PRESENTERS

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Sylvia Jenkin is an Endorsed Midwife who provides continuity of care for women including home birthing and also has admitting rights at Sunshine Coast University hospital. Sylvia is a Lactation Consultant and utilises acupressure and accuneedling to enhance her care of women during pregnancy and birthing.

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Azure Rigney is Brisbane mum and the President of the Queensland Maternity Choices branch. She is focused on maternity system reform though utilising the Qld Human Rights Act 2019 and is a volunteer speaker at a wide variety of events and functions- promoting the rights of women during pregnancy an childbirth.

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Kellie Wilton is the Principle Midwifery Officer for the Australian College of Midwives. She is an endorsed midwife and has worked across a variety of settings- most recently in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector. 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 .

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Helen O'Brien is a Senior Research Assistant in Clinical Services and Research at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. Helen has extensive laboratory-based experience in non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal blood groups including RhD. Helen trained in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Public Health and has held several scientific roles within Lifeblood since 1995

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Caren Biddulph is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a special interest in infant and paediatric nutrition. She is currently researching maternal diet and human milk components at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Caren completed her Nutrition and Dietetics degree (Bachelor of Science) followed by her Masters in Nutrition. Caren completed the postgraduate International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition in Geneva, and is a current PhD candidate at USC. She is passionate about the promotion and protection of breastfeeding as the optimal source of infant nutrition.

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Elevit Australia provides education, advice and support to women throughout their pre-conception, pregnancy and postnatal journey. One of the Elevit team will be speaking about supporting women with complex dietary and nutritional needs during pregnancy.

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Peter Read  is a retired newspaper general manager, now living in Pomona, Queensland. For the past six years he has been a voluntary business mentor with Business Mentors Noosa, assisting a wide variety of businesses, including some in allied health. His wife is a retired midwife, his elder daughter is an OT and a younger daughter is a paramedic. During five decades in newspapers,  Peter worked as a journalist/editor/general manager, spending the last 15 years of his career successfully restructuring newspapers to improve their profitability.  He will be speaking on the common mistakes made by many of the businesses mentored by BMN.  

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Mark Aitken has been a proud registered nurse for over 30 years. He has worked in many areas of nursing and midwifery, including general surgical and medical units, critical care, sexual and reproductive health, education, research, project management, maternity services and residential, community and specialty aged care services. Supporting nurses and midwives has been a constant in Mark’s career. Mark is currently the stakeholder engagement manager at Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support). 

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Mark McDonald is a sonographer and radiographer and has a National Diploma in Diagnostic Imaging and a Diploma in Medical Ultrasound. Mark is the General Manager for the Butterfly Network in Australia and New Zealand.

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Carla Anderson is a Clinical Psychologist 
with many years of experience and training in working with families during the perinatal period. Carla’s passion with the perinatal period began through a volunteer peer support and group coordinator role with the Qld Postnatal Disorders Association. Carla is passionate about supporting women and their families in all areas related to the perinatal period such as infertility and IVF issues, pregnancy related concerns, antenatal/postnatal depression, grief and loss, and adoption.

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Jenny Blyth has been working with natural birth for over 35 years, supporting women through pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Jenny is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer and a project co-ordinator for Lao Birthwork, teaching hands-on and emergency skills to health staff in remote areas of Northern Laos.

Jenny describes herself as an Independent birth educator, bodyworker and birthworker.

With filmmaker Alieta Belle, Jenny has co-created 2 films about natural birth called The Big Stretch & The Big Stretch Sequel.

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Dr Rachel Reed is a midwife who has practiced in a range of contexts in the UK and Australia including, hospitals and homebirth. Rachel's PhD explored midwifery practice during physiological birth. she is the author of two bestselling books and the award winning MidwifeThinking blog.  Rachel has supervised Honors and PhD students and provided consultancy on midwifery education, practice and legal cases

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Ocean Kabikwa is a physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University and a  Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy (Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health). Ocean started her physiotherapy career in Perth (WA) and has worked in private practice, as well as public and private hospitals – predominantly in the field of continence and women’s health. 

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Candace Reynaud is a midwife, an IBCLC and a life coach. Candace is the founder of Beautifully Natural Midwifery and has a special interest in perinatal trauma, pregnancy loss and relationship support. Candace has worked across a variety of midwifery areas and is currently working towards endorsement.

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Jan Ireland is enjoying her 47th year as a Registered Midwife. She has spent over 40 years in private practice and cofounded Victoria's first midwifery centre, MAMA (Midwives And Mothers Australia) in 2011. Spurred by her own traumatic birth to better outcomes for Women, Jan has devoted her life to serving women and their families. She will share her story (so far) of building a service that both aims to empower women and midwives to work together in a sustainable model of midwifery care.