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Optimising Fetal Wellbeing



HealthTimes in partnership with the Australian College of Midwives are proud to present the Optimising Fetal Wellbeing conference: a day long examination of fetal wellbeing topics with an outstanding list of expert speakers. Conference sessions will cover:


- the birthing environment, 

- continuity of midwifery care, 

- monitoring outcomes, 

- the work of CCOPMM in Victoria, 

- monitoring the fetus, 

- maternal well-being and 

- caring for the unwell mother. 

The day will commence with the International Day of the Midwife Annual Walk (details below), participation in the walk is optional.

Tickets strictly limited.




Professor Maralyn Foureur – Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney

  • Optimising fetal wellbeing with a positive birth environment and the provision of midwifery continuity of care

Professor Jeremy Oats - Chair, Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM). Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

  • Optimising fetal wellbeing: lessons learnt from CCOPMM's review of perinatal outcomes in Victoria.

Dr Wendy Pollock - Critical care nurse and midwife; Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne

  • Care of the critically ill pregnant woman and optimising the wellbeing of her fetus

Mark Beaves, Manager, Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP) at RANZCOG 

  • Protecting fetal wellbeing through the use of appropriate fetal surveillance. The importance of an appreciation of fetal heart rate control within the context of the complete clinical picture, in order to protect fetal wellbeing.

Grace Branjerdporn, Occupational Therapist (Paediatric); PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

  • Maternal-fetal attachment: Optimising fetal wellbeing through bonding with the unborn child. 

Professor Megan Galbally, Murdoch University, Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry

  • Improving care for maternal mental disorders; optimising maternal and fetal wellbeing.



Saturday 6 May 2017


Start Time:

- 8:30am at Federation Square Melbourne, for commencement of the International Day of the Midwife annual walk which will end by 9:30am at the Novotel Hotel (270 Collins St).

- for those unable to attend the walk: 9:30am - Novotel Hotel (270 Collins St)


End Time: 5pm



- Light brunch - 9:30am to coincide with conference registration

- Lunch

- Afternoon tea

Gluten free options available


- Coffee, Tea and Water available throughout the day



Novotel Hotel Melbourne

270 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000





Standard ticket - $325.00


ACM member ticket - $227.00


Student ticket - $160.00




Julia Ward-Walton


Phone: 1300 306 582