- Global leadership in research
- World-class innovation
- A research career at UON
- Research Degrees
Institutes and centres
- Newcastle Innovation
- Hunter Medical Research Institute
- Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
- Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology
- Complex Dynamic Systems and Control
- Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications
- Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology
- Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
- Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine
- Brain and Mental Health Research
- Cardiovascular Health
- Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation
- Generational Health and Ageing
- Grow Up Well
- Health Behaviour
- Healthy Lungs
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Reproductive Science
- Stroke and Brain Injury
- Advanced Fluids and Interfaces
- Advanced Particle Processing and Transport
- Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation
- Organic Electronics
- Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering
- Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation
- Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore
- Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma
- Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Venom and Antivenom
- Cancer treatment
- Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment
- Invasive Animals CRC
- Young and Well CRC
- Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement
- Clinical Nutrition Research Centre
- Centre for 21st Century Humanities
- Balanced Land Use
- Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies
- Hunter Creative Industries and Technology
- Environmental Remediation (GCER)
- Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
- Family Action Centre (FAC)
- Frontier Energy Technologies
- Frontier Geoscience (IFG)
- Full Employment and Equity
- Health Professional Education
- History of Violence
- Infrastructure Performance and Reliability
- Intelligent Electricity Networks
- Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research
- Ironmaking Materials Research
- Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials
- Multiphase Processes
- Optimal Planning and Operations
- Plant Science
- Purai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research
- Resources Health and Safety
- Rural and Remote Mental Health
- Signal Processing Microelectronics
- Social Research and Regional Futures
- Space Physics
- Special Education and Disability Studies
- Study of Research Training and Impact - SORTI
- Teachers and Teaching
- Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
- Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre
- Urban and Regional Studies
- Water, Climate and Land-use
- Business and Law Research
- Education and Arts Research
- Engineering and Built Environment Research
- Health and Medicine Research
- Science and IT Research
The Midwifery Research Group is lead by Dr Virginia Skinner who has worked as a Research Project Officer for Associate Professor Martin Veysey for the previous five years on two studies, one assessing cardiovascular health in an elderly population and the other assessing the relationship between bitter taste, folate intake and the development of bowel polyps before commencing work at the University of Newcastle.
Research methodological expertise
Virginia's Masters in Nursing with Honours was a qualitative study, focusing on continuity of care for mothers by community midwives and her PhD was a quantitative study, in which she developed a tool to assess stress and burnout in Australian nurses and midwives and the tool is currently being used internationally to assess other populations.
Recent studies include:
- Identifying women at risk of premature birth
- Evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Birth Centres
- The Relationship Between Birth Environment and Birth Outcomes
- Factors Affecting Woman's Embodied Sense of Self During Childbearing
- Factors that Enhance Women's Energy Levels After Birth
- Midwifery Intervention aimed at Enhancing Wellbeing in Women who are Smokers at the Beginning of Pregnancy
- Enhancing Inter-professional Collaboration
- Maternal Mortality in Rural PNG: A qualitative study
We have particular expertise with critical, feminist and post structural methodologies. Drawing upon expertise within the Faculty of Health and the Research Centre for Mothers and Babies we also embrace logical-empirical, quantitative methodologies.
Lead: Dr Virginia Skinner
Virginia has been working in the School of Nursing and Midwifery since May 2010 and is presently convening the Masters of Midwifery. Virginia has worked as a registered nurse for 23 years and has worked predominantly as a midwife for the past 21 years. She spent the early part of her career working in surgical and oncology. Over the years she has worked in aged care and in more recent years has worked as a community nurse. As a midwife she has worked in all areas of maternity including birthing suite, special care nursery and postnatal areas.
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