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
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 59+ research outputs authored by Prof Cate Nagle from 2000 onwards.


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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)
  • Building a Simulation Model to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Does Nurse led HOUDINI Protocal for early Removal of Indwelling urinary Catheters Reduce Incidence of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections? (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • An Evaluation of Best Practice in the Pain Management of Palliative Care Patients who present to Emergency Department: A Mixed Methods Study (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring assertive communication skills training for midwives in Australia (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Australian Nurses' and Midwives' Perspective during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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