Otago Polytechnic


  Emma Morey
Student Practice Coordinator Emma.Morey@op.ac.nz

Emma is avaliable Monday - Friday

Jasmin Lamorie
School Operations Coordinator Jasmin.Lamorie@op.ac.nz

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Kerrie Wilson
Student Advisor Kerrie.Wilson@op.ac.nz

Khyla McBride
Khyla McBride
Administrator Khyla.McBride@op.ac.nz

Head of Department

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  Christine Griffiths
Co Head Of School Christine.Griffiths@op.ac.nz

Christine is Co-Head of the School of Midwifery. Living on the Kapiti Coast she is based in the Wellington satellite. Christine has worked for Otago Polytechnic (OP) since 2010 and has responsibilities in the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes. She has worked full time as a midwife since gaining midwifery registration in 1985. Christine is a founding member of the New Zealand College of Midwives. Christine is currently studying towards a PhD through AUT.

Publications and Research

Doering, K., Patterson, J., & Griffiths, C. (2016) Negotiating wa (harmony): A qualitative study about the challenges Japanese women who live in New Zealand have in maintaining their birth traditions. International Journal of Childbirth. Ref.: Ms. No. IJCBIRTH-D-14-00003R2 Re: Ms. No. IJCBIRTH-D-14-00003R2.

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  Sally Baddock
Co Head Of School Sally.Baddock@op.ac.nz

Professor Sally Baddock is the Co-Head of the School of Midwifery and has taught in the Health Sciences for over 20 years. Her research interest is in childcare practices and the impact of these on infant physiology, including a focus on sudden unexpected death during infancy (SUDI); her research and publications focus primarily on infant-parent bedsharing. Sally also supervises candidates for the Master of Midwifery and teaches physiology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Publications and Research

Manhire, K., Williams., S.M. Tipene-Leach, D., Baddock, S.A., Abel,S., Tangiora1,A., Jones, R. and Taylor, B.J.
(2018) Predictors of breastfeeding duration in a predominantly Maori population in New Zealand BMC Pediatrics (2018) 18:299 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1274-9.

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  Bridget Kerkin
Senior Lecturer Bridget.Kerkin@op.ac.nz

Bridget is a Kaiako and Senior Lecturer, based at the Wellington satellite site, and began working for Otago Polytechnic in 2012. Since registering as a midwife in 1998, she has worked primarily as a Lead Maternity Carer and has also had the opportunity to practice as an employed midwife within primary and secondary facilities. Bridget has worked in urban, rural and remote rural regions and passionately believes in the maternity service of Aotearoa.

Publications and Research

Patterson, J., Newman, E., Baddock, S., Kerkin, B, & See, R. (2017) Strategies for improving the experiences of Maori students in a blended Bachelor of Midwifery. programme. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, DOI 10.12784/nzcomjnl53.2017.6.45-52. QA involves a double-blind review process by two independent reviewers.

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  Carolyn McIntosh
Senior Lecturer Carolyn.McIntosh@op.ac.nz

Carolyn is a Senior Lecturer and Kaiako in the School of Midwifery.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 1981, she has been a rural midwife with a passion for primary midwifery care in the rural setting. Carolyn is also a casual midwife in the primary maternity unit in Balclutha. Carolyn attained a certificate in tertiary teaching and learning in 2009. She has been involved in developing practice courses in a flexible format to enrich student engagement and learning. Carolyn is currently researching the use of video in midwifery student's assessment. Carolyn's other research interest is communities of practice in midwifery which was the focus of her thesis for her Masters Degree in Midwifery.

Publications and Research

McIntosh, C. (2018) Evaluating Lecturer experience of a video assessment of student practice skills in an undergraduate midwifery degree programme. Poster presentation at the 15th NZ College of Midwives Conference, 14-15 August, Rotorua.

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  Deb Beatson
Senior Lecturer Deb.Beatson@op.ac.nz

Deb is a Senior Lecturer/Kaiako in the School of Midwifery. Deb has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2010, and is based at the Whanganui satellite.
Graduating from Otago Polytechnic as a midwife in 1999, she has since worked as a Community Midwife and Hospital Based Midwife in Whanganui and Brisbane. Deb has a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.
Deb's research interests include Pasifika student success, and physiological placental birth.

