Management Skills

8:30am Friday, 25 June 2021
Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne, Victoria 3000


Management Skills for Future Midwifery Leaders
Three Day Workshop

Date: TBC

Venue: Melbourne, Victoria

This three day practical workshop has been designed as a hands on skills program 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 as are your accommodation and travel expenses.

Day 1

Developing leadership skills  - Caroline Homer

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

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. 

Mental health in the workplace - Tessa Moriarty

Tessa Moriarty is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse Consultant with over 40 years’ experience across public, private, and primary health care, mental health and drug and alcohol settings.  She has worked in a variety of senior leadership, management and executive roles and is an experienced group facilitator, clinical supervisor, and psychotherapist. 

Much of Tessa’s work in recent years has focused on supporting those working in clinical settings – providing individual and group clinical supervision, mentoring and reflective practice. 

She also works with Primary Health Networks and organisations on ensuring safety and quality of care through ensuring good clinical governance. 

She believes that the nursing and midwifery workforce and leaders of tomorrow must be led today, by managers and leaders who understand their responsibility to role model positive behaviours and practice in positive environments. Never before has the need for a mentally healthy workplace been so great. 

A good manager/leader understands, their role (and its importance to patient care), in shaping, growing, and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace. 


Pyschological safety and work/life balance - Mark Aitken

 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.

Day 2

Building effective teams & Providing effective feedback - Maree Dell

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.

Conflict resolution and critical conversation inthe workplace - Kate Dawson

Kate is a passionate midwife who has experience working in a wide range of midwifery models of care and leadership roles. She has worked as an educator within a health service and currently works as a midwifery lecturer and researcher in the University sector.  Kate is particularly interested in the views and attitudes of midwives toward their work, the well-being of midwives, student transition into midwifery practice, and the sustainability of midwifery led models of care.

Regulatory and legal rights for midwives - Shevaun O'Loghlen

Day 3

Policy development and budget management 

Implementing changes & Building resilence and boosting morale - Sara Bayes

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.


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