Cate Nagle has a co-joint appointment as the Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University and the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. She is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research and the Academic Lead (Research) for Nursing and Midwifery. An experienced nurse and midwife, Cate also has postgraduate qualifications in Diabetes Education and Public Health.

Cate’s research program has a focus on improving quality and safety of care with themes of public health midwifery, improving the woman’s/patient’s experience of care, facilitating informed decision making and communicating risk.

 Cate co- led the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Development of Midwife standards for practice in Australia. She has contributed to policy development for midwifery and maternity services at both state and federal government levels.

Cate currently supervises 8 (3 external) HDR students and she has received  $3M in external research funding as chief investigator/mentor. Current projects include:

           Promoting physiological birth

           An Immersive Sensory Experience during Childbirth: A proof of concept Study

           Best parctice in the use of iEMR in maternity care environments

           Improving recognition and response to clinical deterioration in maternity care

           Evalutaion of a decison aid app for prenatal  testing of fetal abnormalities       

           Understanding the effects of low to moderate alcohol use in pregnancy

           Decreasing the incidence of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH)

           Understanding teenagers’ experience of pregnancy care

           Increasing breastfeeding rates in overweight and obese women 


  • Public Health
  • Midwifery
  • Improving maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes
  • Improving women's experience of care
  • 2017 to present - Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University and Townsville Hospital and Health service (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2017 to present - Honorary Professor, Deakin University (Geelong, Australia)
  • 2014 to present - Midwife (Hon), NHS Plymouth Hospitals Trust (UK)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Associate Professor, Deakin University (Geelong, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Senior Research Fellow, Western Health (St Albans, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Acting Chair of Nursing, Deakin University-Western Health (St Albans, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2015 - Course Director Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing, Deakin University (Geelong, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, Deakin University (Geelong, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Postgraduate Course Co-ordinator Primary Care Nursing (P/T), The University of Melbourne (Parkville, Australia)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Midwifery Consultant (P/T), Royal Women's Hospital (Carlton, Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • 2020 - Best Poster (Nursing and Midwifery research), Barwon Health and Deakin University Research Symposium, 3 June 2020. "Organisational interventions to reduce non-medically indicated caesarean section rates: a systematic review and meta-analyses"
  • 2019 - Staff Excellence Awards 2019 Finalist Townsville Hospital and Health Service Pepper (Social Humanoid Robot) Study Team
  • 2018 - Research Award, Ballarat Health Services, Victoria Project Primip - Improving care in labour for primiparous women at a large regional hospital
  • 2020 - Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee James Cook University

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 86+ research outputs authored by Prof Cate Nagle from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Health Research Alliance - Women's Health Research Translation Network (WHRTN)

Social influences on mothers? ratings of maternal-fetal attachment

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
This project will use an ecological momentary assessment design to examine connections between maternal mental health, social support, and maternal-fetal attachment/bond.
Sam Teague, James Dimmock and Cate Nagle (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Maternal; Attachment; Ecolofical Momentary Assessment; Mental Health; Bonding; Microlongtudinal

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Immersive virtual reality in a northern Queensland haemodialysis unit: A cross-over randomised controlled feasibility trial.

Indicative Funding
$18,000 over 2 years (administered by Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
This study will explore the feasibility and acceptability of an immersive VR experience for patients attending a north Queensland haemodialysis service and provide information to inform a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Over the 4 week intervention period, participants will be offered a headset with vision of the local natural environment and with audio. Outcomes will be measured by participants: acceptability and usability of VR; attendance at scheduled dialysis sessions and adherence to lifestyle modifications; wellbeing, anxiety and depression; adverse events such as nausea. The feasibility and acceptability of the equipment from the clinicians? perspectives will also be explored.
Wendy Smyth, Cate Nagle, Joleen McArdle, John Body-Dempsey, Valli Manickam, Anne Swinbourne, Ickjai Lee and Jason Holdsworth (Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Healthcare Sciences and College of Science & Engineering)
Virtual reality; Haemodialysis; Distraction Therapy

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Assistance Scheme

Use of telemedicine to improve access to medical termination of pregnancy services in Cape York: an pilot implementation study.

Indicative Funding
$36,810 over 1 year
Despite estimates that one in four Australian women will have an induced abortion during their reproductive life, access to safe abortion care is limited, particularly for women living in rural and remote settings. The use of telehealth to deliver medical termination of pregnancy services into health facilities where there is no registered provider has been successful in other countries, but has not been attempted in Australia. This project will evaluate the implementation of a medical termination of pregnancy service delivered via telehealth into Cape York health facilities.
Sandra Downing, Cate Nagle, Darren Russell, Kim Veiwasenavanua and Caroline de Costa (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Telemedicine; Medical pregnancy termination

Queensland Health - Contract Research

Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health and Department of Education) Certified Agreement (EB10) 2018 (Nurses and Midwives EB10): Midwifery research.

Indicative Funding
$73,294 over 1 year
A multi-method descriptive exploratory project that aims to define the role and scope of contemporary midwifery practice in Queensland and describe the domains of midwifery practice and the descriptors of each domain. The project includes three phases:1) an integrative review of the literature; 2) interviews and focus groups with midwives; and 3) a Delphi study.
Cate Nagle, Karen Yates and Marie McAuliffe in collaboration with Lesley Brown and Misha Byrne (College of Healthcare Sciences, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and Strategic Momentum Group)
Midwifery Practice; Standards of Practice; Scope of Practice; Queensland Health; Practice setting; Delphi Study

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A Phenomenological Study; Women's experience of Pregnancy and or Birthing at the time of a Breast Cancer diagnosis in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Strategies to improve Health Literacy among Indigenous Australians in North West Queendland: A mixed method study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Empowering birth: A Holistic approach to enhancing Maternity Care and preventing Birth Trauma (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An exploration of clinicians’ perceptions, experiences, and perceived barriers and challenges to providing termination of pregnancy care in North Queensland public hospitals (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Delirium assessment in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Far North Queensland: understanding, relevance and propiety of current Practice (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Exploring assertive communication skills training for midwives in Australia (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Does Nurse led HOUDINI Protocal for early Removal of Indwelling urinary Catheters Reduce Incidence of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections? (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Understanding the Assessment of Midwifery Students' Competence to provide Woman-centred Care (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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