Sue Kruske


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Professor Sue Kruske has worked in health sector for over 30 years. She has contributed to health services in a variety of roles and settings including clinical, policy, education and research. She has sound industry experience in both government and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and is an endorsed midwife authorized to prescribe scheduled medicines and order diagnostic tests. She has clinical, teaching and research experience in maternal, child and cross-cultural health.

She has also worked internationally in several countries including PNG, Samoa, Tanzania and Indonesia. Her work on Aboriginal parenting and working effectively with Aboriginal families has broad relevance to the health and education sector.


Category 1 Research Awards (as Lead Investigator or Co Investigator)

2020 – 2025: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence: 2020, Redesigning maternal, newborn and child health services for the best start in life for First Nations families

2017-2022 NHMRC Partnership GrantBuilding on Our Strengths (BOOST): Developing and Evaluating Birthing On Country Primary Maternity Units.

2014-2019 NHMRC Partnership Grant: Birthing in our Community: Improving maternal infant health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and infants.

2010-2012 ARC LINKAGE: A study investigating the feasibility of implementing a national approach to child and family health services. ARC Linkage Grant.

2007-2010 ARC LINKAGE: Project: Indigenous birth and family: Pathways, places and professionals,

2007-2012 NHMRC: 1+1=A Healthy Start to Life

2011 – 2015 Canadian Institute of Health Research: QF2011: The effects of the Queensland floods on pregnant women, their pregnancies, and their children's early development Impact.

2012-2015 NHMRC: The development of a composite index of need for regional maternity services: The Australian Regional Birthing Index (ARBI)

2012-2015 NHMRC A national population-based study of rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy

2012-2016 NHMRC: Birthplace in Australia: a prospective cohort study


Current Higher Degree Research supervision:

Phd Primary Supervisor: Topic. Respectful Care in maternity services in Ghana

PhD Primary Supervisor. Topic The Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program in South East Queensland

PhD, Co supervisor Topic Unborn Child Notifications in pregnant First Nations women in Qld

Masters student, Co Supervisor. Topic: the support of women with multiple vulnerabilities within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Honours: Co Supervisor: Stress in pregnancy

Completed higher degree research supervision

Bec Jenkinson, PhD 2018, Full time ‘Working with women who decline professional advice in maternity services’ Principal Supervisor

Robyn Thompson, PhD, 2018, ‘Neurological Breastfeeding An observational descriptive study, identifying the barriers and enablers to exclusive breastfee4ding, in a cohort of 806 women over four years’, co-supervised with Sue Kildea

Catherine Farrington, PhD student, 2009-2018, ‘Evaluation of the Remote Links Caseload Midwifery Team’, co-supervisor with Lesley Barclay

Sharon Nugent, Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling) 2012 Full time. ‘Relocating for Intrapartum Care: The Association with Postnatal Care and Maternal Psychological Functioning’. Principal Supervisor

Marie Land, PhD student, CDU, 2006-2102 (part-time) ‘Action Planning for Child Protection: Nurses’ Role in Early Intervention and Family Support’, co-supervised with Lesley Barclay

Lynne Byers: Honours Research Student 2009, ‘Aboriginal Child Rearing Practices in Remote Australia’. Primary Supervisor, completed first class honours

Emily Bailey, Masters by Research, 2007 'Improving the management of respiratory health in Indigenous children’, co-supervising with Dr Anne Chang, Menzies School of Health Research

Education/Academic qualification

Pharmacology and prescribing for midwives Griffith University 2015

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TafeSA 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Darwin University, 2005

Bachelor of Health Science 1st Class Honours, 1998, Southern Cross University, NSW

General Nursing Certificate, 1984, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, Qld

Midwifery Certificate, 1989, St Margaret’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, 1990, Curtin University, WA



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