Working with women who... Series 2: Conditions and Complications

10:00am Wednesday, 28 July 2021
3:00pm Thursday, 29 July 2021
ACM Head Office
National, New South Wales 2000

In ‘Working with women who... Series 2: Conditions and Complications’ you’ll hear from experts in some of the different conditions and complications experienced by women. Learn how to recognise when a woman needs extra help, be inspired to work with women who bring an additional challenge, change the direction of your career. Whatever your motivation for joining, this is a must attend online event. Presentations, panels and conversations to make you think.

Wednesday July 28th

10:00am | Working with women who have STI's

Monica Vitale

Monica Vitale (RN, BN, GradCertNur(CritCare), MN(NP) ) is a Nurse Practitioner and Lead Nurse Educator for the Clinical Education Unit at True Relationships and Reproductive Health, Queensland. Monica’s goal is to raise the profile of sexual and reproductive health by supporting clinicians on the ground. She aims to further debunk myths that prevent the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health in daily healthcare.  Monica has recently developed the Antenatal Sexual health Kit (ASK) ; a course that is focused on equipping antenatal clinicians with practical skills to improve sexual health during pregnancy. She is excited to be talking to midwives today who are keen to learn more to improve mother and baby healthcare. You can see more courses that Monica facilitates by visiting & Education/Medical Education & Clinical Training.

11:00am - 1:00pm | Working with women who suffer from UTIs and post partum voiding dysfunction

Dr Payam Nikpoor

Dr Payam Nikpoor is a gynaecologist and pelvic reconstruction surgeon with fellowship training in Urogynaecology. 

Payam is a member of International Continence Society (ICS), International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) and Urogynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA). In his public appointment, Payam is in charge of Pelvic Floor Clinics and Perineal clinic in Dandenong Hospital. He is also in practice at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health as a urogynaecologist. He has a keen interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and is actively involved in teaching and research in Monash Health.

1:00pm | Working with women who have Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

Brian Peat

Born in Sydney, I went to school and to University of Sydney. However like a lot of young men, I was unsure of my path. I failed university and went to the university of life, where I worked as a trainee psychiatric nurse, in various construction roles and as a truckdriver before eventually going back to study, got into medicine after a year of science and never looked back. I was committed to O&G by 4th year and did my specialist training at King George V Hospital under the mentorship of Dr Andrew Child. In 2001 I decided to move my family to Adelaide for a number of reasons including job opportunities and lifestyle choices. Over the last 10 years I have gradually cut back my hours maintaining a healthy work life balance. My interests are health politics and best practices in obstetrics.

2:00pm Working with women who have hypertension

Dr Lynne Roberts

Lynne is a Clinical Midwifery Consultant at St George Hospital in Sydney. She has an extensive clinical and research background, her expertise being hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). Since her personal experience with preeclampsia in her first pregnancy she has been passionate about improving the care women diagnosed with HDP receive. In 2019 she completed her PhD titled Hypertension in pregnancy: gaining insight into women’s mental health and birth experience 6-12 months postpartum. She is currently the project manager of two postpartum HDP studies, one being undertaken in six hospitals across Sydney. She enjoys teaching and mentoring midwifery and medical colleagues and students, presenting her work, being part of the Obstetric Medicine Research Group and working with women with HDP. She is an advisor and committee member of Australian Action on Preeclampsia (AAPEC), a consumer led support group.

Thursday, July 29th

10:00am | Working with women who have hyperemesis gravidarum

Caitlin Kay-Smith, Founder & Chairperson, Hyperemesis Australia

Caitlin Kay-Smith is the founder of Hyperemesis Australia, the only Australian charity focussed on supporting sufferers of NVP and HG and their families. She is a two time HG survivor and spends her time looking after her two co-survivors and advocating for her fellow HG sufferers. 



Rebecca Moore, RN, RM, MHM 

Rebecca Moore is a Midwifery Manager with a special interest in Hyperemesis. Rebecca is committed to utilising consumer feedback to improve both physical and psychological treatments for sufferers of HG. Rebecca is also a three time hyperemesis survivor. 



11:00am | Working with women who have Cervical Insufficiency

Assoc. Prof. Boon H Lim

Boon is a senior staff obstetrician and gynaecologist at Canberra Health Services.  He is  the Clinical Director of the Division of Women, Youth and Children and is currently acting Executive Director for the Division.  His special interest areas include maternal fetal medicine, preterm birth prevention and high risk pregnancies.  A graduate from Malaysia, Boon did his O&G training in Scotland and held consultant and academic positions in Auckland, Aberdeen and Cambridge, UK before coming to Australia, initially to Hobart in 2011 and then to Canberra in 2015.  Boon is on the Executive Committee of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance, the National Steering Group of the Stillbirth Baby Bundle and is on the Council of RANZCOG.

12:00pm | Working with women who have Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Kate Dyer, Clinical Midwife Consultant, Maternal Foetal Medicine

1:00pm | Working with women who have Asthma

Dr Karen Mclaughlin

A Clinical Midwife Specialist, researcher and academic with almost 30 years clinical nursing/midwifery experience. My main area of research is Asthma in Pregnancy, examining the role of midwives in the antenatal management of asthma and the management of asthma in pregnancy from the viewpoint of health professionals and pregnant women with asthma. As an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery teaching into the Bachelor of Midwifery Degree at University of Newcastle, I am passionate about providing clinical relevant and evidence-based information to the students and ensuring that they are given the opportunity to explore the Art of Midwifery and gain the knowledge and skills required to become passionate and proficient midwives.

2:00pm | Working with women who have Placenta Previa

Dr Brad De Vries, Clinical Senior Lecturer: Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Central Clinical School

Dr Brad de Vries is Head of Obstetrics and senior staff specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and NHMRC Early Career Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has completed a masters of medicine in clinical epidemiology and three research degrees including a PhD thesis on the prediction and prevention of caesarean section. He has led multicentre randomised controlled trials including the POP-OUT Trial of manual rotation from occiput posterior position in the second stage of labour. He has a special interest in caring for women in labour and conceived and led the formation of CWiL (, Caring for Women in Labour which will hold its inaugural conference 10th-12th September. CWiL has equal input from midwives, obstetricians, and community members and seeks to bring all interested people together to improve the care that women receive in labour. His other interests include using modelling to predict outcomes such as caesarean section in labour and obstetric anal sphincter injury with the aim of limiting any interventions to those who are likely to benefit.


Recordings will also be made available to all registrants.

Ticket prices:
Non member - $99.00
Full member - $69.30
Associate member - $69.30
Student member - $49.50
Graduate Member - $54.45

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