PRESENTERS

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Professor Cate Nagle has a co-joint appointment as the Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University and the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. She is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research and the Academic Lead (Research) for Nursing and Midwifery. An experienced nurse and midwife, Cate also has postgraduate qualifications in Diabetes Education and Public Health. Cate's program of public health midwifery research is underpinned by a commitment to improve the communication of risk, women’s participation in and experience of care and informed decision making.

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Dr Nicole Highet has a Doctorate in clinical psychology, specialising in community approaches to treating PND. Founder and Executive Director of the Centre Of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), Nicole was the former Deputy CEO and National Perinatal Advisor of Beyond Blue.  Her roles have include oversight of the National Research Program and implementation of Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative. Other areas of specialisation include consumer research, national community awareness campaigns, clinical guidelines and resource development, digital screening and research and advocacy to inform and guide policy and best practice.  

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Karlee Thompson is the co-founder of Let's Talk Birth. With a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Karlee is also a mother, birthworker, doula, babywearing consultant and placenta encapsulation specialist. Karlee and Let's Talk Birth have been creating communities of birth professionals and birthing families and offer a range of birthing products and education services.

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Georgina Bosworth is a registered nurse, endorsed midwife, child health nurse and IBCLC with over 35 years experience. Georgina provides full spectrum of care, including home birth. Georgina supports a number of midwives working towards endorsement and garners rave reviews from women she has supported in her many roles.

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Liz Wilkes is a registered nurse and endorsed midwife, with a Master of Business Administration.

Liz is the Managing Director of the largest private midwifery practice in Australia "My Midwives" as well as the Vice President of Midwives Australia.

Liz is well known for her lobbying and advocacy at all levels of government and she was in the first group of Medicare midwives in Australia. 

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​Sharon is a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Master of Public health and a Master of International Public Health and is passionate about maternal health.​

Scars of Gold is her first book which details her traumatic birth experience and the long-term impact it has had on her life.

Sharon’s birth experience was the catalyst for undertaking a PhD researching the personal childbearing experiences of women who are midwives.

 

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Dr Hazel Keedle is a Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor of the Bachelor of Midwifery and has completed her PhD in 2021 at Western Sydney University. Hazel has more than two decades of experience as a clinician in nursing and midwifery, educator and researcher. Hazel's work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 20 conference and seminar presentations including 10 as an invited speaker. Hazel's book "Birth after a caesarian : your journey to a better birth" explores the research around VBAC.

 

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Sari Holland is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a Master of Midwifery. Sari is the Midwifery Unit Manager at Townsville Hospital and lead author of a recently published study about perineal outcomes of women birthing in water. Sari undertook the 2020 Healthcare Improvement Fellowship and has been providing midwifery care since 1998.

 

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Allison Stephens is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Lactation consultant as well a the Managing Director of Coast Life Midwifery. Allison has over 25 years of midwifery practice and has supported countless women in their journey from pregnancy to early parenting.

 

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Anne Moore is a midwife and Managing Director of South Coast Midwifery. She completed her midwifery education in the UK and has worked in New Zealand in community midwifery prior to moving to Queensland. Anne's roles have included implementing and promoting continuity of care and midwifery, management and higher levels and she is continually striving for change and reform in maternity services in Australia.