Emeritus Professor Lesley Barclay AO extended her career as a midwife into research into maternity care, particularly for rural, remote, or Indigenous women. Lesley has assisted in developing a research culture in midwifery and child health. Fifteen of the Australian research students she has supervised in the last 15 years have been appointed as professors and three of her international students are now professors in Jordan, the UK, and Canada.
Lesley is interested in finding out more about the early history of midwifery, particularly in Victoria, as she believes her paternal grandmother’s mother was one of the early midwives trained in Manchester in the UK who came to Australia and worked on the Ballarat goldfields. As one of the early founders ofACM, she is also keen to contribute to recording the history of ACM.
Lesley was awarded an AO in 2004 in recognition of her contribution to professional and international development and child health. She is one of the very few Distinguished Fellows of the Australian College of Midwives and one of the few foreign women designated a Samoan Chief; recognising 20 years of work with colleagues in that country.