Dr Melanie Jackson and has been a midwife in private practice, and providing homebirth services, since 2009. Melanie completed her PhD, called "birth outside the system", in 2015, and she has held positions in midwifery research, midwifery lecturing and National Policy development at the Australian College of Midwives along side her work as a midwife. Melanie has a degree in Naturopathy and incorporates alternative therapies and nutritional guidance into her midwifery care. https://www.melaniethemidwife.com
Dr Roslyn Donnellan-Fernandez has been a midwife since 1993 and practiced in public, private and community settings. Roz co-led implementation of the public caseload midwifery group practice model in South Australia and has experience in teaching and curriculum development in midwifery programs at three Australian universities. Roz has current Medicare and Midwifery Prescribing endorsement and completed her PhD in 2016.
She currently teaches midwifery programs at Griffith University.
Donna Marks is the founder of The Virtual Assistant, business award finalist and mentor to business owners across Australia. Donna trains and mentors business owners, as well as helping people develop clear ideas about what they want from their business.
Moira Churchill trained as a nurse and midwife in South Africa and now works as a Women's Health Specialist for Bayer Australia. Moira has a midwifes' understanding of the needs of pregnant and postnatal women and years of experience sharing information about contraception options with health care professionals .
Hayley Wilson is a qualified doula and the owner of Best Birth Mackay. Hayley aims to provide women and their partners with evidenced based information and support without bias or judgement. Hayley is also a qualified early years teacher and parent and offers education and support services through the antenatal, birthing and postnatal period.
Hallie Barron is the Clinical Risk Coordinator for MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency), which is the only insurance agency providing cover for Endorsed Midwives in Australia. Hallie has expertise in privacy requirements, social media use, cyber-security issues and how to manage complaints.
Tanya Vogt was appointed the Executive Officer of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in July 2014. Tanya has been working in the area of health practitioner regulation in Australia since 2007, and has been directly involved in the development of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in Australia.
Tanya has qualifications in nursing and law and has practiced in both areas.
Rainbow Families Qld Coordinator Dr Holly Zwalf has a PhD in feminism and queer theory and a passion for advocating on behalf of diverse families like her own. She is a queer
solo parent by choice who is about to birth
her second child. She is attempting a VBAC homebirth in regional Queensland but is prepared for all potential outcomes!
Donna Towers is a midwife, nurse and Calmbirth practitioner based in Mackay, Queensland who is a passionate advocate of pregnancy and parenting education. Donna has 20 years’ experience as a nurse and midwife, as well as has child health qualifications, and is the owner of Hello Baby Mackay.
Lauren Neill is a senior physiotherapist at Physio Plus in Mackay. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Physio (pelvic floor) and she has recently completed her masters which includes a project on inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast. Lauren has a keen interest in Women's Health Physiotherapy.
Alison Davis is an Endorsed Midwife working at the Mackay Birth Centre. Alison practices across the entire spectrum of midwifery and is an Endorsed Midwife practicing within the Queensland Public Health system. Alison completed her Graduate Certificate of Midwifery at Flinders University in 2019.
Chris Raines is a Registered Nurse and Endorsed Midwife with more than 20 years experience in nursing and midwifery. Chris has a Graduate Certificate in Child, Youth and Family Health and a Masters in Public Health. Chris is the owner of Dauntless Birth and is the organizer of the Australian Endorsed Midwives Conference.
Martinique Aprile works as a pharmacist in Mackay at the Mackay Discount Drug Store. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy, over 10 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about medications and health promotion.
Liz Wilkes will be joining us to speak on behalf of Midwives Australia.
Liz is the Managing Director of the hugely popular My Midwives group and has been a Private Midwife for 13 years. She has experience across a wide range of midwifery roles including education and regulatory planning and will be speaking about the ways in which Midwives Australia supports Privately Practicing Midwives in Australia.