Who I am

My name is Sarah Stewart and I wear many hats: educator, midwife, researcher, consultant, facilitator and project manager. I am currently working part time as a educational developer/facilitator in the Educational Development Centre, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand as well as with my own e-learning/social media consultancy. Before I moved to New Zealand in 1996, I lived in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.

Background

It was during my nurse training that I decided I wanted to be a midwife. So not long after I became a nurse, I started my midwifery training. I was a staff midwife at Salisbury from 1985 - 1996. In March 1996, I started work as a Midwifery Community Sister at Basingstoke in Hampshire. Unfortunately I was unable to stay long in that post because we moved in New Zealand in August 1996.

When we first arrived in New Zealand we lived in Gisborne for nearly 3 years. I was employed by Gisborne Hospital as a Lead Maternity Carer, which is a midwife who carries a total midwifery caseload and whose work is based in the community. I had always wanted to move into education so when a teaching post came up in Dunedin, we moved so that I could work as a lecturer in midwifery at Otago Polytechnic in 1999. Until 2007, I maintained a small midwifery caseload in order to keep my clinical skills current and because my clinical practice informed my research and teaching. I am currently regsiteered in Australia as a practising midwife, and as a nurse in New Zealand.

In December 2008 I resigned from Otago Polytechnic and during 2009 moved into consultancy, project management, education design and development. At the beginning of 2009 I temporarily moved to Brisbane to work with Aged Care Queensland. Later in that year I spent a month in Darwin with the Charles Darwin University. At the end of 2010 I went back to Otago Polyetchnic and have been working there ever since in EDC. In 2011 I also worked 0.5 as a 'virtual' midwifery lecturer at Griffith University, Brisbane in the undergraduate program but in early 2012 resigned so I could focus more attention on my research and writing.

I offer freelance consultancy, facilitation, design and development services to companies and organizations in Australasia via my company Ed-Bytes. I believe that social media, networked learning, sharing and open access resources is the key to developing, supporting and maintaining the health workforce. If you would like to talk to me about this further, please feel free to contact me.

Professional qualifications

1984 - 1985 Salisbury School of Midwifery, Salisbury, UK. Registered Midwife
1980 - 1984 Salisbury School of Nursing, Salisbury, UK. Registered General Nurse

Professional Registration

New Zealand
Midwife - not current at the moment
Nurse - current practising certificate

Australia
Midwife - registered and current in Australia
Nurse - not current at the moment

UK
Midwife and nurse - registered but not current

Academic Qualifications

January 2011 EdD student, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
December 2009 Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.
1998 – 2002 Masters of Arts (Midwifery) Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
1994 - 1997 Bsc Health Studies (Hons) South Bank University, London, UK.
1992 - 1994 King Alfred's College, Winchester, UK. Diploma of Professional Studies in Midwifery.

Professional Development

2011 16 out of 40 credits Mata a Ao Maori Certificate, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.
2011 Writing for publication (100 learning hours), Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin

Personal reflections

To get a sense of who I am and my personal reflections, I would send you to look at my blog. I keep all my reflections and records of my activities on my blog as I go along, and then link some of the reflections back to this ePortfolio.

Personal interests

My personal interests revolve mostly around spending time with my family, and the Internet. I am also on a get-fit campaign and thinking about how I can celebrate my 50th birthday later this year. I am addicted to reading trashy historical romance novels and buying them on 'TradeMe', which is an online auction site like eBay. My dream is to be on a virtual TV program like 'Trading Spouses' - I'd be the untidy, scatty wife!