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Liz James

Team Manager, Midwifery

Liz JamesQualifications

  • RN, Christchurch Polytechnic, 1981
  • R M, Waikato Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLibS), University of Waikato, 2005​
  • Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education (CATE), Waikato Institute of Technology, 2008​​
  • Master of Education, University of Waikato (First Class Honours), 2011

Areas of Expertise

  • Coordination of Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Development of short courses for midwives
  • Quality improvement including audit processes
  • Provision of teaching sessions to midwifery students

Industry Experience, Affiliation and Achievements

​​​Liz has worked as a midwife since 1984, initially in hospital settings and as a domiciliary midwife and then as a LMC midwife in the community. Liz has also worked in nursing roles within Operating Theatre and as a Plunket Nurse. She has worked in midwifery education since 2007, initially teaching and then as team manager. She continues to do a small amount of teaching within the Bachelor of Midwifery programme, but also with short courses for midwives. These include emergency workshops and professional boundaries workshops.

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Current research interests include a descriptive study of primary birth units in the Waikato region, and development of PhD proposal exploring how midwives understand professional boundaries within an intimate relationship.
  • Roodt, C. & James, L. (September 2014) Growing midwifery leaders. Presentation at New Zealand College of Midwives Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • James, L., & Keelan, K. (2013, September). Maori midwifery student retention - beyond the numbers. Paper presented at Joan Donley Research Forum, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • James, L. (2013) Nurturing the next generation: Midwives’ experiences when working with third year midwifery students in New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives, Journal 47, 14-17.
  • Miskelly, P., Roodt, C., & James, L. (2013) Leadership enabling midwives (LEM) programme survey. Final report – November 2013. Project Report. (Unpublished)
  • James, Liz (2012, October) Growing the next generation: Developing strong midwifery students. Paper presented at the 7th International Research Conference: Normal Labour and Birth: Learning from each other, 26-28 October, 2012, Hangzhou, China.
  • Co-facilitated short course: Leadership Enabling for Midwives (with Corli Roodt, Waikato DHB). Feb – July 2012
  • James, L. (2011, August). Experiences of midwives working with third year midwifery students. Paper presented at the New Zealand College of Midwives, 5th Biennial Joan Donley Research Forum, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
  • James, L. (2011, June). Intrepid journey- using blended delivery in midwifery education. Paper presented at the International Confederation of Midwives, Durban, South Africa
  • Hermann, F., Milne, T., & James, L. (2010, September) Metamorphosis: Becoming a midwifery educator in the age of technology. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial National Conference: New Zealand College of Midwives Conference: Strengthening Midwifery... Strengthening Families, Rotorua, NZ.
  • James, L. (2010). Midwives’ experiences when working with third year midwifery students (Master’s thesis). Available from University of Waikato Research Commons database. (Identifier
  • James, L. (2010). Why reflective writing? Birthspirit Midwifery Journal 5 pp. 23-26.