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Lynne Staff

Course Coordinator Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Room J004, Lower Ground Floor , J Block

+61 3 6324 3398 (phone)

Lynne has been a practising midwife for 33 years, during which time she has worked in the public and private sectors across all areas of maternity care. She established a private midwifery practice caring for women in the community for women choosing to birth at home supporting women and their families through pregnancy labour, birth and early parenting. She helped to set up an innovative maternity unit in a private hospital in Queensland which she subsequently managed for several years before her move to Tasmania. She has taught midwifery in hospital-based programs and in the tertiary setting. She completed a bachelor of Health Science, a Masters of Midwifery and undertook an Honors year in which she researched women's experience of Caesarean section and women's choice for a caesarean section in the absence of a medical indication in a normal first healthy pregnancy. The findings from this work included a devaluing of the female birthing body and a valuing of the surgical body, which she intends to further explore through undertaking a PhD. She has been a midwifery consultant for the Health Rights Commission (QLD), the QLD Nursing and Midwifery Council (where she was a panel member for development of the Code of Ethics for Midwives QLD), and has been an expert member of many panels working on issues relevant to maternity care. She was elected as member of the Risk Management Working Party following the release of the Rebirthing Review of maternity services in QLD. She is currently the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, is a practising midwife and a Practitioner Member of the Tasmanian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Until mid-2015, she also lectured and facilitated midwifery skills workshops covering a broad range of challenging issues for midwives in contemporary practice for Birth International both nationally and internationally. She currently co-facilitates Better Birth Workshops ® in metropolitan, rural and remote areas.


Lynne began nursing in aged care when she was sixteen and her passion for caring for the elderly led her to doing her nursing training in Canberra. Following completion of her nursing, Lynne spent a year in the United Kingdom working at a small community hospital in Godalming, Surrey, which she loved for its uniqueness. During her nursing training Lynne discovered her true and lifelong path – Midwifery. A move to Queensland saw Lynne undertake her midwifery education at Redcliffe District Hospital back in the 'hospital apprenticeship' training days. Lynne and her husband made the decision to move to Tasmania in 2008 because of its beauty and climate. She lives on a farm where she raises and shows fine white and coloured alpacas. Joining staff at the University of Tasmania in 2013, Lynne aspires to complete her PhD and to create links with researchers with similar interests. She is also proud to be the mother of three grown sons.

Career summary


  • Honours, The Choice for Caesarean Section in a Normal Healthy First Pregnancy, Griffith University, Australia, 2004 
  • Master of Midwifery, Griffith University, Australia, 2000
  • BHlthScNsg, Central Queensland University, Australia, 1995


Professional practice

  • Tasmanian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 
  • Practitioner Member, Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives (FACM), Australian College of Midwives Midwifery Education Advisory Committee (MEAC), 
  • Australian College of Midwives Professional Development Committee (PDC), 
  • Expert Panel Member for the development of an assessment framework as part of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) initiative 
  • Outcomes-based assessment of international qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) competence to practise

Administrative expertise

  • Set up and management of Nambour Selangor Maternity Unit QLD: 16 bed/3 birthing room/7 Special Care Nursery bed/900 births per year facility
  • Home Birth practice Sunshine Coast QLD 10 years


Maternity and Obesity, Prolonged pregnancy , Occipito-posterior presentations, Vaginal Birth after Caesarean, Caesarean section, history of Caesarean Section, Maternal request Caesarean section, Nullipara, Waterbirth, Sexuality, Birth grief and trauma, Vaginal breech birth, embodiment of birth, embodiment of Caesarean Section, Midwifery Identity, Sociology of Childbirth, Sociology of Caesarean Section

Teaching expertise

  • Birth International and Better Birth 2000-2015
  • Development and provision of current and evidence informed lectures/ workshops around complex/challenging issues during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early parenting period
  • Development of learning packages Waterbirth, Epidural Analgesia, Online Learning module development Normal labour and birth, complex labour and birth, midwifery identity, sociological influences on maternity

Teaching responsibility

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (H6G)

Introduction to Midwifery Practice (CNA624)

Childbirth & Early Parenthood (CNA625)

Complexities in Antenatal Care and Family Life (CNA689)

Complexities During and After Birth (CNA623)

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Nulliparous women's choice for a Caesarean Section in a normal healthy first pregnancy

Research Themes

Lynne's areas of interest include Caesarean Section, Caesarean embodiment, embodiment of the surgical body, and the sociology of midwifery and reproduction. Her research interests stem from the fact that Australia's current Caesarean section rate stands at almost one third of all births and is one of the highest in the world. She expects her current and ongoing research to tie in with at least three of the University of Tasmania's research themes: Better Health, because although CS is utilised for better health outcomes, it carries considerable risks and longer term health implications for the woman and her CS born infant. For the majority of women, pregnancy, labour and birth are normal healthy life events, yet almost every woman has some form of intervention during this time (commonly a CS) and some women actively choose major intervention in a normal healthy pregnancy. This reflects the technocratic and increasingly consumerist nature of contemporary maternity care culture thus embracing the theme of Creativity, Culture and Society research. Data collection around CS includes only that hospital admission and stops at a woman's and her infant's discharge from hospital.  Follow up data is not collected relating to women who experience CS and their CS born infants. This makes it impossible to ascertain accurate rates of longer term maternal infant mortality and morbidity and what these might cost in terms of health and health service provision. This has particular relevance for research around Data, Knowledge and Decisions. There is so much known about CS and yet so much remains unknown; undiscovered. This is where Lynne's research path lies.

Current projects

PhD Candidate

Fields of Research

  • Community and primary care (420503)
  • Psychosocial aspects of childbirth and perinatal mental health (420403)
  • Nursing (420599)
  • Sociology (441099)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Social determinants of health (420606)
  • Neonatology (321303)
  • Clinical psychology (520302)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)

Research Objectives

  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Rural and remote area health (200508)
  • Determinants of health (200201)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2021Green J, Petty J, Staff L, Bromley P, Orr F, et al., 'Developing nursing knowledge on COVID-19 in children and adolescents: An integrative review', Pediatric Nursing, 47, (4) pp. 163-174. ISSN 0097-9805 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Green J; Bromley P; Smart L; Jones L


2020Green J, Staff L, Bromley P, Jones L, Petty J, 'The implications of face masks for babies and families during the COVID-19 pandemic: a discussion paper', The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 27, (1) pp. 21-25. ISSN 1355-1841 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2020.10.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30

Co-authors: Green J; Bromley P; Jones L


2017Staff L, Nash M, 'Brain death during pregnancy and prolonged corporeal support of the body: a critical discussion', Women and Birth, 30, (5) pp. 354-360. ISSN 1871-5192 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.01.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Nash M


Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2017Staff L, 'Preparation for parenthood', Midwifery, Wiley, P Glover (ed), Australia, pp. 83-108. ISBN 978-0-730-34460-5 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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2017Staff L, 'Psychology applied to maternity care', Midwifery, Wiley, P Glover (ed), Australia, pp. 57-82. ISBN 978-0-730-34460-5 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
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: Ayton J