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Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference

  • : Perth WA 6000

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

Tamara Hunter

What to Expect Before You Expect – Preconception Health and Pregnancy Planning

Preconception health is the health of both men and women during their reproductive years prior to conceiving a child, as defined by the CDC. Preconception health increases the chance of having a healthy baby. This session includes the following topics:

  • How can both men and women maintain their preconception health?
  • How much exercise is needed to support the maintenance of preconception health?
  • Are vitamin and mineral supplements important in preconception health?

10:00

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’s or neonate’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • 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?

11:00 MORNING TEA


11:30

Heather Harris

Supporting Feeding in Sick Infants

While there are health benefits for breastfeeding infants, there are additional benefits such as creating a bond and a relationship between mum and baby. Feeling helpless when an infant is sick adds to a mother’s 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 alternatives for a sick infant?
  • How do you make the seemingly impossible, possible?
  • What advice can you provide a mother with?
  • What care is needed?

12:30

Donna Keeley

Syphilis in Pregnancy

Syphilis was eradicated due to the effective treatment of penicillin and other prevention techniques. However, resurfacing has resulted in mortality in multiple infants in Queensland. This session will look into its resurfacing and the current challenges of treatment. It includes:

  • Why has syphilis returned?
  • How can you promote prevention?
  • Who is at risk of developing syphilis?
  • What are the challenges of syphilis treatment?
  • What causes congenital syphilis and the effects on the baby

1:30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:30

Terri Burton

Eating Disorders During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for women. However, for someone with mental health concerns, pregnancy may be psychologically challenging due to the stresses of undergoing major physical changes. In this session, we will look into the following:

  • What are the possible eating disorders that can occur during pregnancy?
  • What are the risks of having an eating disorder whilst pregnant?
  • What are the ways we can help our patients deal with their changing body image?
  • Can women develop eating disorders during pregnancy despite having no previous history?

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Tamara Lebedevs

Anticoagulant Use in Pregnancy

According to two studies, there is a four or fivefold increased risk of venous thromboembolism in pregnancy. Because of this, some pregnant women who are at a higher risk of developing VTEs will be put on anticoagulants. This session will explore the safety and efficacy of anticoagulant use in pregnancy and includes the following topics:

  • What is the pathophysiology of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnancy?
  • Are there any risks to both the mother or the baby related to the use of anticoagulants during pregnancy?
  • How can we ensure the safety of our pregnant patients who are using anticoagulants?

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Chris O’Connor

Uterine Rupture

Uterine rupture is a full-thickness tear of the uterine wall that also involves the uterine serosa. It is a rare obstetric emergency which occurs in about 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. This session includes the following topics:

  • What are the warning signs of a uterine rupture?
  • Which populations are at risk of experiencing uterine rupture?
  • What are the effects of uterine rupture on the pregnant mother and the unborn child?
  • What is uterine scar dehiscence, and how can this be differentiated from a uterine rupture?

10:00

Marina Mickleson

Diabetes in Pregnancy

According to Diabetes Australia, between 12-14% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this figure is higher 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 gestational diabetes
  • 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?
  • What are the new and improved ways of monitoring blood glucose levels for improved maternal and fetal outcomes?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Karen Mason

Pregnant Women and Trauma

The changes in a woman's physiology during pregnancy present special challenges if trauma occurs. This session will explore the importance of understanding these changes in order to effectively treat the pregnant woman and will cover:

  • Assessment in pregnancy
  • The impact of the growing uterus and aortocaval compression (supine hypotensive syndrome) on trauma care
  • Domestic violence
  • Medication management in pregnancy

12:15

Angela O’Connor

Drugs, Alcohol, and Motherhood

Mothers who currently use or have previously used alcohol, tobacco, or 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 detrimental, resulting in a rejection of the care and support offered. This can create a distance between the midwife and mother throughout the pregnancy, with terrible ramifications to follow. It is important that as caregivers we deliver honest, open, and non-judgemental care to improve 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?
  • Why is it important for caregivers to understand the state of change?
  • How do we support women with addictions to tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis?
  • How do we find the time to provide practical harm-minimisation education to women?
  • What is the importance of motivational interviewing?

1:15 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:15

Teresa Warner

HIV in Pregnancy

It is possible for women with HIV to have a healthy pregnancy. As midwives, it is essential that our patients who live with HIV are aware of ways to achieve a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby, as well as maintain their quality of life as a woman living with HIV. This session will discuss the following topics:

  • How can mother-to-child transmission be prevented in pregnancies where the mother is HIV positive?
  • Why is it important that pregnant women are diagnosed with HIV before delivery?
  • Is it safe for pregnant women to take HIV medications?
  • Does HIV medication affect the pregnant mother or the baby in any way

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

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 noncommunicable 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 the health of the infant later in life?

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

Donna Keeley

Donna Keeley

Donna Keeley is a Nurse Practitioner who currently works in the sexual health clinic at Fremantle Hospital. Donna started working ... Read More

Terri Burton

Terri Burton

Terri is a lecturer at the Tabor College in Perth. She is a registered nurse and midwife and has done ... Read More

Tamara Lebedevs

Tamara Lebedevs

Tamara Lebedevs is a senior pharmacist for the Women’s and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). She ... Read More

Chris O'Connor

Chris O'Connor

Chris completed her Bachelor of Applied Science Nursing at Curtin University, Perth Western Australia in 1990. In 1995 she completed ... Read More

Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Karen Mason qualified as a Nurse Practitioner: emergency, gaining her masters in Nurse Practitioner studies in 2008. She currently works ... Read More

Angela O'Connor

Angela O'Connor

Angela O’Connor is the clinical midwifery consultant midwifery manager of the Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS). Angela ... Read More

Tamara Hunter

Tamara Hunter

Dr Tamara Hunter completed an Exercise Science degree in 1996, graduating with first class Honours. She worked as an Exercise ... Read More

Marina Mickleson

Marina Mickleson

Marina Mickleson is a Nurse Practitioner, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, and clinic midwife at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. ... Read More

Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner is a Midwife working at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. Teresa works within the Maternal Foetal Medicine team. ... Read More

 

Title
Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
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Type
Delivery
Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 Hours | 30 Mins
Start Date
09-May-2019
End Date
10-May-2019
CPD
11 Hours | 30 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Perth WA 6000
Venue
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, 778-788 Hay Street
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