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Albury/Wodonga Midwifery Conference

  • : Albury NSW 2640

Modern midwifery is increasingly demanding. Rapid social changes and new evidence is affecting the way that midwives practice. Attend this program to explore some of these challenges. Let Ausmed bring education to you! Topics include:

  • The impact of ice and methamphetamine on the unborn baby
  • Practical approaches to providing non-judgmental care
  • Domestic violence and the midwifery response
  • Clinical updates on gestational diabetes, physiotherapy and medicines
  • What midwives need to know about c-section wound care
  • Back to basics on breastfeeding and much, much more…
Schedule Day One



Ellen Humbert

A Healthy Pregnancy, a Healthy Baby

We now know that life inside the womb is a critical period for the metabolic ‘programming’ of obesity in later life. A mother’s weight at the time of conception and subsequent weight gain from early to late pregnancy profoundly influences the infant’s birth weight and future risk of becoming overweight. The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy plays a vital role in foetal growth and development. This introductory session will look at how, through diet, exercise and healthy planning we can work with women to improve their pregnancy experience and future quality of life for themselves and their baby. Includes:

  • What are the basic principles of healthy eating during pregnancy?
  • A brief look at nutrition in the face of morning sickness, gestational diabetes, low energy or obesity
  • Other approaches to promote general health before, during and after pregnancy


Rebecca Humphreys

Gestational Diabetes - 2017 Update

According to Diabetes Australia, between 3-8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this figure is as high as 15% for women from specific ethnicities. This session will bring you up to speed on a range of issues relating to gestational diabetes. Includes:

  • Update on current guidelines on the management of GD
  • What are appropriate, evidence-based dietary changes that may improve blood glucose levels?
  • What long-term advice should be given to these women?
  • How may this affect the overall health of the baby in their later life?



Leo Mason

Maternal Depression and Medications

Maternal depression can have a harmful enduring impact on an infant and of course affect a mother, her partner and family. A careful and balanced assessment must consider the consequences that come from untreated depression against potential foetal or child risks. This session will include:

  • What is the impact of maternal depression?
  • Which of these medicines are safe during pregnancy?
  • What about during breastfeeding?
  • If there is a potential harm to the baby, when does the mother's mental health override this?


Heather Harris

Breastfeeding - Who Can and Can’t?

Not every woman is successful at breastfeeding and there are good reasons for this. However, there are also many myths. This session looks at a range of situations and explains why some women do and some women do not breastfeed. Includes:

  • Respecting a mother’s choice
  • When particular situations exist e.g.:
    • Mothers with piercings
    • Babies of illicit drug-using mothers
    • Disabled mothers and babies, e.g. Down syndrome, cleft palate
    • Women with mastitis, on antibiotics and almost any medication?
    • Mothers who have weaned and wish to recommence?
    • Poor muscle tone baby?
    • Disorganised suck baby?
    • PKU babies?
    • Women with severed lactiferous ducts?
    • Women in intensive care or who are unconscious



Heather Harris

Back to Basics - How to Teach Breastfeeding

As midwives there is much to understand and know when supporting a mother who is breastfeeding her baby. In the twenty-first century there are many differing opinions and advice may change from midwife to midwife. This session will highlight the importance of understanding the basics of breastfeeding, why it is imperative that the correct techniques are being taught and how a mother's needs can be met by healthcare providers. Topics include:

  • What are the basics of breastfeeding?
  • What is ‘SYPNCY’ and how should you apply this to enhancing breastfeeding?
  • What are practical tips to help a midwife support a mother through the learning-to-breastfeed stage?


Heather Harris

High BMI - How to Meet the Challenges of Breastfeeding

Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in women's reproductive life and during the peri-natal period. A high BMI can also significantly affect breastfeeding outcomes. This session discusses:

  • Why are high BMI women prone to mammary hypoplasia?
  • What are the implications for long term breastfeeding in these women?
  • Ways to overcome breast attachment challenges
  • Troubleshooting breastfeeding difficulties



Heather Harris

Opening the Door to New Horizons - Working in Private Practice

Today’s workplace is in a state of upheaval with employment uncertainty affecting many midwives. Despite this, opportunities abound - for instance, there is a general need for more childbirth educators. This conference concludes with a story of a midwife who took the leap into private practice which resulted in entrepreneurial success. A discussion includes consideration of the risks and benefits of working as a midwife in private practice.


Day Two



Elise Newton

Managing Musculoskeletal Changes that Occur During Pregnancy

Many women suffer from musculoskeletal pain during the prenatal and postnatal period as a result of the body undergoing numerous physiological, mechanical and hormonal changes. It is well know that the management of symptoms can be improved through the support of a physiotherapist. This session will discuss the promotion of physiotherapy in prenatal women and how midwives can help support this model of care. Topics include:

  • How does pregnancy affect the musculoskeletal system?
  • What are the main causes of musculoskeletal pain during the whole pregnancy period?
  • How can physiotherapy improve pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain?
  • How to assess when you should be referring a woman to a physiotherapist?


