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Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference

  • : Melbourne VIC 3000

Overview

 

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 power of using the best-available evidence
  • New clinical practices that enhance mother and baby outcomes
  • Practical tips to support your professional wellbeing
  • Professional issues relevant to midwifery practice and much, much more…

This Ausmed event is always highly evaluated and very popular. It is relevant to all midwives who work in any setting, offering you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out – book now!

Schedule Day One

8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:05

Dr Angela Cumberland

Where Might it All Begin? Infant Mental Health

Construction of the brain is a process that extends into adulthood. There are factors that will contribute to normal brain development during childhood that support a strong, healthy foundation for the future. However, other negative influences can increase the risk of mental health problems or illnesses in childhood right through to adulthood. To further understand the links between brain development and mental health and wellbeing, this session will discuss:

  • What are the stages of brain development?
  • What activities and connections offer a protective effect?
  • What factors can interrupt healthy brain development in children?
  • Is one stage more important than another in promoting positive mental wellbeing?

10:00

Adele O’Hehir

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. It includes:

  • What are the possible signs of domestic violence?
  • What is a “forensic injury” and how can we properly identify and document them?
  • How can you broach the topic with a pregnant woman who may be in a domestic violence situation?
  • What steps should you take if you suspect it is occurring?
  • What resources exist to assist women in such circumstances?

11:00 MORNING TEA


11:30

Heather Harris

The Postnatal Placenta? Epigenetic Effects of Breast Milk

Is it time to start viewing breast milk as the “postnatal placenta”? Rich in nutrients and other immunoprotective substances, breast milk is key to preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases later in life. This session will look at the epigenetic effects of human breast milk and its important role long after solids have been introduced. Topics include:

  • What is gene regulation and why is it necessary?
  • How does genetic variation influence the digestive and metabolic systems?
  • What are the effects of nutrients on gene expression?
  • Can these effects impact health for the infant in later life?

12:15

Heather Harris

Mission Possible? Supporting Feeding in Sick Infants

While there are health benefits to breastfeeding infants, there are additional benefits such as creating a bond and relationship between mum and baby. Feeling helpless when an infant is sick adds to feelings of apprehension knowing that they may be unable to breastfeed during this time. This session will look at supporting a mother when their baby is unwell. It includes:

  • How can you support mothers with breastfeeding and alternative in a sick infant?
  • How do you make the seemingly impossible, possible?
  • What advice can you provide a mother with?
  • What care is needed?

1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:00

Dr Briony Cutts

HELLP Me!

Though fairly rare, HELLP syndrome (which stands for hemolysis (H), elevated liver enzymes (EL), and low platelet count (LP)) may occur in conjunction with preeclampsia. This session sheds light on a condition that is not fully understood but is important to know about. This includes:

  • Who is at risk of developing HELLP syndrome?
  • What are the current treatments for HELLP syndrome?
  • How can we differentiate between HELLP syndrome and other medical conditions?

2:45

Jill Green

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the broad term used for all sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy. The main causes of SUDI are fatal sleep accidents and SIDS and many of these deaths are preventable. How can a better understanding of the causes of SUDI be translated into practice? In particular, what education can care providers take away to build awareness and educate parents and families? This final session of day one discusses:

  • What did we previously know about what causes SUDI?
  • When are SUDI cases reclassified as SIDS?
  • How can this evidence be translated into better education, awareness, and prevention?

3:30 AFTERNOON TEA


3:45

Heather Harris

The Clinical Midwife Detective

As midwives, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a woman or neonate’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations, and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready detective?

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Dr Jacqui Richardson

Liver Disease – Hepatitis B During Pregnancy

According to the Kirby Institute, more than 232,000 people in Australia have chronic hepatitis B. Some of them are at risk of transmitting Hepatitis B to their infants through perinatal transmission. This session will look at caring for pregnant mothers living with Hepatitis B, and includes the following topics:

  • How high are perinatal transmission rates of Hepatitis B?
  • Is there a way to prevent prenatal transmission of Hepatitis B?
  • Are invasive prenatal screenings safe for pregnant mothers with Hepatitis B?

9:45

Dr Rodney Whyte

The Challenges of Long-Term Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Around 5% of expectant mothers are taking antidepressants, according to the CDC. It is therefore important that healthcare workers are aware of the potential effects of taking antidepressants in pregnancy, both to the mother and the baby. This session will discuss the following:

  • What are the pros and cons associated with taking antidepressants during pregnancy?
  • Are there any specific antidepressants that cannot be taken during pregnancy?
  • What is “discontinuation syndrome”?
  • Are there any long-term effects in infants born from mothers who have taken antidepressants during pregnancy?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Dr Maggie Flood

Why is Postpartum Haemorrhage on the Rise?

