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Optimising Maternal and Fetal Wellbeing

Optimising Maternal and Fetal Wellbeing

Event Description

Australian College of Midwives in partnership with HealthTimes are proud to present the ‘Optimising Maternal and Fetal Wellbeing’ conference.

Please join us for the return of our long-running “Optimising” event.

We last gathered for this face- to- face in February 2020 – in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 

It is a delight to welcome you back after two virtual events in 2021 and 2022.

We all know the value of women being healthy and well – when they are planning for pregnancy, when they are pregnant and after they have birthed. We know that healthy and well women are more likely to birth babies who are also healthy and well.

At our 2023 event we are going to hear from a broad range of presenters who will tell us about their ideas for creating better health outcomes for mothers, pregnant people and their babies.

If you are having issues registering for this event please call the Events Line (02) 6230 7333.


Dr Lea Merone

Dr Lea Merone graduated as a medical doctor with honours in the UK in 2011 and emigrated to Australia in 2016, where she completed her specialist training in public health medicine and obtained her Fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM) in 2020. Lea also has expertise in Health Economics, having completed her Master of Health Economics in 2019.

Lea is an experienced researcher who holds a PhD in women's health, with a focus on androcentricity in medical research and education and impact this has on women with chronic conditions. Her research interests include medical ethics, women's health, sexual health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She is also co-convenor of the Ecology and Environment Special Interest Group and a committee member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Special Interest Group with the Public Health Association Australia. Lea can use Auslan to a general conversational standard. In her spare time, she enjoys playing chess, singing and dancing.

Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck heads the Epidemiology and Clinical Trials group at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Miranda currently leads a research program that combines population-based and clinical epidemiological studies with basic science research to improve maternity care and outcomes for women and their babies. She has a particular focus on addressing disparities in stillbirth rates seen in migrant and refugee women in Victoria, understanding drivers of preterm stillbirth, randomised controlled trials to improve maternal and perinatal outcomes, assessing the effectiveness of current antenatal and intrapartum interventions and improving access and safety of homebirth.
Dr Davies-Tuck also has an established collaboration with Safer Care Victoria, the lead quality improvement agency for the state, where she has a secondment to undertake research that aligns with department of health priorities and her research interests as well as develop state guidance and policies.
Miranda is CI and an executive member of the NHMRC CRE Stillbirth, President Elect of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and executive member of the PSANZ-IMPACT network.

Tina Pettigrew

Tina’s experience in the maternity service arena is rich and diverse spanning more than 30 years. From her rural consumer advocacy roots, to a proven midwifery leader and innovator in clinical midwifery practice, Tina has developed specialist expert knowledge and skills in managing and working in midwifery continuity of care models, and in particular, midwifery group practice (MGP) as the key to sustaining rural maternity care and in improving perinatal outcomes for disadvantaged women. Tina is the Maternity Services Coordinator at Maryborough District Health Service in the Central Goldfields of Victoria, which has recently implemented MGP as standard care for all women. Her commitment continues to ensure rural women have access to quality and safe maternity care close to home, within a multidisciplinary and collaborative framework of maternity service provision.

Rebecca Rodgers

Rebecca is the acting Unit Head of the Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). She has a background in policy implementation; research and evaluation; training and development; and data collection, analysis and reporting on a range of social policy issues. Before joining the AIHW she worked in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the NSW Cabinet Office and local authorities and partnerships in the United Kingdom. Of particular interest are issues relating to women, children and young people. Since joining the AIHW she has worked in areas looking at the health and welfare of children and young people, primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and maternal and perinatal health. Her current role includes managing the collection and reporting around maternity models of care and looking at access to maternity services. This is funded through the Department of Health and Aged Care through its National Maternity Data Development Project.

Liz Wilkes

Liz has been a midwife since 1995 and has been in private practice for the past 16 years. Liz is well known for her lobbying and advocacy at all levels of government and she was in the first group of Medicare midwives in Australia. Her main levels of acumen are in policy and business development. She has an MBA from Griffith University. Liz is currently the Managing Director of My Midwives and Vice President of Midwives Australia, Liz's midwifery goal is to ensure that every woman in Australia has a midwife who she knows providing care in birth. Liz is passionate that every woman feels informed, safe, respected and cared for during this special time.

Program Outline

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Ticket Information

Ticket Price

ACM Member $199
Non Member $299
ACM Graduate Member $100
ACM Student Member $100
Student or Graduate Non-Member* $180


*If you are a Student or Graduate Non-Member - please call us to book your ticket 02 6230 7333.

Qualify for CPD Hours

7 hours of CPD

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given up to 14 days prior to the event. An organisation may send an alternative delegate if registration has been paid in full and the registered person is unable to attend. Please click here to read our full list of terms and conditions

Monday, 20 February 2023
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Member Price: $199
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
27 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
7.00 CPD Hours