Professor Caroline Homer AO

Burnet Executive Team; Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Working Group Head


Professor Caroline Homer AO is the leading midwifery researcher in Australia and has an international reputation as a scholar and leader in maternal and newborn health care and service delivery. She obtained her PhD in 2001 and since then has led research and development projects in Australia and internationally especially in relation to health services delivery, reproductive, maternal and newborn care, human resources for health workforce development and midwifery education. She has more than 30 years of experience in the sector – as a clinician, educator, researcher and leader.

Listen to Professor Homer on Episode 6 of our How Science Matters podcast


  • Chair: NHMRC Council (2021-2023), Member (2018-2021) Ministerial appointment.
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Medical Research Advisory Committee (AMRAB) for the Medical Research Future Fund (2021-2023)
  • Inaugural Chair, WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition (2020-2022) - appointed by the WHO Director General.
  • Member: WHO’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (2020-2022).
  • Co-Chair, Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing National Expert Advisory Executive, Development of National Pregnancy Guidelines (2008-current)


  • 2018: Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Co-Head, Global Women’s and Newborn Health Working Group, Burnet Institute

Visiting Professorial roles - University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne, Australia - Cardiff University Wales, UK - King’s College London, UK


  • 2008: MMedSc (Clin Epi), University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2001: PhD, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • 1997: MNurs, University of Technology Sydney, Australia


  • 2022: Honorary Fellowship, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • 2019: Women’s Hospitals Australasia – Medal of Distinction
  • 2017: Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Awards
  • 2013: Australian College of Midwives’ Inaugural Writing Prize named the Caroline Homer Writing Prize in acknowledgement of contribution to academic writing and publication on the midwifery profession.
  • 2013: Awarded Life Membership of Australian College of Midwives (NSW Branch).
  • 2012: UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2012 - Faculty of Health.
  • 2011: Winner: Researcher Development (including Supervision) Award. UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence.

Projects (22)

Current (22)

  • Antenatal and postnatal care remote contacts guidance

  • COVID-19 Journey Project

  • Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings

  • Experiences of receiving or providing maternity care during CoVID-19 pandemic: The CovMat Study

  • Global Monitoring Platform for Maternal and Newborn Health

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • HMHB: Quality of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Health Services Study

  • Implementing the WHO Labour Care Guide to reduce the use of Caesarean section in four hospitals in India

  • Living guidelines in maternal and perinatal health

  • Mapping of COVID-19-related pregnancy and perinatal research in Australia

  • Midwifery Faculty Development Program

  • National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

  • Optimising Quarantine Study

  • Review of Midwifery Curricula Timor-Leste

  • SCOOP: Strengthening COVID-19 Communication in Pregnancy

  • Strengthen Emergency Obstetric Newborn Care (EmONC) training through a Master Train-the-Trainer Program

  • The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Family Life Education

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Strengthening Health Management Information Systems

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Strengthening Midwifery Education

  • VOICE - Victorian Online Initiative for Community Engagement

  • WHO recommendations on antenatal corticosteroids and tocolytics for improving preterm birth outcomes

Publications (152)

2023 (14)

2022 (29)

2021 (34)

2020 (36)

2019 (16)

2018 (21)

2017 (1)

2012 (1)

News Articles (49)

2023 (4)

2022 (6)

2021 (8)

2020 (10)

2019 (12)

2018 (9)