Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
- : Perth WA 6000
Modern midwifery is increasingly demanding. Rapid social changes and new evidence are affecting the way that midwives practice. Attend this annual Ausmed Education event to explore some of these challenges. Take time out to network with like-minded colleagues. Learn about:
- The neonatal gut microbiome
- Perineal wound infections - applying evidence to practice
- Recognising and responding to neonatal sepsis
- Pumps, cups, syringes and fingers - a look at alternative feeding techniques
- The secret life of serotonin and much, much more...
Ausmed Education’s Midwifery Challenges – CPD Conferences are always highly evaluated and very popular. They are relevant to all midwives working in any setting and offer you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out – book now!Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Acknowledgement of Country and Introduction to Conference
TBABirthing on Country – Enabling the Best Start at Life
Birthing on Country is a best-practice model of care that aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies the best start at life. This session will reflect on the principles, practicalities, and current programs that can support Birthing on Country in WA. It includes:
- What is Birthing on Country and why is it so important?
- How does Birthing on Country improve maternal and infant health outcomes?
- Birthing on Country in WA – how are we travelling and what programs are currently available?
Tamara LebedevsPreconception, Prescribing, and Planning – Myths and Facts of Prenatal Vitamins
Evidence for supplementing with key nutrients, including folic acid and iron, during pregnancy is strong and well known. However, a plethora of specialist formulas for the prenatal, pregnancy, and postnatal periods are now available. How can midwives promote a consistent, evidenced, and unbiased approach to supplementation during pregnancy? This session looks at some myths and realities surrounding the use of prenatal vitamins, other nutritional supplements, and complementary therapies. It includes:
- A review of the key micronutrient requirements when planning to conceive, and their influence on maternal and fetal health?
- An overview of the recent changes made to the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines on Antenatal Care
- A look at the evidence for special supplements, herbal medicines, and other complementary medicines
10:45 MORNING TEA
Marina MicklesonHealth Coaching & Pregnancy – Practical Approaches to Changing Behaviour
Good nutrition and appropriate exercise are cornerstones to optimal mother and baby outcomes, especially when conditions like gestational diabetes or high mother BMI are present. But, this almost always relies on some degree of behaviour change. Think back on a change you have had to make to your own lifestyle. How challenging was this? Practical approaches to achieving behaviour change are essential. Understanding barriers to change and how to overcome them can greatly assist midwives to coach, guide, and support healthy outcomes. This session looks at:
- Why do some people resist change
- How can we understand what might motivate a mother to change behaviour?
- Simple, practical solutions to overcoming common barriers to change such as:
- Other people
TBAProbiotics in Pregnancy – A Preventative Approach to Group B Streptococcal Infections?
A simple, cheap, and safe alternative to intrapartum antibiotic administration for women colonised with GBS is being investigated in Perth. The use of probiotics in the third trimester to reduce the incidence of GBS infections in neonates is being explored. This session will explain the following:
- What are probiotics?
- How might they reduce the incidence of GBS infections in neonates?
- How do we know that they’re safe for use during pregnancy?
- What are the preliminary outcomes of the trail indicating?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Sabine PangerlGroup B Streptococcal Infection – Applying Evidence to Practice
A consistent approach to improving outcomes is warranted in the case of preventing and managing Group B streptococcus infections. Despite guidelines and hospital policies, variations in practice at times still occur. This session reviews the current evidence on GBS, in particular, relating to antenatal screening, intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAB), and postnatal monitoring. The session will centre on applying evidence to practice across a range of settings and includes:
- An overview of the WA Health Guidelines for Group B streptococcal disease
- Antenatal screening – how should women colonised with GBS be identified?
- Who should receive intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis and when should they be given?
- When is IAB not required even if a woman is a GBS carrier?
- What if a woman refuses antibiotics?
