VIC Branch Student Event

1:00pm Saturday, 23 October 2021
5:00pm Saturday, 23 October 2021
Session will run on Zoom
ACM Office
Victoria (Virtual), Victoria 3000

Forward Thinking: Your Brilliant Career

Join the ACM Victorian Branch for Foward Thinking: Your Brilliant Career! For all Midwifery students at any stage of study.


13:00pm Welcome

13:10pm Kellie Wilton, ACM Principal Midwifery Officer

13:30pm Dr Tanya Capper
Research about bullying of student midwives.

Tanya is a registered midwife with over 23 years of international midwifery experience. She qualified as a midwife in England, UK in 1997 and has enjoyed a number of diverse midwifery roles since then. Tanya has also practised as an HIV Specialist midwife in Central London, has held senior roles in a standalone birth centre, and a number of birth suites in UK NHS trusts. Since moving to Australia Tanya has worked nationally in tertiary settings in all areas of maternity care.

Tanya now is the Head of Course - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) at Central Queensland University and is based in Brisbane and has recently completed her doctoral study which explored the experience of being bullied as a midwifery student whilst on clinical placement.

14:20 Professor Sara Bayes
The first 5 years of midwifing – what to expect

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.

15:10 Break

15:20 Professor Helen McLachlan + student reflection
The RUSOM program in Victoria – how it came to be and early reflections on being a RUSOM.

16:00 Plenary session: forward thinking
4 midwives tell their stories of breaking the mould

  • Monique Maitland
    Completed her combined Bachelor degree in Nursing and Midwifery in 2019. She has since finished her graduate rotations at The Women’s and has launched The Middee Society podcast in 2020. The podcast is a light hearted but informative way of parents accessing essential midwifery education. It includes interviews with noteworthy healthcare professionals as well as everyday parents discussing the highs and lows of everything pregnancy, childbirth and fourth trimester.

  • Elisa McDonald
    Has been a midwife for a decade. Her career has included working in public hospital continuity models of care, clinical education and more recently as a Clinical Midwife Consultant at Western Health; alongside studying for a Master’s in public health leadership. In 2019 she travelled to Ethiopia with the Barbara May Foundation who provide free, expert obstetric care for women - with a particular interest for fistula injury prevention and recovery. She will discuss her time in Africa and the valuable lessons learnt

  • Amber Gibson
    After working in the public system since 2013, Amber was inspired to undertake her Prescribers course in order to provide private midwifery care to women in the inner Melbourne suburbs. Her business Body Birth and Baby was set up with intention of providing expert antenatal education to families embarking on the pregnancy, birth and parenthood journey, which she now operates predominantly online. She has since gone on to join Dr Scott Schemer’s team as the midwifery support and is also a registered Lactation Consultant with a real passion for breastfeeding advocacy.

  • Bernadette Lack
    BMID Graduate with Honours (2010) and Masters in Public Health. Bernadette has worked with women in Aboriginal communities of the NT, publicly funded homebirth programs in Victoria and as an educator on the Solomon Islands for AVI, amongst other roles at ACM. She set up her business Core Floor Restore as an online program to help women at all stages of life to improve their core strength and pelvic floor muscles – “fundamental for a strong and healthy body”. Nowadays she also has a keen focus on assisting women with birth debriefing in the fourth trimester. 

16:50 Wrap up and Farewell

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Ticket price: $25.00

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email the week of the event containing information about joining the Seminar.

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