Sue Kildea

Dr, Professor

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Sue Kildea is an internationally renowned midwifery and health services researcher with collaborative projects across Australia, Canada, Sweden and the UK. Specialising in midwifery and maternity services, remote and First Nations health she has projects redesigning maternity services; Birthing on Country services; new methods of monitoring progress in labour; sterile water injections for back pain in labour; waterbirth; and new methods for breastfeeding support. Most projects aim to improve health services and many are to strengthen services for vulnerable women and families (First Nations women, refugee women, teenagers, rural and remote women; women impacted by natural disasters/ stress in pregnancy). She is a strong collaborative researcher with expertise in participatory action research, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, evaluation and community development. She has worked as a technical advisor in for the World Health Organisation, UNFPA and other organisations in Mongolia, Geneva, Jordan, Viet Nam, Canada, Japan and Indonesia. In 2018, Sue won Research Australia’s Health Services Researcher Award. Together with Molly Wardaguga, a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker from Maningrida, Sue was the joint recipient of the UTS Human Rights Award in 2004. This was awarded for contribution to advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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APP1135125 Building on Our Strengths (BOOSt): Developing and Evaluating Birthing On Country Primary Maternity Units

Kildea, S., Tracy, S., Nelson, C., Currie, J., Kinnear, A., Mohamed, J., McGrath, L., Worner, F., Sherwood, J., Barclay, L., Kruske, S., Roe, Y., Hartz, D. & Tracy, M.


Project: Other

Dead or Deadly and Bulwal Balaang Young Women's Program

Kildea, S., Roe, Y., Gao, Y. & Roberts, J.


Project: Research

Research Output

Childhood Anxiety: Prenatal Maternal Stress and Parenting in the QF2011 Cohort

McLean, M. A., Cobham, V. E., Simcock, G., Lequertier, B., Kildea, S. & King, S., 13 Jul 2020, In : Child Psychiatry and Human Development. p. 1-10 10 p.

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  • Disaster-related prenatal maternal stress, and childhood HPA-axis regulation and anxiety: The QF2011 Queensland Flood Study

    McLean, M. A., Simcock, G., Elgbeili, G., Laplante, D. P., Kildea, S., Hurrion, E., Lequertier, B., Cobham, V. E. & King, S., Aug 2020, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 118, p. 1-12 12 p., 104716.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Does introducing a dedicated early labour area improve birth outcomes? A pre-post intervention study

    Williams, L., Jenkinson, B., Lee, N., Gao, Y., Allen, J., Morrow, J. & Kildea, S., May 2020, In : Women and Birth. 33, 3, p. 259-264 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Women's unmet needs in early labour: Qualitative analysis of free-text survey responses in the M@NGO trial of caseload midwifery

    Allen, J., Jenkinson, B., Tracy, S. K., Hartz, D. L., Tracy, M. & Kildea, S., Sep 2020, In : Midwifery. 88, p. 1-8 8 p., 102751.

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  • A cross-lagged panel analysis of children's sleep, attention, and mood in a prenatally stressed cohort: The QF2011 Queensland flood study

    Simcock, G., Cobham, V. E., Laplante, D. P., Elgbeili, G., Gruber, R., Kildea, S. & King, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 255, p. 96-104 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    The uptake and safety of vaccines in pregnancy

    Author: Mchugh, L., Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Binks, M. (Supervisor), Kildea, S. (Supervisor) & Snelling, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU