Join us for our second event in our new virtual series FOCUS ON... POPULATION HEALTH.
This 6 hour event will give you an insight into preventative health and lifestyle impacts on pregnancy. It will cover common topics in pregnancy such as Alcohol, Vaping, Smoking, Cervical Screening, Safe Eating, Diabetes, Maternal Weight, Antidepressant effect on the newborn infant, Immunisations and Baby Weight.
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.
Dr Ju Lee Oei
Dr Oei is a senior neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and Visiting Medical Officer in Addiction Medicine in Murrumbidgee Local Health District NSW. She is lead author of the 2023 Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Guidelines for the NSW Ministry of Health, health lead of the 2022 Technical Report for the long-term care of children exposed to prenatal opioids for the United Nations Office of Drug Control, Vice Chair of the Ipokrates Foundation, the not for profit neonatal education foundation dedicated to disseminating global knowledge exchange for newborn medicine, Chair of the Paediatric Research Committee and member of the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Her research interests are in the use of oxygen for newborn infants and in substance use in pregnancy and parenting.
Distinguished Professor David Simmons
Distinguished Professor Simmons, MA, MBBS, FRACP, FRCP, MD (Cantab), is the Professor of Medicine at the Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School, Head of the Campbelltown Hospital Endocrinology Department. With over 400 refereed publications he was the 2020 American Diabetes Association Norbert Freinkel and 2022 Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group Pederson Awardee. He is the current president of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) and was a member of the World Health Organisation technical working group on the criteria for hyperglycaemia in pregnancy. He remains a practising endocrinologist with diabetes in pregnancy and young adult diabetes clinics.
Jane-Ellen Morrow has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since her diagnosis in 2004 at the age of 10. In this time she has represented her fellow Type 1 friends as an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has spoken in state and federal parliament on the impact of Type 1 diabetes and mental health while also being invited to speak at events for Medtronic, Abbott & Roche Diabetes Care.
Following her schooling years, Jane-Ellen studied Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney. She worked in television and radio as a producer for the likes of John Laws, Lisa Wilkinson, Sylvia Jeffries & Karl Stefanovic. She moved into Pharmaceutical sales, eventually landing a job with Medtronic Diabetes where she currently works full time as a Diabetes Therapy Consultant. Jane-Ellen is happily married to Corey and is a mother to two beautiful boys. Dusty who turned 2 today and Ryder who is 6 months old. For her, having two healthy babies while living with a chronic illness is the biggest achievement of her life.
Dr Briony Hill
Dr Briony Hill is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Deputy Head of the Health and Social Care Unit at Monash University. Briony's research interests centre on weight stigma across the preconception, pregnancy and postpartum periods. Before turning her research focus to weight stigma, she worked extensively in the field of maternal obesity and diet/physical activity behaviours and their link with psychological and social factors. She applies an Ecological Systems Theory lens to her research to recognise the broader impacts on weight management that extend through the community, society and government. As part of this work, Briony is one of only a small handful of researchers globally pursuing research to understand how we can eradicate weight stigma at all levels to reduce the burden and blame on women across the reproductive life phase.
Dr Sonya Ennis
Dr Sonya Ennis is the Manager of Immunisation at NSW Health. Her interest in immunisation officially began in 2003 when she joined the National Meningococcal C Vaccination Program and was a Senior Policy Analyst in the immunisation unit for many years before taking on the Manager’s role in 2018. Before joining the immunisation unit, Sonya was a Registered Nurse for many years in ICU. Sonya completed a Master of Public Health in 2008 and a Professional Doctorate of Public Health in 2018 where her research interests were measles and pertussis control in vulnerable populations.
Dr Michelle Cretikos
Dr Michelle Cretikos is a public health physician with a PhD in health services research. She has extensive experience in public health policy, system management, population health program delivery, epidemiology and evaluation.
Michelle is currently Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence within the Population and Public Health division. Michelle was Deputy Chief Health Officer during the COVID-19 response, and previously Director in the Centre for Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Director of the Public Health Information Systems Branch. Michelle has also worked at a local level as a medical epidemiologist.
Michelle has a focus on improving surveillance, program evaluation, equity of access to care, quality of care and overall health outcomes for the NSW community.
Corinne Avery is a passionate public health advocate and a change agent in women's health as the Project Officer for the NSW Cervical Screening Program at the Cancer Institute NSW. A professional with a Bachelor of Health Science and a candidate for a Master of Public Health, Corinne brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her role, with a focus on advocating for every woman to be presented with the choice to undergo cervical screening, a critical step towards early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, and the collaborative efforts required by health professionals to ensure that no women is left behind in the journey towards a cancer-free future.
