RN, RM and Dip (Opthalmic Nursing).
Tom Laws began his career as a registered nurse, specialising in acute care nursing and ophthalmology. After completing an Ophthalmic Nursing Diploma at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London he returned to Australia and studied midwifery. It was as a midwife that he became acutely aware of the limited knowledge that many fathers possessed in relation to childbirth and care of the mother and infant. From that point on he took a keen interest in the way men perceive, access and promote health. A degree in economics from The University of Adelaide provided him with a basis for understanding how market forces affect the provision of health care services and how social and political forces shape the delivery and distribution of these services. He now teaches health economics to postgraduate students. His studies in the Department of Public Health at The University of Adelaide have resulted in the development of a thesis which looks at the ways and extent to which men feel they contribute to health care within the family.
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