- How can we balance prevention of neonatal sepsis with unnecessary use of intrapartum antibiotics?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Wendy MeggisonMedicines, Midwives, and the Law – Be Safe, Be Accountable
One of the most common areas of clinical risk relates to the administration of medicines. Knowledge of the legislation that governs medication management is essential for the provision of safe and accountable midwifery care. This session considers how the safe practice of medicines is interpreted by law and the appropriate actions that you need to take if something untoward occurs. It will also include:
- What are the legal and professional requirements for the safe administration of medicines?
- What are your legal risks in failing to identify inappropriate prescription orders and errors?
- “Medicine Diversion” – what do you do if you suspect misuse of medicines by a colleague?
Heather HarrisThe Secret Life of Serotonin
Serotonin has many roles in the human body. The most recognised is its impact upon mood, but serotonin wears many other hats. In relation to breastfeeding, serotonin is pivotal to lactogenesis II and breast involution. This presentation will highlight the role of peripheral serotonin in successful breastfeeding and includes:
- What is serotonin and where is it found?
- What is its role in lactogenesis and breast involution?
- How can midwives use this knowledge to facilitate optimal lactogenesis?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Heather HarrisPumps, Cups, Syringes, and Fingers – Alternative Feeding Techniques
Feeding techniques other than breastfeeding may be required when feeding directly from the breast is not an option. This session will weigh up the indications, advantages, disadvantages, and practicalities of the following alternative feeding methods, including:
- Cup feeding, spoons, and syringes – how to do it safely
- Finger feeding
- Tubes, aids, and devices – SNS line, Haberman Feeder, Calma teat
- Bottle feeding a breastfed baby – paced feeding and nipple “confusion”
- Pumps – “Hands On” pumping, Haakaa bottle
Dr Caroline CrabbPostnatal Psychosis – A Preventative Approach
In a small group of women, giving birth can trigger postnatal or postpartum psychosis. Accompanied by a mood disorder, distressing hallucinations, delusions, and severe thought disturbance, postnatal psychosis poses a severe risk for mother and baby. Without recognition and treatment, symptoms can lead to fatal consequences. This session looks at:
- What are the risk factors?
- What are the most successful preventative interventions?
- What are the subtle signs that might suggest a woman is experiencing or about to experience postnatal psychosis?
- What is the immediate treatment?
- How is recovery achieved?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Heather HarrisThe Ultimate Challenge? Feeding Through Mastitis
Mastitis is painful and debilitating and can have a negative impact upon maternal health, breastfeeding, and milk supply. Yet, approximately one in five of lactating women will experience mastitis at some time during their lactation. This session practically explains an evidence-based approach to prevention and management. It includes:
- Are antibiotics always necessary, and, if so, which is optimal for mastitis?
- What feeding techniques and habits may prevent mastitis?
- How can you assess the cause of mastitis?
- How can feeding through mastitis be promoted and achieved?
- What supportive care and extra education is required?
- What is the emerging evidence for probiotic therapy?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Tracy MartinMeeting Midwifery Challenges
The final session of this conference will address the key question: "What challenges face midwifery, now and into the future?" In answering this question, we will consider:
- What does meaningful and safe midwifery care look like?
- What are the biggest challenges currently facing midwifery WA?
- How will the leadership of midwives help meet these challenges?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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
Provide compassionate care to a woman who has challenges associated with the perinatal experience
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance mother and baby outcomesPresenters
Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the ... Read More
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Tamara Lebedevs is a senior pharmacist for theWomen’s and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). She has ... Read More
Marina Mickleson is a Nurse Practitioner, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, and clinic midwife at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. ... Read More
Wendy Meggison graduated in 2002 with first class honours in law and also obtained a Masters in Medical Law and ... Read More
Dr Caroline Crabb is a consultant psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital. ... Read More
Tracy Martin is a registered nurse and midwife. Her current roles within the department are Principal Midwifery Advisor and the ... Read More
Sabine Pangerl is a Clinical Midwife at King Edward Memorial Hospital, having worked at KEMH for the past 10 years. ... Read More