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Jennifer Ayton

Lecturer, Senior Clinical Lecturer

Domain, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4240 (phone)

Jennifer.Ayton@utas.edu.au

Dr Ayton is a researcher and lecturer at the Factuality of Health, University of Tasmania. Jen works with a diverse range of partners using sociology, creative arts and public and primary health to explore and understand infant & young child breastfeeding/feeding behaviours and patterns, maternal and family health.  Jen has PhD in sociology & public health and has published in peer reviewed journals, presented numerous national and international conference papers, and been the recipient of competitive grants; including the Tasmanian Early Years Scholarship and research fund to pursue her research on the low rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Her applied understanding of health sociology and extensive clinical background as a midwife/nurse including working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander & African communities adds to her expertise and balanced perspective.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date

PhD

Understanding the early cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: a mixed method study

University of Tasmania

Australia

25/09/2016

Grad Cert Research

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

25/09/2016

Masters Midwifery, Research

Late Preterm Infants breastfeeding outcomes.

Deakin University

Australia

2010

Bachelor Nursing

 

Deakin University

Australia

1996

Diploma Midwifery

 

Brighton University

United Kingdom

1994

Certificate Nursing

 

Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Melbourne

Australia

1986

Research Themes

Jennifer’s research aligns with the University’s research themes of Better Health and Creative Culture and Society. Her research aims to be interdisciplinary across sociology and public health and include understanding the complexities and social determents surrounding maternal and paternal health, infant feeding practices namely breastfeeding, including the father’s role in infant feeding, and primary and public health. Jennifer is also working on more creative ways to translate research evidence and engage the broader community in conversations around infant feeding and breastfeeding and how to reconceptualise breastfeeding as a family practice. She uses a mixture of approaches including social theory, qualitative and quantitative data.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority; registered nurse and midwife
  • Member Representative MIMR/UTAS on the Tasmanian Breastfeeding Coalition advocacy group.
  • Member: Australian Public Health Care Association
  • Member: The Australian Sociological Association
  • Member: British Sociological Association
  • Associate member: International Society of Human Milk Research & Lactation (ISHMRL)
  • Member: Nutrition Promotion Leadership Network

Administrative expertise

Project management, post graduate supervision, running her own community based private practice

Teaching

Community, primary and public health, health sociology, qualitative, quantitative Midwifery, breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding

Teaching expertise

General practice breastfeeding / infant feeding problems

Community and public health policy, qualitative, quantitative

Teaching responsibility

View more on Ms Jennifer Ayton in WARP

Expertise

  • Infant and young child feeding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Maternal and paternal health
  • Health sociology and Social theory; Pierre Bourdieu
  • Qualitative, quantitative methods

Awards

  • Tasmanian Early Years PhD Scholarship
  • Australian Postgraduate PhD Scholarship

Fields of Research

  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Sociology (160899)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)

Research Objectives

  • Women's Health (920507)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)

Publications

Total publications

16

Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Ayton J, Hansen E, 'Complex young lives: a collective qualitative case study analysis of young fatherhood and breastfeeding', International Breastfeeding Journal, 11, (6) pp. 1-6. ISSN 1746-4358 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13006-016-0066-9 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hansen E

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2016Murray L, Anggrahini SM, Woda RR, Ayton JE, Beggs S, 'Exclusive breastfeeding and the acceptability of donor breast milk for sick, hospitalized infants in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia: a mixed-methods study', Journal of Human Lactation, 32, (3) pp. 438-445. ISSN 0890-3344 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0890334416649152 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Murray L; Beggs S

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2015Ayton J, Howes F, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Evaluating the prevention of premature cessation of exclusive breastfeeding in the general practice setting during the scheduled child immunisation consultation: a pilot study', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21, (3) pp. 299-304. ISSN 1448-7527 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PY13152 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Howes F; Hansen E; Nelson M

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2015Ayton J, Van der Mei I, Wills K, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Cumulative risks and cessation of exclusive breast feeding: Australian cross-sectional survey', Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 pp. 863-868. ISSN 0003-9888 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307833 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Van der Mei I; Wills K; Hansen E; Nelson M

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2012Ayton J, Hansen E, Quinn S, Nelson M, 'Factors associated with initiation and exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge: late preterm compared to 37 week gestation mother and infant cohort', International Breastfeeding Journal, 7 Article 16. ISSN 1746-4358 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1746-4358-7-16 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12

Co-authors: Hansen E; Nelson M

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Ayton J, van der Mei I, Wills K, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: Australian Cross-Sectional Survey', International conference: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood, 12 - 14 June, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: van der Mei I; Wills K; Hansen E; Nelson M

2017Ayton JE, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Understanding mothers experiences of interupting exclusive breastfeeding: A qualitative study', International conference: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood, 12 - 14 June, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hansen E; Nelson M

2011Ayton JE, Howes FS, Hansen EC, Nelson MR, 'Pilot study: Prevention and monitoring of the cessation of breastfeeding PRAM-COB', GP11 Conference, 6-8 October, Hobart (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Howes FS; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2010Ayton JE, Howes FS, Hansen EC, Nelson MR, 'Pilot study; Prevention and monitoring of the cessation of breastfeeding PRAM-COB', PHCRED Conference, December, Launceston (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Howes FS; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Hansen EC, Ayton JE, Nelson MR, 'TAS Infant Feeding Study: Investigation the breastfeeding experiences, attitudes and knowloedge of Tasmanian mothers', Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, 1 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hansen EC; Nelson MR

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Ayton JE, 'Understanding early cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: a mixed method study' (2016) [PhD]

[eCite] [Details]

Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Ayton J, 'University of Tasmania consultation feedback submission: Draft National Framework for Maternity Services', Australian Government, pp. 1-3. (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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2017Ayton J, '2017 Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2017 and beyond consultation feedback report; University of Tasmania (UTAS)' (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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2017Ayton J, Staff L, 'Public consultation: NMBA draft Midwife standards for practice University of Tasmania (UTAS) submission', pp. 1-5. (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Staff L

2017Ayton J, Walkem K, Einboden R, 'Family and Community Development Committee: 58th Parliament Inquiry into Perinatal Services' (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Walkem K; Einboden R

2014Hansen EC, Ayton JE, Tesch LK, 'Exploring the Role Played by Fathers in Supporting Mothers to Breastfeed', Report prepared for the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, Tasmanian State Govenment, Tasmania (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Hansen EC; Tesch LK

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$71,076

Projects

How are Australian fathers engaging with infant feeding and what are their infant feeding practices from 0-12 months? (2017)$5,105
Description
The project will utilize longitudinal qualitative interviews with mothers and fathers to investigate fathers expectations and experiences of infant feeding. It will also discover and record their infant feeding practices (including providing support for breastfeeding) over the first twelve months of their babys life.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,105)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hansen EC; Scott J; Nash MB; Miller T; Ayton JE; Shelley RE
Year
2017
Exploring the Role of Fathers/Male Caregivers in Supporting Mothers to Breastfeed (2013)$24,175
Funding
Tasmanian Early Years Foundation ($24,175)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hansen EC; Ayton JE
Year
2013
Investigating the breastfeeding experiences, attitudes and knowledge of Tasmanian mothers with infants aged between 0-12 months (2011)$34,311
Funding
Tasmanian Early Years Foundation ($34,311)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ayton JE; Hansen EC; Williams D; Nelson MR
Year
2011
Systematic Review: Continued breastfeeding in the primary health care setting: qualitative and quantitative synthesis (2011)$7,485
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,485)
Scheme
Grant-Primary Health Care Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ayton JE
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDHealth Problems after Childbirth2017