AsPr Diane Phillips



Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing and Midwif.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Registered Nurse, Victorian Nursing Council, 1970
Certificate in Midwifery, Royal Womens Hospital, 1971
Cardiac Nursing Course, Alfred Hospital, 1975
Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing), Lincoln Inst. of Health Sci., 1988
Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 1991
Doctor of Education, University of Melbourne, 2003


Research interests

Dr Phillips research interests include professional education, women's health including pregnancy, labour and birth; women who use substances (illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco) during pregnancy.


Member of the Australian College of Midwives

Committee member of the 'Midwifery Education Standards Advisory committee (MESAC)

Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia

Member of PSANZ (Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand)

Teaching interests

Teaching in the postgraduate course of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery for topics related to the care of women throughout all phases of childbearing and the care of the newborn infant.

Teaching in the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) on the contemporary role of the Nurse Practitioner including leadership.


Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009

Australian Learning & Teaching Council - Australian Awards for University Teaching: 2011 Citations for OutstandingContributions to Student Learning.


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Evaluating a standardised clinical assessment tool for pre-registration midwifery students: a cross-sectional survey of midwifery students and midwives in Australia

Jane Elizabeth Morrow, Ms Laura Biggs, Mrs Sara Stelfox, A/Prof Diane Phillips, Lois McKellar, Helen L. McLachlan

(2016), Vol. 29, pp. 85-92, Women and birth, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Teaching and learning innovations for postgraduate education in nursing

A/Prof Diane Phillips, A/Prof Helen Forbes, Prof Maxine Duke

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 145-151, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The virtual maternity clinic : a teaching and learning innovation for midwifery education

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Prof Maxine Duke, A/Prof Catherine Nagle, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Gery Karantzas, A/Prof Denise Patterson

(2012), pp. 1-6, Nurse education today, Kidlington, England, C1-1


Professional midwifery education : blended teaching and learning approaches

A/Prof Diane Phillips

(2012), pp. 87-99, Professional education using e-simulations : benefits of blended learning design, Hershey, Pa., B1


Reflective positioning : the impact of conversations in the social and cultural environment of midwifery practice settings on professional learning for students

A/Prof Diane Phillips

(2009), pp. 1-50, Social development, New York, N. Y., B1


Students' expectations of the virtual maternity clinic

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Prof Maxine Duke, A/Prof Catherine Nagle, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Mr Glenn Mcnolty, Mr Peter Lane, Mr Ian Fox, A/Prof Denise Patterson

(2009), pp. 791-795, ASCILITE 2009 : Same places, different spaces : Proceedings of the 26th ASCILITE conference, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


Securing the oral tradition : reflective positioning and professional conversations in midwifery education

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Barbara Hayes

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 109-114, Collegian, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Reflective practice in postgraduate midwifery education

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Jane Elizabeth Morrow

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 463-467, British journal of midwifery, London, England, C1


Peripartum urinary incontinence : a study of midwive's knowledge and practices

Yvonne C. Butterfield, Prof Beverly O'Connell, A/Prof Diane Phillips

(2007), Vol. 20, pp. 65-69, Women and birth, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Factors that influence women's disclosures of substance use during pregnancy : a qualitative study of ten midwives and ten pregnant women

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Ms Kristina Thomas, Prof Helen Cox, Prof Lina Ricciardelli, Ms Jan Ogle, Veronica Love, Angela Steele

(2007), Vol. 37, pp. 357-376, Journal of drug issues, Tallahassee, Fla., C1


Teaching and learning: flexible modes and technology applications

Jane Elizabeth Morrow, A/Prof Diane Phillips, Ms Elizabeth Bethune

(2007), Vol. 15, pp. 445-448, British Journal of Midwifery, London, England, C1


Moving towards a model of professional identity formation in midwifery through conversations and positioning theory

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Barbara Hayes

(2006), Vol. 46, pp. 224-242, Australian journal of adult learning, Canberra, A. C. T., C1


From personal reflection to social positioning: the development of a transformational model of a professional education in midwifery

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Rod Fawns, Barbara Hayes

(2002), Vol. 9, pp. 239-249, Nursing inquiry, Chichester, England, C1



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Principal Supervisor

Ann Marie Dunk

Thesis entitled: Exploring Known Risk Factors for Pressure Injury with Visual Technology

Master of Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Associate Supervisor

Sherrie Bade

Thesis entitled: Women's Path-finding; Recovery from Substance Use: A Critical Feminist Study

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery