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Influence and integrity in perinatal research to improve the health of mothers and babies

Chris is a midwife with extensive clinical and research experience. Her PhD involved the design, conduct, analysis and publication of a multicenter randomised controlled trial of fetal pulse oximetry in labour. Her numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals reflect her influence and integrity in improving and evaluating perinatal care. She is an investigator on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth; currently holds two NHMRC project grants; and held an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship from 2012 to 2015. Chris is also an editor with the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and PlosONE. Her experience provided a unique platform for merging academia and clinical leadership through her joint appointment with Monash University and Monash Health.

From February 2018, Chris continues with her research, editorial and clinical review interests in a freelancing capacity.

Research areas

  • Stillbirth
  • Systematic reviews of evidence
  • Fetal welfare assessment during pregnancy and labour
  • Health services management

Professional affiliations

  • Monash University, School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Director of Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, to Jan 2017
  • Monash Health, executive, senior management
  • University of Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Research Committee, to 2015 (dsbanded)
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, President 2010-2012, Past President 2012-2014
  • International Stillbirth Alliance, Board Member to 2016
  • Editor, Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Cochrane Collaboration
  • Manuscript reviewer for peer-reviewed journals
  • Grant reviewer, NHMRC grant review panel member

Research area keywords

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Perinatal
  • Stilbirth

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Research Output

Implementing innovative evidence-based perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background

Willey, S. M., Gibson-Helm, M. E., Finch, T. L., East, C. E., Khan, N. N., Boyd, L. M. & Boyle, J. A., 8 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Women and Birth. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Improving mental health in pregnancy for refugee women: Protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a screening program in Melbourne, Australia

Boyle, J. A., Willey, S., Blackmore, R., East, C., McBride, J., Gray, K., Melvin, G., Fradkin, R., Ball, N., Highet, N. & Gibson-Helm, M., Aug 2019, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 8, 8, 11 p., e13271.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Normal foetal kidney volume in offspring of women treated for gestational diabetes

Hokke, S., De Zoysa, N., Carr, B. L., Abruzzo, V., Coombs, P. R., Allan, C. A., East, C., Ingelfinger, J., Puelles, V. G., Black, M. J., Ryan, D., Armitage, J. A., Wallace, E. M., Bertram, J. F. & Cullen-McEwen, L. A., Oct 2019, In : Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. 2, 4, 9 p., e00091.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Proactive Peer (Mother-to-Mother) Breastfeeding Support by Telephone (Ringing up About Breastfeeding Early [RUBY]): A Multicentre, Unblinded, Randomised Controlled Trial

Forster, D. A., McLardie-Hore, F. E., McLachlan, H. L., Davey, M-A., Grimes, H. A., Dennis, C. L., Mortensen, K., Moorhead, A. M., Tawia, S., Gold, L., Shafiei, T., Small, R., East, C. E. & Amir, L. H., 1 Feb 2019, In : EClinicalMedicine. 8, p. 20-28 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Support during pregnancy for women at increased risk of low birthweight babies

East, C. E., Biro, M. A., Fredericks, S. & Lau, R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2019, 4, 92 p., CD000198.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Midwifery and medical students’ knowledge, self-efficacy and satisfaction following simulation of inter-professional management of primary postpartum haemorrhage

Gayle McLelland (Recipient), Helen Hall (Recipient), Virginia Margaret Plummer (Recipient), Samantha Jane Dix (Recipient), Anne Therese Tremayne (Recipient), Arunaz Kumar (Recipient), Christine East (Recipient), B Carr (Recipient), Heather Buttigieg (Recipient) & Shakyalal Vidhura Fernando (Recipient), 7 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

National Institute for Health Research (Publisher)

Christine East (Peer reviewer)
19 Aug 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Journal)

Christine East (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility