Professor Caroline Homer AO

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


Professor Caroline Homer AO is a 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 25 years of experience in the sector – as a clinician, educator, researcher and leader.


  • 2017-2020: Member, World Health Organization (WHO) Maternal and Perinatal Health Executive Guideline Development Group
  • 2008-current: Co-Chair, Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing National Expert Advisory Executive, Development of National Pregnancy Guidelines
  • 2012-current: Member, National Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Advisory Group, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


  • 2018: Co-Program Director, Maternal and Child Health; Working Group Head, Burnet Institute

Visiting Professorial roles: - University of Technology Sydney, Australia - Cardiff University Wales, UK - King’s College London, UK

Honorary Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory


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


  • 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 (5)

Current (5)

  • COVID-19 Journey Project

  • Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

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

  • Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future

Publications (55)

2020 (17)

2019 (16)

2018 (21)

2017 (1)

News Articles (25)

2020 (4)

2019 (12)

2018 (9)