Rockhampton Midwifery Conference
- : Rockhampton QLD 4700
Modern midwifery is increasingly demanding. Rapid social changes and new evidence are 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…
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Rebecca CubbageA 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 influence 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 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
Le-Ann NitzGestational 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?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Heather HarrisHigh 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 breast feeding in these women?
- Ways to overcome breast attachment challenges
- Troubleshooting breastfeeding difficulties
TBAMaternal 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 benefits consequences of untreated depression against potential foetal or child risks. This session will include:
- What is the impact of maternal depression?
- Basic pharmacotherapy review of common antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications
- Which of these medicines are safe during pregnancy
- What about during breastfeeding?
- If there is a potential harm to the baby, when does the mothers’ mental health override this?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Shirley HewerdinePreventing Surgical Site Infections Post Caesarean Sections
Surgical site infections (SSI’s) are a potential complication associated with undergoing a caesarean section. Women undergoing elective caesarean sections, with a BMI of 40 or higher are significantly more at risk. This session looks at SSI prevention in women following caesarean sections and includes:
- What are the risk factors for c-section surgical site infections?
- Assessment of a c-section suture line - what are the signs that a wound might be infected?
- How to select the most appropriate goals of care for a c-section wound?
- Guidelines for the management of c-section surgical wounds post-operatively
Shirley HewerdineWhen a Wound Becomes Infected...
What happens if you suspect a woman’s c-section wound is becoming infected? Would you be able to correctly cleanse the wound and apply a dressing specific to the goals of care for this woman?Midwives working in regional or remote areas may not have access to specialist wound services. As such, this session will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your ability to confidently improve outcomes for a woman with an infected c-section wound. Includes:
- Is there a difference between contamination and infection?
- What are biofilms and how do they affect inflammation and healing?
- How to cleanse and dress an infected wound - surgical site to wound dehiscence
- A brief look at adjunct therapies you may see
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Sherree CavanaghPelvic Floor, Continence and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a time when stress incontinence develops. This can be due to hormonal changes combined with pressure on the pelvic floor. However, education and information can significantly assist women at this time and may even prevent longer term bladder problems. This session looks at evidence underpinning strategies and interventions for minimising trauma to a woman’s pelvic floor and subsequent issues relating to continence as a result of childbirth. Includes:
- What happens to the pelvic floor during vaginal delivery?
- Review of causes of stress incontinence associated with pregnancy
- How to effectively and quickly assess pelvic floor function
- Educating women about pelvic floor strengthening exercises
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Heather HarrisBack to Basics - How to Teach Breastfeeding
As midwives there is much to understand and know when supporting a mother who is breast-feeding 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 breast-feeding, why it is imperative that the correct techniques are being taught and how a mother’s needs can be simply met by healthcare providers. Topics include:
- What are the basics of breast-feeding?
- What is ‘SYPNCY’ and how should you apply this to enhancing breast-feeding?
- What are practical tips to help a midwife support a mother through the learning-to-breast-feed stage?
Heather HarrisBreastfeeding - 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 breast feed. 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
10:45 MORNING TEA
Karyn SmithDrugs, Alcohol and Motherhood - Non-Judgemental Care & 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 health care 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 SmithIce & Methamphetamines - 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 case study to practically 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
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Karyn SmithNeonatal 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 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 SmithWhen 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?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Heather HarrisOpening 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.
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY 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
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 babyPresenters
Heather Harris (BN Deakin, MMid LaTrobe) first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of ... Read More
Le-Ann Nitz is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator at the Rockhampton Hospital with a background in mental health and emergency nursing. ... Read More
Shirley Hewerdine is a member of the Australian Wound Management Assoc (AWMA) since 1998 and also a credentialed Stomal Therapy ... Read More
Sherree is a titled Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who works in both the private and the public sector’s ... Read More
Karyn Smith is an Outreach Clinical Midwife Consultant at the Sunshine Hospital providing collaborative midwifery care to vulnerable families in ... Read More
Rebecca Cubbage is an Accredited Practising Dietician. ... Read More
To Be Determined