Faculty of Health

Maureen Miles (Dr)

Email: maureen.miles@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W134
Phone: 5122 6661



I am a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and have academic experience in the field of midwifery, nursing, policy and program development and accreditation consultation. I have been teaching into both the Nursing and Midwifery programs since 2005. My prior clinical work has been in both community and hospital settings which include Community Nurse, Women's Health Nurse, Family Planning Educator, enhanced Maternal and Child Health nurse and Midwife. 

My research interests and activities include midwifery and nursing education strategies, models of midwifery care, working with vulnerable populations and chronic illness. My PhD (2014) explored "the lived experiences of midwives who work with women who use illicit drug using hermeneutic phenomenological methodology.

Research and supervision interests

Research areas of interest

  • Perinatal mental health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Chronic illness
  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Sustaining rural birthing services
  • Midwifery and nursing education strategies
  • E-portfolio development

Preferred methodologies

  • Qualitative methods
  • Systematic review

Professional affiliations

  • Australian College of Midwives member 1998-current
  • Vice President, Australian College of Midwives, Victoria 2006-2007
  • Midwives Academics Victoria (MIDAC) 2009-current
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation 2011 to current


Institution: Monash University
Year awarded: 2014

Institution: La Trobe University
Year awarded: 2002

Institution: Monash University
Year awarded: 1997

Institution: Monash University
Year awarded: 1992


Journal articles

Miles, M., Chapman, Y., Francis, K., & Taylor, B. (2013). Midwives experiences of establishing partnerships: Working with pregnant women who use illicit drugs. Midwifery, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 6 August 2013.

Miles, M., Francis, K., Chapman, Y., & Taylor, B. (2013). Hermeneutic phenomenology: A methodology of choice for midwives. International Journal of Nursing Practice.

Miles, M., Chapman, Y., Francis, K., & Taylor, B. (2013). Exploring Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology: A perfect fit for midwifery research. Women and birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives,. vol. 26, no.4, pp. 273-276

Miles, M & Mynard, P. (2013). B is for Baby: The use of iPhone app technology in childbirth education. Women and Birth, vol.26, no.1, pp. S34-S35

Smith, L., Chapman, Y., Miles, M. (2013). Rural maternity care: Women's experience of receiving antenatal care from a 'socially known' midwife. Women and Birth, vol.26, no.1, p. S19

Gilmour,G., McIntyre, M., McLelland, G., Hall, H., Miles,M. (2012). Exploring the impact of clinical placement models on undergraduate midwifery students. Women and Birth, vol. 26, no.1, pp. e21-e25

Miles, M. (2013). Working with pregnant women who use illicit drugs: The experiences of midwives. Women and Birth, vol. 26, no.1, pp. S14

McKenna, L.G., Gilmour, C.J., Biro, M.A., McIntyre, M.J., Bailey, C.M., Jones, J.M., Miles, M.A., Hall, H.G., McLelland, G.E., 2013, Undergraduate midwifery students' sense of belongingness in clinical practice, Nurse Education Today [P], vol 33, issue 8, pp. 880-883.

Francis, K., McLeo, M., McIntyre, M.J., Mills, J., Miles, M.A., Bradley, A., 2012, Australian rural maternity services: Creating a future or putting the last nail in the coffin, Australian Journal of Rural Health [E], vol 20, no. 5, pp. 281-284.

Scholes, J., Endacott, R., Biro, M., Bulle, B., Cooper, S., Miles, M., Gilmour, C., Buykx, P., Kinsman, L., Boland, R., Jones, J., Zaidi, F., 2012, Clinical decision-making: midwifery students' recognition of, and response to, postpartum haemorrhage in the simulation environment, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth [P], vol 12, no. 19, pp. 1-12.

Miles, M.A., Chapman, Y., Francis, K., 2012, Making a difference: the experiences of midwives working with women who use illicit drugs, International Journal of Childbirth [P], vol 2, no. 4, pp. 245-254.

Cooper, S.J.R., Bulle, B., Biro, M., Jones, J., Miles, M., Gilmour, C., Buykx, P., Boland, R., Kinsman, L., Scholes, J., Endacott, R., 2012, Managing women with acute physiological deterioration: student midwives performance in a simulated setting, Women and Birth [P], vol 25, no. 3, pp. e27-e36.

Francis, K., Chapman, Y., Sellick, K.J., James, A., Miles, M.A., Jones, J.M., Grant, J.A., 2012, The decision making processes adopted by rurally located mandated professionals when child abuse or neglect is suspected, Contemporary Nurse: Health Care Across the Lifespan [P], vol 41, no. 1, pp. 58-69.

Mills, J., Birks, M., Francis, K., Miles, M., Jones, J., 2010, Australian rural remote registered nurses' experiences of learning to provide antenatal services in general practice: A pilot study, International Journal of Nursing Practice [P], vol 16, no 4, pp. 319-325.

Miles, M.A., Francis, K.L., Chapman, Y.B., 2010, Challenges for midwives: pregnant women and illicit drug use, The Australian journal of advanced nursing : a quarterly publication of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation [E], vol 28, no 1, pp. 83-90.

Francis, K.L., Birks, M.J., Al-Motlaq, M., Davis, J., Miles, M.A., Bailey, C.M., 2010, Responding to a rural health workforce shortfall: Double degree preparation of the nurse midwife, Australian Journal of Rural Health [P], vol 18, no 5, pp. 210-211.

Postgraduate research supervisions

Masters of Nursing

Lauren Smith (2012) Rural Maternity Care: Women's experience of receiving antenatal care a 'socially known' midwife.

Jacqueline Johnson (2011) The lived experience of the diabetic patient undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery.