Sarah Ireland

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Dr Sarah Ireland is a medical anthropologist, nurse and midwife. Sarah’s research expertise is in in cross-cultural qualitative research methods, especially collaborative approaches with Aboriginal people. Her research methodologies are informed by social justice, health promotion, decolonising theories, public health, gender, woman-centred midwifery, culture and human rights discourse. She is an associate editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and the 2018 recipient of the Rowan Nicks Russel Drysdale fellowship.

Sarah has First Class Honours and a Doctorate in the field of medical-anthropology, both on the topic of Aboriginal women’s sexual and reproductive health. She is also an accomplished remote area nurse and midwife; and has trained in community development.

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Research Output 2011 2019

Indigenous Doulas: A literature review exploring their role and practice in western maternity care

Ireland, S., Montgomery-Andersen, R. & Geraghty, S., Aug 2019, In : Midwifery. 75, p. 52-58 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Are we going “co-crazy”? An opportunity to learn from health promotion foundations

Smith, J. A., Judd, J., Bainbridge, R., Griffiths, K., D'Antoine, H., Cargo, M. & Ireland, S., 3 Dec 2018, In : Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 29, 3, p. 223-224 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Health Promotion

Paperbark and Pinard: A historical account of maternity care in one remote Australian Aboriginal town

Ireland, S., Belton, S., McGrath, A., Saggers, S. & Narjic, C., 2015, In : Women and Birth. 28, 4, p. 293-302 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Northern Territory
Postnatal Care

The Logics of Planned Birthspace for Remote Australian Aboriginal Women in the Northern Territory: A discourse and content analysis of clinical practice manuals

Ireland, S., Belton, S. & Saggers, S., 1 Oct 2015, In : Midwifery. 31, 10, p. 993-999 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Northern Territory
Policy Making
Pregnant Women
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‘Jumping around’: exploring young women's behaviour and knowledge in relation to sexual health in a remote Aboriginal Australian community

Ireland, S., Narjic, C. W., Belton, S., Saggers, S. & McGrath, A., 15 Jan 2015, In : Culture, Health and Sexuality. 17, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reproductive Health


Paperbark and pinard: a cultural and historical exploration of female reproduction in one remote northern-Australian Aboriginal town

Author: Ireland, S., 2015

Supervisor: Belton, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU