Dr Donna Hartz

National Centre for Cultural Competence - Academic Leader


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Dr Donna Hartz is an Academic Leader at the University of Sydney, National Centre for Cultural Competence.

Donna’s identifies as a descendent her grandmother’s people - Kamilaroi.She 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).

She completed her Nursing & Midwifery certificates in 1984 & 1987 respectively, followed by a Masters In Midwifery Studies in 2002 and a PhD in 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 was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Senior Clinical Midwife Advisor at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney during 2013-2016, during which time she led a large mixed methods evaluation of an urban Aboriginal community caseload midiwifery models of care at the Royal Hospital for Women & Malabar in Sydney.

Other research involvement inludes, Associate Investigator (NHMRC project grant) the amniotic fluid lactate study, a large prospective cohort study. She has extensive experience in research management. She has expertise in stakeholder engagement but also advanced skills in the streamlining of research processes to improve rigour in recruitment and data management. She has statistical analysis skills using both Stata® & SPSS (IBM)®.

Dr Hartz is very active in the area of translating research into practice and was the project midwife on the third revision of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. She continues to consult with ACM on these Guidelines and also is professionally engaged as the ACM NSW executive member & National delgate on the ACM Council. She is also a member of the Congress of Abboriginal and Torres Striat Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), the Pernatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HRAANZ).

Research interests

Midwifery

Indigneous Health

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Maternity Service Redesign

Women's Health

Primary Health

Continuity of Carer models

Teaching and supervision

2016 - ongoing. Master of Philosophy-The use of intravenous fluid administration during intrapartum care by midwives.

2016, 2017. Lecturer & Tutor, Sydney Nursing School - Master of Nursing, Nurs 6033 Health of Indigenous Populations

2015, 2016. Guest lecturer Master of Clinical Trials, SYdney Nursing School.

Current projects

Current research projects include

The evaluation of urban Aboriginal community caseload midiwifery models of care. Dr DL Hartz, S Caplice, L McGrath, K Williams, T Allende & Prof SK Tracy

Associate Investigator NHMRC PROJECT GRANT 2013.Is 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 grants

2018

  • Cultural competence in practice: ways to enhance graduate employability for international students in Australia; Nguyen T, Hartz D, Das M; School of Economics and Business, University of Sydney/Research Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Hartz, D. (2018). Indigenous child health. In Odette Best & Bronwyn Fredericks (Eds.), Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and midwifery care, (pp. 212-230). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Working with Indigenous families. In Gill Thomson, Virginia Schmied (Eds.), Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: implications and guidance for professionals, (pp. 44-61). Abingdon: Routledge.

Journals

  • Woodhart, L., Goldstone, J., Hartz, D. (2018). The stories of women who are transferred due to threat of preterm birth. Women and Birth, 31(4), 307-312. [More Information]
  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Caring for childbearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women � The carers perspective. Women and Birth, 30(suppl.1), 4.
  • Allen, J., Kildea, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, M., Tracy, S. (2017). The motivation and capacity to go 'above and beyond': Qualitative analysis of free-text survey responses in the M@NGO randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery. Midwifery, 50, 148-156. [More Information]
  • Roome, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, S., Walsh, A. (2016). Why such differing stances? A review of position statements on home birth from professional colleges. BJOG, 123(3), 376-382. [More Information]
  • 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]

Conferences

  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Implementing Birthing on Country. Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).

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.

2018

  • Hartz, D. (2018). Indigenous child health. In Odette Best & Bronwyn Fredericks (Eds.), Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and midwifery care, (pp. 212-230). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Woodhart, L., Goldstone, J., Hartz, D. (2018). The stories of women who are transferred due to threat of preterm birth. Women and Birth, 31(4), 307-312. [More Information]

2017

  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Caring for childbearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women � The carers perspective. Women and Birth, 30(suppl.1), 4.
  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Implementing Birthing on Country. Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).
  • Allen, J., Kildea, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, M., Tracy, S. (2017). The motivation and capacity to go 'above and beyond': Qualitative analysis of free-text survey responses in the M@NGO randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery. Midwifery, 50, 148-156. [More Information]
  • Hartz, D., McGrath, L. (2017). Working with Indigenous families. In Gill Thomson, Virginia Schmied (Eds.), Psychosocial resilience and risk in the perinatal period: implications and guidance for professionals, (pp. 44-61). Abingdon: Routledge.

2016

  • Roome, S., Hartz, D., Tracy, S., Walsh, A. (2016). Why such differing stances? A review of position statements on home birth from professional colleges. BJOG, 123(3), 376-382. [More Information]

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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