Ann Taylor is a sociology lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. Ann’s research and writing has been around the organisation of health work, in particular the sociology of midwifery and childbirth. Ann is originally from the United Kingdom where she studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She has a long-standing interest in social aspects of gender and health, including justice and inequality, changing health professions and practices around childbirth and parenting. Prior to returning to academia in 1992 she was an advocate for women and supported women giving birth in public hospitals who had no partner or family support. She has been part of the health consumer movement and represented consumers on the New South Wales Health Practitioner Committee and Nurses and Midwives Accreditation committee. Ann has a long history of collaborating with colleagues in health and has published on teaching nursing students about Primary Care and qualitative research about the introduction of consumer directed aged care.