Top of page
Global Site Navigation

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Local Section Navigation

Help us improve our content by rating this page.

Page rating system

Please leave a comment about your rating so we can better understand how we might improve the page.

You are here: Main Content

Associate Professor Sara Bayes

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3508, Mobile: 0488 966110, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.439
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3508
Mobile: 0488 966110
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.439  


Dr Sara Bayes is Associate Professor of Midwifery and an Associate Dean in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


Following seven years practice as a nurse in general and specialist palliative care settings in the UK and Australia, Sara qualified as a Registered Midwife in Australia in 2002. She has since worked clinically in a range of maternity settings and models of care, including in private practice supporting women to birth at home.

Sara became involved in midwifery education in 2006 and since then has undertaken a variety of roles in that context including lecturer, tutor, unit coordinator, course coordinator, program director and program developer/accreditation lead. She is also a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council’s entry to practice program assessor group.

Sara completed her PhD in 2010, after which she spent two years in the UK as a post-doctoral fellow with the National Institute of Health Research developing and refining research implementation (knowledge translation) methodologies. She is along standing member of the Australian College of Midwives and is currently the Deputy Chair of the WA Branch. Sara continues to teach in the ECU midwifery courses and conducts original research; she also supervises MRes and PhD students undertaking research on midwifery and maternity care topics. Her research interests include antenatal education, woman-centred maternity care and the translation of evidence into practice.

Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Midwives In – WA Branch Deputy Chair

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2008: Nurses’ and Midwives’     Board of Western Australia Research Excellence Award
  • 2007: Nurses’ and     Midwives’ Board of Western Australia Postgraduate Research Award
  • 2006: Health Department     of Western Australia Midwifery Fellowship Award

National and International Research Positions

  • June 2011-June 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NHS     National Institute for Health Research, University of Nottingham, England,     UK
  • July 2010-June 2011:     Midwifery Research Fellow, Curtin University and King Edward Memorial     Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  • January 2009-July 2010:     Research Midwife, Curtin University and King Edward Memorial Hospital,     Perth, Western Australia
  • January 2008-December     2008: Midwifery Research Assistant: Curtin University, Perth, Western     Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Midwifery: Woman-centred maternity care;     Antenatal preparation for pregnancy and the puerperium
  • Qualitative research: Grounded theory;     Narrative Inquiry
  • Implementation science: Organisational readiness for change


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2010.
  • Master of Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Post Grad Diploma in Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Diploma in Nursing, England, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Impact of Direct Caregiver Professional Identity Midwifery on Three Maternity Indicators,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $9,636.
  • Better together: Supporting perinatal and infant mental health services,  WA Primary Health Alliance,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $230,000.
  • Midwifery Change Leaders' Experience of Introducing Clinical Innovation: A Grounded Theory Study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $26,000.
  • Developing a Set of Midwifery-Sensitive Patient Outcome Indicators: A Delphi Study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $38,253.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), The real ‘cost’ of study in Australia and the ramifications for China, Australia, and the Chinese nursing students: what do these three players want? A narrative review. Globalization Societies and Education, 15(5), 590-606, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2016.1195727.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), “They are friendly but they don’t want to be friends with you”: A narrative inquiry into Chinese nursing students’ learning experience in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(8), 27, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n8p27.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), Global mobility in nursing: Why Chinese students leave to study nursing in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(11), 51-61, Ontario, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n11p51.
  • Adama, E., Sundin, D., Bayes, S., (2017), Ghanaian fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants; a journey of exclusion. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 23(6), 275-281, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2017.05.003.
  • Bayes, S., Ewens, B., (2017), Registered nurses’ experiences of caring for pregnant and postpartum women in general hospital settings: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative data. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(5-6), 599-608, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13524.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2016), Nursing education in China: Meeting the global demand for quality healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 3(2016), 131-136, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.02.009.
  • Nicholls, S., Hauck, YL., Bayes, S., Butt, J., (2016), Exploring midwives' perception of confidence around facilitating water birth in Western Australia: A qualitative descriptive study. Midwifery, 33(1 February 2016), 73-81, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.10.010.
  • Hauck, Y., Fisher, C., Byrne, J., Bayes, S., (2016), Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education: incorporating adult and experiential learning with mindfulness based stress reduction in childbirth education. Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(3), 162-173, DOI: 10.1891/1058-1243.25.3.162.
  • Bayes, S., Fenwick, J., Jennings, D., (2016), Readiness for practice change: Evaluation of a tool for the Australian midwifery context. Women and Birth, 29(3), 240-244, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.11.001.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Bayes, S., Keyes, L., (2015), Research capacity building in midwifery: A case study of an Australian graduate midwifery research intern program. Women and Birth, 28(3), 259-263, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.02.005.
  • Adama, E., Bayes, S., Sundin, D., (2015), Parent's experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge from neonatal intensive care unit: A meta-synthesis of the literature. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 22(1), 27-51, London, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2015.07.006.
  • Davison, C., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., Kuliukas, L., Wood, J., (2015), The relationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practising midwife in Western Australia. Midwifery, 31(8), 772-778, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.04.012.
  • Byrne, J., Hauck, Y., Fisher, C., Bayes, S., Schutze, R., (2014), Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based childbirth education pilot study on maternal self-efficacy and fear of childbirth. Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health, 59(2), 192-197, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12075.
  • Kelly, G., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., Hardwick, T., (2013), Women's perceptions of contributory factors for not achieving a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). International Journal of Childbirth, 3(2), 106-116, Springer, DOI: 10.1891/2156-5287.3.2.106.
  • McDonald, R., Cheraghi-Sohi, S., Bayes, S., Morriss, R., Kai, J., (2013), Competing and coexisting logics in the changing field of English general medical practice. Social Science and Medicine, 93(September), 47-54, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.06.010.
  • Davies, S., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., Barrett, T., Jones, J., (2013), Australian maternity health professionals’ experience of an e-learning fetal surveillance package. Evidence Based Midwifery, 11(4), 138-142.
  • Geraghty, S., Bayes, S., McLaurin, R., O'Connor, A., (2013), Papanicoloau smear uptake among substance-using mothers in Western Australia. British Journal of Midwifery, 21(12), 868-872, United Kingdom, Mark Allan Publishing.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'fighting A Losing Battle': A Glaserian Grounded Theory Of Midwives' Workplace Stress
  • A Qualitative Descriptive Study Exploring The Perception Of Confidence Within Midwives Facilitating Water Birth In Western Australia.
  • The Relationship Is Everything: Women?s Reasons For And Experience Of Maternity Care With A Privately Practising Midwife In Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Ghanaian Parents' Experiences Of Caring For Their Preterm Infants After Discharge From The Neonatal Unit-a Narrative Inquiry Study

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Chinese Nursing Students At Australian Universities: A Narrative Inquiry Into Their Motivation, Learning Experience And Future Career Planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Impact Of Communication Satisfaction On Paediatric Nurses' Job Satisfaction And Intention To Stay
Skip to top of page