1 April 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Mater Mothers’ Hospital have appointed Dr Sue Kildea as Foundation Professor of Midwifery, based at the Hospital and the University's Brisbane Campus.
Dr Sue Kildea
The joint position is aimed at strengthening research capacity, and generating research output in the area of midwifery healthcare and practices.
Professor Kildea’s career spans more than 20 years in clinical, educational and research environments.
Her interests include understanding the causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, and improving access to health services – with a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Professor Kildea was formerly employed by Charles Darwin University as the Associate Professor of Midwifery, where she was regarded as a leader in maternal child health both at the University and throughout the Northern Territory.
Dr Jennifer Kelly, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, welcomed Professor Kildea to the ACU team.
“This joint appointment with Australia’s largest tertiary maternity facilities will provide an ideal environment for clinical research, and the translation of this research into the best possible care for women and newborns,” she said.
“We believe Sue’s key attributes of adopting a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to research, along with her leadership skills, will further enhance the reputation of both organisations as being national leaders in maternal and child health, and evidence based practice.”