JDMRC role and function

The Joan Donley Midwifery Research Collaboration (JDMRC):

  • Provides liaison between the various pre-registration and post-registration midwifery education institutions to maintain an active and up-to-date database of midwifery student research activities
  • Develops and maintains a national database of completed midwifery research in New Zealand
  • Promotes collaboration and facilitates liaison between midwifery researchers
  • Promotes and facilitates collaborative multi-disciplinary research projects between midwives and other organisations such as consumers, healthcare service providers and educational institutions
  • Encourages researchers to acknowledge any support received from the JDMRC
  • Encourages educational institutions and DHBs to recognise the benefit of collaboration with the JDMRC and consider ways to formalise this collaborative relationship
  • Develops and maintains a database of midwives qualified to supervise research and examine research at postgraduate level
  • Provides advice to the College on research matters
  • Provides advice to midwife researchers on research issues and preparation of reports for publication in the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal
  • Develops and updates JDMRC page on the College website
  • Develops resources for midwife researchers in relation to sources of research funding
  • In collaboration with the College, runs a biennial National Research Forum on the alternative year to the College. This forum is to support and promote postgraduate midwifery researchers, to develop expertise, to support a research culture in DHBs and to provide a forum for developing robust research.
  • In collaboration with the College continues development of the midwifery reference library as a resource for midwives
  • Identifies research needs for midwifery and maternity in New Zealand and encourages researchers to undertake projects to address these needs
  • Advises on, or manages, the College research grants
  • Employs researchers and undertakes research projects on behalf of the College
  • Makes funding applications
  • Undertakes contract work in relation to research or audit projects for other agencies
  • Facilitates collaborative international midwifery research
  • Collaborates with DHBs on research directions/activities

In the long term the JDMRC aims to become a recognised focus for midwifery research in New Zealand.