Did you know that the incidences of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) are not only increasing in Victoria but are among the highest in Australia? Why is this? Research, which was partially funded by the Australian Nurses Memorial Centre, analysed data from the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection for 370,000 births. This session considers the results and reports on information that will be of use to all midwives in their practice. It includes:

  • Why is PPH increasing in Victoria?
  • What is the data telling us about the incidence, trends, and severity of PPH?
  • What are the risk factors and can any be changed?
  • What does this mean for midwifery practice?

12:00

Electra Ulrich

Maternity Care for Women with a Higher BMI

Women with a higher BMI (BMI of 30 and above) have higher risks of developing issues in pregnancy such as preeclampsia and insulin resistance. This session will look at caring for pregnant women with a higher BMI, and includes the following topics:

  • What are the possible issues which may arise from being pregnant with a higher BMI?
  • What can women with higher BMI do in order to have a healthy pregnancy?
  • Is it possible to have a higher BMI whilst pregnant but still be considered healthy?

1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:00

Sharlene Pattie

Seizures in Newborns

Seizures are often difficult to recognise in newborns as they present differently than adults and older children. This session will explore seizures in newborns, the possible underlying reasons for why they occur, and how to recognise small changes in facial expressions and behaviour. It includes:

  • Why do seizures occur?
  • What underlying conditions may result in seizures in newborns?
  • How can you identify seizures in newborns?

2:45

Lisa Hui

The Midwifery Role in “Passing” on Information About Cytomegalovirus

A recent look into Cytomegalovirus (CMV) found that many midwives may lack confidence in their knowledge to provide education to pregnant women. Similarly to other preventable diseases, CMV is re-emerging and as a result can be passed from mother to baby. This session will look at CMV to enable midwives to promote prevention. It looks at:

  • What is CMV and why is it resurfacing?
  • What are the congenital effects on the baby?
  • What education can midwives provide to mothers about CMV to reduce its incidence?

3:30 AFTERNOON TEA


3:45

Dr. Martin Jackson

Mummy’s Littler Helper? Calling Time On Wine O’clock

Worryingly, wine has become somewhat of a normalised source of self-medication for many women, including new mothers. While it may seem ok to have a wine to “take the edge off” a stressful day, this unhealthy habit is having detrimental impacts on health. Let’s discuss:

  • Why are women drinking more than ever?
  • What would constitute an unhealthy habit and how can you identify it?
  • How can we promote healthier habits in women?
  • When might it time to put an end to wine O’clock?

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 the latest research and the emerging issues that face them in the current practice setting. The context in which midwives practice is increasingly complex and makes 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 the 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 the best possible outcomes

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

Optimise interprofessional collaboration to enhance mother and baby outcomes

Presenters

Heather Harris

Heather Harris

Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the ... Read More

Adele O'Hehir

Adele O'Hehir

Adele O'Hehir is a forensic nurse coordinator at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) in Melbourne, where she oversees ...Read More

Lisa Hui

Lisa Hui

Associate Professor Hui is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and a researcher at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She leads the ... Read More

Jill Green

Jill Green

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy, and childhood and ...Read More

Jacqui Richmond

Jacqui Richmond

Jacqui Richmond has worked in the viral hepatitis sector for the 20 years in nursing, education, social and health services ... Read More

Rodney Whyte

Rodney Whyte

Rodney has a background of over 30 years of practice in hospital and community pharmacy, much of which has been ... Read More

Sharlene Pattie

Sharlene Pattie

Sharlene Pattie is currently a neonatal retrieval nurse at PIPER (Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval), based at the Royal Children’s ... Read More

Martin Jackson

Martin Jackson

Dr Martin Jackson has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist for 30 years in acute hospitals, rehabilitation, and community settings, as ...Read More

Margaret Flood

Margaret Flood

Dr Margaret Flood is a research officer for La Trobe University, focusing on primary postpartum haemorrhage and perinatal data quality. ... Read More

Briony Cutts

Briony Cutts

Dr Briony Cutts is an obstetric medicine physician and haematologist who completed her fellowship in 2012. She worked as a ... Read More

Electra Ulrich

Electra Ulrich

Electra is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. She works at Northern Health as ... Read More

Angela Cumberland

Angela Cumberland

Dr. Angela Cumberland received her PhD at the University of Newcastle in 2017. The focus of her thesis related to ... Read More

 

Title
Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
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Duration
11 Hours | 30 Mins
Start Date
29-Apr-2019
End Date
30-Apr-2019
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11 Hours | 30 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Melbourne VIC 3000
Venue
Oaks On Collins , 480 Collins St
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