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Health Science staff profile


Dr Pauline Dawson

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
QualificationsPhD MMid RM
Research summaryMaternal health equity, social determinants of health, health geography, rural maternity care
  • Convener of ALM4 Pregnancy Longcase
  • Have taught at many levels within DSM including convening ALM6 / trainee intern year and ELM3 integrated cases
  • Interest in interprofessional learning and rural health education
  • New Zealand College of Midwives
  • Perinatal Society of New Zealand
  • Public Health Association of New Zealand
ClinicalI maintain my clinical practice by working as a core midwife, in the community and locum work


Pauline is a practising midwife whose aim is to improve outcomes and experiences for families through their childbearing journey. She centres equity in all her work.

Her PhD examined the barriers to equitable maternal health in Aotearoa and her master's thesis looked at birth place choices made in the Southern DHB, particularly by those in rural areas.

Pauline has experience in large data set analysis and inferential modelling and is committed to data sovereignty principles and ethics. She also has experience in Foucauldian analysis of healthcare and data.

Alongside teaching and research, Pauline is a research analyst for the NZ Mortality Review Data Group specialising in perinatal and maternal mortality.


Pugh, M., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., Dawson, P., & Duncanson, M. (2023). Health outcomes of children in state care in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpc.16409

Dawson, P., Auvray, B., Jaye, C., Gauld, R., & Hay-Smith, J. (2022). Social determinants and inequitable maternal and perinatal outcomes in Aoteaoroa New Zealand. Women's Health, 18. doi: 10.1177/17455065221075913

Dawson, P., Hay-Smith, J., Jaye, C., Gauld, R., & Auvray, B. (2021). Do maternity services in New Zealand's public healthcare system deliver on equity? Findings from structural equation modelling of national maternal satisfaction survey data. Midwifery, 95, 102936. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.102936

Dawson, P., Jaye, C., Gauld, R., & Hay-Smith, J. (2019). Barriers to equitable maternal health in Aotearoa New Zealand: An integrative review. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18, 168. doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-1070-7

Tarnow-Mordi, W., Morris, J., Kirby, A., Robledo, K., Askie, L., Brown, R., … Gullam, J., … for the Australian Placental Transfusion Study Collaborative Group, including Austin, N., Broadbent, R., Stitely, M., & Dawson, P. (2017). Delayed versus immediate cord clamping in preterm infants. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 2445-2455. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1711281