Management Skills for Future Midwifery Leaders
Two Day Virtual Workshop
Date: 13th and 14th August
This two day program has been designed for current and aspiring midwifery managers. Whether you're pitching for a promotion, or you are already working in a managerial position and would like to consolidate your knowledge and skills, gain the confidence you need by undertaking this new program. Spaces are limited to allow for classroom style engagement and discussion.
Remember, the cost of the program is tax deductible.
Topics and Speakers
Developing Leadership Skills
Caroline Homer is Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and Honorary Emeritus Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at UTS. She has more than 30 years of experience in practice, maternal and perinatal health research, midwifery education, guideline development and international work. She has been part of the team writing the State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 Report. In 2020, To mark the end of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, she was Named on the 2020 List of 100 Outstanding Women Nurse and Midwife leaders by WHO.
Caroline is passionate about midwifery, especially the provision of midwifery continuity of care and she has written widely in this area. She is also committed to quality midwifery education as the means to improve maternal and newborn care. She currently works globally to improve midwifery care especially in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2020, Caroline was appointed by the WHO’s Director General as the Inaugural Chair, WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition (2020-2022). She is a member of the NMHRC Council and a member of the Victorian Consultative Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality.
Strategic Leadership and Passionate Purpose
Tanya Farell is the Chair of Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) and Senior Maternity Advisor at Safer Care Victoria.
She is a midwife and a nurse - and holds 2 key roles that focus on improving healthcare for women, babies and children across Victoria.
As the Chair of CCOPMM she oversees the investigation and reporting of all maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and morbidity as well as providing advice to the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and Department of Health (DH) on strategies to improve clinical care and avoid preventable deaths and significant morbidity in Victoria. The Council also manages the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC), a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, in order to contribute to improvements in their health.
As the Maternity Advisor Tanya provides strategic clinical leadership and advice on issues related to maternity services and midwifery, particularly in relation to safety and quality improvement. Tanya is also an Adjunct Professor in Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Prior to these appointments she was the Executive Director of Midwifery and Nursing at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria.
Clinical Supervision and Professional Self-care
A registered nurse and midwife, with a Bachelor of Nursing, and Certificate of Instructional Skills. She has worked in a variety of areas including, paediatrics, medical, endocrine, intensive care, education and research and currently a passionate midwife, with over 30 years’ experience supporting childbearing women and families.
In 2008 she completed the endorsed programme ‘Clinical Supervision for Role Development’ with Paul Spurr at Clinical Supervision Consultancy and discovered a new passion, supporting midwives and others with Clinical Supervision. Since 2010 Bev has co-facilitated workshops for Clinical Supervision Consultancy using this model and presents at conferences, webinars and workshops on effective clinical supervision.
She has spent several years researching the impact clinical supervision has for midwives through a HETI Rural Research Capacity Building Program. Recently with the support of midwifery and research academics the findings were published in a peer review journal.
Supporting Health and Well-being of Midwives
Mark Aitken is a Registered Nurse and the Stakeholder Engagement Manager with Nurse & Midwife Support, the national 24/7 support service for nurses, midwives and students.
He has worked in many and varied areas of nursing and midwifery, including general surgical and medical units, critical care, sexual and reproductive health, education, research, project management, maternity services and residential, community and specialty aged care services.
He has held senior leadership positions within the aged care and health care sectors.
He was part of the team that established Nurse & Midwife Support in 2017; being part of this important service has been a career highlight.
He is passionate about the nursing and midwifery professions and supporting and mentoring students, early career nurses and midwives to ensure they have an exceptional start to their career.
Implementing Changes and Building Resilence and Boosting Morale
Sara is the Professor and Head of Midwifery at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She has worked with a range of midwifery and maternity services over the last 15 years to successfully implement small and large scale practice change. Sara has also held roles as a leader and manager, and she is a certified professional coach with knowledge and experience of supporting the development of resilience in those she works with.
Regulation for Midwifery Practice
Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey AM is the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Adj Prof Casey was first appointed to the National Board in 2015 and to the role as Chair in October 2020. She has held nursing and midwifery executive leadership positions in Queensland Health since 1997. Adj Prof Casey worked in nursing and midwifery director roles at The Prince Charles Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nursing Services Princess Alexandra Hospital and Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services, Metro South Health. Adj Prof Casey’s experience and expertise in the nursing and midwifery professions extends to national and international platforms, having served as an inaugural International Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) from 2010–December 2017. She has also been recognised for her contribution to the nursing and midwifery professions by being awarded the ANCC HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award for international contribution to nursing in 2011, the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award, Faculty of Health, 2018 for contribution to nursing and healthcare, and appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2019.
Conflict Resolution and Critical Conversation in the Workplace - TBC
Policy Development and Budget Management
Helen has been a Registered Midwife since 2003 and has extensive clinical midwifery and management experience within all areas of maternity for both community and hospital based care, She has been a senior manager of women’s and neonatal services within the NHS, UK and, since 2012 she has been employed by NSW Health working for both South Eastern and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts. Helen’s current role is as Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, The Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick. Her focus for quality improvement extends to developing and co-designing maternity services with women and their families. This has included developing homebirth services and extending midwifery continuity of care provision for all women throughout SESLHD, she also seeks to advocate for the midwifery profession through strengthening collaborative working with medical and other health professionals and was recently appointed co-chair for the new National Maternity Services Plan expert advisory group.
Building Effective Teams and Providing Effective Feedback
Maree has been a Midwifery Manager for past 27 years and a midwife for 37 years. During this time she has worked in rural, regional and tertiary health services. She has managed combined maternity units, birthing suites and a team of midwives. Her current position is as a midwifery manager of Midwifery Group Practice/ Homebirth @ Western Health in Melbourne. She loves being a midwife and in this current role she cares for midwives as they care for the women.
Registration - $890