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Ms Carolyn Hastie


Carolyn Hastie

School of Nursing and Midwifery - Midwifery
+61 (0)7 5678 0582 (Work)
+61 (0)418 428 430 (Work)
0418428430 (Mobile)
G01 2.05A, Gold Coast Campus

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Carolyn is a mother, grandmother and midwife with qualifications in adult education, counselling, lactation, primary health care, reproductive and sexual health. She has been at the leading edge of midwifery practice and education for four decades. Now a midwifery lecturer at Griffith, having wide-ranging national and international experience in diverse settings, including commissioning and managing a quality award-winning stand-alone midwifery service in NSW, her work is well known. Her passion is strengthening midwifery and improving care for childbearing women, partners and babies; her focus is on the neurophysiological intersection of growth, development and relationships. Areas of interest include neuroscience, epigenetics, the Polyvagal Theory, Barker’s Theory, teamwork, social, emotional and spiritual intelligence, labour, birth, breastfeeding and attachment. She has researched, taught and written extensively on midwifery related subjects. A core aspect of Carolyn’s work is finding ways to optimise students' teamwork skills so midwives, women and families can thrive.


  • Midwifery Lecturer
    Griffith University, School of Midwifery, Gold Coast, AustraliaJun 2018
  • Senior Midwifery Lecturer
    Southern Cross University, Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, Coolangatta, Australia10 Jan 2012 - 30 Jan 2016
  • Senior Midwifery Lecturer
    University of Newcastle, School of Midwifery, Newcastle, Australia2008 - Dec 2010


  • Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care
    Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia1999 - 2002
  • Diploma of Teaching
    Hunter Institute of Higher Education (University of Newcastle), Newcastle, Australia1986 - 1988
  • Masters of Philosphy (Research)
    University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia2004 - 2008


  • International
    IBCLC, Online, world wide
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Family Planning Association, Perth, Australia
  • Cetificate 1V in Workplace Training and Assessment
    Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service, Gosford, Australia