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2024 QLD State Conference

2024 QLD State Conference

Event Description

The Australian College of Midwives State Conference is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Join us in Toowoomba for the 2024 QLD State Conference. This years theme is Together Towards Tomorrow and will be featuring keynote speakers, Dr Hazel Keedle, Dr Nigel Lee and Anne Bousfield.

Following the conference, on Sunday 5th May, please join the QLD Branch on their walk to celebrate International Day of the Midwife!  Register for the walk in Queens Park here.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Hazel Keedle

Dr Hazel Keedle, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer of Midwifery at The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Hazel has more than two decades of experience as a clinician in nursing and midwifery, educator and researcher. Hazel’s research interests are vaginal birth after caesarean, birth trauma and maternity experiences explored primarily using feminist mixed methodologies. Hazel's work is recognised nationally and internationally, with many invited conference and seminar presentations including academic publications and a book for women based on her PhD findings ‘Birth after Caesarean: Your Journey to a Better Birth’. Hazel is the lead researcher on the largest maternity experiences survey, The Birth Experience Study. Hazel is also the Co-Editor in Chief of The Practising Midwife Australia from All4Maternity which was launched in September 2022.

Join Dr. Hazel Keedle for a captivating keynote presentation that delves into the heart of maternity care.  Dr. Keedle will share data from the Birth Experience Study, Australia's largest survey of its kind. From the analysis of over 9,000 open text comments, Hazel will reveal women's perspectives on:
The realities of maternity care: What are the strengths and concerns within the current system?
Unmet needs and desires: What aspects of maternity care do women yearn for?
A vision for the future: How can we bridge the gap between current experiences and women's aspirations?

Get ready for a thought-provoking exploration that promises to:
Shed light on the lived experiences of mothers.
Spark crucial conversations about birthing practices.
Inspire action towards a more empowering and fulfilling maternity care system.

Dr Nigel Lee

Dr Nigel Lee is a midwife and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland. His passion for research is underpinned by many years of clinical experience, predominantly in labour and birth care. He has led several multicentre randomised trials and the first qualitative studies into the use of water injections for pain relief during labour. These studies have established the efficacy, safety and most effective techniques of the procedure contributing to the implementation across Australia and internationally. He has also undertaken and published research in areas such as first and second stage labour management, and strategies for reducing perineal trauma. He is the recipient of a number of research awards and grants, most recently being a NHMRC Investigator Fellowship (EL1).  Nigel's keynote presentation is titled 'Sterile Water Injections: From midwifery voodoo to (almost) accepted practice, and beyond' and will explore current research, best techniques, recent innovations, potential for the future and how developing the role of the clinician researcher now is essential for tomorrow's midwifery.

Qualify for CPD Hours

12 hours of CPD

Ticket Information


Ticket Price
ACM Member       $385.00 
Non Member   $550.00 
ACM Affiliate Member   $385.00
ACM Graduate Member               $320.00  
ACM Student Member   $275.00     


Earlybird registration closed on 16th February.

Conference Dinner

We'd love to see you at the 'Roaring 20’s' themed Conference Dinner on Friday 3rd May! Dust off your best flapper fashion (sequins, beads, fringing, feathers!) and get ready to Charleston the night away in recognition of this incredible generation of women who pushed barriers to economic, political and sexual freedom.

Tickets are $65 per person for a two course meal.  Tickets can be purchased by adding the Conference Dinner Program Item to your registration. 

** Please note the conference dinner is currently at capacity.  You can register your interest to attend via the 'Add to Waitlist' button within your registration.  If a place becomes available, you will be notified.

Accommodation Information & Venue Parking Information

Stay onsite at the conference location and benefit from a conference specific room rate at the Burke & Wills Hotel.  Use discount code ACM2024. 

Parking in the Burke & Wills Hotel carpark is limited and provided on a subject to availability basis.  All conference delegates (unless they are staying at the hotel) will be charged $20 for parking per day. 

There are council carparks located behind the hotel on Annand Street where full day parking is $9.50.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that circumstances can change, however ACM has contractual commitments with venues for in person events and as such requires adequate written notice for any cancellations. From 1 January 2024, the following will apply to requests for cancellations/refunds:

  Cancellation more than 28 days prior to event date        - Full refund provided (minus an admin fee of $75.00) 
  Cancellation less than 28 days, but more than 14 days   - Credit applied to profile for future use (minus an admin fee of $75.00)
  Cancellation 14 days or less prior to event date    - No credit or refund provided

Please contact [email protected] regarding any event cancellations. Refunds will only be available if written notice is provided well in advance of the event date. Please click here to read our full event cancellation terms and conditions.

Friday, 03 May 2024 to
Saturday, 04 May 2024
8:30 am
Member $385 / Non Member $550
Burke & Wills Hotel
554 Ruthven Street
Toowoomba City QLD 4350
12.00 CPD Hours