Renae Coleman is a proud Darug woman from the Boorooberongal Nation, and a mum to three boys. She is a Registered Midwife with experience of working across the full spectrum of midwifery, and is a keen midwifery activist.
Renae is currently working at Western Sydney University as an Associate Lecturer in Midwifery, while also supporting First Nations students and the school in her role as First Nations Liaison. She has a keen interest in supporting students in order to build and strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce. Her work also centres around improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and newborn health through developing and evaluating sustainable, culturally safe models of care.
Renae is completing her Honours at Western Sydney University, looking at the experiences of First Nations Bachelor of Midwifery students and exploring ways to strengthen and facilitate positive experiences and course completion. She serves on the Board of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund as a Director, Treasurer, and Social Media Lead.
As an Honorary Advisor to the ACM Midwifery History Project, Renae continues to review our website and provide valuable advice on cultural safety in terms of design and content. This is a major contribution to our attempts at ensuring that the diverse cultural stories, practices and history of First Nations people are accurate and well represented, with First Nations people telling their own stories in their own voices where possible.