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Dr Deborah Ireson


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7828
Campus: South West  
Room: BU2.124  

Deborah is a Lecturer in Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • 2015: PhD (ECU) on Antenatal clinic - using ethnographic methods to listen to the voices of pregnant adolescents
  • 2006: Master of Midwifery (ECU) and postgraduate qualifications in sexual health (Curtin), community health - child and adolescent health (Curtin)
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • 1997 - 2015: King Edward Memorial Hospital in a variety of roles though in the last ten years specialised in caring for young women pregnant during adolescence
  • Deborah trained as a registered nurse and later a midwife in Salford UK.

Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Midwives(WA)
  • Australian College of Nurses
  • HERDSA Higher Education research and Development
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • CHNWA Community Health Nurses WA
  • ABA Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • CLCWA College of lactation consultants WA
  • AAIMHI Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.
  • Miracle Babies Foundation (AUS).

Awards and recognition

  • Deborah has been nominated and been a finalist twice in the Hesta Nursing Excellence awards (Western Australia) for her work with pregnant adolescents, once in the field of community health and again in the field of clinical excellence.

Research Areas and Interests

Deborah has interests in research involving all areas of midwifery including:

  • Adolescent sexual health and pregnancy;
  • Maternity care for marginalised groups;
  • Infant, child and adolescent health including mental health; and
  • Ways to support research within professional practice in nursing and midwifery.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Graduate Certificate in Family & Community Health, Curtin University of Technology, 2007.
  • Master of Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, 2004.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Bloxsome, D., Bayes, S., Ireson, D. (2020). “I love being a midwife; it's who I am": A Glaserian Grounded Theory Study of why midwives stay in midwifery. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(1-2), 208-220.
  • Zgambo, M., Arabiat, D., Ireson, D. (2020). Uptake of health services by youth living with HIV: a focused ethnography. International Nursing Review, 2020(Article in press), 1-9.

Journal Articles

  • Bloxsome, D., Ireson, D., Doleman, G., Bayes, S. (2019). Factors associated with midwives’ job satisfaction and intention to stay in the profession: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(3-4), 386-399.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Women's experiences of maternity care from an ethical perspective
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Community Participatory Approach to Reduce Risk Factors Associated with Obstetric Fistla Among Reproductive Women at Fistula Centre in Jos, Nigeria

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The socio-cultural context of HIV risk and sexual behaviours among youth living with HIV in Mwanza, Malawi: a focused ethnography
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Contemporary idiopathic childhood constipation health education within the primary health care setting and its utilisation by families living in Perth, Western Australia: A mixed methods study

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, "I love being a midwife; it's who I am": A Glaserian grounded theory study of why midwives stay in midwifery
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