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


  • NS5134: Challenges to Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum (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; Queensland State Committee Member
  • 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 present - 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)
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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 18+ 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.

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Disaster Risk Reduction: Building Community Resilience through Health Student Support in Shelters (HSSS)

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Cyclone prone regions necessitate the need for robust preparatory plans and disaster risk mitigation policies. Cairns has two emergency shelters that offer public safety during a cyclone event. Currently manned by city council workers, we proffer that health students could offer valuable assistance.
Caryn West, Andrea Grimes, Karen Yates, Vanessa Sparke, Sandra Downing and Ben Ryan (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Queensland Health)
disaster; Resilience; student nurses; evacuation shelters

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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.

  • Midwife, Nurse or Both, the Development of a Professional Identity by Double Degree Graduates: A Narrative Inquiry (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • 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)
  • Analyzing the Integration of Nursing Informatics in Nursing Education at a selected University in Queensland/Australia: Participatory Action Research (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Birthing in Remote Queensland: A case study approach Investigating the Experiences of Registered Nurses (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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