The consortium is delighted to announce keynote speakers

Our inaugural Trans-Tasman Midwifery Education conference seeks to create an opportunity to generate and share midwifery educational approaches that transform practice. At the same time, the conference seeks to provide an opportunity to debate and address the challenges facing the sector’s ability to provide best practice midwifery education. We invite you to be a part of this exciting and unique event.


Reshaping the future of midwifery education to enable midwives to meet the needs of women and their babies now and into the future

Mary Renfrew has been Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of Dundee, Scotland, since 2012. A health researcher, educator, and midwife, Mary has conducted research in maternity care and in infant feeding and nutrition for over 30 years, and her work has informed and helped to shape public health policy and practice nationally and internationally. Mary’s work has a core focus on improving health and the quality of care for women, babies and families, reducing the impact of inequalities, and evidence-informed policy and practice.

Mary is known internationally for her contribution to Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group (1990-1996), the WHO Strategic Group on Maternal and Newborn Health (2003) and more recently as the lead author on the first paper of the Lancet Series on Midwifery which presents the framework for optimal maternal and newborn care. Mary is currently the lead midwifery advisor to the United Kingdom’s Nursing and Midwifery Council’s review of the pre-registration midwifery education standards. In this role Mary is consulting widely to identify how education standards should be developed to build a strong, resilient workforce able to provide proficient evidence based care that meets the needs of women and babies.


Closing The Gap with Transformative Indigenous Midwifery Education and Practice

Professor Roianne West is a descendent of the Kalkadoon Peoples from far North West of Queensland and the daughter of a life-long health worker and granddaughter of a long line of healers. Professor West is Griffith University's Foundation Professor for First Peoples Health and Director of the First Peoples Health Unit of which she spearheaded the establishment of. She is one of the Chief Investigators for the Indigenous Birthing In An Urban Setting (IBUS) Study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Centre which targets improvements in Indigenous Maternal Infant Health (MIH) outcomes.

In 2016 Professor West led a seminal piece entitled “Culturally capable and culturally safe: Caseload care for Indigenous women by Indigenous midwifery students” in which she articulates the strong alignment between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Midwifery philosophies. In 2015 Professor West was awarded the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives Sally Gould Award in recognition of her substantial contribution to the nursing and midwifery profession and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through their work. Professor West’s expertise is in health workforce development and is strongly committed to increasing the First Peoples Midwifery workforce and leadership and the cultural capability of the wider Midwifery workforce and leadership through transformative Indigenous Midwifery Education and Practice.

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20 - 21 September 2018

Gold Coast Australia

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