Professor Sally Tracy
RM(NZ, NSW) RGON(NZ, NSW, UK), DMid UTS BNurs VUW AdvDipMid Massey MA TVU
Professor Midwifery Research
M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney
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Midwifery and Women's Health
I am the Professor in Midwifery at the University of Sydney and conjoint Professor, School of Women's and Children's Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. I was educated as a midwife and a nurse in New Zealand and I have over 30 years experience as a midwife in clinical and academic settings in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
My current position within the faculty is designated 100% research (Level E). As leader of the University of Sydney Midwifery & Women’s Health Nursing Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick my research activity is embedded in the clinical environment which facilitates the tranlsation of research findings. I lead several large research projects and support research midwives and other staff planning degrees and research projects. In 2011 I co-founded the Australian Centre for Perinatal Science (ACPS) with Professor Alec Welsh. ACPS is a formal collaboration of scientists and clinicians in the perinatal field engaged in a combination of clinical excellence and the best research at a national and international level in the field of perinatal medicine. The core strengths include obstetrics, midwifery, neonatology and neonatal nursing, perinatal mental health and infection in pregnancy.
- Practice development in midwifery
- Health services research in midwifery
- Policy issues relating to the level and timing of intervention during labour and birth
- Guidelines for consultation and referral in relation to the scope of midwifery practice
- Innovative models of maternity care
- Physiological markers of the progress of labour
- Epidemiological research into maternity care using large population health data bases
Examples of research include:
- A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care
- An evaluation of primary level maternity units if New South Wales and New Zealand
- Exploring ways to improve access to midwifery care for remote dwelling Aboriginal women
- A study of the impacts of the physical and social environment on the quality and design of services provided by hospital (acute care) and community (remote health) during pregnancy and the year after birth.
- Physiological research into clinical practice in maternity services
- Using linked papulation data bases to determine patient level outcomes following intervention during pregnancy and birth
- Co editing and co-authoring the third edition of the Australian and New Zealand textbook for midwives
Teaching and supervision
Current research topics
- Primary Supervisor PhD (A Monk) The Evaluation of Primary Maternity Units in Australia
- Primary Supervisor PhD (C.Grigg) Decision making in Maternity Care: Why women give birth in primary maternity units in New Zealand
- Primary Supervisor PhD (D Hartz) A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care
- Primary Supervisor PhD (B Hall) Is lactic acid concentration in amniotic fluid a new predictor of labour dystocia?
- Primary Supervisor PhD (N Javid) An investigation of the correlation between the concentration of lactate in amniotic fluid and adverse neonatal outcomes.
- UNSW Secondary Supervisor PhD (P Laws) Birth centres in Australia
- Primary Supervisor MPhil (T Martin) Understanding bereavement within Aboriginal communities in rural and remote areas of NSW, in regard to stillbirths and miscarriages.
Recently completed research students
- JM Curry 2008 PhD (2xAs) Faculty of Mathematics and Health Informatics, UWS, Sydney
- S Pairman DMid 2007 Health Group Manager (0.5) and Head of School of Midwifery (0.5) Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin and Chair of the Midwifery Council for New Zealand
Curriculum development and teaching
In 2008 I joined a small consortium led by Professor Jill White, University of Sydney to design a three year midwifery curriculum for Viet Nam, funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). I was a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board, Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health UTS, Sydney to develop the new Bachelor of Midwifery Curriculum proposal, 2000–2004, and an external advisor for the UTS Professional Doctorates in Nursing and Midwifery. I am the external curriculum adviser for the Christchurch and Otago Polytechnics (New Zealand) four year Bachelor of Midwifery programs. Currently I am the Pacific representative on the ICM Taskforce on Global Standards for Midwifery Education.
International research-related achievements
2008–2012 The University of Sydney, UNFPA and the Ministry of Health in Viet Nam consultancy to develop an evidence-based three year curriculum for midwives in Viet Nam. This included writing a 150,000 word reference text with an emphasis on practice in resource scarce environments which was translated into Vietnamese to accompany the curriculum.
