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2024 NSW State Conference

2024 NSW State Conference

Event Description

Join us for the ACM 2024 NSW State Conference in Kiama! This year's theme is ‘Midwives Making Waves'.

We are excited to announce we will be welcoming Dr Jana Pittman, Melanie Briggs, Sarah Mumm and Dr Helen Cooke as keynote speakers.

Event Information

This event is a two day conference being held at the The Pavilion in Kiama on Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May.

There will be a conference dinner on Friday 24th May at the conference venue.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Jana Pittman

Two times World Champion, four times Commonwealth Champion, in the sport of athletics, Jana Pittman personifies resilience and determination. When continued injuries hampered her athletic career could have signalled retirement, she swapped the track for the ice. Jana joined the Australian Women’s bobsleigh team, to become the first women to represent Australia in both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. Outside of sport Jana has completed a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery and a Masters of Reproductive Medicine, she is now a practising Doctor in the field of Women’s Health. In 2021 Jana joined the cast of Channel 7’s SAS Australia making it to the last day and the only woman remaining in the final four recruits. With Jana’s passion for women’s health Jana is an ambassador for the ‘Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’ and writes a regular column in New Idea. Jana is a mother to six children with the youngest being twins who are now 18 months old.

Melanie Briggs

Walawaanii, nyama Melanie Briggs and descend from the Gumbaynggirr and Dharawal peoples.

Melanie is a mum to two beautiful children living on the traditional sacred lands of the Maramarang people. Melanie has a Bachelor of Midwifery, Master of Primary Maternity Care and an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management. Melanie is an Endorsed midwife who works at Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Wellbeing Aboriginal Corporation and manages the Birthing on Country program. Melanie possesses knowledge and experience of the co-design and legislative change for NSW Private Health Facilities Act 2023 for standalone birth centres to remove requirements that restrict and reduce midwifery led continuity of care and autonomy. She has been involved in the review and development of national strategies, frameworks, and governance to enhance First Nations perspectives on cultural safety and the inclusion of raising awareness of racism in the health system, First Nations maternal and neonatal outcomes. Melanie feels her ancestral responsibility is to use her knowledge and skills to create and nurture a culturally safe maternity workforce by raising awareness of racism, that will improve outcomes for First Nations women and their babies. .

Dr Helen Cooke PhD, MNRes, BHScMan, RM, RN

A registered midwife for the past 43 years, Helen has a PhD in Interprofessional Education based on her work as the NSW Health Project Officer for the Fetal welfare, Obstetric emergency, Neonatal resuscitation Training (FONT) program. Helen has been an instructor and Board member for AMaRE (Advanced Maternity and Reproductive Education) for the past 23 years, teaching AIMS/PIMS and BABE. Working with AMaRE provided Helen the opportunity to meet clinicians from across Australia learning about different hospitals and the variety of care and clinical practices. Passionate about providing midwifery support for all women Helen has a special interest in caring for women with complex pregnancies. Helen’s clinical work for the past 20 years has been as a Clinical Midwifery Consultant firstly based at Nepean Hospital in Sydney and then across the Nepean Blue Mountains Health Service and then at the Perinatal Services Network working across NSW. Now semi-retired, Helen is able to focus on the areas of maternity care that have held her interest over the years, clinical case review and maternity service review.

Sarah Mumm

Sarah Mumm is a mum, wife, founder, solicitor and all round super human. As a solicitor, she is general counsel at Silico Quantum Computing and formerly of the Australian Olympic Committee. Drawing on her experience as a grieving parent, Sarah’s story of managing the unthinkable and turning your worst nightmare into a force for good, will enthral you. Her heartbreaking, raw, real life story will touch your heart, inspire you and unlock your untapped resilience.

Qualify for CPD Hours

11 hours of CPD

Ticket Information

Full Price ticket costs now apply as Early Bird closed on 8th March 2024.. 

   Early Bird      Full Price    
ACM Member    $350.00    $385.00   
Non-Member  $495.00  $550.00  
Affiliate Member        $350.00  $385.00  
Graduate Member        $290.00  $320.00  
Student Member  $250.00  $275.00  

Please note the Conference Dinner is an additional cost. Tickets are $75 per person and can be added to your conference registration.

Shark Tank

We want to hear your creative and innovative ideas! Join us for our inaugural 'Shark Tank' at this years conference.
Pitch your best midwifery idea or concept to our own panel of “Midwifery Sharks”.

Submissions must include a title and maximum of 250 words outlining your pitch. Email submissions to [email protected] by Friday 23rd February

Pitch must not exceed 4 mins (Can include props/Powerpoint - be as creative as you like).

The idea or concept does not have to currently exist or even be at the planning stage. It might just be a fantastic idea you have had for years that you would love to present to your midwifery colleagues and receive feedback from midwifery experts.

For further details or information please contact Nicole Greig on 0419440943 or email [email protected]

Conference Dinner

We'd love to see you at the 'Surf and Turf' themed Conference Dinner on Friday 24th May!   Tickets can be purchased by adding the Conference Dinner to your registration. Tickets are $75 per person for a two course meal and DJ to get you moving and grooving on the dancefloor. 

Accommodation Information

Kiama offers various accommodation options. The following providers have codes for conference delegates.

 Nova Kiama   PAVCOR24   
 Kiama Holiday Parks - 10% discount for conference delegates     PAVC10  
 Kiama Shores - for stays of two or more nights   Pav50  
 Kiama Shores - 10% discount for guests staying one night   Pav10  
 South Coast Holidays - use the exclusive code to receive 25% discount when booking direct    KMCW  


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, 24 May 2024 to
Saturday, 25 May 2024
9:00 am
Member $385.00 / Non-Member $550.00 (see Ticket Information)
The Pavilion
2 Bong Bong Street
Kiama NSW 2533
11.00 CPD Hours