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Barbara Ann Klessa

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Barbara Klessa is a MRES candidate in the Menzies School of Health Research, Child Health Division, under the supervision of Dr Peter Morris and Dr Elizabeth McDonald from Menzies School of Health Research and Mark Ferguson from St John Ambulance (NT). Her area of research is whether there is any impact on either mother or newborn from the forced relocation of geographically isolated pregnant women away from their home community to live in a city to be near maternity services for the neonatal period. Barbara has been an environmental health officer in the UK and Australia for around 30 years but became increasingly interested in acute care and moved into paramedicine in Darwin in the mid 2000s. Her interest in housing conditions and concern for the well being of pregnant women made vulnerable by their separation from family inspired her to conduct a research thesis into the global situation for similar women in order to provide comprehensive information to inform researchers and policy makers. Barbara holds a Diploma of Environmental Health from Napier College Edinburgh, Scotland, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) from the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury), A Master of International Management from CDU, a Diploma of Paramedical Science from St John Ambulance (NT).

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