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Maternal Wellbeing Conference

Maternal Wellbeing Conference


HealthTimes in partnership with the Australian College of Midwives are proud to present the ‘Optimising Maternal Wellbeing’ conference: a day long examination of the role of the midwife in managing maternal wellbeing during pregnancy and the perinatal period.

This is a “must attend” event for midwives interested in staying abreast of the latest developments and best practices related to maternal wellbeing in midwifery care. Tickets are strictly limited, so book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Topics include:

  • Supporting women who want to try for a vaginal breech birth
  • Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)
  • Nurturing the rainbow family 
  • Group B streptococcus
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Discussion by Hannah Robert, author of ‘Baby Lost: A story of grief and hope’



Dr Andrew Bisits, Keynote – Medical Clinical Co-Director of Maternity Services at The Royal Hospital for Women. MBBS (Syd) FRANZCOG (RCOG) DipClinEpidem (Newcastle) Master Med Statistics (Newcastle).

  • 'Supporting women who want to try for a vaginal breech birth – options, opportunities and challenges.'

Professor Helen McLachlan – Professor of Midwifery, La Trobe University

  • 'Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mother and babies: can we make a difference through partnerships, collaboration and continuity of care?'

Professor Angela Taft -  Former Director, Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Latrobe University

  • 'Optimising well-being for new mothers experiencing intimate partner violence'

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

  • ‘Optimal care for women with pre-eclampsia: from prevention to follow-up’.

Dr Susan Nicolson - General Practitioner, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women’s Hospital; Honorary Fellow in the Department of General Practice and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne

  • ‘Optimising maternal and infant wellbeing with the Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)’

Kathryn Braye – PhD Candidate, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, University of Technology Sydney

  • ‘Group B streptococcus: Are we doing more harm than good?'

Oceane Campbell - Midwifery Educator, University of Newcastle; Chair of the Australian College of Midwives, NSW Branch.

  • ‘Nurturing the rainbow family’

Hannah Robert -  author (

  • ‘Baby Lost: A story of grief and hope'



Monday, February 19 2018

Start Time:

- Registration commences at 8:30am

- Event will begin at 9:00am

End Time: 5pm



- Morning Tea

- Lunch

- Afternoon tea

*please contact HealthTimes if you have any dietary requirements.



Ibis Hotel Melbourne
15-21 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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