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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Midwifery and supporting midwives to promote healthy childbearing
  • Students experiences of Continuity of Care
  • Entry to practice midwifery education
  • Professional regulation of midwives

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Gina Kruger

Gina is an Associate Professor in Midwifery in the College of Health and Biomedicine.  Her research program sits within the areas of supporting midwives in their scope of practice to promote healthy childbearing with women, and Continuity of Care experiences for students in entry-to-practice midwifery education programs.

Key achievements are:

  • Leading collaborative research into midwives' scope of practice to facilitate the promotion of healthy childbearing with women.
  • Leading national research into midwifery students’ participation in Continuity of Care of experiences with results used to inform shaping of minimum practice standards for midwives.
  • Participating in the national collaborative research project for AHPRA and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to research, write and introduce the ‘Professional Standards for Midwives’ (NMBA, 2018).
  • Several student projects around the role of the midwife to inform tertiary curricular design.
  • Collaborative projects, with associated competitive funding resulting in practice change and publications in high-impact factor journals and non-traditional research outputs.
  • Accredited supervisor with higher degree research student supervisory experience.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2014
  • MN, RMIT University, Australia, 1999
  • Grad Dip Clin. Prac & Magt (Adv. Mid), RMIT University, Australia, 1996
  • Grad Cert Tert Ed, Victoria University, Australia, 2018
  • Registered Midwife, Forth Valley College of Nursing & Midwifery, Scotland, 1991

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Nagle, C., Heartfield, M., McDonald, S., Morrow, J., Kruger, G., Bryce, J., Birks, M., Cramer, R., Stelfox, S., & Hartney, N. (171001). A necessary practice parameter: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Midwife standards for practice Paper presented at WOMEN AND BIRTH (pp. 10-11). ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV.

doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.08.028

Year Citation
2019 Nagle, C., McDonald, S., Morrow, J., Kruger, G., Cramer, R., Couch, S., Hartney, N., Bryce, J., Birks, M., & Heartfield, M. (190901). Informing the development midwifery standards for practice: A literature review for policy development. Midwifery, 76 (8-20).

doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2019.05.007

2018 Kruger, G. B., & McCann, T. V. (181201). Challenges to midwives scope of practice in providing women's birthing care in an Australian hospital setting: A grounded theory study. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 18 (37-42).

doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2018.09.001

2018 Carolan-Olah, M., Kruger, G., Brown, V., Lawton, F., Mazzarino, M., & Vasilevski, V. (180301). Communicating out loud: Midwifery students' experiences of a simulation exercise for neonatal resuscitation. Nurse Education in Practice, 29 (8-14).

doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.10.027

2016 Carolan-Olah, M., Kruger, G., Brown, V., Lawton, F., & Mazzarino, M. (160101). Development and evaluation of a simulation exercise to prepare midwifery students for neonatal resuscitation. Nurse Education Today, 36 (375-380).

doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.09.009

2015 Carolan-Olah, M., Kruger, G., & Garvey-Graham, A. (150101). Midwives' experiences of the factors that facilitate normal birth among low risk women at a public hospital in Australia. Midwifery, 31(1), (112-121).

doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2014.07.003

2014 Carolan-Olah, M., & Kruger, G. (140101). Final year students' learning experiences of the Bachelor of Midwifery course. Midwifery, 30(8), (956-961).

doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.010

2014 Carolan-Olah, M., Kruger, G., Walter, R., & Mazzarino, M. (140101). Final year students' experiences of the Bachelor of Midwifery course. Midwifery, 30(5), (519-525).

doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.04.007

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2020 - Present
Deputy Chair Human Research Ethics Committee
Victoria University
Jan 2020 - Present
Course Chair - Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2020 -
Present
Deputy Chair Human Research Ethics Committee
Victoria University
Jan 2020 -
Present
Course Chair - Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian College of Midwives Incorporated
  • Member, Australian College of Nursing