Publications and Research

Beatson, D., Patterson, J., Seiuli, A., Griffiths, C., & Wilson, K. (2017) Pasifika Student Experience in the Bachelor of Midwifery Programme. Poster presentaiton, ICM Conference Toronto June 2017.

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  Emma Bilous
Senior Lecturer Emma.Bilous@op.ac.nz

Emma joined the School of Midwifery in 2010 and is a Lecturer/Student Practice Facilitator at the Central Otago satellite site, based in Wanaka. She graduated from Otago Polytechnic as a midwife in 1998 and established Mountain Mamas Midwives in Wanaka. Working in a rural location, Emma is acutely aware of the issues surrounding remote rural midwifery in New Zealand and is passionate about supporting and educating rural midwives.

Publications and Research

Bilous, E. (2016) MYTH BUSTING and MIDWIFERY:
the lived experience of providing remote
rural maternity care in a changed
maternity environment.
The National Rural Health Conference March 31st - 3 April 2016; Dunedin, New Zealand. http://www.nationalruralhealthconference.co.nz/nrhc16/programme/presentations#friday

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  Jade Wratten
Senior Lecturer Jade.Wratten@op.ac.nz

Jade is a senior lecturer/kaiako in the School of Midwifery, based in the Palmerston North. She has worked as a midwife at Mid-Central DHB and also as a Lead Maternity Carer. Jade believes that NZ's model of midwifery care is unique and deserves protection and nurturing within New Zealand. She is passionate about helping students develop and gain quality midwifery skills and knowledge.

Publications and Research

Wratten, J. (2017) Midwives perspectives of providing care to women with increased BMI. Conference poster presentation. the International Confederation of Midwives Congress Toronto, Canada June.

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Karen Wakelin
Kaiako/Lecturer Karen.Wakelin@op.ac.nz

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Lecturer Kelleigh.SC@op.ac.nz

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  Kerry Adams
Senior Lecturer Kerry.Adams@op.ac.nz

Kerry joined the School of Midwifery in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer/Kaiako. Kerry graduated from the Bachelor of Midwifery programme in Otago, in 1999. She spent over a year working at Wellington Womens' Hospital and returned to Dunedin in 2001. She began a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) practice and has worked at the Queen Mary as a Core Midwife. Kerry continues to provide a small LMC practice as well as working full time at Otago Polytechnic. Kerry has been involved in various professional roles including as a NZCOM ratified Expert Adviser, member of the MCNZ Professional Conduct Committee and Midwifery Adviser for the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme. CurrentlyKerry is involved in professional role as the Deputy Chair of Midwifery Council and is a mentor of new midwives in the MFYP programme.

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  Kimberly Smith
Lecturer Kimberly.Smith@op.ac.nz

I have worked at Otago Polytechnic since 2009 teaching bioscience (anatomy & physiology) courses across a variety of programmes and am currently teaching bioscience courses within the Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing and the Certificate in Beauty Therapy programmes. I hold a BA in Anthropology and Anatomy (Colorado State University) and a MSc in Anatomy & Biological Anthropology (Otago University). I am absolutely fascinated by the human body and love helping students understand it and apply this knowledge to their chosen field of practice.

  Lisa Baier
Lecturer Lisa.Baier@op.ac.nz

Lisa is a Pharmacology Lecturer in the School of Midwifery and joined Otago Polytechnic in 2011. Originally from a small town near Salzburg in Austria, Lisa graduated in 2007 from University of Innsbruck with a ‘Magistra of Pharmacy', which is the equivalent of an MSc in Pharmacy. She became a registered pharmacist in Austria in 2008, after completing a one year internship in a rural community pharmacy and also registered as a pharmacist in New Zealand in 2013.

  Megan Walker
Senior Lecturer Megan.Walker@op.ac.nz

Megan is a Senior Lecturer/kaiako and the Year 1 Co-ordinator within the School of Midwifery. After graduating from Otago Polytechnic in 2007 Megan has worked as an LMC Community midwife and as a Core midwife at a tertiary maternity facility. Megan is the immediate past Chairperson of the Otago Region New Zealand College of Midwives and has a small caseload of women in the community.

