Dr Michelle Gray

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Dr Michelle Gray

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Teaching areas

  • HLT201 Therapeutic in Midwifery
  • HLT202 Midwifery Practice 2
  • HLT310 Leadership and Governance in Midwifery
  • HLT131 Practice Principles for Midwifery and Nursing

Research areas

  • midwifery practice perspectives
  • midwifery regulation
  • exploratory, case based learning
  • transition of new graduates into practice

Program coordinator

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Dr Michelle Gray has worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2007 when the Masters in Midwifery Program was introduced. She now looks forward to the Bachelor of Midwifery program, as the Program-Coordinator in 2017.

Michelle is a knowledgeable and experienced midwife and lecturer. She originally completed her hospital based training as a nurse in 1990, and then completed a Diploma in Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University in 1995, and later an Honours Degree in Midwifery in 2000. Michelle has extensive midwifery practice experience gained from working in a diverse range of maternity services in the United Kingdom and Australia, which included; tertiary and secondary level hospitals; birthing units with team-based midwifery, and community midwifery which included home-birthing and water-birthing services. Michelle continues to work clinically, for the last 3-4 years she has been part of the Expecting and Connecting Groups held in a collaborative service between USC and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services (SCHHS).

Michelle's research interests in adult-learning led her to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Education where she became passionate about exploratory learning strategies. The Masters of Midwifery program curriculum was built upon case-based learning principles, and in her Masters of Professional Learning thesis Michelle examined midwifery student’s perspectives of case-based learning (Gray & Aspland, 2009). This approach to learning develops self-efficacy skills in students and equips them to become life-long learners.

Michelle recently completed her PhD research which investigated midwives’ responses to the changed re-registration requirements in Australia, the findings were published in three professional journals, and presented at conferences held locally, nationally and internationally.

Professional memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives Council Member

  • Treasurer and Committee Member of the Queensland Branch (ACM)

  • Reviewer for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, and previously Queensland Nursing Council.

  • Reviewer for Elsevier journals since 2010.
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