Committies & Awards

Significant Appointments

Australian College of Midwives

  • President, Australian College of Midwives (2010)
  • National Media Spokesperson, Australian College of Midwives (2008  – ongoing)
  • Executive Committee member, Australian College of Midwives NSW Branch (1997 – ongoing) (Secretary 1997-2009)
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives (FACM) (1999 – ongoing)
  • Editor of ‘Midwifery Matters’ (2011 – ongoing)


  • NHMRC Collaborative Guidance Committee (2009-2010)
  • NHMRC Vitamin K Working Party (2002)
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor (2001 – ongoing)
  • Panel of experts, Cosmo Pregnancy (2006 – ongoing)
  • BabyCentre expert reviewer (2010 – ongoing)
  • Raising Children Network Consultant and expert reviewer.
  • Clinical Lead for Midwifery in the National Training Plan being undertaken by Health Workforce Australia (2011)
  • Chair of the Expert Advisory Group for the review of NMBA – Guidelines for Education Requirements for Recognition as Eligible Midwives and Accreditation Standards for Programs of Study Leading to Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines for Eligible Midwives and ANMAC – Interim Standards for Accreditation of Professional Practice Review Programs (2013-2014)
  • Deputy Chair of the Rhodanthe Lispet Trust Fund (2012 ongoing)
  • Consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers on the Supervision of Midwives Tender commissioned by the NMBA (2014)


  • NSW Implementation group for the National Maternity Services Review (2010)
    Maternal and Newborn Advisory Group (2014 ongoing)
  • NSW Health Clinical Privileging Committee (2010  – 2012)
  • NSW Maternal and Perinatal committee member (2002 – ongoing)
  • NSW Maternal and Perinatal Health Priority Taskforce (2005 – 2014)
  • Member of the Midwife Practice Committee- NSW Nurses and Midwives Board (2004 – 2010)
  • Midwifery Reference Group, committee member, NSW Nurses Association (2001 – 2013)


  • Director Higher Degree Research UWS (2015-)
  • Deputy Chair Western Sydney University Research Studies Committee (2016- ongoing)
  • Deputy Director Higher Degree Research UWS (2012-14)
  • Affiliate with the Ingham Institute (2014 ongoing)
  • Co-chair Mother Infant Family Network (MiFam) (2014-ongoing)
  • Member of the Family and Community Research Group University of Western Sydney (2008 – 2014)
  • Honorary Associate with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery University of Technology Sydney (2005 – ongoing)
  • Midwifery External Advisory Committee, Charles Sturt University, (2007  – 2014)

Invited speaker at graduations/launches (since 2000)

  • Oration Fraudation Western Sydney University, April 2015
  • Oration Graduation University of Western Sydney September 2012
  • Invited speaker launch of the Mums@Ryde website Spetember 2010.
  • Guest Speaker at the University of Queensland Graduation Ceremony, Ipswich. July 20th 2010
  • Invited speaker: Launch at NSW Parliament House of the National Maternity Action Plan, Sydney 2003
  • Invited speaker: Launch of the Wollongong/Shelharbour midwifery group practice Wollongong 2004
  • Invited speaker: Launch of the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice, Sydney 2004
  • Invited speaker: Graduation of student midwives Wollongong University, Wollongong 2002


  • Vice Chancellors award for HDR Supervision- Highly Commended 2016
  • 2015 Quality Awards Winner South Western Sydney Local Health District “Partnering to improve oral health of Aboriginal children” 2015 SWSLHD Quality Award under the category- Excellence in Provision of Care and Service to Aboriginal Clients
  • 2013 SWSLHD Quality Award under the category Collaboration- Working as a Team
  • 2012 Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”
  • 2008: Young Investigator Award, PSANZ
  • 2006: National Council of Women Certificate of Achievement
  • 2003: First prize for the Central Sydney Quality Improvement Poster Competition for Improving the quality of services for Moslem women, $600
  • 2000: Nominated for writer of the year, by FPC for contributions to Australian Parents magazine
  • 2001: Excellence in Nurse Practice Award for Education. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • 1997: Yakult student award, $250. For best honours research project in Bachelor of Nursing (honours)