24 - 25 May 2021

Midwifery Challenges Conference - Brisbane 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4094
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Why Attend

This popular annual conference enables you, as a midwife, to explore the challenges of your profession as well at the many beautiful moments. This year you will discover:

  • New clinical practices that enhance mother and baby outcomes
  • Making difficult psychosocial situations safe
  • Updates on substance use and pregnancy
  • Practical tips to support interprofessional practice
  • Latest evidence in relation to perinatal complications
  • Breastfeeding and modern medicines
  • Professional issues relevant to midwifery practice and much, much more…

This Ausmed event is always highly evaluated. Don’t miss out – book now!


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction


The Older Gravida: Pregnancy in Women Over 35

In an age where women will focus on their career prior to having children, it’s normal to hear about women giving birth at a later age. This session will look at pregnancy after 35, also known as geriatric pregnancy. It includes:

  • What are the special considerations for women who are pregnant over 35?
  • What are the risks associated with this group?
  • How can we promote healthy pregnancies in pregnant women who are older than 35?
Karen-Ann Clarke

Postnatal Depression in Men

Postnatal depression (PND) affects women from all walks of life, but what happens when it happens to the father instead? This session will explore:

  • Is it possible for men to be diagnosed with PND?
  • What are the causes of PND in men?
  • What are the differences between PND in men and women?
  • How can we support a father with a diagnosis of PND?
10:45 Morning Tea


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. Similar to other preventable diseases, CMV is re-emerging and, as a result, it can be passed from mother to baby. This session will look at CMV to enable midwives to promote prevention. Discuss:

  • 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?

Obstetric Emergencies

Complications can occur during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. These may lead to emergency or life-threatening situations and, as management of these emergencies may affect the mother and/or neonate, an understanding of evidence-based care is essential. Topics include:

  • What are the red flags that may indicate an obstetric emergency?
  • How can we support a mother who is experiencing an obstetric emergency?
  • Are there any signs that may indicate the possibility of an obstetric emergency long before it occurs?
1:00 Lunch and Networking


Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

This session will discuss hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, including:

  • Gestational hypertension
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Eclampsia
3:00 Afternoon Tea


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. It includes:

  • 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?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Liz Price

Forced Labor: Reproductive Coercion

In domestic violence situations, women may not have control over their reproductive health. In some instances, the women may either be coerced to have an abortion or maintain a pregnancy. For women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, it might be more difficult to seek help. This session will explore a lesser-known form of domestic violence. It includes:

  • How can we approach the subject of reproductive coercion in a sensitive manner?
  • What can we do as midwives if our patients tell us that they are experiencing reproductive coercion?
  • Why would it be more difficult to help someone from certain populations?

Perineal Trauma and Getting Back to Sex After Birth

Postpartum women with perineal trauma experience higher rates of sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire, vaginal lubrication and frequency of orgasm, as well as increased sexual dissatisfaction and dyspareunia. Despite its prevalence, this is a topic that lacks professional recognition as it is uncomfortable for both women and midwives to discuss during perinatal visits. Understanding barriers and how to address sexual problems can greatly assist midwives to guide and support healthy outcomes. This session looks at:

  • How does perineal trauma affect sexual function?
  • What are the recommendations for trauma prevention?
  • What are some practical examples of how we can talk to women about sex after perineal trauma?
  • What are the potential treatments for sexual problems after perineal trauma?
10:45 Morning Tea


Female Circumcision

Female circumcision, commonly referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), is a reality for around 53 000 women living in Australia. This practice carries with it the chances of infertility, prolonged and obstructed labour and, in some cases, infant death. This session will look at:

  • What is female circumcision/FGM?
  • Why is it important for us to ascertain if our patients have gone through FGM?
  • Are there any treatments available for women in order to treat the adverse results and effects of FGM?
12:15 Lunch and Networking

Alana Creswell

Organ and Tissue Donation in Neonates and Infants

Organ donations may save lives. - this includes donations from neonates and infant donors. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What are the criteria for an eligible donor in neonates and infants?
  • How can we respectfully approach the patient’s family regarding organ donation?
  • What are some of the clinical and ethical considerations in organ and tissue donation in neonates and infants?
Karen-Ann Clarke

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 the 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?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Dr Elizabeth Jarvis

The Pregnant Mother and Kidney Disease

When the pregnant patient has renal disease, we have to keep in mind that there are two patients who will need medical attention. This session will look at:

  • What are the possible effects of renal disease on pregnancy?
  • Does renal disease in early and late pregnancy affect pregnancy differently?
  • Is dialysis safe for pregnant women and unborn children?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.

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Alana Cresswell

Alana Cresswell is an RN with over 35 years of experience. The first fifteen years were spent working in various ICUs around the country where she was exposed to caring for organ donors and their families and transplant recipients immediately postop. It was this exposure to the generosity of others and the miracle of life after death that set her on her professional path and for the last 20 years, Alana has specifically been working in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. She has had various roles in DonateLife – coordinating organ and tissue donation, clinical educator, national trainer in family conversations, renal transplant coordinator, a bit of forensics. Alana has always been involved in and passionate about education, teaching, training and mentoring. Until recently this was always clinical education. An opportunity to get off the on-call roster presented itself and for the last few years, Alana has been working closely with the media and communications team and looks after community education and engagement as well as developing and coordinating DonateLife Queensland’s volunteer programme.

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Liz Price

Liz Price works for Children by Choice, Australia’s only independent, all options unplanned pregnancy counselling and community education service. She is a social worker who has worked in a wide range of coal face settings over the last 30 years, including roles with a focus on domestic violence. She has spent eight of these years working with Children by Choice, mostly in their counselling team. She has a keen interest in the intersection between domestic violence and sexual and reproductive health, and a tenacious commitment to highlighting and ameliorating the injustices of reproductive coercion. She was the Project Officer for their Screening to Safety Project, looking at enhancing the capacity of abortion providers to identify and respond to the needs of women experiencing violence who seek abortion care. She likes cheese and wombats.

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Elizabeth Jarvis

Dr Elizabeth Jarvis is a Renal Physician / Nephrologist, Obstetric Physician and General Physician and has worked as a consultant for ten years in the public and private sectors in both Nephrology and Obstetric Medicine. Dr Jarvis has special interests not only in general aspects of kidney disease across all age groups including chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation but has particular interests in autoimmune disease in pregnancy and obstetric nephrology, including dialysis and renal transplantation in pregnancy (along with management of immunosuppressive agents in pregnancy), all stages of chronic kidney disease in pregnancy, preeclampsia and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. She also has experience in managing many other non-nephrology diseases in pregnancy particularly gestational diabetes, autoimmune and genetic illnesses in pregnancy.

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

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28 Albion Street
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60 Market St
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24 - 25 May 2021

Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
24 - 25 May 2021

Midwifery Challenges Conference - Brisbane 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4094
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Price: $629.00