 8927 5187
: suzanne.belton@menzies.edu.au