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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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Kruske, S., Roberts, J., Murphy, M. & Muir, L.
24/02/22 → 23/08/22
8/07/20 → 16/09/20
2/05/22 → 9/09/22
Project: Consultancy - Non Research
1/07/20 → 30/06/25
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, , 29 Apr 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Women and Birth.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
Assessment tools measuring health-related empowerment in psychosocially vulnerable populations: A systematic reviewCampbell, S., Zhai, J., Tan, J-Y., Azami, M., Cunningham, K. & Kruske, S., 17 Nov 2021, In: International Journal for Equity in Health. 20, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 246.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Community-based sexual and reproductive health promotion and services for first nations people in urban AustraliaHickey, S., Roe, Y., Kruske, S., Clifford-Motopi, A., Kildea, S., Bernardino, B. & Fisher, I., 18 May 2021, In: International Journal of Women's Health. 13, p. 467-478 12 p., 34040455.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile25 Downloads (Pure)
Effect of a Birthing on Country service redesign on maternal and neonatal health outcomes for First Nations Australians: a prospective, non-randomised, interventional trialKildea, S., Gao, Y., Hickey, S., Nelson, C., Kruske, S., Carson, A., Currie, J., Reynolds, M., Wilson, K., Watego, K., Costello, J. & Roe, Y., May 2021, In: The Lancet Global Health. 9, 5, p. e651-e659 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile15 Downloads (Pure)
Kruske, S., Sep 2005
Supervisor: Barclay, L. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDUFile