Kate Levett
University of Notre Dame, Australia

Kate Levett is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney School of Medicine, and an adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University. She has recently received an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, leading a collaboration of investigators in a large prospective meta-analysis of independent childbirth education and its effect on maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Kate completed her PhD at NICM, Western Sydney University, and has a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Sydney, and an undergraduate degree in Education, specialising in Health Education, and Health Sciences (Acupuncture) at the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, Brisbane.

She specialises in complementary therapies for pain relief in labour, and Kate completed her PhD investigating the use and cost effectiveness of complementary therapies (including acupressure, massage, yoga and breathing techniques) for pain relief in labour.

Kate is a practitioner and researcher of Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture, with over 20 years’ experience as an acupuncturist, researcher, birth educator and teacher. She is a consultant for independent childbirth education programs in Australia and internationally, and is a research advisor with Lamaze International and the Obstetric Acupuncture Association in Canada.