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Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference

  • : Adelaide SA 5000


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



Welcome and Introduction


Dr Jill Beattie

Trauma-Informed Care and Birth Trauma

With the increase in stress, anxiety, and depression in contemporary society, women and their partners may have experienced different types of trauma in their lives, even before pregnancy. Couples and, in-particular, birthing women need support and understanding from those around them if re-traumatisation is to be avoided by well-meaning health professionals. This session introduces trauma-informed care and practice and discusses birth trauma and possible long-term effects. It includes:

  • What constitutes birth trauma?
  • How is postpartum PTSD different to postpartum depression?
  • What is trauma-informed care and why is it important?


Dr Jill Beattie

Supporting Normal Physiological Birthing

While women have been giving birth for thousands of years, the types of stressors they experience during pregnancy, birthing, and parenting has significantly changed. There are three main neurochemical systems engaged during labour and birth: the social response system, the passive response system, and the “fight or flight” system. These will be explored in this session. It includes:

  • Enhancing midwifery skills in supporting normal physiological labour and birthing
  • Common maternity practices that may impact on normal physiological labour and birthing



Dr Jane Warland

Reducing the Risk of Stillbirth – Update on Stillbirth Prevention Strategies

The UK and Scotland have seen a 20% reduction in stillbirth rates since the "Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle" was launched by NHS England and New Zealand has launched a public awareness campaign for safe sleep in pregnancy, which is aiming to reduce stillbirth in that country by 10%. Safer Care Victoria has launched a public awareness campaign about fetal movements. It is believed that the implementation of these types of campaigns will reduce stillbirth. This session will cover the following topics:

  • Update on stillbirth prevention strategies planned or launched in Australia?
  • What are the possible challenges that the Australian context brings?


Dr Jane Warland

Randomised Controlled Trials – Are They Always the Gold Standard?

The ARRIVE Trial – Labor Induction Versus Expectant Management: a recent multicentre trial done in the US where low-risk nulliparous women were randomly assigned to have induced labour at 39 weeks seemed to show benefit in inducing labour at term. The AFFIRM trial looked into whether promoting awareness of fetal movements and focusing interventions could reduce fetal mortality. An RCT conducted in the UK seems not to show benefit in raising maternal awareness of fetal movements. This session will explore the results of these trials, and includes the following topics:

  • Should we read beyond the headlines?
  • What are the implications of these trials on Australian midwifery?



Rinaldo Minniti

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 this?
  • How can we promote healthier habits in women?
  • When might it time to put an end to Wine O’Clock?



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 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?


Day Two



Margery Milner

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?
  • Post-pregnancy follow-up care of the mother with Hepatitis B


Dr Genevieve Brideson

HELLP Me! Liver Disease During Pregnancy

Though fairly rare, HELLP (which stands for hemolysis (H), elevated liver enzymes (EL), and low platelet count (LP) syndrome 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 are 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?



Dr Genevieve Brideson

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?


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 health for the infant in later life?



Dr Linda Starr

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 for midwives. It includes:

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



Dr Linda Starr

Medicines, 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?


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 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 the best possible outcomes

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

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance mother and baby outcomes


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

Jill Beattie

Jill Beattie

Dr Jill Beattie is a senior research fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant ... Read More

Jane Warland

Jane Warland

Dr Jane Warland is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia ... Read More

Margery  Milner

Margery Milner

Margery is a Nurse Consultant (viral hepatitis). She is based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the Western suburbs of ... Read More

Genevieve Brideson

Genevieve Brideson

Dr Genevieve Brideson completed her general nurse training in 1985, operating room certificate in 1988, midwifery in 1992, and a ... Read More

Linda Starr

Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing ... Read More

Rinaldo Minniti

Rinaldo Minniti

Rinaldo Minniti is currently the clinical lead for psychology in the Drug and Alcohol Services, South Australia. He has senior ... Read More


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