Sally Tracy

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Sally Tracy DMid is an Australian, midwife, midwifery researcher, author and activist.

Tracy is the Professor of Midwifery at the University of Sydney and the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney and a Conjoint Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney.[1] She is based at the Midwifery and Women's Health Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, Sydney. Her research projects include the safety of primary level (especially rural) maternity hospitals and Birth Centres in Australia and the evaluation of midwifery led units.[2][3][4] She was currently the chief investigator on a large multicentre randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care, funded by a project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.[5] The findings from this research demonstrated that caseload midwifery is cheaper and safer that fragmented care.[6][7]

She has authored numerous research articles. She was a joint author of the National Maternity Action Plan.

She is the co-author of the main midwifery textbook in Australia, Midwifery - Preparation for Practice which is now in its third edition.

For the past fifteen years Tracy has been at the forefront of midwifery politics in Australia. She has challenged the Australian maternity system through research and practice development in a bid to get a better deal for women in childbirth.[8] She helped to set up the Ryde Midwifery Caseload Practice, in Sydney, in 2003. Her current research questions the acceptability of the increasing interference of obstetrics with the physiological birth process.[9]

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  1. ^ "Professor Sally Tracey". Sydney Nursing School. University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Call the Midwife: playing catch up with Australia's maternity care". The Conversation. 5 Feb 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Lincoff, Nina. "Personal Midwife Care Decreases the Cost of Pregnancy". Health line. Healthline Networks Inc. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Satherley, Dan (18 Sep 2013). "Midwife continuity safer, cheaper - study". Media Works TV. 3 News. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Tracy, SK; Hartz, DL; Tracy, MB; Allen, J; Forti, A; Hall, B; White, J; Lainchbury, A; Stapleton, H; Beckmann, M; Bisits, A; Homer, C; Foureur, M; Welsh, A; Kildea, S (17 Sep 2013). "Caseload midwifery care versus standard maternity care for women of any risk; M@NGO, a randomised controlled trial". The Lancet. 382 (9906): 1723–1732. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(13)61406-3. PMID 24050808. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Donnelly, Laura (17 Sep 2013). "Women given a 'named midwife' fare better and it costs less". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group (United Kingdom). Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ AAP (17 Sep 2013). "Midwife Care Cost Effective". The Australian. News Corporation. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Carroll, Lucy (23 Feb 2014). "Midwife care: Demand for birth program soars as study gives a tick". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  9. ^ With Women - Midwives Experiences - from shift work to continuity of care, ed David Vernon, Australian College of Midwives, 2007 pXI

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