Norma Campbell is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumi.
Norma was the first graduate from Otago Polytechnic’s Master of Midwifery programme in 2004. Her thesis was titled Employed midwives maintaining competence, which has set the ground work for a stellar career.
Norma has had a phenomenal influence on midwifery in New Zealand. In 2009, she was awarded membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to women’s health, particularly midwifery.
Norma’s commitment to women’s health over the years includes her position as a midwifery advisor at the NZ College of Midwives, chairperson of New Zealand’s National Breastfeeding Committee and member of a number of Ministry advisory committees and multidisciplinary groups. Norma is on the NZ Multidisciplinary Guidelines Group which advised health practitioners across the spectrum of maternity care on evidence based practice.
More recently, Norma was seconded to the role of Executive Director of the Midwifery and Maternity Provider Organisation (MMPO) and she has just been appointed Director of Midwifery for Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards.
Associate Professor Judith McAra-Cooper, Director of Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health Research, says there is little that has happened in the Maternity sector in the last twenty years that Norma has not been part of.
“Norma is one of the few people in New Zealand maternity sector who can bring all the threads together from policy to the day-to-day working life of a midwife. When you speak with midwives around New Zealand, Norma is spoken of with awe, admiration, affection and respect for the amazing way she guides midwives and midwifery in New Zealand.”
All this, and she still works as a midwife at a primary birthing unit in Christchurch!
Read more about the Master of Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic.