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Focus On... Endorsed Midwives

Focus On... Endorsed Midwives

Event Description

Introducing the first event in our new virtual series FOCUS ON… ENDORSED MIDWIVES.

This 6 hour event will give you a deeper understanding of Medicare, Digital Health Records, Risk Management, Sexual Reproductive Healthcare and more whether you're an endorsed midwife or considering endorsement.

The event will be fully recorded and recordings will be available to registrants after the event.

ACM is committed to presenting a full program of virtual and face to face events each year to support your professional development, no matter your location. Our FOCUS ON… events are interactive with the opportunity to ask questions throughout the day.
Book now to be part of this informative and educational program.



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.

Jaimee Smith

Jaimee is an endorsed privately practicing midwife who works out of the Launceston Birth Centre. The LBC is the oldest independent birth house in Australia and has been offering private midwifery care and homebirth to women in northern Tasmania for 40 years. Jaimee loves being 'with women' throughout their pregnancy, labour / birth and postpartum period to support them to feel safe, loved, informed and capable as they navigate the many changes in this season of their lives.

Jaimee is married with four children and prior to being a midwife worked as a remote area nurse in outback Queensland and on a remote island of Indonesia. She is also an experienced and passionate childbirth educator, enjoys public speaking (weird right?!) and mentors other midwives who are transitioning into private practice through Melanie the Midwife's mentorship program.

Michelle Warriner

Michelle Warriner is an endorsed midwife working in private practise. Michelle is the chair for the Queensland committee for the Australian College of Midwives. She was in the first cohort of endorsed midwives in Australia, studying at Flinders University. Michelle’s career expands over remote midwifery in first nations communities in WA, MGP’s for vulnerable populations caring for young mothers, refugees, and then into private practise for the last twelve years. Michelle has had the privilege of supporting the design, implementation, and operation of innovative midwifery models of care such as BIOC North and My Midwives Brisbane. Michelle is passionate about continuity of midwifery care and midwives supported to work to their full scope of practise. Over the last twelve years she has supported families choosing a home birth or a birth in hospital as a credentialled midwife across Brisbane Metro North and Toowoomba. Michelle is passionate about mentoring and supporting midwives into private practise and home birth. Her recent postgraduate qualifications in health service management will assist in one of her dreams of contributing towards expanding continuity of midwifery care in Queensland and Australia.

Hannah Quanchi

Hannah Quanchi is an endorsed midwife working in private practice. She is one of five Directors of My Midwives, Australia’s largest private midwifery practice. She is a Midwives Australia committee member. She achieved her endorsement in 2013 through her studies at Griffith University. Hannah’s experience in midwifery is across various locations in Victoria and Queensland, including rural and tertiary settings. She has been working in private practice for over 10 years and prides herself in being about work across the full scope of practice including home birth and hospital birth with visiting rights at multiple hospitals. Hannah is a strong believer in the benefits of continuity-of-care for all women and wishes to integrate this model as affordable mainstream primary care for all families. Hannah is passionate about mentoring students and new midwives into reaching their fullest potential and expanding their scope of practice.

Petrina Halloran

Petrina Halloran is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Policy Manager for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. In this role she develops the policies, standard and guidelines for the regulation of nurses and midwives. Petrina has held a number of senior management and policy roles over the past 15 years and has previously worked for the Department of Human Services Nurse Policy Branch and the Nurses Board of Victoria.

Petrina held an executive management role at the Nurses Board of Victoria and has extensive experience in the regulation of nurses and midwives at both a state based and National level.

Andrea Quanchi

Andrea Quanchi has been a midwife for nearly 40 years working across rural, regional and metropolitan hospitals in Victoria. She commenced private practice in 2000 and joined My Midwives n 2010. She is an endorsed midwife working in n both private practice and employed in a public hospital where she is able to use her endorsement across both roles. She became the first midwife in Victoria to be credentialed in a public hospital and is also credentialed in Queensland at Toowoomba.

Alicia Graham

Alicia is a Digital Health Educator at the Australian Digital Health Agency. She has 8 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, in pharmacy as a dispensary Technician/ Pharmacy assistant and in medical practice as a senior receptionist. She is passionate about healthcare and how the digital tools can improve patient care and help healthcare providers streamline their approach.

Sophie Donnelly

Sophie Donnelly is a senior policy officer in the Department of Health and Aged Care. She is passionate about health reform and specialises in policy development, with eight years of experience navigating complex policy and legislative matters relating to primary care. Sophie’s interest in primary care was ignited by her previous work in the early childhood sector, recognising the critical importance of the first five years of life. She is particularly proud to be part of the team working on the removal of collaborative arrangements. Sophie is an enthusiastic leader and trusted mentor, her approach to complex policy issues reflects her commitment for continuous improvement.

Hallie Barron

Hallie has provided risk management services to Privately Practising Midwives for the past 10 years.
Hallie’s role as Clinical Risk Coordinator involves helping MIGA clients including Privately Practising Midwives, doctors and practice managers better mitigate medico-legal risks in their practice. The education and assistance provided by Hallie is centred around the variety of legislative and regulatory instruments that influence clinical practice. Combined with MIGA’s claims experience the education helps midwives modify practice to meet the changing requirements and complaints trends.
Hallie’s experience prior to her risk management role was as a Registered Nurse in the QLD hospital and health sector.

Women and their family may come to the birthing experience with a many expectations, some realistic and some possibly not. Understanding these and working to align them with your expectations, builds trust, saves time, and can mitigate against concerns and complaints. Open and clear communication, in all forms, is integral to ensuring expectations for the care you provide are aligned. The session aims to reinforce strategies to help midwives manage the expectations of their clients and ward off possible complaints.

Qualify for CPD Hours

6 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

Wednesday, 22 November 2023
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
ACM Members $99 / Non-Members $149
6.00 CPD Hours