Doctor Rakime Elmir

Doctor Rakime Elmir

Senior Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Rakime Elmir is a Senior lecturer and Deputy Director of Clinical Education Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Rakime has experience as a clinical midwife and educator across a number maternity settings in a large teaching Hospital. She completed her PhD in 2012 which focused on women's experiences of severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. Rakime has successfully led a number of research projects on birth trauma and the psychosocial impact on mothers, fathers and midwives using qualitative and mixed methods research designs. Rakime also has an interest in clinical learning for nursing and midwifery students and the transition students make to the clinical setting. Rakime was the co-creator of the first national branded Hijab to be introduced at university along with resources to support Mulsim nursing and midwifery students on clinical placement and the clinical practice units at university. Rakime's teaching and learning, research and leadership has received recognition by the Vice Chancellor for Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability, Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning, SONM Excellence in Learning and the 14th Australian Muslim Achievement Awards - professional of the year. 

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • GCCT University of Technology, Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney
  • GradDipMidwif University of Western Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives (2004 - 2015)


  • Birth trauma
  • Fatherhood and birth
  • High risk pregnancy and birth
  • Perinatal mental health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


Phone: (02) 4620 3372
Mobile: 0433244080
Location: 7.G.33

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401001 Primary Health Care in Action, 2014
  • 401005 Human Relationships and Life Transitions, 2016
  • 401009 Health in a Culturally Diverse Community, 2014
  • 401031 Bioscience for Midwifery, 2016
  • 401040 Collaborative Care, 2015


Journal Articles

  • Stulz, V., Elmir, R., Reilly, H. and Francis, L. (2023), 'A pilot study : transitioning into a new graduate midwife : perspectives about a unique student-led practice', Women and Birth, vol 36, no 3 , pp 369 - 377.
  • Mares, M., Salamonson, Y., Maneze, D., Elmir, R. and Everett, B. (2022), 'Development and validation of a scale to measure self-efficacy and self-management in people with coronary heart disease', Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, vol 37, no 4 .
  • Elmir, R. and Schmied, V. (2022), 'A qualitative study of the impact of adverse birth experiences on fathers', Women and Birth, vol 35, no 1 , pp 41 - 48.
  • Gauci, P., Elmir, R., O'Reilly, K. and Peters, K. (2022), 'Women's experiences of workplace gender discrimination in nursing : an integrative review', Collegian, vol 29, no 2 , pp 188 - 200.
  • Gauci, P., Peters, K., O'Reilly, K. and Elmir, R. (2022), 'The experience of workplace gender discrimination for women registered nurses : a qualitative study', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 78, no 6 , pp 1743 - 1754.
  • Everitt, L., Stulz, V., Elmir, R. and Schmied, V. (2022), 'Educational programs and teaching strategies for health professionals responding to women with complex perinatal mental health and psychosocial concerns : a scoping review', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 60 .
  • Burns, E., Triandafilidis, Z., Hargreaves, A., Keedle, H., Hitchick, M., Campbell, O. and Elmir, R. (2022), 'Hospital-based Assistant in Midwifery role for undergraduate midwifery students : a survey exploration', Midwifery, vol 110 .
  • Sheehan, A., Elmir, R., Hammond, A., Schmied, V., Coulton, S., Sorensen, K., Arundell, F., Keedle, H., Dahlen, H. and Burns, E. (2022), 'The midwife-student mentor relationship : creating the virtuous circle', Women and Birth, vol 35, no 5 , pp 512 - 520.
  • Mares, M., Maneze, D., Elmir, R., Salamonson, Y. and Everett, B. (2022), 'Health literacy and self-management in people with coronary heart disease : a systematic review protocol', JBI Evidence Synthesis, vol 20, no 10 , pp 2599 - 2604.
  • Stulz, V., Elmir, R. and Reilly, H. (2020), 'Evaluation of a student-led midwifery group practice : a woman's perspective', Midwifery, vol 86 .
  • Geia, L., Baird, K., Bail, K., Barclay, L., Bennett, J., Best, O., Birks, M., Blackley, L., Blackman, R., Bonner, A., Bryant, R., Buzzacott, C., Campbell, S., Catling, C., Chamberlain, C., Cox, L., Cross, W., Cruickshank, M., Cummins, A., Dahlen, H., Daly, J., Darbyshire, P., Davidson, P., Denny-Wilson, E., De Souza, R., Doyle, K., Drummond, A., Duff, J., Duffield, C., Dunning, T., East, L., Elliott, D., Elmir, R., Fergie, D., Ferguson, C., Fernandez, R., Flower, D., Foureur, M., Fowler, C., Fry, M., Gorman, E., Grant, J., Gray, J., Halcomb, E., Hart, B., Hartz, D., Hazelton, M., Heaton, L., Hickman, L., Homer, C., Hungerford, C., Hutton, A., Jackson, D., Johnson, A., Kelly, M., Kitson, A., Knight, S., Levett-Jones, T., Lindsay, D., Lovett, R., Luck, L., Malloy, L., Manias, E., Mannix, J., Marriott, R., Martin, M., Massey, D., McCloughen, A., McGough, S., McGrath, L., Mills, J., Mitchell, B., Mohamed, J., Montayre, J., Moroney, T., Moyle, W., Moxham, L., Northam, H., Nowlan, S., O'Brien, T., Ogunsiji, O., Patterson, C., Pennington, K., Peters, K., Phillips, J., Power, T., Procter, N., Ramjan, L., Ramsay, N., Rasmussen, B., Rihari-Thomas, J., Rind, B., Robinson, M., Roche, M., Sainsbury, K., Salamonson, Y., Sherwood, J., Shields, L., Sim, J., Skinner, I., Smallwood, G., Smallwood, R., Stewart, L., Taylor, S., Usher, K., Virdun, C., Wannell, J., Ward, R., West, C., West, R., Wilkes, L., Williams, R., Wilson, R., Wynaden, D. and Wynne, R. (2020), 'A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders : ensuring that Black Lives Matter', Contemporary Nurse, vol 56, no 4 , pp 297 - 308.
  • Pangas, J., Ogunsiji, O., Elmir, R., Raman, S., Liamputtong, P., Burns, E., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2019), 'Refugee women's experiences negotiating motherhood and maternity care in a new country : a meta-ethnographic review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 90 , pp 31 - 45.
  • Elmir, R., Ramjan, L., Everett, B. and Salamonson, Y. (2019), 'Nursing students' experiences of repeating units in an undergraduate program : a qualitative study', Nurse Education Today, vol 79 , pp 147 - 152.
  • Fogarty, S., Elmir, R., Hay, P. and Schmied, V. (2018), 'The experience of women with an eating disorder in the perinatal period : a meta-ethnographic study', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 18 .
  • Elmir, R., Pangas, J., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2017), 'A meta-ethnographic synthesis of midwives' and nurses' experiences of adverse labour and birth events', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 26, no 23-24 , pp 4184 - 4200.
  • Elmir, R. and Schmied, V. (2016), 'A meta-ethnographic synthesis of fathers' experiences of complicated births that are potentially traumatic', Midwifery, vol 32 , pp 66 - 74.
  • Elmir, R. (2014), 'Finding meaning in life following emergency postpartum hysterectomy : what doesn't kill us makes us stronger', Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, vol 59, no 5 , pp 510 - 515.
  • Elmir, R., Schmied, V., Wilkes, L. and Jackson, D. (2012), 'Separation, failure and temporary relinquishment : women's experiences of early mothering in the context of emergency hysterectomy', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 21, no 7-8 , pp 1119 - 1127.
  • Elmir, R., Jackson, D., Schmied, V. and Wilkes, L. (2012), ''Less feminine and less a woman' : the impact of unplanned postpartum hysterectomy on women', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 2, no 1 , pp 51 - 60.
  • Elmir, R., Schmied, V., Jackson, D. and Wilkes, L. (2012), 'Between life and death : women's experiences of coming close to death, and surviving a severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy', Midwifery, vol 28, no 2 , pp 228 - 235.
  • Elmir, R., Schmied, V., Jackson, D. and Wilkes, L. (2011), 'Interviewing people about potentially sensitive topics', Nurse Researcher, vol 19, no 1 , pp 12 - 16.
  • Elmir, R., Jackson, D., Beale, B. and Schmied, V. (2010), 'Against all odds : women's experiences of recovery from breast cancer', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 19, no 17-18 , pp 2531 - 2538.
  • Elmir, R., Schmied, V., Wilkes, L. and Jackson, D. (2010), 'Women's perceptions and experiences of traumatic birth : a meta-ethnography', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 66, no 10 , pp 2142 - 2153.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Tackling Maternal Anxiety in the Perinatal Period: Reconceptualising Mothering Narratives', Report

