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Assoc Prof Philippa Middleton

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BSc(Hons), GradDipLibSt, MPH, PhD, PHAA


Associate Professor Philippa Middleton holds an NHMRC fellowship and is an affiliate with the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Philippa is a perinatal epidemiologist and implementation scientist with particular research interests in preterm birth, nutrition, stillbirth and diabetes in pregnancy. Her ‘tools of trade’ are randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, research synthesis (quantitative and qualitative), guidelines, research reporting standards and translating research evidence into policy and practice.

Since 2005, she has held continuous national and international research funding in perinatal health and in research methodologies, totalling >$9M in the last 5 years. In addition to her NHMRC Fellowship, she is or has been a CI on seven NHMRC project grants, as well as attracting funding from other local and international bodies.

Philippa is involved in several Aboriginal health partnerships and works with the Cochrane Collaboration in multiple roles, including being an editor with Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and leading their Australian and New Zealand satellite. She is also an academic editor with PLoSMED, a member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s policy, stillbirth and IMPACT committees, the NHMRC Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence Committee and the Expert Advisory Committee for NHMRC’s antenatal care guidelines.

She has published widely and has over 250 publications, with >15,000 Google Scholar citations. These include three Lancet papers on preventing stillbirth.

Selected recent publications

Lassi Z, Middleton P, Crowther C, Bhutta Z. Strategies for improving health care seeking for maternal and newborn illnesses in low and middle income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Global Health Action 2016 (accepted April 2016).

Shepherd E, Makrides M, Middleton P, Crowther CA, McIntyre SJ, Badawi N. Antenatal and intrapartum interventions for preventing cerebral palsy: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 2.

Brown A, Middleton PF, Fereday JA, Pincombe JI. Cultural safety and midwifery care for Aboriginal women - a phenomenological study. Women and Birth 2016;29(2):196-202.

Flenady V, Wojcieszek AM, Middleton P, Ellwood D, Erwich JJ, et al. Stillbirths: Recall to action in high-income countries. Lancet 2016;387(10019):691-702.

Bain E, Bubner T, Ashwood P, Van Ryswyk E, Simmonds L, Reid S, Middleton P, Crowther CA. Barriers and enablers to implementing antenatal magnesium sulphate for fetal neuroprotection guidelines: a study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015,15:176.

Bain E, Crane M,Tieu J, Han S, Crowther CA, Middleton P. Diet and exercise interventions for preventing gestational diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2015, Issue 4.

Van Ryswyk EM, Middleton PF, Hague WM, Crowther CA. Postpartum SMS reminders to women who have experienced gestational diabetes to test for Type 2 diabetes: the DIAMIND randomized trial. Diabet Med.2015;32(10):1368-76.

McDonald SJ, Middleton PF, Dowswell T, Morris PS. Cochrane in context: Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping in term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes. Evidence‐Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal 2014;9(2):347-9.

Middleton P, Crowther CA. Reminder systems for women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus to increase uptake of testing for type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 3

Crowther CA, Brown J, McKinlay CJD, Middleton P. Magnesium sulphate for preventing preterm birth in threatened preterm labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 8.

Netting MJ, Middleton PF, Makrides M. Does maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation affect allergy outcomes in their offspring? A systematic review of food based approaches. Nutrition 2014;30(11-12):1225-41.

Bain E,Middleton P, Yelland L, Ashwood P, Crowther C. Maternal adverse effects with different loading infusion rates of antenatal magnesium sulphate for preterm fetal neuroprotection: the IRIS randomised trial. BJOG 2014;121(5):595-603.

Crowther CA, Middleton PF, Bain E, Ashwood P, Bubner T, Flenady V, Morris J, McIntyre S; WISH Project Team. Working to improve survival and health for babies born very preterm: the WISH project protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013;13(1):239.

Middleton PF. Gestational diabetes: higher animal protein intake during pregnancy is associated with increased risk, and higher vegetable protein intake with decreased risk: commentary. Evid Based Nurs 2014;17(3):75.

Bain ES, Middleton PF, Crowther CA. Maternal adverse effects of different antenatal magnesium sulphate regimens for improving maternal and infant outcomes: a systematic review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013, 13:195.

Crowther CA, Harding JE, Middleton PF, Andersen CC, Ashwood P, Robinson JS; A*STEROID Study Group. Australasian randomised trial to evaluate the role of maternal intramuscular dexamethasone versus betamethasone prior to preterm birth to increase survival free of childhood neurosensory disability (A*STEROID): study protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2013;13:104.

Bain E, Goodchild L, Lontis R, McIntyre S, Ashwood P, Bubner T, Middleton P, Crowther C. Magnesium sulphate for the prevention of cerebral palsy in Australia and New Zealand. Australian Nursing Journal 2013;21(1):34-7.

Han S, Crowther CA, Middleton P, Heatley E. Different types of dietary advice for women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3.

Austin MP, Middleton P, Reilly NM, Highet NJ. Detection and management of mood disorders in the maternity setting: The Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines. Women Birth. 2013 26 (1): 2-9.

Middleton P, Makrides M, Collins C, Rumbold A, Zhou J, Crowther C, Flenady V.Review: Nutritional requirements and dietary advice targeted for pregnant and breastfeeding women.Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council, 2012.

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