Mrs Donna Hartz

Poche Research Scolar & Clinical Midwife Advisor

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Donna Hartz completed her midwifery certificate in 1987 and gained a Masters In Midwifery Studies (2002) and a PhD (2013). Her PhD was an ITT and method effectiveness analysis of a multicentred randomised controlled trial (RCT) of caseload midwifery care (NHMRC funded project). She is the second author of the primary outcome paper for this RCT published in the Lancet in 2013 and won the Best Oral Paper Award for her PhD findings at the Australian College of Midwives Biennial conference in Hobart in 2013. She is very active in the area of translating research into practice and is the project midwife on the third revision of the Australian College of Midwives, National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. Currently Dr Hartz is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Senior Clinical Midwife Advisor at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney. She is based in the clinical environment at the Royal Hospital for Women. She is an Associate Investigator on a current NHMRC project grant, the amniotic fluid lactate study, a large prospective cohort study, which will report in 2014. She has extensive experience in research management. She has expertise is in stakeholder engagement but also advanced skills in streamlining of research processes to improve rigour in recruitment and data management. She has statistical analysis skills using both Stata® & SPSS (IBM)®.

Donna is a midwife with 27 years experience as a clinician, educator/lecturer, midwife consultant and researcher and has worked at a variety of tertiary and metropolitan maternity services and universities in NSW during this time. She was also a hospital accredited independent and homebirth midwife in Newcastle from 1988-2000. In the last decade she has worked closely with Professor Sally Tracy in the implementation and evaluation of midwifery models of care in particular caseload midwifery at the midwifery led service, Ryde Midwifery Group and the large caseload model at the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW).

Her current research projects include the evaluation of urban Aboriginal community caseload midiwifery models of care.

Research interests

Midiwfery

Indigneous Health

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Maternity Service Reform

Women's Health

Primary Health

Continuity of Carer models

Current projects

Current research projects include

The evaluation of urban Aboriginal community caseload midiwifery models of care.

Associate Investigator NHMRC PROJECT GRANT 2013Is lactic acid concentration in amniotic fluid a new predictor of labour dystocia?CI’S: Prof SK Tracy, Prof W Rawlinson, Prof A Welsh, Dr M Tracy, As Prof A Bisits, Dr A Shand & Prof W Ledger.

Site Investigator Royal Hospital for Women Randwick. NHMRC funded.Impact on Caesarean Section Rates Following Injections of Sterile Water: The ICARIS Trial

Cheif Investigator. Donna Hartz (CI) and Annette Wright-The RHW Student Midwife Study 2011. An evaluation of an extended clinical rotation of student midwives with a Midwifery Group Practice at the Royal hospital for Women Randwick. November 2011 to February 2012.

Keywords

Public health; Women's health; Indigenous health; Primary health care; Pregnancy

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Tracy, S., Welsh, A., Hall, B., Hartz, D., Lainchbury, A., Bisits, A., White, J., Tracy, M. (2014). Caseload midwifery compared to standard or private obstetric care for first time mothers in a public teaching hospital in Australia: a cross sectional study of cost and birth outcomes. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Tracy, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, M., Allen, J., Forti, A., Hall, B., White, J., Lainchbury, A., Stapleton, H., Beckmann, M., et al (2013). Caseload midwifery care versus standard maternity care for women of any risk: M@NGO, a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 382(9906), 1723-1732. [More Information]
  • Hartz, D., Foureur, M., Tracy, S. (2012). Australian caseload midwifery: The exception or the rule. Women and Birth, 25, 39-46. [More Information]
  • Hartz, D., White, J., Lainchbury, K., Gunn, H., Jarman, H., Welsh, A., Challis, D., Tracy, S. (2012). Australian maternity reform through clinical redesign. Australian Health Review, 36(2), 169-175. [More Information]
  • Tracy, S., Hartz, D., Nicholl, M., McCann, Y., Latta, D. (2005). An integrated service network in maternity - the implementation of a midwifery-led unit. Australian Health Review, 29(3), 332-339. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Arnott, L., Hartz, D., Nicholl, M. (2013). ACT Centenary Hospital for Women and Children - Maternity Model of Care and Demand Review, (pp. 1 - 24). Canberra, Australia: Women's Healthcare Australasia.

2014

  • Tracy, S., Welsh, A., Hall, B., Hartz, D., Lainchbury, A., Bisits, A., White, J., Tracy, M. (2014). Caseload midwifery compared to standard or private obstetric care for first time mothers in a public teaching hospital in Australia: a cross sectional study of cost and birth outcomes. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2013

  • Arnott, L., Hartz, D., Nicholl, M. (2013). ACT Centenary Hospital for Women and Children - Maternity Model of Care and Demand Review, (pp. 1 - 24). Canberra, Australia: Women's Healthcare Australasia.
  • Tracy, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, M., Allen, J., Forti, A., Hall, B., White, J., Lainchbury, A., Stapleton, H., Beckmann, M., et al (2013). Caseload midwifery care versus standard maternity care for women of any risk: M@NGO, a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 382(9906), 1723-1732. [More Information]

2012

  • Hartz, D., Foureur, M., Tracy, S. (2012). Australian caseload midwifery: The exception or the rule. Women and Birth, 25, 39-46. [More Information]
  • Hartz, D., White, J., Lainchbury, K., Gunn, H., Jarman, H., Welsh, A., Challis, D., Tracy, S. (2012). Australian maternity reform through clinical redesign. Australian Health Review, 36(2), 169-175. [More Information]

2005

  • Tracy, S., Hartz, D., Nicholl, M., McCann, Y., Latta, D. (2005). An integrated service network in maternity - the implementation of a midwifery-led unit. Australian Health Review, 29(3), 332-339. [More Information]

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