Current Projects

Title: Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education - Maternity Clinicians (PIPE-MC)
  • Department of Health (Cat. 1)
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Virginia Stulz, Rakime Elmir, Rachel Bentley, Hazel Keedle, Rebecca O'Reilly and Holly Kaye-Smith
Years: 2021-06-11 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00026975

Previous Projects

Title: A time of joy or distress: Men's experiences of birth trauma
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Rakime Elmir and Virginia Schmied
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00021109
Title: Best Pregnancy Care Pathways for women with high risk
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Hannah Dahlen and Rakime Elmir
Years: 2019-05-27 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025865
Title: Maternal and Infant care in ICU through a postnatal Clinical checklist (MILC) project
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Rakime Elmir and Bronwyn Everett
Years: 2019-02-28 - 2019-10-31
ID: P00025595
Title: An exploration of the Assistant in Midwifery (AIM) role in NSW Public Hospitals
Western Researchers: Elaine Burns, Hazel Keedle and Rakime Elmir
Years: 2019-04-23 - 2020-04-23
ID: P00026125


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Raising health literacy awareness of patients with coronary heart disease to improve self-management: The RHYTHM study
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The design, implementation and evaluation of a 'state of the art' professional development program for integrated perinatal psychosocial care.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The effectiveness of a nurse led GarbhSanskar (Education in womb) intervention on maternal and fetal outcomes: A mixed method study
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Mental Health Nurses and consumers attitudes to Nurses involment in the Mental State Examnination, a mixed Methods study
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Muslim Women's Experiences of Maternity Care Services in Australia
Field of Research:


Title: Dads in the rough provides social support and some golf for dads in Perth
Description: Support for fathers in the perinatal period
Title: Fathers and the maternity care system
Description: Engaging fathers and families in maternal and newborn healthcare
Title: Birth trauma
Description: Exposing the trauma on traumatic birthing experiences
Title: Dads in the delivery room
Description: Fathers presence during birth
Title: Fathers present during birth emergencies
Description: In an emergency during birth, how should maternity services engage with fathers?
Title: Midwives and nurses experiences of adverse birth outcomes
Description: A dent in my armour - Building resilience in midwifery

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