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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 Grant：Building 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
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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Birthing on country service compared to standard care for First Nations Australians: A cost-effectiveness analysis from a health system perspectiveGao, Y., Roe, Y., Hickey, S., Chadha, A., Kruske, S., Nelson, C., Carson, A., Watego, K., Reynolds, M., Costello, J., Tracy, S. & Kildea, S., May 2023, In: The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific. 34, p. 1-12 12 p., 100722.
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Developing and evaluating Birthing on Country services for First Nations Australians: The Building On Our Strengths (BOOSt) prospective mixed methods birth cohort study protocolHaora, P., Roe, Y., Hickey, S., Gao, Y., Nelson, C., Allen, J., Briggs, M., Worner, F., Kruske, S., Watego, K., Maidment, S. J., Hartz, D., Sherwood, J., Barclay, L., Tracy, S., Tracy, M., Wilkes, E., West, R., Grant, N. S. & Kildea, S., 28 Jan 2023, In: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 23, 1, 77.
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“This has changed me to be a better mum”: A qualitative study exploring how the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program contributes to the development of First Nations women's self-efficacyMassi, L., Hickey, S., Maidment, S. J., Roe, Y., Kildea, S. & Kruske, S., 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Women and Birth. p. 1-10 10 p.
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Hearing from First Nations Dads: Qualitative yarns informing service planning and practice in urban AustraliaClifford-Motopi, A., Fisher, I., Kildea, S., Hickey, S., Roe, Y. & Kruske, S., Dec 2022, In: Family Relations. 71, 5, p. 1933-1948 16 p.
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A call for action that cannot go to voicemail: Research activism to urgently improve Indigenous perinatal health and wellbeingHickey, S., Roe, Y., Ireland, S., Kildea, S., Haora, P., Gao, Y., Maypilama, E. L., Kruske, S., Campbell, S., Moore, S., Maidment, S. J., Heinemann, K., Hartz, D., Adcock, A., Storey, F., Bennett, M., Lambert, C., Sibanda, N., Lawton, B., Cram, F., & 24 others, Jul 2021, In: Women and Birth. 34, 4, p. 303-305 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
Kruske, S., Sept 2005
Supervisor: Barclay, L. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDUFile