Associate Professor Linda Sweet

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

A/Prof Linda Sweet is a nurse and midwife with broad experience in many different clinical environments, management, research and education. Linda was formerly the Head of Midwifery and HDR Coordinator at Flinders University, and now has full academic status. She is the deputy editor of the international journal Women and Birth and associate editor for BMC Medical Eduction. Linda is a panel member for NMBA and a memeber of the Midwifery Accreditation Committee for ANMAC. 



RN, RM, NICC, Cert IV Training and Assessment
BNg (Flin), MNgS (Flin), PhD (UniSA), GCTEd (Flin)
Former IBCLC

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2017 Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives
  • 2016 Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators
  • 2015 Billett, S, Sweet, L and colleagues, OLT research grant $467,000
  • 2013 Nominee South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, Research Category
  • 2013 Sweet, L and Graham, K Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant
  • 2011 Sweet, L Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award winner
  • 2010 Sweet, L and Glover, P Winner: ANZAME National research award
  • 2006 Sweet, L National Ahmeda competitive scholarship for the International Board of Lactation Consultants examination, 2006.
  • 2006 Sweet, L Winner: prestigious Mary Paton biannual national Australian Breastfeeding Association award, for the best original breastfeeding research paper titled "Breastfeeding a preterm infant and the objectification of breastmilk";
  • 2005 Sweet, L PhD "Parents' experiences of breastfeeding a very low birth weight preterm infant from birth to twelve months of age"
Key responsibilities

Linda maintains her academic status to undertake research and supervise postgraduate research students from projects and minor theses to Higher Degree by Research students.

Teaching interests
  • Midwifery
  • Maternal and infant nutrition
  • Sexual health
  • Research methods and research supervision
  • Facilitating clinical education
  • Teachng and Learning
Supervisory interests
Clinical education
Clinical teaching, student supervision
Education, midwifery
Educational assessment
Maternal health, inequality
Qualitative research
Sexual health and family planning
Women's sexual and reproductive health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Clinical facilitation: use of narrative methods (1), Clinical education, clinical skill teaching, feedback, psychomotor skills (1), Midwifery - preparation for group practice (1)
Associate supervisor: Midwifery; Reflective practice (1), Nursing; Care of children with HIV (1)
Principal supervisor: Clinical education; nursing; refresher and re entry nurses; qualitative methods (1), Clinical education; spirituality; mixed methods; medicine (1), Clinical education; curriculum development; qualitative methods; assessment; clinical competence (1), Clinical education; OSCEs; assessment; educational design research, medicine (1), Interprofessional education; Clinical education; medicine, nursing (1), Clinical education; diabetes management; educational design research, medicine (1), Clinical education; Paramedicine; (1)
Associate supervisor: Health service management; qualitative research; change management; nursing (1)
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Media expertise
  • Breastfeeding
  • Midwifery
  • Pregnancy
  • Women