Dr Megan Cooper

Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt East (E223)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a midwife, academic and clinical researcher. My current role includes both the provision of education in the Bachelor of Midwifery and the undertaking of clinical research at Lyell McEwin Hospital in the North of Adelaide.

My aspiration is to leave this world a better place than what I found it; this is the driving force behind everything that I have set out to do and everything that I aim to achieve in the future. However, I believe that a united voice is stronger than any single individual and through this philosophy, I work to ensure that I am one of many working towards these aspirations.

As a researcher with a keen interest in exploring the experiences of women and practitioners, I have built my research profile around listening to and promoting the philosophical principle of woman centred care whilst promoting clinical practice and policy. This with a focus on embracing the cultural diversity of women and their families as well as attention to individual needs and aspirations. It is also through these activities that I have shared my knowledge, understanding and insights and have contributed to the learning and development of key midwifery stakeholders.

Across my clinical, academic and research career, I have built lasting local, national and international relationships with midwifery leaders and stakeholders. As the outgoing National Midwifery Advisor for the ACM, I haver forged strong collegial and professional relationships with key industry, research, clinical and political stakeholders all of which were pivotal in harnessing opportunities to advocate for and share the value of midwifery and midwives. In addition to this, I have developed strong international research collaborations both here in Australia and internationally. I am an associate member of the OXMATER Maternal and Childbirth Research Group at Oxford Brookes University UK.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning)

PhD

Master of Business Administration (Candidate)

Honours, awards and grants

2019

Australian College of Midwives (ACM) Fiona Kemp Scholarship

2019

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Travel Grant Round 2

2019

Golden Key Honours Society – Graduate Diploma of Education Studies (Digital Learning)

2018

Best Poster Presentation Australian College of Midwives (ACM) 2018 National Conference

2017

Highly Achieved Abstract for “Best Oral Presentation” ACM 2017 National Conference

2017

scholarship to undertake Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning) at the University of South Australia

2016

University of South Australia Student Nominated Excellent Educator Award – Simulation ($1000)

2013

Semi-finalist of the SA Young Investigator Award - Recognition of excellence in South Australia's young researchers in both science and their ability to communicate and sell that science

2011

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA Scholarship)

2009

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation – University of South Australia

2008

Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Award - Most outstanding graduating student in the clinical field practice component of Bachelor of Midwifery

2008

Merit Award – University of South Australia

2007

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation – University of South Australia

2006

Merit Award – University of South Australia

2008-2010

Nominated for Johnson’s Baby Midwife of the Year (5 times)

2009

Golden Key Honours Society – Bachelor of Midwifery

Supervisory interests
Community nursing and midwifery
Education, midwifery
Midwifery
Midwifery, education, models of care
Higher degree by research supervision
Completion
Associate supervisor: Midwifery (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dr Danielle Pollock

PhD -

Dr Mitra Javanmard

PhD -

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