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Jennifer Ayton

Lecturer in Public Health

Domain , Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4240 (phone)

Jennifer.Ayton@utas.edu.au

Dr Ayton is a researcher and lecturer at the College of Health and Medicine, 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 and young child breastfeeding/feeding behaviours and patterns, maternal and family health. Jen has PhD in sociology and 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 and African communities adds to her expertise and balanced perspective.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis title UniversityCountryDate
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

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

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Expertise

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

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.

Awards

  • Tasmanian Early Years PhD Scholarship
  • Australian Postgraduate PhD Scholarship

Fields of Research

  • Family care (420303)
  • Public health nutrition (321005)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)

Research Objectives

  • Rural and remote area health (200508)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)

Publications

Total publications

35

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Wieland L, Ayton J, Abernethy G, 'Retention of general practitioners in remote areas of Canada and Australia: A meta-aggregation of qualitative research', Australian Journal of Rural Health pp. 1-14. ISSN 1038-5282 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12762 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Sharman MJ, Jose KA, Tian J, Venn AJ, Canary J, et al., 'Childhood factors related to diverging body mass index trajectories from childhood into mid-adulthood: A mixed methods study', Social Science and Medicine, 270 pp. 1-10. ISSN 0277-9536 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113460 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Sharman MJ; Jose KA; Tian J; Venn AJ; Banks S; Cleland VJ

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2019Ayton JE, Tesch L, Hansen E, 'Women's experiences of ceasing to breastfeed: Australian qualitative study', BMJ Open, 9, (5) Article e026234. ISSN 2044-6055 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026234 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Tesch L; Hansen E

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2019Rouhi M, Stirling C, Ayton J, Crisp EP, 'Women's help-seeking behaviours within the first twelve months after childbirth: A systematic qualitative meta-aggregation review', Midwifery, 72 pp. 39-49. ISSN 0266-6138 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2019.02.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Rouhi M; Stirling C; Crisp EP

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2019Sharman MJ, Jose KA, Venn AJ, Banks S, Ayton J, et al., ''I love having a healthy lifestyle' - a qualitative study investigating body mass index trajectories from childhood to mid-adulthood', BMC Obesity, 6 pp. 1-10. ISSN 2052-9538 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s40608-019-0239-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Sharman MJ; Jose KA; Venn AJ; Banks S; Cleland VJ

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2018Hansen E, Tesch L, Ayton J, ' They're born to get breastfed'- how fathers view breastfeeding: a mixed method study', Bmc Pregnancy, Childbirth and Neonatal Care, 18 Article 238. ISSN 1471-2393 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12884-018-1827-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Hansen E; Tesch L

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

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 - 6Web of Science - 6

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 - 6Web of Science - 6

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 - 16Web of Science - 15

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 - 27

Co-authors: Hansen E; Nelson M

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Kemp TE, Butler-Henderson K, Allen P, Ayton J, 'Evolution of the Health Record as a Communication Tool to Support Patient Safety', Handbook of Research on Records and Information Management Strategies for Enhanced Knowledge Coordination, IGI Global, CT Chisita, RT Enakrire, OO Durodolu, VW Tsabedze and JM Ngoaketsi (ed), pp. 127-155. ISBN 9781799866183 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Kemp TE; Butler-Henderson K; Allen P

Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Ayton J, Tesch L, Hansen E, 'Women's experiences of ceasing to breastfeed; An Australian qualitative study', 15th National Rural Health Conference, 24 - 27 March 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Tesch L; Hansen E

2019Ayton JE, Hansen EC, Tesch LK, Burke E, 'Sharing knowledge: Using Art to translate and disseminate research findings to communities', National Rural Health Conference 2019, 24-27 March 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hansen EC; Tesch LK; Burke E

2018Hughes RM, Nash R, Bettiol SS, Macintyre K, Ayton JE, et al., 'A framework for mapping public health learning exposures and competency alignment in undergraduate medical education', CAPHIA Teaching & Learning Forum, 17 April 2018, Auckland (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hughes RM; Nash R; Bettiol SS; Macintyre K; Cooling NB; Presser J

