Conference: NSW Annual State Conference 2016

8:00am Friday, 29 July 2016
5:00pm Saturday, 30 July 2016
Blue Mountains
1 Sublime Point Road
Leura, New South Wales 2780

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When/Where: 29 July 2016 - 30 July 2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm @ Fairmont Resort, Leura, Blue Mountains

Whats included: Full registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Dinner: is on the 29th, tickets are $75 each, click here to register (will open in a new page).

The theme will be Christmas in July.  Get your Jingle Bells on and come and join us!

Prices: Full conference (2 days) and 1 Day only options availble, see details below

Program: click here for Planned program outline and here for Keynote Speaker details

Our conference will address topical issues of Obesity, Domestic Violence, Women in Custody, Refugees, Complexity and more… 

Please note - the call for abstracts has now closed and we thank you for your interest in the conference.  All abstract authors will receive notification of the outcome of their abstract by 29 April 2016.  The final program will then be available mid-May

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Full Registration.  Please note that your conference registration fee will not be refunded if you cancel your registration after Friday 15 July 1700hrs.

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EARLY BIRD PRICING ends on Friday 17th June



28 July 2016  
16:00 - 18:00  
18:00 - 19:00  
29 July 2016Day 1 
09:00 - 09:20WelcomeTraditional and ACMNSW Chair
09:20 - 10:00Key Note  “Intermittent Auscultation: Do we get it right? When and How”

Robyn Maude
10:00 - 10:30ACM NationalAnn Kinnear
10:30 - 11:00Morning Tea 
11:00 - 11:20
Are current guidelines for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) prophylaxis causing iatrogenic microbial and epigenetic harm for minimal short-term gain?Kathryn Braye
11:20 - 11:40Complexity or normality?- midwifery perineal suturing ac-creditationFiona Campbell
11:40 - 12:00 
Climbing the mountain together: Privately Practicing Mid-wives supporting women who have a VBAC at homeHazel Keedle
12:00 - 12:20Outcomes of pregnancy complicated by gestational diabe-tes at Westmead hospital: impact of country of birthBeata Gidaszewski
12:20 - 12:40Taking Willow HomeJesse Star and Jo Hunter
12:40 - 13:40Lunch 
13:40 - 14:20Key NoteJo Spangaro
14:20 - 14:40Learning the whispers and language of a complex woman from a deviant mountain climber and her teamLouise Everitt
14:40 - 15:00Achieving better health outcomes for complex pregnant women in Kings CrossNicole Christie and Kate Salisbury
15:00 - 15:30Afternoon Tea 
15:30 - 15:50MIDWIFE STORIES - Writing What You Love. An oral presentationFiona McArthur
15:50 - 16:10Maintaining safety - a shared responsibilityMargaret Cooke
16:10 - 16:50Knocked up in lock up - Mountain views from a prison cellJacqui Woods
16:50   Close Day 1 
30 July 2016 Day 2 
08:00 - 08:45Student Breakfast 
09:00 - 09:10Welcome Day 2 
09:10 - 10:00Key Note Address: 'Ford every stream, Follow every rain-bow, midwifery and complexity'Kate Dyer (AM)
10:00 - 10:20Perinatal transfers - PALLyn Passant
10:20 - 10:40Obstetrics & NSW Air Ambulance – High and low acuity midwifery careChris Wildey
10:40 - 11:10Morning Tea 
11:10 - 11:30Baby Friendly Expansion. Why the hard climb?Susanna Scurry
11:30 - 11:50Pregnancy and birth outcomes in women with a history of childhood sexual abuseMarjan Khajehei
11:50 - 12:10
Promoting perinatal resilience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - Findings from a Yarning CircleSkye Parson's
12:10 - 12:40AGM 
12:40 - 13:40Lunch 
13:40 - 14:00MOTY/Raffles/Prizes 
14:00 - 14:40IVFProfessor William Ledger
14:40 - 15:00
“Walking with Two” – Strategies for working with Women with complex needs due to intellectual disability during the childbearing journeyNamira Williams
15:00 - 15:20I was supposed to feel happySheryl Sidery
15:20 - 15:40Student presentationTBA
15:40 - 16:00Closing presentationTBA
16:00   Close Conference and Farewells 


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - read more about our Keynote Speakers here

Dr Robyn Maude (PhD, MA (Midwifery), BN, RM, RN, PGCHLT)

Senior Lecturer, Director Student Research, Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand.  Robyn will discuss Intermittent Auscultation as a valuable tool for fetal welfare assessment for both complex and normal labours covering aspects of when to use and the research around the best methods of auscultation.  How IA is an important adjunct to FHR monitoring.

Ms Kate Dyer. AM. (M Mid, Grad Dip CM, RM, RN)

Clinical Midwifery Consultant for High Risk Pregnancies, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney.  Kate will be sharing her experience of working with women with complex pregnancies.  She will share some of the women’s stories and discuss her role in supporting women through what can be one of life’s most difficult times.

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