2011–2012 External review of the New Zealand Ministry of Health national maternity guidelines for consultation and referral.
Clinical redesign and reorganisation of the maternity service to offer caseload midwifery care at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney (under randomised controlled trial conditions.)
Implementation and continuing support through evaluation of the first free standing midwifery unit at Ryde hospital, NSW.
Co-director of the Australian Centre for Perinatal Science (ACPS), a formal collaboration of scientists and clinicians in the perinatal field engaged in research at a national and international level in the field of perinatal medicine.
Providing advice and professional expertise to DOHA in relation to maternity services reform and access to Medicare for midwives.
Professional expertise in midwifery and obstetrics as a member of the clinical advisory committee of IHPA
Chair, third revision of the National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral
- Member Clinical Advisory Committee, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Appointed by the Federal Minister for Health)
- Member ICM Taskforce on Global Standards for Midwifery Education 2009 continuing
- Member NHMRC review panel for Project Grants 2009 continuing
- Member Royal Hospital for Women, Clinical Council 2009 continuing
- Editorial board;New Zealand College of Midwives Journal
- Member, International Scientific Research Committee, ICM 2007 continuing
Awards and honours
- Women’s Hospitals Australasia Medal of Distinction for services to women’s health
- 2003 Awarded the worlds first Doctorate in Midwifery, UTS, Sydney
- 2002 UTS Vice Chancellor’s Travel Fund Award to travel to an International Conference to present original research at Oslo, June 2002
- 2000 The UTS Vice Chancellor’s Travel Fund Award to travel to an International Conference to present research findings at Oxford University, July 2000
- 2013 NHMRC 1044962 Project Grant. (CIA)Tracy SK, Rawlinson WR, Bisits A, Tracy MB, Shand A, Ledger W, Welsh AW. The Amniotic Fluid Lactate Study. Total $657,429.73
- 2013 Research Grant from the Foundation of the Royal Hospital for Women. Total $90,000.00
- 2012 Tracy SK Bridging Support Grant, University Sydney (Near miss grant following NHMRC 2011 round) $40,000.00
- 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 246887.King S, Austin M-P, Kildea S, (AI) Tracy SK et al The effects of the Queensland floods on pregnant women, their pregnancies and their children’s early development (QF2011) (Study addition to M@NGO RCT). Total $CAD 493,794.00
- 2009 ARC Linkage Project Grant (LP 0990427) The Royal Hospital for Women as Industry Partner (Tracy SK) with the Department of Organisation and Management at the Australian School of Business, UNSW to study employees’well-being and emotion management strategies
- 2008 NHMRC 571901 Project Grant. (CIA) Tracy SK, Foureur M, Barclay L, Tracy MB, Kensington M, Welsh A. Evaluation of Midwifery Units (EMU): a prospective cohort study of primary level (free standing) midwifery led units. Total $660,125.00
- 2007 NHMRC 510207 Project Grant. (CIA) Tracy SK, Chapman M, Peek M, Tracy MB, Homer C, Kildea S. A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care. Total $572,000.00
- 2007 NHMRC 476200 A Healthy Start to Life for All Australians Strategic Award. Barclay L, Kildea S, Kruske S, Norris G, McGregor C, Curry J, (CIG) Tracy SK, 1+1=A Healthy Start to LifeTotal $528,000.00. In addition the NT Government provided $45,000 from the Research and Innovation Board (that was conditional on receiving the Healthy Start funding), with an overall total of $573,000.00
- 2007 Kildea S, Govan A, Witten H, Tracy SK. Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board Funding Round 4 of Research and Innovation Grants (NTRIB’s) Homebirth point of service client data and analysis system. Total $14,000.00
- 2007 Tracy SK, UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Goldstar Award Total $40,000.00
- 2007 NHMRC Project Grant 457515 Levy M, Sullivan ES, (AI) Tracy SK Mothers and Gestation in Custody (MAGIC): Does imprisonment during pregnancy effect mother and baby outcomes? Total $299,000.00
- 2006 Bryant J, Sullivan EA, Tracy SK Phase 2. ‘Caesarean Pathway Model’: An across-method investigation of Caesarean delivery in Australia, University of NSW, Faculty Research Grants Program. Total $20,000.00
- 2005 Bryant J, Sullivan EA, Tracy SK Phase 1. ‘Caesarean Pathway Model’: An across-method investigation of Caesarean delivery in Australia, University of NSW, Faculty Research Grants Program. Total $20,000.00
- 2004 Barclay L, Goodman D, Tracy SK.Improving birth outcomes in China: consequences and potentials of policy, state and professional interactions. ARC/UTS grant Total $370,000.00
- 2003 Tracy SK (Named team investigator) Health Evaluation Research & Outcomes Network (HERON) funded by NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Population Health Research
- 2000 Chamberlain M Tracy SK.The NSW Aboriginal Health Strategy FundingNSW Health. Total $180,000.00
- Post Doctoral Fellowship Fund; Tracy S; Foundation of the Royal Hospital for Women/RHW Foundation Grants.
