This online panel is facilitated by Kellie Wilton, Principal Midwifery Officer of the ACM.
Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP-researcher and breastfeeding medicine practitioner. She is Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University, and Senior Lecturer with the General Practice Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland. Pam is founder and Medical Director of the charity Possums & Co., which aims to bring the evidence-based programs known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'the Possums programs') to both parents and health professionals. NDC is built on 30 research publications, and includes the Possums Baby and Toddler Sleep Program, now available in free resources www.possumsonline.com and in Milk & Moon milkandmoonbabies.com. Pam and her team first began delivering this ground breaking approach to families in 2011. In 2020 the Commonwealth Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing program funded Possums & Co. to deliver the NDC/Possums programs to 300 rural and remote health professionals and 3000 families with babies 2021-2024. The Possums Sleep Program remains the only comprehensive approach to infant sleep which is evidence-based (3 theoretical framing papers, 4 positive evaluations) and which does not include graduated extinction (or 'sleep training') methods. Pam is author of a bestselling book for expecting parents and parents with babies, The Discontented Little Baby Book.
Jane Wiggill - Red Nose’s Chief Midwife. “As a midwife, I was faced with the trauma of little lives lost many times. While the grief I feel in my hands, it is nothing in comparison to the pain and suffering the family goes through – that’s what drove me to help on a larger scale.” Jane joined Red Nose in April 2018, as Chief Midwife, a key role in the organisation’s Health and Advocacy program. “I was attracted to the opportunity at Red Nose because of the amazing work done on a national level to support families and Australians.” Jane’s role at Red Nose involves supporting the Education team in delivering safe sleep education across all audiences. Additionally, she supports the lobbying Government where possible to ensure all families have access to lifesaving safe sleep education, and the right bereavement support services if the unimaginable does happen, and lending her clinical expertise in the areas of research, advocacy, and education. She also works clinically at Melbourne’s Mercy Hospital for Women.
Carly Grubb - A fierce consumer advocate for families and babies, Carly challenges dominant paradigms relating to perinatal mental health and infant sleep, promoting progressive, evidence-based changes through charity Little Sparklers. She works to educate parents on the biological, physiological and social needs of the whole family and to shift parenting approaches to align with the needs of infants and children. This is underpinned by a free online community, The Beyond Sleep Training Project, with over 160,000 members. This unique peer-based approach aims to prevent perinatal mental illness by providing high quality information and social connections to support parental resilience.
Anne-Louise Young is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Family Health Nursing currently working with Tresillian Family Care Centres. She has 9 years of experience working with families presenting with sleep and settling issues. She currently works in the Virtual Residential Parenting Service providing sleep/settling and feeding support to families in rural and remote areas. Anne-Louise has a strong interest in Perinatal Infant Mental Health and is currently completing a graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health (Perinatal and Infant Mental Health) through the Health and Training and Institute (NSW Health). Anne-Louise is passionate about supporting families to provide sensitive, responsive caregiving and enabling them to build on their parenting strengths to work towards their family goals.