In this webinar, Corinne will present updates and insights from the NSW Cervical Screening Program; the global vision for eliminating cervical cancer and Australia's role in achieving it; the essential role of midwives in early intervention and health education that can facilitate linkage with the healthcare service and empower women to prioritise cervical screening; and practical strategies for collaborative efforts within the healthcare landscape to ensure that all eligible women have access to cervical screening in all maternity services.
Kidest Nadew is a healthcare professional with a diverse background in paediatric nursing, global health, and healthcare program management. She has worked in various settings, contributing to health programs in child health, HIV/AIDS, PMTCT services and vaccine initiatives. She holds a Master's in Nursing from the University of Sydney and is pursuing a doctorate at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Dr Marilyn Clarke
FRANZCOG, AFRACMA, GradDipClinEpi (UoN), MBBS Class II Hon (Syd)
Academic advisor, Southern Cross University
Dr Marilyn Clarke is a proud Worimi woman and Australia’s first Aboriginal obstetrician & gynaecologist. She is based on the north coast of NSW and has over 20 years of clinical experience in her specialty. She was appointed Clinical Director of O&G in the Coffs Clinical Network in 2021. Her research interests include smoking cessation care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women, and culturally safe models of antenatal care for First Nations women. She is current chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Committee.
Sara Noonan is a registered nurse and health researcher, and has been the rheumatic heart disease Technical Advisor with Menzies School of Health Research since 2009. She established Australia’s first RHD control program in 1997 and is a co-lead author and production editor of the Australian RHD clinical guidelines. Internationally, Sara worked with the World Heart Federation to support RHD program development in Pacific Island countries.
Sara will provide a brief overview of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease with a focus on risk factors and issues related to antenatal care and pregnancy. She will also highlight some recent research into RHD in pregnancy.
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM FAHMS FRSN MD MPhil MBBS FRACP FRCPCH FRCP
Elizabeth is a Distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney and a Paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Westmead where she is Head of the NSW Service for Assessment and Management of FASD; and Co-Director of the Centre for Care and Intervention for Children Affected by Drugs and Alcohol. She is Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit for the study of rare childhood disorders, Co-Chair of the Australia Government’s National fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Advisory Group, and a Director of the Boards of the National Organisation on FASD (NOFASD) Australia and Royal Far West. She holds a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Leadership Investigator Grant. For over 20 years she has had a specific focus on clinical care, research, advocacy, and policy development for the recognition and prevention of FASD.
Internationally, she is a consultant for the WHO (developing guidelines for identification and management of alcohol misuse during pregnancy; and establishing the global burden of birth defects) was an invited speaker at the WHO’s inaugural Global Summit on Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling; and contributed to an International Charter for the Prevention of FASD.
In Australia, she led development of the first Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD, the FASD Hub Australia, the FASD Australian Registry, and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in FASD. She contributed to 2009 national (NHMRC) alcohol guidelines and Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Australian Medical Association (AMA) policy. She was involved in developing the Learning with FASD resources for educators and the Every Moment Matters national awareness campaign on the harms of alcohol in pregnancy, and in advocacy for pregnancy warning labels on alcohol, implemented in 2023. Her research includes epidemiological, pregnancy cohort and prevention studies to address FASD, including in out-of-home care and the juvenile justice system. She has led research in the very remote Fitzroy Valley of WA since 2009, including the Lililwan (FASD prevalence), Bigiswun Kid (adolescent) and Jandu Yani-U parenting programs.
Marie an Endorsed Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In her current role as Senior Health Promotion Advisor at The Foundation for Alcohol, Research and Education she is working on the ‘Every Moment Matters’ campaign. Marie works closely with FASD advocates, clinical experts, charities, and a range of stakeholder groups to share important campaign messaging, resources, and educational materials supporting people to have alcohol free pregnancies. With a diverse clinical midwifery background in the UK, USA and Australia Marie understands the impact midwives and midwifery care can have in empowering women and their families to make important choices about their health.
This presentation will discuss current advice on alcohol and breastfeeding from the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.
We will also highlight how Midwives can increase their knowledge and skills when supporting families to breastfeed in line with the guidelines, including effective strategies to ensure any breastmilk baby receives is free from alcohol.
Keira is a communicable diseases epidemiologist and Director of NSW Health’s One Health Branch, which coordinates the strategic public response to diseases transmitted from the environment sources (including food, animals and vectors) and public health emergency preparedness functions. She has been involved in several large public health investigations of diseases affecting pregnant women and their neonates, including as the national lead epidemiologist into the listeria outbreak linked to rockmelons in 2018. She has a particular interest in the interplay between environmental conditions, human behaviour and disease risk, and how technology can be used to support busy mums to make safer choices.