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]

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Co-authors: Hansen E; Nelson M

2017Ayton JE, van der Mei I, Wills KE, Hansen EC, Nelson MR, 'Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding; Australian cross-sectional survey', 2017 Nutrition and Nurture Conference (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: van der Mei I; Wills KE; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2017Hansen E, Nash M, Ayton J, 'How fathers experience being in a 'breastfeeding family' when breastfeeding problems occur', 2017 TASA Conference, 27-30 November 2017, Perth, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hansen E; Nash M

2015Murray LJ, Beggs S, Anggrahini SM, Woda R, Ayton JE, 'Exclusive breastfeeding and the acceptability of donor breast milk for sick, hospitalized infants in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia: A mixed-methods study', 7th International Conference on Public health among the Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Countries, 25-27 September 2015, Hue, Vietnam (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Murray LJ; Beggs S

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

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Ayton J, Hansen EC, 'Tasmania parent's employment transitions and the impact on infant feeding', Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, Australia (2021) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hansen EC

2019Stewart R, Abernethy G, Ayton J, 'Understanding the rural maternity workforce in South Australia', Country Health South Australia Local Health Network, Australia (2019) [Consultants Report]

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2018Bartkowiak-Theron I, Tilyard S, Ayton JE, Mawad R, Campbell DM, et al., 'Law Enforcement and Public Health Workshop Series Report No. 4 - Knowledge Exchanges the Determinants of Crime and the Determinants of Health', 4 (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron I; Mawad R; Campbell DM; Winter RE; West SG; Julian R

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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

Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Ayton J, Tesch L, Nilssen E, Wilson ER, Miller J, et al., 'Broken Bodies: From Narrative to Art', Plimsol Gallery, Hobart, pp. 46 (2019) [Catalogue]

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Co-authors: Tesch L; Nilssen E; Wilson ER

Thesis

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

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Stewart R, Abernethy G, Ayton J, 'Understanding the rural maternity workforce in South Australia', Country Health South Australia (CHSA) Local Health Network, Australia, pp. 1-33. (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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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]

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Co-authors: Walkem K; Einboden R

2017Ayton J, Walkem K, Einboden R, 'Family and Community Development Committee: 58th Parliament Inquiry into Perinatal Services', Victorian Government, University of Tasmania (2017) [Report Other]

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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

6

Total funding

$83,920

Projects

LEPH TILES (2020)$2,000
Description
The project aims to deliver new preventative and collaborative training, services and technologies to law enforcemnt and health professionals to improve support for individuals and families at risk of experiencing alcohol and other drug addiction, mental illness and family violence.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($2,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-ON Prime
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Julian RD; Winter RE; Ayton JE; West SG
Year
2020
Fostering Trauma-Informed Communities of Practice in areas of Rural and Regional Tasmania (2020 - 2021)$10,844
Description
This project aims to train community members in the area of trauma-informed practice. This is a pilot project that is looking at the extent to which the training lay community members in trauma-informed practice helps support the work of specialised service delivery. The target issue is domestic violence, although consideration is made of such related issues as drug and alcohol use and mental ill-health. This pilot project is specifically based in Huonville.
Funding
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal ($9,844)
Scheme
Grant-Strengthening Rural Communities
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Frey R; Winter RE; Ayton JE
Period
2020 - 2021
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 B
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

4

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDHealth and Wellbeing Impacts of Creative Arts in Health Care Environments2018
PhDChoosing Caesarean Section or Choosing Not to Labour or Birth Vaginally: What is the choice that healthy nulliparous women are actually making?2019
PhDCreating Change The Use of Creative Arts Methods in Sustainable Living Focused Social Change and its Role in Creating Wellness Enhancing Change2021
PhDUsing the Arts and Creativity to Promote Wellbeing and Better Health2021

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Fallacy of Normalcy: A multiphase study exploring women's help-seeking for health problems in the 12 months after childbirth
Candidate: Maryam Rouhi
2020