Dr Sara Bayes is the Associate Professor, Midwifery and Director, Midwifery Studies. Sara leads the design, delivery and quality assurance of ECU’s midwifery courses. She also has oversight of midwifery practice research and midwifery research training.
Following several 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/professional accreditation lead.
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. 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.
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