New paper in Women and Birth by Professor Hannah Dahlen, recipient of Mary Kirk Fellowship grant.

We are pleased to announce that the paper commissioned through the our inaugural Mary Kirk Fellowship “A comparison of the Woman-centred care: strategic directions for Australian maternity services (2019) national strategy with other international maternity plans” has now been published in Women and Birth, the official journal of the Australian College of Midwives.

The inaugural Mary Kirk Fellowship was awarded in 2021 to Professor Hannah Dahlen AM, Professor of Midwifery, Discipline Leader of Midwifery and Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degree Research) at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, to produce a lecture and paper on the 2019 COAG plan: Woman-Centred Care: Strategic Directions for Australian Maternity Services.

The lecture, titled The good, the bad and the possible, led by Professor Dahlen with an expert panel, was broadcast via live webinar on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, to almost 700 viewers.

The paper completed peer review and was published on 13th April 2022. A copy of the paper is available online here. Alternatively, you can download a copy below:

A second paper, inspired by the discussion during the live webinar, is currently in progress and will be submitted for peer review on completion. We thank Professor Dahlen and her team for the fantastic work on this project.

The Mary Kirk Fellowship is awarded biennially by the Canberra Mothercraft Society to commission an academic paper and public lecture that will inform public debate and understanding of matters affecting women’s and children’s health and the wellbeing of families.