Allison Cummins is a high-profile academic who is passionate about education and research. Allison is Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Newcastle; in her role as Discipline Lead in Midwifery she has implemented a new, innovative curriculum and increased the visibility of the profession of midwifery.
Allison has built a body of research around midwifery models of care and graduate transitions. Her reputation in this area has led to international research opportunities attracting funding and invited keynote addresses. Her current projects focus on the experience of women during the pandemic based on models of maternity care, outcomes for women with anxiety and depression who receive midwifery continuity of care, and evaluating innovative midwifery models of care known as midwifery antenatal and postnatal services (MAPS.) Allison has over 30 publications including peer reviewed high ranking journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited two books.
Allison is an elected Midwifery Director on the Board for the Australian College of Midwives, the peak professional body for midwives. Internationally, Allison is a member of the Trans-Tasman Midwifery Education Consortium and the Quality Maternal Newborn Care Alliance. Allison is an Associate Editor of the midwifery journal Women and Birth International (WOMBI) that publishes relevant research on all matters that affect women and birth. WOMBI is ranked the number 1 midwifery journal in the world and the 10th for nursing and midwifery.