The power, passion and politics of midwifery

Midwives at the 2019 Australian College of Midwives National Conference, celebrate midwifery led care being the “gold standard” for women in Australia.

The ACM National Conference has travelled to Canberra this year in order to discuss the benefits of midwifery led care and build engagement with political, government and industry leaders. The conference will also be the key event celebrating ACM’s 35-year history and the remarkable role of midwives in our health system.

There is overwhelming evidence that midwifery led care is the “gold standard” for women with low risk pregnancies who want the best possible outcomes for themselves and their babies. Midwifery led care also costs the health system, and hence the tax payer, less.

Themed around “power, passion and politics” delegates at the 2019 ACM National Conference will meet in the nation’s capital to discuss the future of midwifery services in Australia. They will hear from the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, the Honourable Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Health, and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy. They will also hear from Petra ten Hoope-Bender, the Technical Advisor for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the United Nations Population Fund and Australian profession leaders Hazel Keedle on The power of midwifery: the unfinished journey, advocate Caterina Giorgi who will challenge assumptions and inspire change and midwife and leader of the Birthing on Country project Cherisse Buzzacott who will present How my Aboriginality makes me a better midwife; politics, challenges and reality of Women’s Business.

The conference will be preceded by a (one day) student conference where delegates will hear from keynote speakers and each other about the challenges, discoveries and highlights of the student midwife journey.

Other events of note include:

• Launch of ACM’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 16th September at 5pm. The launch of the RAP is a significant step and will ensure ACM is accountable and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives and members.

• ACM Birth Photography Awards - The 2019 ACM Birth Photography Awards presentation will also be held on 17th September at 6pm. Winners of the six categories will be announced as well as the ACM Birth Photograph of the Year. The gallery of finalists can be viewed at

Conference Dates: 17th - 19th September, 2019
Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra

Please contact:
Terri Barrett, ACM President and spokesperson 0422 885 033 Victoria Forrest, ACM Communications Officer 0432 939 121

Additional information: The Australian College of Midwives The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia. ACM’s position is that women be attended during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by a midwife who is registered with the NMBA.

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