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NSW 2023 State Conference

We invite you to the ACM NSW 2023 State Conference – our conference in Hunter Valley! The title of the conference is ‘The Fruits of our Labour'.

Event Description

We invite you to the ACM NSW 2023 State Conference – our conference in Hunter Valley! The title of the conference is ‘The Fruits of our Labour'.

Event Information

This event is a two day conference being held at the Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens.

There will be a conference dinner on Friday 24th March. 

Keynote Speakers

Nas Campanella

Nas Campanella is the ABC’s National Disability Affairs Reporter. Nas is totally blind and has a neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) which means she can’t read Braille. After completing a Communications degree at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in journalism she started with the ABC as a cadet. Nas has worked as a regional reporter in south eastern New South Wales and then as a triple j newsreader for seven years. In taking on this role, Nas became the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air. In 2020 she was appointed to the senior national Disability Affairs role.

Nas travels the world to speak at events, helping to motivate people on issues ranging from inclusive education, adaptive technology, accessible travel and the importance of empowerment and leadership for women. Now also a proud mum to her son, Nas also shares her experiences navigating motherhood as a parent with disability. As well as working in the area of policy development in Australia and across the Pacific, Nas has volunteered abroad creating disability awareness training programs for the United Nations and has held several board positions in the disability sector.

Nas is a freelance writer, MC and mentor and is an ambassador for three organisations; The Centre of Perinatal Excellence, Motivation Australia and the Royal Institute For Deaf and Blind Children.

Cathy Adams

Cathy has experienced a long and successful career as a midwife working across Australia, in several overseas countries, in many different roles and various models of care. Her career pathway has not been a planned one but rather one where she has responded to opportunities as they present themselves. Her most recent focus has been on development of mitigation strategies to influence quality and safety in Maternity Services. She also has an interest in how an understanding of neuroscience can facilitate leadership and engagement with others to create positive workplace cultures.

Associate Professor Donna Hartz

Associate Professor Donna Hartz is midwife and nurse with over 40 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, lecturer, manager, consultant and researcher. She identifies as a descendent of the Kamilaroi (Gomeroi) people. She has worked at a variety of tertiary and metropolitan maternity services and universities within New South Wales. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle University and holds adjunct positions at Western Sydney and Charles Darwin Universities. Donna has extensive experience in maternity care and service redesign, in particular midwifery-led models of care and maternity service clinical governance. Her current work agenda is informed by previous roles that include: a hospital accredited independent and homebirth midwife (1988-2000); the first NSW clinical midwife consultant in clinical governance, the implementation and evaluation of midwifery models of care in particular caseload midwifery at the primary midwifery led service, Ryde Midwifery Group and the large caseload midwifery model at the Royal Hospital for Women. She was the project manager and PhD student on the MANGO RCT. Her current major research projects include the BOOSt, the Best Start to Life Birthing on Country projects and the Bubs Quit Midwife clinical specialist smoking cessation RCT.

Professor Kathleen Baird

Professor Kathleen Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical and academic experience in all models of care which stretches over two continents. She is currently the Professor of Midwifery, Head of the Midwifery and leads the research stream Women and Children’s Health in the new emerging UTS Research Institute for Innovative Solutions for Wellbeing and Health (INSIGHT) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Kathleen is an executive member of SPHERE CAG for Women, Children and Newborn, and an executive member of the Australasian Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Trials Network. Kathleen’s research has a strong focus on maternity care, models of maternity care, women’s health and intimate partner violence particularly in relation to pregnancy.


Download the NSW 2023 State Conference Program

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Qualify for CPD Hours

12 hours of CPD

Ticket Information

REGISTRATION - Early bird discount rate closes 31st January 2023

Early bird

Full Price

ACM Member   $346.50    $385.00
Non Member   $495.00    $550.00 
ACM Associate Member   $346.50    $385.00 
ACM Graduate Member   $288.00    $320.00
ACM Student Member   $247.50    $275.00




24th March


25th March

ACM Member   $200.00     $180.00  
Non Member $285.00   $225.00  
ACM Associate Member $200.00   $180.00  
ACM Graduate Member $200.00   $180.00  
ACM Student Member $140.00   $120.00  


Conference Dinner Information

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 24th March at the conference venue - dinner tickets can be purchased at the checkout at a cost of $68 per person.

The theme for the dinner is to be confirmed!

Accommodation Information

Rooms at Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens are now fully booked

Alternative recommended accommodation nearby - 

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill - 500m from venue

Chateau Elan At The Vintage - 5.9km from venue

Kirkton Park Hunter Valley - 7km from venue

Please note Cessnock, has a variety of motels with availability.  Cessnock is a 10-minute drive from the Conference Venue. 

Potter Apartments - 8km from Venue

Wine Country Motor Inn - 13km from Venue

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

24/03/2023 8:00 AM - 25/03/2023 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens Broke Road Pokolbin, NSW 2090 AUSTRALIA


Friday, 24 March 2023

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Spots available
24/03/2023 6:00 PM

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