Student Advisor Kerrie.Wilson@op.ac.nz
Head of Department
Head of School
Christine is Head of the School of Midwifery. Living on the Kapiti Coast she is based in the Wellington satellite, and travels to Dunedin regularly. Christine has worked for Otago Polytechnic (OP) since 2010 and has responsibilities across the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes. She has worked full time as a midwife since gaining midwifery registration in 1985, and is a founding member of the New Zealand College of Midwives. Christine is currently studying towards a PhD through AUT.
Carolyn is a Principal 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.
Deb is a Principal 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 Master of Midwifery and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.
Deb's research interests include Pasifika student success, and physiological placental birth.
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.
George is a Senior Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programme in the School of Midwifery. A registered midwife, George practiced as a Lead Maternity Carer and core midwife in Porirua and Wellington in the early and mid 2000s. For the past decade George has worked in women's health policy, research, and health promotion and is passionate about the value of critical perspectives in shaping women's health knowledges and practices.
George has a Bachelor of Midwifery from Ara Institute of Canterbury, a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Women's Studies), and a Master of Philosophy (Women's Studies) from Massey University. George also recently completed a PhD in Health Sociology at the University of Auckland, where they also teach part-time in the medical humanities programme. George is regularly engaged as a consultant on issues related to reproductive health care and rights and has has published a range of journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes.
George specialises in critical qualitative, poststructural, feminist and intersectional research approaches and their research interests include maternal health promotion, critiques of medicalisation, critical perspectives on weight and maternal health, gender and sexuality diversity in maternity care, midwifery epistemologies, and reproductive rights and justice.
George is currently supervising four Master of Midwifery students as primary and secondary supervisor on topics including postnatal care, contraception in the Pacific, and midwifery ways of knowing in relation to fetal growth assessment.
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.
My name is Karen Wakelin and I am a midwife and senior midwifery lecturer teaching on both the Bachelor and post-graduate Midwifery programmes at Otago Polytechnic.
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery through Kings College, London in 1997 and completed a Masters (Applied) in Midwifery from Victoria University, Wellington in 2006. My thesis explored the sustainability of LMC midwifery practice in an urban region of New Zealand with findings published through the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.
I have worked as an LMC midwife, core midwife and associate clinical midwifery manager of a secondary hospital and have held professional positions as Regional Chairperson for the New Zealand College of Midwives, undertaken competency reviews with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and am currently a midwife representative on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. My research interests are around midwifery relationships and education.
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. Currently Kerry is involved in professional role as the Deputy Chair of Midwifery Council and is a mentor of new midwives in the MFYP programme.
Lisa is a pharmacist and 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.
Principal Lecturer Lorna.Davies@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 and holds professional leadership roles within the midwifery profession. Rae has an appointment by Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) as a Competency Reviewer, is a Mentor in the Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP) programme and in 2020 was appointed as a Subject Matter Expert for the MCNZ national registration exam. Rae is also a representative on the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) OP branch committee.
Tricia is a senior lecturer within the School of Midwifery, and lives in Taranaki. Her midwifery practice has focused on homebirth in provincial and rural settings, but she has also worked in primary, secondary, and occasionally tertiary maternity units in both Aotearoa and isolated outback areas in Australia. Her other work has been in safe motherhood and global midwifery, 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.
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.
Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors
Placement Coordinator Alida.Reynolds@op.ac.nz
Jean is an Associate Professor in the School of Midwifery. She teaches in the 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 and manages the Category B ethics processes for the School. Jean has been 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.
Professor Sally Baddock has developed a strong platform of research over the last 20 years in the area of infant behaviour and physiology during sleep and the impact of sleep practices on sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This includes investigating the benefits and risks of infant-parent bed-sharing while recognising the importance of cultural context. She is part of a team that has produced significant research outputs from four major studies on infant sleep – three of which have been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and all of which have attracted widespread international recognition and at times have generated widespread media attention and influenced public policy.
Sally is a member of the academic staff in the School of Midwifery. She has taught in the Health Sciences for over 30 years and for 7 years she was Co-Head of School. As Professor she continues her leadership roles across the polytechnic with a focus on research, and continues to teach physiology at postgraduate level and supervise candidates for the Master of Midwifery. Masters projects include a range of explorations focused on the evidence underpinning midwifery practices and include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She pursues further research interests through collaborations with staff from the School of Midwifery, including a series of projects investigating learner experiences in Midwifery education. She supports research of colleagues through her role as research coordinator in the school.
College Operations Coordinator Sherie.Bell@op.ac.nz
Suzanne is a Principal Lecturer and Kaiako in the School of Midwifery, based at the Wellington satellite site. Since 1991 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, the Midwifery Council of New Zealand Professional Conduct Committee, and is an expert advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner. Suzanne has been teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes since 2010, including supervision at a distance with Master of Midwifery students living both within and outside Aotearoa New Zealand.