Online Live Panel - Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives

2:00pm Thursday, 20 May 2021
3:00pm Thursday, 20 May 2021
Webinar will run online
ACM Office
Online, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Online Live Panel

Join our Panelists as we discuss this year's IDM Theme: Follow the data, invest in midwives


Franka Cadée

Franka Cadée is serving her second term as the President of the International Confederation of Midwives. Previously, she served on the ICM Board as treasurer (2002-2008). Franka is an expert on sexual and reproductive healthcare in general and midwifery in particular, with over 30 years of strategy and policy development, advocacy, leadership, research and project management experience. She is known to many for her PhD research into twinning, a cross-cultural reciprocal process to strengthening the agency of midwives. With her anthropological and midwifery background plus personal experience of living and working across a range of differently resourced countries, she is well aware of the realities of the field and a strong proponent of a human rights based approach to healthcare. Currently she is a member of the Executive Board of the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health (PMNCH) representing the Health Care Professional Associations, a Board member of the ICM WithWomen charity, and a member of the High-Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up as well as a consultant on international collaboration to the Royal Dutch Association of Midwives (KNOV).  You can follow her on Twitter @FrankaCadee


Dr Belinda Maier

I have led a fairly eclectic midwifery career over the last nearly 30 years. I have worked in many ways as a midwife, ranging from private practice homebirth midwife who is endorsed, NICU, all risk Midwifery Group Practice that offered water birth and homebirth as standard practice in Adelaide, agency midwife working in rural and metro services across Adelaide and Queensland, teaching under and postgraduate midwives in a range of universities, Midwifery Advisor in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Queensland health and now as Strategic Midwifery Research and Policy Officer QNMU. I have worked in the Department of Health SA as project officer commencing the National Antenatal Guidelines, as advisor to the Parliamentary Secretary on Early Childhood Development Centres and have written South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Antenatal guidelines. I am a mentor and University lecturer currently at Griffith University, of midwives and midwifery students. I initiated contemporary care practice and pathways for mother and families experiencing stillbirth and perinatal loss and have worked on research projects including Hypnotherapy in pregnancy, Indigenous perinatal outcomes and father’s experiences of their child's chronic illness. I have taught CranaPlus courses to nurses and midwives for years now.

In 2006 I achieved my PhD which was titled, ‘I do worry every single day’: An analysis of women’s narratives of worry about childbirth.
My passion is that all women have equity of access to midwifery continuity of care and safe and timely access to respectful and appropriate medical care when she requires or chooses it: that midwives are able to fully embrace their professional role and evolving scope of practice where ever they work and whatever model of care they work in and that midwives and midwifery leadership has authority and value as the primary care providers of maternity care to all women in Australia.

Professor 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.

Rachael Yates
Rachael is the Advanced Midwife Manager, Maternal and Neonatal Services in the Rural Support Service (RSS), SA Health. Rachael provides professional support to the 20 rural birthing sites in Regional SA. Based at Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service, Rachael has worked the majority of her midwifery career rurally. Rachael has established platforms for rural SA midwives to connect, communicate and collaborate. Rachael is privileged to connect with women, midwives, maternity service managers and the obstetric and midwifery teams to support women to birth close to home when it is safe to do so. One Rachael’s biggest achievements was leading the Midwifery Caseload Model of Care project. Rachael is currently seconded to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network working alongside the COO as the Operations Project Director.

Date & Time: Thursday 20th May, 2:00pm AEST. 

14:00 in ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD 
13:30 in SA, NT  |  12:00 in WA

Tickets: FREE

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