Staff profile - Catherine Nagle

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AsPr Catherine Nagle

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Nursing and Midwif.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78401 +61 3 522 78401



Cate Nagle is an Associate Professor within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. She is a member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre and associate member of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development. A registered midwife and nurse, Cate is committed to improving the safety and quality of maternity care through research and teaching. She also has a research position at Western Health where she is focused on building research capacity within the organisation.


2007   PhD University of Melbourne, Parkville
“Development and Evaluation of a Decision Aid for Prenatal Testing of fetal abnormalities’
2000   Master of Public Health, Monash University, Clayton
1995   Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds
1995   Graduate Certificate of Midwifery, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton
1990   Bachelor of Applied Science, (Nursing Education), Phillip Institute of Technology, Bundoora

Professional activities

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth associate Editor (invited)
Maternity & Newborn Clinical Network, Leadership Group, Department of Health Victoria (invited member)
Perinatal Society of Australian and New Zealand (member)
Australian College of Midwives (member)
Midwifery Academics Victoria (MIDAC) (member)
Western Health Low Risk Ethics Panel (nominated member)
Barwon Health Human Research Ethics Committee, (appointed member)
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University (member)
School Research and Research Training Committee, Deakin University (member)

Cate serves as a reviewer for Australian and international funding bodies and numerous journals.


Teaching Interests

Dr Nagle supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students who are interested in promoting safety and quality of care in the field of midwifery, maternity services or perinatal care.

Conferences and seminars

Chen, SW, Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A. and Nagle, C. Repeat Caesarean Delivery: Decision-Making Processes in Taiwanese Pregnant Women Who Have Had a Primary Caesarean. The ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2015, Midwifery care for every mother and their newborn, 20 – 22 July, 2015, Yokohoma, Japan.

Nagle C, Kerr C, Pring M, Nguyen, J, Carolan-Olah, M Vietnamese women’s attitudes to and experiences of breastfeeding: a qualitative study PSANZ 19th congress, April 2015 Melbourne.

Nagle C, Kerr C, Pring M, Consumer participation in the Development of a Breastfeeding Resource for Vietnamese speaking women: a mixed methods study PSANZ 19th congress, April 2015 Melbourne.

Chen, SW, Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A. and Nagle, C. Vaginal Birth after Caesarean: Decision-Making Processes in Taiwanese Pregnant Women following a Primary Caesarean delivery Asia-Pacific Nursing Research Conference (APNRC), Promoting Global Health: From Research to Practice, 11 - 13 September, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan.  

Chen, SW, Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A. and Nagle, C. Understanding Cultural Impacts and Taiwanese Women’s Request for Repeat Caesarean Delivery. Improving Global Health Outcomes STTI's 25th International Nursing Research Congress Hong Kong July 2014.

Chen, SW, Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A. and Nagle, C. Taiwanese women’s decision making processes and influences regarding mode of delivery following a primary caesarean section. 30th International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Prague Congress improving women’s health globally, June 2014.

Chen, SW, Bucknall, T., Hutchinson, A. and Nagle, C. Taiwanese obstetricians’ decision making strategies regarding mode of delivery following a primary caesarean section.16th East Asia Forum Of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS), Developing International Networking for Nursing Research , 21 - 22 February 2013, Thailand.


Research interests

Dr Nagle’s research program is primarily concerned with improving the quality and safety of maternity care. There are three interrelated areas of research:

Public Health Midwifery: topics include such as Obesity, Alcohol use, Postpartum Haemorrhage and Breastfeeding

Improving Clinical outcomes: topics include Clinical Decision making, Clinical Deterioration and Physiological Birth

Improving women’s experience of maternity care: topics include communication of risk, consumer participation in care, informed decision making

Research grants

2015 Physical, social, psychological and cultural factors influencing breastfeeding in women with diabetes.
CIs Rasmussen B, Skouteris H, Nankervis A,  Nagle C, McNamara K, and Steele C.
Funding $6600 Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS), Novo Nordisk Research Grants 2015

2015 Physical, social, psychological and cultural factors influencing breastfeeding intention, initiation and duration among women with diabetes living in Victoria CIs Rasmussen B, Nagle C, McNamara C
Funding: $15,000 QPS, Deakin University

2015 Investigating the feasibility and reliability of a task trainer incorporating haptics and virtual reality to enhance clinical-decision making of midwifery students. CI Forbes H, Bucknall T, Horan B, Phillips D, Nagle C, Miles M.
Funding: $10,807 QPS, Deakin University

2014 The role of trait self-regulation in adherence to dietary guidelines among pregnant women
CIs Kothe E, Skouteris H, Hagger M, Nagle C, Abraham C and McNaughton S.
Funding: Deakin University, $19,704

2014 Growing a healthy baby: getting the balance right in pregnancy
CIs Carolan-Olah  M,  Nagle C, Stepto N
Funding $49,849 The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

2013 Increasing the rate breastfeeding of Vietnamese women in our community
CIs Kerr C, Pring M, Nagle C
Funding: Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local $20,000

2013 Delivering a ‘Good’ Birth: Cultural Determinants of Birth in Pacific Island Nations
Lane K, Nagle C, Francis S
Funding: The Centre for Citizenship and Globilisation SRC Deakin University, $3,500

2012  The influence of organisational interventions on the quality of maternity care
Hutchison A, Nagle C and Kent B
Funding: Quality and Patient Safety Research SRC, Deakin University $ 32, 085

2012  A randomised controlled trial to promote breastfeeding in overweight and obese women: A pilot study
Skouteris H, Nagle C, Amir L, Broadbent J, Teale  G, Dwyer N
Funding: Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, Deakin University $14, 706

2012 Practice Readiness in Midwifery and Nursing Graduates
Funding: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University $8,000
Nagle C, Stelfox S, Owen M, Morison K

2012  Improving clinical outcomes in maternity care: recognition and response to clinical deterioration in the maternity patient
CIs Nagle C, Bucknall T, Kent B
Funding: Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited $44, 000

2010 Asking Questions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): Longitudinal cohort study of the effects of low and moderate doses of alcohol exposure on the fetus
Funding: NHMRC $1,372,575
CIs Halliday J, O’Leary C, Forster J, Donath S, Anderson P, Lewis S, Elliot E, Nagle C, Craig J

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