This online panel features Glenys Frank, Bridgit Philip and Skye Stewart and facilitated by ACM Midwifery Advisor Tani Paxton.
Glenys Frank has worked as a midwife for over 25 years and more recently has specialised in working with marginalised pregnant women, in the community, with the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program and then later with Birth for HumanKIND. This inspired her to commence her PhD studies and she aims to identify and address barriers to achieving equitable care.
Glenys is a full-time PhD candidate at UTS, in Sydney, in the Faculty of Health. Her topic is the experience of women seeking asylum, in the perinatal period, in Australia. She is currently working as a casual academic at Latrobe University and midwife for the Royal Women’s Hospital, in Melbourne.
Bridgit Philip is presently working as Clinical Midwife Consultant in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS) at Nepean hospital and has more than 25 years of experience in nursing and midwifery in clinical, academic and research settings.
Originally from India, she completed her studies in India (B.Sc in Nursing, M.Sc in Nursing, M. A in psychology) and worked in India until 2006. Bridgit then moved to Ireland and worked there as a midwife for 8 years, and then came to Australia in 2013 and has been working at Nepean since.
She is presently pursuing PhD on "Constructions of perinatal mental health amongst recent Indian immigrants to Australia" as a part time candidate with WSU and is passionate about perinatal mental health and provision of culturally sensitive care.
Skye Stewart is a Registered Midwife, Special Projects Officer and Research Coordinator. First and foremost, they are a proud Wergaia and Wamba Wamba Custodian and Caretaker. Skye’s cultural role and responsibility is to do what they can to ensure Aboriginal parents and their babies stay safe, well, alive and together. Skye has extensive knowledge and experience of working with Aboriginal community in Victoria and has supported many families accessing and navigating the maternity care system. They are also passionate about having conversations with healthcare professionals to ensure cultural safety and wellbeing for Community is at the center of their care.