- Is lactic acid concentration in amniotic fluid a new predictor of labour dystocia?; Tracy S, Tracy M, Shand A, Bisits A, Rawlinson W, Ledger W, Welsh A; National Health and Medical Research Council/Project Grants.
- The Amniotic Fluid lactate Pilot Study; Tracy S; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.
- Lactate Study Pilot; Tracy S, Welsh A, Shand A, Tracy M; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- The Queensland flood Study QF11; Tracy S; Canadian Institutes of Health Research/International Opportunities Program Development Grant.
- The Heart of Health Care: Advancing Emotional Welllbeing, Engagement and Performance in Hospitals; Tracy S, Crisp J, Johnston A, Groth M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Evaluating Midwifery Led Units (EMU): a prospective cohort study of primary level (free standing) midwifery led units; Tracy S, Foureur M, Barclay L, Tracy M, Kensington M, Welsh A; National Health and Medical Research Council/Project Grants.
- A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care; Kildea S, Tracy S, Chapman M, Peek M, Tracy M, Homer C, Kildea S; National Health and Medical Research Council/Project Grants.
- Investigating the association between incarceration while pregnant and maternal and infant outcomes; Levy M, Sullivan E, Tracy S, Sullivan E; NHMRC/Project Grant.
- 1+1=A Healthy Start to Life; Tracy S, Barclay L, Kruske S, Curry J, Kildea S, Norris G, McGregor C; NHMRC/Strategic Awards: A Healthy Start to Life for All Australians.
- Mothers and Gestation in Custody (MAGIC): Does imprisonment during pregnancy effect mother and baby outcomes?; Sullivan E, Levy M, Tracy S; NHMRC/Project Grant.
- Bridging Grant Scheme; Tracy S; University of New South Wales/Gold Star Award.
- Homebirth point of service client data and analysis system; Tracy S, Kildea S, Govan A, Witten H; Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board/Research Support.
- SK Phase 2. ‘Caesarean Pathway Model’: An across-method investigation of Caesarean delivery in Australia; Tracy S, Bryant J, Sullivan E; University of New South Wales/Faculty Research Grant.
- SK Phase 1. ‘Caesarean Pathway Model’: An across-method investigation of Caesarean delivery in Australia; Tracy S, Bryant J, Sullivan E; University of New South Wales/Faculty Research Grant.
- Health Evaluation Research & Outcomes Network (HERON); Armstrong B, Kricker A, Roberts C, Simpson J, Tracy S, Jorm L, Sullivan E, Harris M; NHMRC/Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research.
- NSW Aboriginal Health Strategy Funding; Chamberlain M, Tracy S; NSW Health/NSW Health Aboriginal Strategy Funding.
Midwifery: Preparation for Practice (Churchill Livingstone,2006)
Midwifery; Epidemiology; Population health; Health service research