ACM QLD State Conference 2021

8:30am Friday, 5 March 2021
5:00pm Saturday, 6 March 2021
Figs on Sylvan
65 Sylan Road
Toowong, Queensland 4066


Midwives: Now and into the future

The title of the conference is Midwives: now and into the future’.

Paula Medway

Paula is the senior midwifery advisor in the South Australian Department of Health and Wellbeing.  She is also chair of the South Australian Branch of the ACM and in 2019 was made an ACM Fellow.  She has worked across the length and breadth of midwifery practice in all kinds of models of care in both the Northern Territory and South Australia.  In both her SA Health and ACM roles she is active in working towards the removal of barriers that prevent midwives working to their full scope of practice, and is an unashamed advocate for midwifery continuity models. Her aim in life, in the words of South Australia suffragette Mary Lee, is to leave the world a better place for mothers, babies and midwives than she found it.

Rachel Reed

Dr Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Lead in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has practised midwifery in a range of models and settings in the United Kingdom and Australia. 

Rachel is a writer, presenter and researcher who focuses on physiological birth, women's rights and midwifery practice. Rachel has been invited to speak at national and international events and has published widely. She is the author of the award-winning blog MidwifeThinking, and her most recent book is 'Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage: weaving ancient wisdom with modern knowledge'.

Sarah Buckley

Dr Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP with qualifications in GP obstetrics. She has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997 and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.

Sarah has a special interest in the hormones of physiological labour and birth and the impacts of interventions. In 2015 she completed an extensive report on this topic, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US).

She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, researching oxytocin and the autonomic nervous system in labour and birth. She has co-authored several papers on oxytocin in labour, birth and breastfeeding.

Sarah is also the mother of four children, all born at home and now in their teenage years and beyond. She lives on the semi-rural outskirts of Brisbane.


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