Elise Newton

Positions for Labour - A Physiotherapy Perspective

Midwives understand well that certain positions and movements can help or hinder a woman’s experience throughout labour and influence long-term outcomes. This session will review the best available evidence and promote practical applications for safest positions in all stages of labour. Includes:

  • How can physiotherapy assist with labour preparation?
  • How do certain birthing positions impact the pelvic floor?
  • Pelvic-friendly positions across the stages of labour
  • How to be guided by the evidence and a woman’s preference...



Anne Patterson

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and perineal tears are common in primigravida and multigravida women. This session includes assessment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction during the childbearing year for the midwife. It includes evidence based guidelines and the translation of these guidelines into clinical practice. This session looks at:

  • Review of functional anatomy of pelvic floor
  • Causes of PF dysfunction including perineal tears
  • Identification of those women at risk of PF dysfunction
  • How to effectively and quickly assess and train the PF
  • When and where to refer


Karyn Smith

Drugs, Alcohol and Motherhood - Non-Judgemental Care and Harm Minimisation

Mothers who are currently or have previously used alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy often report negative experiences when receiving care from a healthcare facility. When a woman who has an addiction is viewed in a judgemental manner the effects can be very detrimental, resulting in rejection of the care and support offered. This can create a distance between the midwife and mother throughout the pregnancy, having terrible ramifications. It is important as caregivers to deliver honest, open and non judgemental care, improving outcomes for these mothers. This open and honest session will challenge you to consider and discuss the following:

  • Are we actually providing non-judgemental care?
  • How do we support women with lifestyles that involve an addiction to tobacco, alcohol and cannabis?
  • Finding the time to provide practical harm minimisation education to women who are using alcohol and other drugs
  • Statewide services that are useful with post-natal discharge planning



Karyn Smith

Ice and Methamphetamine - a Practical Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Care

A common concern shared by midwives, nurses and other healthcare professionals working in the drug and alcohol field relates to ice and methamphetamine use during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. This session will use a practial case study to explain:

  • What is known about the impact of ice and methamphetamine use during the perinatal period?
  • How to provide effective and compassionate care when methamphetamine use is occurring to a mother and baby during the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period


Karyn Smith

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - Assessment and Treatment

It is vital that midwives are aware of the importance of assessing and managing a neonate who is withdrawing from illicit substances as a result of maternal use. If a baby is withdrawing, neonatal abstinence syndrome may develop and the ability to correctly asses these babies is imperative. Topics include:

  • Signs and symptoms of NAS
  • Withdrawal period and average length of recovery
  • How to complete NAS scoring and why this is needed
  • Treatment of NAS affected babies



Karyn Smith

When Domestic Violence is Lurking - Midwifery Responses

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects a significant group of women worldwide. When a woman is pregnant, domestic violence can have a profound impact on both the mother and the developing baby. As a midwife, if you suspect domestic violence is occurring to a woman in your care what is your role and responsibility? This session looks at the complex nature of domestic violence and the professional response of midwifery. Includes:

  • What are the signs of domestic violence?
  • How can you broach the topic with a woman?
  • What steps should you take if you suspect it is occurring?
  • What resources exist to assist women in such circumstances?


The Goal Need for Program

In recent years birthing has increased in Australia. It is inevitable that there are gaps in the knowledge of many midwives in relation to latest research and the emerging issues that face them in the current practice setting. The context in which midwives practice is increasingly complex and making demands on the ever-expanding scope of practice. The link between education and the provision of quality care to mothers and their babies is indisputable. A broad range of education relating to contemporary midwifery practice will assist in closing gaps in knowledge and practice.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides a broad range of education relevant to midwifery practice that will enhance the provision of quality care to mothers and babies.

Your learning outcomes:

Apply evidence-based knowledge about several clinical aspects of midwifery care including breastfeeding which will improve the health and safety of mother and baby

Monitor the mother and baby during the perinatal period taking into consideration conditions that impact on best possible outcomes

Deliver compassionate care to a woman who has challenges associated with the perinatal experience

Provide midwifery care that is mindful of personal safety for yourself, a mother and her baby


Heather Harris

Heather Harris

Heather Harris (BN Deakin, MMid LaTrobe) first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of ... Read More

Ellen Humbert

Ellen Humbert

Ellen Humbert is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of Happy Apple Nutrition in Albury. Ellen completed her Bachelor of ...Read More

Rebecca Humphreys

Rebecca Humphreys

Rebecca is a Registered Nurse and Credentialed Diabetes Educator, and has over 10 years experience. Her career started at the ... Read More

Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson, BAppSc Occupational Therapy, BAppSc Physiotherapy, PostGradDipManipTherapy, APA Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist. Anne currently works in private practice ... Read More

Leo Mason

Leo Mason

Leo Mason is the Director of Pharmacy at Albury Wodonga Health, where he has been employed since 2014. Before this, ... Read More

Karyn Smith

Karyn Smith

Karyn Smith is an Outreach Clinical Midwife Consultant at the Sunshine Hospital providing collaborative midwifery care to vulnerable families in ... Read More

Elise Newton

Elise Newton

Elise created the brand new Maternity Physiotherapy Outpatient Services at Albury Wodonga Health in 2014 after previously creating a similar ... Read More

Albury/Wodonga Midwifery Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
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$572.00 (two days)
Albury NSW 2640
Albury Atura Albury, 648 Dean St
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