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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
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Missenden Road NSW 2050

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Women's Health, Neonatology and Paediatrics

Our Research

Research Projects in progress

Phipps (CMC/ PhD) et al. Persistent Occiput-Posterior: OUTcomes following manuall rotation randomised controlled trial: the POP-OUT Trial. This international intrapartum multi-centred RCT is near completion, only has 10% of sample size to go.

Interdisciplinary:

  1. K Griew (Midwife) R Nunn (midwife practitioner), S Tewari (Endocrinologist) 'Vitamin D in pregnancy: exploring the link with gestational diabetes-Study' Canterbury Hospital Maternity unit (X13-0237 & HREC/09/RPAH/203) This study aims to explore a possible link between vitamin D deficiency and the later development of Gestational diabetes in pregnancy. This possibility has been postulated over the past decade but literature has described the possibility in relation to observation of women diagnosed with GDM. We have collected vitamin D levels from 740 women early in pregnancy and compared these results with there later testing fro Gestational diabetes. We are currently in the process of analysis of the findings and writing the project for publication.
  2. C Dunphy (CMC), K Griew (Midwife) and G Fairbrother (Research CNC): 'Midwifery Group Practice Database Project' Canterbury Hospital (LNR Protocol No X16-0020) Summary: The Midwifery Group Practice commenced in 2011 and a database was constructed to provide a report of activity and outcomes for this new model of midwifery care. This database has been used to show KPIs and report on the groups activity since then. This project aims to statistically analyse the outcomes both within the MGP for items of statistical significance, trends over time and also compared to the maternity unit's general outcomes. It is anticipated that the exploration will provide more detailed insight about the scope of midwifery practice and develop out understandings around the impact of the use of midwifery skills in providing care for women.

Women and Babies / Obstetrics and Midwifery
Contact: Hala.Phipps@sswahs.nsw.gov.au and kate.griew@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Key Achievements

  1. Collaboration with medical colleagues and other midwives; enrollment of close to 800 women in the project, completion of data collection on just over 740 women, data analysis and writing for publication in process.
  2. Data analysis in progress, preparation for a conference paper and possible publication in process.

Research Staff

  • Dr Hala Phipps
  • Kate Griew, Manager Clinical Governance and Practice Development; SLHD Maternity. Co-ordinating investigator
  • Roasalie Nunn, Midwife Practitioner, Associate investigator
  • Dr Shailja Tewari, (Endocrinolgy) Principle investigator.
  • Catherine Dunphy, CMC Priniciple investigator.
  • Greg Fairbrother, CNC-Patient and Family Centred Care-Research SLHD, Co-investigator.

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Dr Hala Phipps de Vries B, Bryce B, Zandanova T, Ting J, Kelly P, Phipps H. Hyett JA. Is Neonatal Head Circumference Related to Caesarean Section for Failure to Progress? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015. (In Press).
  2. de Vries B. Phipps H, Pardy J, Kua S, Ludlow J, Bisit A, Hyett JA. Transverse position. Using Rotation to aid Normal birth randomized controlled trial protocol: TURN-OUT Trial. Trials Journal. 2015. (1745-6215), 16 (2), p. 362.
  3. Smith S, Brooker G, Mhajer A, Wijeyaranthe A, Phipps H and Hyett JA. A robotic system to simulate child birth. IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 2015.1273-1278.
  4. Phipps H, Hyett JA, Pardey J, Kua S, Ludlow J, Bisit A,de Vries B. Persistent Occiput-Posterior: OUTcomes following manuall rotation randomised controlled trial protoccol: the POP-OUT Trial. 2014. 16:96 doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0603-7.
  5. Phipps H, Hyett J, Graham K, Carseldine W, Tooher J, de Vries B. Is there an association between occiput-transverse (OT) position and operative delivery? Acta Obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 2014. 93(10): 1018-24.
  6. Phipps H, De Vries B, Jagardish U, Hyett J. Management of occiput posterior position in the second stage of labour: A survey of midwifery practice in Australia, BIRTH. 2014. 41(1):64-9.
  7. Graham K, Phipps H, Hyett J, Ludlow J, Mackie A, Marren A, de Vries B. Persistent Occipito-Posterior Position: OUTcomes following digital rotation (The POP-OUT Pilot Randomised Control Trial). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2014. 54(3):268-74.
  8. Phipps H, de Vries B, Jagadish U, Hyett J. Management of occiput posterior position in the second stage of labour: A survey of midwifery practice in Australia. BIRTH. 2014. 41(1):64-9.
  9. Dr Jane Tooher Research Midwife Graduated in 2015 with a PhD entitled 'Cardiovascular risk following hypertensive disorders in pregnancy'. Published 'Tooher, J., Thornton, C., Makris, A., Ogle, R., Korda, A., Horvath, J., Hennessy, A. (2016) Hypertension in pregnancy and long term cardiovascular mortality: a retrospective cohort study. Accepted AJOG' and have one article under review: 'Tooher, J., Thornton, C., Makris, A., Ogle, R., Korda, A., Horvath, J., Hennessy, A. (2015). All hypertensive disorders of pregnancy increase the risk of cardiovascular disease'.
  10. Kate Cheney CMC/PhD Candidate: Cheney, Kate, et al. 'Unintended pregnancy amongst an early pregnancy clinic cohort: identifying opportunities for preventative health interventions.' Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2016).

Presentations:

Abstracts/posters:

  1. Cat Fung (CNC): poster: The Australian Association of Adolescent Health (AAAH) Conference held in Melbourne on 12 November 2015: 'Young People Lend a Hand To Help RPA Youth Team Rebrand'
  2. Phipps H, de Vries B, Hyett J. Comparison of clinical practice in the management of malposition in labour between midwives and obstetricians. The Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand 19th Annual Congress (PSANZ), Melbourne, 2015, April 19 -22.
  3. Phipps H, Hyett J, Kuah S , De Vries B et al. Persistent Occipito-Posterior Position: Outcomes following manual rotaion (The POP-OUT RCT Study). Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasia Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Network: a PSANZ (Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand) 18th Annual Congress Satellite Meeting,Perth, Australia 2014, April 7th-13th.
  4. Rachel Jones and Carmel Kelly(Lactation consultant midwives) presented a poster at the LCANZ ( Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand) annual conference in Brisbane March 2015 - 'Do First Expressions count?' It was about a quality Project at RPA looking at how antenatal education to at risk inpatient antenatal women on how to hand express and the importance of colostrum for premature babies increases the availability of colostrum for this high risk group.
  5. Carmel Kelly (Lactation CMC) presented 'Improving breastfeeding for diabetic women' the work on antenatal breastfeeding education for women who have diabetes in pregnancy and how it increased the breastfeeding rates at 1, 3 and 5 months at LCANZ ( Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand) annual conference in Brisbane March 2015.
  6. Loretta Musgrave, Midwife Educator, CEWD, SLHD 'Written in the stars - creating the future of practice' Presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference in Auckland in November 2015.
  7. Rosalie Nunn, Midwife Practitioner Canterbury Hospital, Presented a poster at the 2015 Austratlian College of Midwives National conference about her clinical redesign project of the Gestational Diabetes Clinic called 'Too long to wait'.

Contact: Ms Jan White


Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Women's Health, Neonatology and Paediatrics
Address:
Sydney Local Health District
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: jan.white@sswahs.nsw.gov.au