Professor Sue Kildea

Professor of Midwifery

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Professor of Midwifery

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Sue Kildea holds a Clinical Chair in Midwifery and is a joint appointment between the Mater Health Services and Mater Research Institute Brisbane and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland. She is a registered nurse midwife with clinical, management, policy, education and research experience across both acute and primary health care settings. Sue is a strong collaborative researcher and many of her research projects aim to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Together with a Senior Elder from Maningrida in Arnhem Land she was a joint recipient of the UTS Human Rights Award for contribution to advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (2004). Sue has expertise in health services research, epidemiology, qualitative and evaluation methods, participatory action research and randomised trials. Sue has particular expertise in introducing and evaluating innovative models of maternity service delivery, translating research into practice, leading research across distances. Sue is an active clinician, is still working as a midwife and has worked internationally and provided technical expertise for the World Health and other organisations in Indonesia, Viet Nam, Mongolia and Geneva.

Research Interests

  • Maternity care
  • Indigenous Health
  • Midwifery


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Technology Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, Southern Cross University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Featured Publications


  • Dawes, Alison, Mustapha, Alison, Donnelly, Allan, Sanburg, Amanda, Bisits, Andrew, Lee, Andrew, McCallum, Andrew, White, Andrew, Sneddon, Anne, Brown, Anthony, Silver, Bronwyn, Simmons, Bruce, Steiner, Caitlin, Boardman, Claire, Ellwood, David, Boldiston, Donald, Chung, Donna, Reed, Duncan, Gleeson, Glenda, Maguire, Graeme, McHugh, Greg, Dahlen, Hannah, Mumme, Heather, Land, Helen, Taylor, Hugh, Warnock, Jason, Alison, Jenny, May, Jenny, Ball, Jonathon, Gardiner, Judith, Stewart, Julie, Currie, Kathy, Sullivan, Katie, Edwards, Keith, de Decker, Koen, Bowell, Libby, Little, Lucy, Arkapaw, Lukas, Byers, Lyn, Young, Lyndall, O'Brien, Margaret, Nicholl, Michael, Williams, Nick, Wood, Pamela, Markey, Peter, May, Peter, Morris, Peter, Carroll, Raelene, Narasimhan, Rishi, Knight, Sabina, Larkins, Sarah, Johnson, Sharon, Soloman, Shaun, Crowther, Shelley, Alexander, Sheryl, Sandford, Shona, Kane, Simon, Margolis, Steve, Milanese, Steve, Doherty, Steven, Gordon, Susan, Kildea, Sue, Orsmond, Sue, Howell, Susan, Henderson, Timothy, Bowyer, Wendy and Li, Zi Clinical procedures manual for remote and rural practice: supporting clinical practice in the bush 3rd ed. Edited by Sabina Knight, Andrew White, Caitlin Steiner, Chris Del Mar, Christine Connors, Frances Vaughan, Janet Struber, Jo Wright, Kerrie Gell, Nick Williams, George Tripe, Peter McCormack and Rosemary Schmidt Alice Spring, NT, Australia: Centre for Remote Health, 2014.

  • Drogeuller, Adeline, Latif, Ahmed, Bisits, Andrew, Sneddon, Anne, Preston-Thomas, Annie, Steiner, Caitlin, Homer, Caroline, Chapple, Cathy, Costello, Craig, Ellwood, David, Gleeson, Glenda, Paterson-Walley, Glenda, Dahlen, Hannah, Hanock, Heather, Knox, Janet, Delima, Jennifer, Lakshmi, Jhansi, David, Josh, Gardiner, Judith, Sullivan, Katie, Scott, Lesley, Marshall, Lewis, Dennis, Louise, Little, Lucy, Young, Lyndall, O'Brien, Margaret, Haliday, Megan, Nicholl, Michael, Luey, Michele, Boddington, Michelle, Ryder, Nathan, Lee, Nigel, Lawton, Paul, May, Peter, Carroll, Raelene, Lewandowski, Raymond, Apelt, Rita, Batey, Robert, Fahy, Rose, Edmonds, Sally, Jackson, Sarah, Alexander, Sheryl, Kane, Simon, Chitturi, Sridhar,, Kildea, Sue, Kruske, Sue, Roth, Sue, Yip, Teem-Wing, Hourigan, Tina, Page, Vanessa and Walsh, Warren Minymaku Kutja Tjukurpa: Women's Business Manual: Literal translation: 'Women Only Story' 5th Edition ed. Alice Spring, NT, Australia: Centre for Remote Health, 2014.

  • Kildea, Sue, Magick, Dennis F. and Stapleton, Helen (2012) Birthing on country: workshop report Brisbane, Australia: Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee

  • Kildea, Sue and Van Wagner, Vicki (2012) ‘Birthing on Country’ maternity service delivery models: a rapid review Haymarket, NSW Australia: Sax Institute

  • Lamb, T., Stapleton, H., Low, N. and Kildea, S. (2012) Mater Mothers' Hospital Murri Antenatal Clinic: planning future services at the World Café Workshop Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Midwifery Research Unit, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals and Australian Catholic University

  • Stapleton, H., Murphy, R. and Kildea, S. (2011) Evaluation of the Mater Mothers’ Hospital's Murri Antenatal Clinic Not available:

  • Stapleton, H., Murphy, R. and Kildea, S. (2011) The CHAMP antenatal service: report on the qualitative component to a quality assurance project Not available:

  • Kruske, Sue, Kildea, Sue and Sherwood, Juanita (2010) Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: providing maternity care Not available: Not available

  • Wild, Kayli, Rumbold, Alice, Maypilama, Lawurrpa, Boyle, Jacqui, Kildea, Sue and Barclay, Leslie Checking for problems with the baby in early pregnancy: it's your choice to test for Down Syndrome and neural tube defects. Darwin, NT, Australia: Menzies School of Health Research, 2010.

  • Stapleton, Helen, Murphy, Rebecca, Correa-Velez, Ignacio and Kildea, Sue (2010) Evaluation of the Mater Mothers' Hospital's Refugee Antenatal Clinic Not available:

  • Kildea, Sue Maternal deaths in Australia: 2000-2002. Edited by Elizabeth A. Sullivan and James F. King Randwick, NSW, Australia: National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2006.

Book Chapter

  • Kruske, Sue, Lenthall, Sue, Kildea, Sue, Knight, Sabina, Mackay, Beverley and Hegney, Desley G. (2012). Rural and remote area nursing. In Diane Brown and Helen Edwards (Ed.), Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems 3rd ed. (pp. 208-219) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Mosby.

  • Kildea, Sue, Kruske, Sue and Sherwood, Juanita (2010). Midwives working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. In Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Sally K. Tracy and Carol Thorogood (Ed.), Midwifery: Preparation for Practice 2nd ed. (pp. 162-176) Chatswood, NSW Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Kildea, Sue and Wardaguga, M. (2009). Childbirth in Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women. In Helaine Selin and Pamela K. Stone (Ed.), Childbirth across cultures: ideas and practices of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum (pp. 275-286) New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-2599-9_26

  • Kruske, S., Lenthall, S., Kildea, S., Knight, S., Mackay, V. and Hegney, Desley G. (2008). Rural and remote area nursing. In Diane Brown, Helen Edwards, Diane Brown and Helen Edwards (Ed.), Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems 2nd ed. (pp. 200-214) Australia: Academic Press (Elsevier Press).

  • Kruske, S., Lenthall, S., Kildea, S., Knight, S., Mackay, B. and Hegney, D. (2007). Rural and remote area nursing. In Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and Management of clinical problems 2 ed. (pp. 200-215) Australia: Elsevier Australia.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor