Dr Karen Yates is a registered nurse and registered midwife, with a strong interest and background in midwifery clinical care, education and maternity service provision.

Dr Yates has worked in both private and public clinical settings and in both regional and rural facilities. Karen has worked for James Cook University on a sessional basis since 2000 and commenced a permanent position as Lecturer in 2012.  Research interests include new graduate nurse and midwife workforce, rural health, maternity models of care and technology in learning and teaching

Current roles include:

Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building

Associate Dean Research Education, College of Healthcare Sciences


  • NS2220: Specialisation Project (Level 2; TSV)
  • NS5134: Challenges to Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5201: Research Design: Theory and Application (Level 5; TSV)
  • RM8301: Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8302: Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • Member Australian College of Midwives
  • Member Australian College of Nursing
  • Qualitative methodologies. Maternity service provision and midwifery workforce. Rural midwifery and nursing. Health workforce. Technology in teaching and learning
  • 2016 to present - Associate Dean Research Education, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2015 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2014 to present - Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre, James Cook University (Cairns, Qld)
  • 2014 to 2018 - Deputy Academic Head Nursing & Midwifery, James Cook University (Cairns, Qld)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Nursing & Midwifery Director, Cairns Base Hospital (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Regional Maternity Services Coordinator, Cairns Base Hospital (Cairns)
  • 1999 to 2006 - Clinical Midwife, Cairns Base Hospital (Cairns)

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 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Karen Yates from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Queensland Health - Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowship

Developing a consumer influenced model of accessibility to maternity services

Indicative Funding
$119,190 over 3 years
This project aims to develop a consumer influenced model of accessibility to maternity services utilising geographic information systems and consumer survey data. The model will include the physical accessibility of services, service availability, and the acceptability of the service to the population. This project will modify an existing spatial model that determines accessibility based on physical accessibility and service availability using consumer survey data that will reflect the acceptability of service. The model will be applied to Far North Queensland, an area with a high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and many rural and remote localities.
Karen Yates, Caryn West, Geoffrey Clark and Catherine Smith in collaboration with Christopher Rouen (College of Healthcare Sciences and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
Maternity Services; Geographic Information System; Healthcare accessibility; Rural And Remote Health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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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 , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Analysing the integration of nursing informatics into undergraduate nursing curricula: A holistic multiple case study (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Birthing in Remote Queensland: A case study approach Investigating the Experiences of Registered Nurses (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • How is Health Information Technology changing Nurses' Social Practices when Caring for Patients? (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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