Sarah Ireland


Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Research interests

Dr Sarah Ireland is a Research Fellow and early career researcher at the Molly  Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University. Her research focus is around women’s reproductive health, health literacy, two-way learning and knowledge translation, First Nations research methodolgies and the influence of culture.

Sarah is a medical anthropologist, nurse and midwife; and is trained in community development. She has a clinical background in nursing and midwifery with extensive experience delivering healthcare in collaboration with First Nations health practitioners and communities in remote areas of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. These experiences have been formative in shaping her emerging track record as a cross-cultural health researcher. Since completing First Class Honours and a PhD in medical anthropology, she has held academic positions at Charles Darwin University. In these roles she has collaborated with First Nations co-researchers to undertake and complete a research projects and commissioned evaluations on a diverse range of First Nations topics. Much of  Sarah’s work deals with the cultural interface of First Nations knowledge systems and Western midwifery practice. She is an Associate Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

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Rainmaker Start-up - Building Partnerships for the Best Start in Life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families

Roe, Y., Kildea, S., Lowell, A., Maypilama, E., Gao, Y., Hickey, S., Ireland, S., Haora, P., Hartz, D., Sherwood, J., Barclay, L., Marriot, R., West, R., Kruske, S., Nelson, C. & Carson, A.


Project: Research

Research Output

Equity, gender and health: A cross road for health promotion

Judd, J. A., Griffiths, K., Bainbridge, R., Ireland, S. & Fredericks, B., Sep 2020, In : Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 31, 3, p. 336-339 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
  • Health literacy across the life course: Understanding equity and the influence of culture and gender

    Ireland, S. & Smith, J. A., 1 Jan 2020, Health and Education Interdependence: Thriving from Birth to Adulthood. Midford, R., Nutton, G., Hyndman, B. & Silburn, S. (eds.). Springer Singapore, p. 291-319 29 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 'I didn't feel judged': Exploring women's access to telemedicine abortion in rural Australia

    Ireland, S., Belton, S. & Doran, F., 24 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Primary Health Care. 12, 1, p. 49-56 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    Towards Equity and Health Literacy

    Smith, J. A. & Ireland, S., Jan 2020, In : Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 31, 1, p. 3-4 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)


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

    Author: Ireland, S., Aug 2015

    Supervisor: Belton, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU