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Dr Elaine Dietsch


Elaine Dietsch

School of Nursing and Midwifery - Midwifery
+61 (0)421 177 576 (Work)
L05 3.30, Logan Campus

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Elaine has been employed at Griffith University since the latter part of 2014. Prior to that she held an Associate Professor of Midwifery position at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. Since being at Griffith University, Elaine's main roles have been in developing and internationalising courses for the Master of Primary Maternity Care program and then teaching / convening courses in Primary Maternity Care, ~ Changing Childbirth, Perinatal Mental Health, Sexual Health and Wellness, Global Maternal Health, Advanced Breastfeeding. Elaine's most recent clinical experience, since 2004 has been in having the privilege of working with professional midwives and traditional birth attendants in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Her focus has been on being with Congolese women who have survived rape and torture in the Kivu Provinces of DRC. She has worked in partnership with Dr Luc Mulimbalimba Masururu, a Congolese medical practitioner who established the Mission in Health Care and Development (MHCD) to advance Kenyan and Congolese women’s health through strategies designed to reduce poverty, enhance gender equity, peace and justice and improve women’s well-being principally through primary health care means. In partnership, they have authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and presented papers at many international conferences in Australia, Africa, North America and Europe. Elaine acknowledges the courage and resilience of the African women with whom she has worked and thanks them for their invaluable wisdom, compassion and the innumerable life lessons they have taught her. Elaine carries those life lessons with her into the virtual classroom where she shares information with midwives and multiple other health professionals from Australia and a range of nations. These students, like the Kenyan and Congolese women and professionals she has worked with, continue to be her inspiration.


  • Lecturer
    Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Logan Campus, Australia5 Jan 2015
  • Research Fellow
    Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Logan, Australia1 Aug 2014 - 5 Jan 2015
  • Associate Professor of Midwifery
    Charles Sturt University, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigensous Health, Bathurst, Australia1 Feb 2011 - 4 Feb 2014
  • Lecturer and Senior Lecturer
    Charles Sturt University, School of Nursuing, Midwifeery and Indigenous Health, Wagga Wagga, Australia3 Jan 2001 - 1 Nov 2010


  • Midwifery Consultant (part time)
    Birth International, Previous Associates in Childbirth Education / Parents Centres Australia, Eli Waters, Australia1 Jun 1977 - 29 Dec 2006
  • Clinuical Nurse Consultant: Women's Health
    Greater Murray Area Health Service, Melbourne, Australia1 Aug 1988 - 2 Jan 2001
  • Child and Family Health Nurse (Part-time)
    NSW Health, Leeton and Hay, Australia30 Jan 1978 - 29 Jul 1988
  • Registered Midwife (part-time)
    NSW Health, Hay, Australia1 Feb 1978 - 2 Jan 1987


  • PhD
    Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Master of Nursing (Women's Health)
    University of New England, Australia


  • Public Health in Humanitarian Crises
    Johns Hopkins Centre for Humanitarian Health
  • Foundations of University Learning and Teaching
    Charles Sturt University
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
    NSW Family Planning Association
  • Theory and Practice of Fertility Regulation Certificate
    NSW Family Planning Association
  • Mothercraft Certificate
    NSW Health
  • Midiwfery Certificate
    The Canterbury Hospital
  • General Nursing Certificate
    St George Hospital


  • Diploma of Sexual Health Counselling
    Australasian College of Venereologists and the Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists, Australia
  • Advanced Nursing Studies (Women's Health)
    NSW College of Nursing, Australia