Kate Levett

Kate LevettDr Kate Levett is a research specialist, with over 15 years' experience in public health research, education, clinical trials, epidemiology and management. She has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research application and education, with awarded presentation and public speaking skills, and publications in high quality peer reviewed journals.

In her role as a NICM adjunct fellow, Kate focuses on research that promotes maternal and reproductive health.  She graduated in April 2016, with a PhD from Western Sydney University. Her research project at NICM evaluated the effectiveness of evidence based complementary medicine techniques to reduce pharmacological pain relief during labour and childbirth.

Kate lectured at the Western Sydney University's School of Science and Health on  research and evidence based practice during 2011-2015, and recently co-supervised Master of Counselling students at the University of Notre Dame. She currently is a research fellow in the School of Medicine Sydney, at the University of Notre Dame.

Kate started her research career in the cardiology departments at the Westmead Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, which lead to managing clinical trials at the perinatal research unit at the Sydney University's Northern Clinical School.

Publications

2015

Levett K, Smith CA, Bensoussan A, Dahlen H, Schmied V. The complete birth study: Complementary therapies for labour and birth: Can we reduce epidural rates in first time mothers? Super Midwives - Making a Difference, Australian College of Midwives, 19th Biennial Conference; 5-8 October, 2015; Gold Coast, Australia. Women and Birth: 28, S27; 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.092

2014

Levett K, Smith C, Dahlen H, Bensoussan A. Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: A critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence. Complem Ther Med. 2014 22;22(3):523–40. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.011.

Levett K, Roberts C, Simpson J, Morris J. Site specific predictors of successful recruitment to a perinatal clinical trial. Clin Trials. 2014 DOI: 10.1177/1740774514543539.

2012

Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT, Jones L. Massage, reflexology and other manual methods for pain management in labour. Cochrane DB Syst Rev. 2012; 2: Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009290.pub2/pdf/standard. (opens in a new window)

2011

Smith C, Levett K, Collins C, Crowther C. Relaxation techniques for pain management in labour. Cochrane DB Syst Rev. 2011(12). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009514.

Smith CA, Collins CT, Crowther CA, Levett KM. Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour Cochrane DB Syst Rev. 2011(7). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232.

2010

Buchanan SL, Crowther CA, Levett KM, Middleton P, Morris J. Planned early birth versus expectant management for women with preterm prelabour rupture of membranes prior to 37 weeks' gestation for improving pregnancy outcome. Cochrane DB Syst Rev. 2010;2010(3). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004735.pub3.

Conference Presentations

2015

Levett K, Smith CA, Dahlen H, Bensousan A. The complete birth study (Poster). Normal Birth Conference; 15th, 16th & 17th June 2015 The Grange Hotel Conference Centre, Grange Over Sands, Lake District, UK 2015.

2014

Levett K, Smith C, Dahlen H, Bensoussan A. The Complete Birth Study: Complementary therapies for labour and birth: Can we reduce epidural rates in first time mothers? Results from a recent mixed methods study. . Normal Labour and Birth Conference 10-13 October 2014; Armação de Búzios. Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014.

Levett KM, Smith CA, Dahlen HG, Bensoussan A. Complementary therapies for labour and birth: Results from a mixed methods study. PSANZ Annual Conference 2014; Perth, Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 50 (Suppl. 1), 1–39: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2014. p. 1-39.

2013

Levett K, Smith C, Dahlen H, Bensoussan A. Complementary therapies for labour and birth: How is acupressure used in the birthing environment? (Oral presentation). World Federation of Acupuncture Society Sydney, Australia 2013.

2012

Levett K, Smith C, Dahlen H, Bensoussan A. Pain management in labour. A time to reconsider methodological approaches to the evaluation of complementary medicines to assist with management of pain in labour (Oral presentation). FAOPS & PSANZ Collaboration in Perinatal Care (Annual Conference) 18-20 March 2012; Sydney, Australia: Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand; 2012.