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Dr. Lois McKellar

Meet the Research Team

Dr. Lois McKellar Chief Investigator

Lois is an Associate Professor of Midwifery at the University of South Australia. She teaches into the bachelor of Midwifery and also provides Masters and PhD supervision. Her PhD explored issues around the provision of postnatal care while her current research has a focus on midwifery education and perinatal wellbeing. Lois is married and has three lovely daughters and as a family, they love food, animals and the Adelaide Hills.

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Professor Mary Steen is Professor of Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Mary is Chair of the Mothers, Babies and Families Research Group and facilitates the promotion of research and scholarly activities both nationally and internationally. Mary has a wide remit of interests and is presently working on research related to maternal and family mental health and wellbeing.

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Dr. Jane Andrew is an educator, researcher and Founding Director of Match Studio at the University of South Australia. Match Studio has become recognized as an inspiring studio-based model for cross and inter-disciplinary teaching and research, focusing on client / industry linked problem-based learning.

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Professor Ian Gwilt is a professor of design at the University of South Australia. His current areas of research include practice and theory in visual communication design in the context of healthcare and wellbeing. He is also interested in how we can incorporate visual communication design practices into interdisciplinary research teams through the use of inclusive, co-design and participatory practices.

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Dr. Samantha Charlick is an academic researcher at the University of South Australia, an author, Midwife and business owner. As part of her business, AquaBellies, she offers hydrotherapy and Pilates classes to pregnant and postnatal mothers. Samantha is recognized for her academic research work and also for successfully turning babies into the most ideal position for labour and birth.

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The research team would also like to acknowledge the design and technology work conducted by the student interns at Match Studio at the University of South Australia. Namely Benjamin Altieri (Student Team Leader), Suada Shahini, Francisco Labra and Marcus Pereira.
Gratitude is also extended to Accenture for the pilot work in developing a prototype App.