How is ACM structured?
We are a national organisation with members in all States and Territories.
We are governed by a nine member Board of Directors.
The role of the Board is to ensure we are carefully governed and that our members’ contributions are wisely used.
The Board is responsible for setting our strategic direction and for ensuring this is followed through.
President: Prof Joanne Gray
I am a registered midwife and nurse and have been continually engaged in midwifery education and practice for over thirty years. I am a long-term member and Fellow of ACM and I have engaged in the work of ACM at both the Branch level (NSW Branch Chair, 2007 – 16), and the National level (Director ACM Board and Chair, ACM Council 2014 – 16). I am Chair of the UTS Academic Board and a member of the UTS Council. I am Chair of the ANMAC Profession Reference Group to review midwifery education standards (2019 – current) and a ministerial appointed practitioner member of the NSW NMBA since 2018.
Dr Angela Brown
Angela Brown is the Midwifery Program Director at the University of South Australia. Prior to this role she had a long career as a Clinical Midwife at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia. Alongside her academic position, she is also a member of The South Australian Perinatal Subcommittee, the midwifery representative for RANZCOG’s Women’s Health Committee, and sits on various other committees. These roles have enabled Angela to develop strong leadership, advocacy and collaboration skills and have afforded her opportunities to contribute to obstetric policy and guideline development at a State, National and International level. Angela also has an interest in business management and has a Masters in Business Administration.
Dr Allison Cummins
Allison is a senior lecturer in Midwifery and teaches both in the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programs at UTS. She is the Co-Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health and coordinates the higher degree by research students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UTS. Allison’s research interests include the introduction and support for midwifery continuity of care models and scaling up these models of care to enable women’s access.
Vice President: Dr Zoe Bradfield
Dr Zoe Bradfield holds a joint appointment as a Midwifery Academic and Midwifery Research Fellow at Curtin University and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, WA. In these roles, Zoe sits on a number of Advisory Committees within the Department of Health. As a midwifery educator, Zoe enjoys the challenge of developing the next generation of midwives and is always looking for innovative ways to engage students. Zoe’s clinical background in rural and metropolitan midwifery have given her valuable experience in a number of different midwifery models and a determination to see women across Australia have equity of access to midwifery continuity of care. Zoe’s Doctoral Thesis explored midwives’ experiences of being ‘with woman’ during labour and birth, in a variety of models, which has further galvanised her commitment to help strengthen the midwifery profession through leadership, education and demand driven research.
Mr Ian Wilson
Ms Donna Garland
Donna has worked in NSW for more than 30 years providing Midwifery care. She has worked in rural, metropolitan and tertiary settings in addition to a small private practice in the 90’s. Donna has spent her most recent years trying to establish strong woman-focussed models of care in her place of work, which now has a large Midwifery Caseload Practice, Access agreements for Privately Practising Midwives and a 24/7 Breech service. Donna’s current goal is that all Australian women should have access to Midwifery Continuity of Care by a Privately Practising Midwife or a Midwifery caseload practice, in addition to receiving full support for the chosen place of birth.
Ms Sally Preston
Dr Alison Teate
Alison currently works in private practice in the ACT and NSW and has an adjunct professorial position at the University of Canberra. Her PhD examined why midwifery continuity of care works. Prior to her academic role/s she worked in NSW State government in policy, research and leadership positions. In her early and mid-career years, Alison worked in SA, Qld and NSW and was a change agent for models of midwifery care including midwifery group practice, public-funded homebirth and group antenatal care.
We also have an eight member Council which consists of an elected member from each state and territory. The Council brings issues from the members in the states and territories, provides advice to the Board and undertakes specific activities, including managing the ACM Awards program.
Chair: Ms Donna Garland
Ms Aleta Kennedy, Mrs Louise Keyes, Ms Lesley Brown, Ms Ash Grimes, Ms Paula Medway, Dr Linda Jones, Ms Jo-Ellen Reid
Caroline Lamb, CEO
Caroline has had an extensive career across legal, business and health sectors. She is a Board member of WentWest Ltd (a Primary Health Care Network based in Blacktown, NSW), the NSW Council member of the Professional Standards Councils and she is also currently undertaking training as a Lifeline crisis supporter. Caroline’s roles have included being a community member on the St Vincent’s Hospital Ethics Committee (2004-12), Executive Manager, Business and Services at the National Prescribing Service Ltd (2009 – 13) and Chief Executive of the Medical Council of NSW (2014 – 20).
Kellie Wilton, PMO
Kellie Wilton is the Principal Midwifery Officer at ACM. Kellie’s journey as a midwife started with her own pregnancies and births. Through minimised opportunities to have midwives involved in her care and limited care options available when her pregnancies became complex, she began to formulate the belief that women should have birth options that include a midwife, encompass all models of care, and extend beyond hospital walls and the medical practice model if women so desire.
Kellie commenced a Bachelor of Midwifery in 2009 and shortly thereafter became involved in ACM as a student representative for the Queensland sub-branch. Upon graduation, she began her professional practice in South Australia and since that time has worked across a variety of settings such as Midwifery Group Practice incorporating homebirth, acute tertiary, private practice, country and metropolitan public sectors, immigration detention and most recently the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector. Kellie is an endorsed, and notated Midwife and since registration has had opportunities to advocate, educate, mentor, supervise and provide leadership for the midwifery profession. Additionally Kellie teaches and assesses midwives in postgraduate programs leading to endorsement for scheduled medicines. Her postgraduate studies include qualifications in clinical education, international health, and a Master of Primary Maternity Care. Most recently Kellie completed a Master of Public Health (Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing)/Master of Health Leadership and Management with the primary focus of these studies being on advancing the profession of midwifery as an autonomous profession, maternity reform, maternal and child health, improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, health leadership and management, service design and implementation, change management, sexual health and wellness, primary healthcare, clinical leadership, and education.