  Rae Hickey
Senior Lecturer Rae.Hickey@op.ac.nz

Rae is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Midwifery. She graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 1996 and began work immediately as a Lead Maternity Carer in a busy Wellington practice. When she moved back to Dunedin with her family she continued to practice midwifery and also became immersed in undergraduate midwifery education. Since working at Otago Polytechnic Rae has gained post graduate midwifery qualifications as well as completing a graduate certificate in education and receiving an Otago Polytechnic award for teaching excellence. Rae was part of a small working party of midwifery academics from Otago Polytechnic and CPIT who redesigned and developed a midwifery curriculum for flexible blended delivery. Teaching is her main role. Rae maintains her midwifery practising certificate.

Publications and Research

Weathington, M., Patterson, J. & Hickey, R. (2015) What are the risks of advanced maternal age in the New Zealand maternity setting? A literature review of the evidence to inform midwifery practice. Joan Donley Research Forum, 2015

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  Suzanne Miller
Principal Lecturer Suzanne.Miller@op.ac.nz

Suzanne is a Principal Lecturer Kaiako in the School of Midwifery, based at the Wellington satellite site. Since 1992 she has practiced midwifery as a Lead Maternity Carer, offering both home and hospital births, a research interest she focused on for both her Master's, and now PhD, research with Victoria University of Wellington. Suzanne has been an active New Zealand College of Midwives member since 1990 and has been a Midwife Reviewer in the MSR and MFYP programmes. She also holds positions on the Neonatal Encephalopathy Working Group of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, and the Midwifery Council of New Zealand Professional Conduct Committee. Suzanne has been teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes since 2010, including supervision at a distance with students living outside New Zealand.

Publications and Research

Miller, S. & Griffiths, C. (2017) Online postgraduate midwifery education increases knowledge integration into practice: Insights from a survey of Otago Polytechnic’s postgraduate midwifery students. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 53, 53-59. QA involves a double-blind review process by two independent reviewers.

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  Tricia Thompson
Senior Lecturer Tricia.Thompson@op.ac.nz

Tricia is a senior lecturer within the School of Midwifery, and lives in Taranaki. Her midwifery practice has focused on provincial and rural homebirth services, but she has also worked in primary, secondary, and occasionally tertiary, maternity units in both provincial and urban settings in Aotearoa as well as isolated outback areas of Australia. Her other focus area has been on safe motherhood projects, gender empowerment, and sustainable development programmes in South and South East Asia. She is passionate about creating more sustainable ways of being, in all realms - personal, professional and community.

Publications and Research

Thompson, T., and Bilous, E. (2015) Midwives and Fathers. Weltech and Whitireia Research Symposium (WWRS), Porirua on November 20th 2015.

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  Yvonne Mosley-Martin
Senior Lecturer Yvonne.Mosley-Martin@op.ac.nz

Yvonne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Midwifery, based in Dunedin, and has been working for Otago Polytechnic since 2011. Yvonne has worked as a core midwife in a primary and teriary matenity, and as a LMC. Yvonne has a passion for teaching which encourages, inspires and supports student midwives to be sucessful.

Publications and Research

McIntosh, C., Mosely-Martin, Y & Patterson, J. (2018) Video assessment of undergraduate midwifery students’ practice skill. Poster presentation at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Conference, 15-17 August, Sydney.

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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

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  Jean Patterson
Associate Professor Jean.Patterson@op.ac.nz

Jean is an Associate Professor, Co-Head of School, and Masters Programme Coordinator and Research Coordinator in the School of Midwifery. She teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises thesis students. Her previous midwifery practice experience has been in largely rural areas and her research interest is in the sustainability of a viable rural birth option. In particular, Jean's PhD study explored the challenges of managing the distance from specialist care when transfer was needed. Jean's PhD and Master's degree (with Distinction) are from Victoria University Wellington. She is a subeditor on the board of the New Zealand College of Midwives' journal and also reviews submissions to other midwifery journals. She is also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee. Jean is involved in School research projects aimed at evaluating the blended satellite midwifery programme which began in 2009. These projects have included a 3 year graduand cohort study, the experiences of Maori and Pacifica students in the programme and an alumni study. Her role also includes mentoring research active staff and students and she has a broad experience in qualitative research methodologies, surveys, and post-modern and critical methodologies.

Publications and Research

Hay, R., & Patterson, J. (2018) Effects of cervical excisional procedures for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia on pregnancy and birth: A literature review New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, Issue 54, 2018.

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