ACM NSW State Conference 2018

9:00am Friday, 31 August 2018
5:00pm Saturday, 1 September 2018
Novotel Wollongong
2-14 Cliff Road
North Wollongong, South Australia 2520


Midwifery - Coasting along or rising to the challenge?

The NSW Branch of ACM invite you all to attend the annual state conference being held in Wollongong on 31st Aug – 1st Sep 2018. 
What a wonderful way to welcome spring and the blossoming of new life, at the sea side with midwifery colleagues celebrating our professional work. 
This conference themes will challenge you all to consider our professional position. 

Are we coasting along, or more importantly what are we doing to face the challenges of the future for midwifery care and the sustaining of the profession for the future? 
Come and join us for a wonderful two days of learning together, meeting old friends, and making new midwifery friends.  We hope to see you all there!



This year's theme include Becoming Political, Challenges in Practice, Practice Change, Preparing the Workforce of the Future and Working With Diversity.

NSW State Conference Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr Helen McLachlan

Helen McLachlan is Professor and Discipline Head (Midwifery) at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University and has over 20 years’ experience in mother and infant health research.
She has methodological expertise in randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, before and after studies, qualitative methods and health service evaluations. Her research interests including maternity models of care and place of birth, Aboriginal maternal and child health, perinatal depression, and breastfeeding. She is currently lead investigator on a large NHMRC partnership grant exploring the impact of continuity of midwife care on the health of Aboriginal mothers and babies.

Dr Cathy Adams

Cathy is currently the Clinical Midwifery Consultant for Northern NSW LHD. Over her career she has worked in different countries as well as different areas of Australia across all levels of services from Tertiary facilities to stand alone birth centres and homebirth. Cathy recognises that all places are different as all women are different in our care and therefore it is not always possible to create a change that will be suitable or the same for all. Cathy has recently completed her Doctorate in Midwifery where implementation of change in maternity services became her focus. Cathy would like to share some of her observations and possible solutions to assess readiness for change that may be useful when considering practice change.


Jenna Price

Jenna Price is a journalist, academic, activist, family member and feminist. She is an enthusiastic contributor on a number of social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook, where much of her focus is on gender equality and fighting misogyny. Jenna is one of the co-founders of Destroy the Joint, an online feminist action group. She is a Fairfax columnist and regular contributor to independent online news and views sites such as The Conversation. Jenna is a major fan of midwives and has fond memories (and undying gratitude) of the midwives who supported her when she birthed her three babies in three very different ways.


Ticket Prices - Tickets are inclusive of two days conferencing. Conference Dinner Tickets are available seperately.

Non-members:    $500.00 

Members:           $350.00

Graduate Members: $275.00 

Student Members: $250.00

Single tickets are also available, please contact to register for a single day ticket.


Early Bird discount of 10% available until Friday 27th of July 2018. 

Conference Dinner Tickets

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NSW State Conference Prospectus

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