Teresa (Terri) Downer

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Teresa (Terri) Downer


Teaching areas

  • Midwifery Practice 1
  • Midwifery in the Social Context
  • Nursing Internship

Research areas

  • antenatal education
  • use of modern technology in the nursing and midwifery laboratory
  • simulation: design and implementation
  • the use of ePortfolios in Pebblepad


Terri Downer has an extensive clinical background as both a registered nurse and midwife having worked in both the UK and here in Australia. Having worked in a variety of models of midwifery practice She is particularly passionate about continuity of care for women. Terri is currently completing her PhD, which considers the process practice and pedagogy of antenatal education.

Terri is currently the Blended Learning Lead for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Having a keen interest in the integration of blended learning principles into the curriculum has meant that Terri has developed skills in the use of digital literacy and ePortfolios.

Professional memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives


  • Advance award - Advancing the Blended Learning Environment

  • Best Poster award - Bright, P., Lord, B., Forbes, H., Oprescu, F., Barr, N., Downer, T., Phillips, N., McTier, L., Simbag, V. & Alla, K. Expert in my Pocket: Creating first person POV videos to enhance mobile learning. Ascilite: Shaping the future of tertiary education conference. Rhetoric and reality. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2014.

Research grants

Project nameFunding bodyYear
Expert in my pocket: a mobile-enabled repository of learning resources for the development of clinical skills in student health professionals OLT A$180,000


Process Practice and Pedagogy in Antenatal Education HDR Student Research Grant A$3757.16 2012-2013
Learning about Mothering and Baby: Implementing a perinatal parenting program for first time mothers OHMR Project Grant approx. A$15,000 2012-2013
An expert in your pocket: Clinical practice skills using first person learning objects OLTGP A$6,000 2010-2011
Developing and evaluating the applicability of the STAR framework SHSS Seed Grant approx A$6,000 2010
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