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ACM C&R Guidelines

The National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral were first introduced in 2004, and are based on similar guidelines in use across other OECD countries, as well as, on a thorough review of contemporary evidence-based practice in maternity care. 

When the ACM first published these Guidelines, there was very little guidance for midwives and doctors who wanted an evidence-based framework for collaboration in the care of individual women. The development of these Guidelines has helped to bridge this gap and provide midwives with an evidence-based tool that can assist them when making decisions about when to discuss, care and/or consult with other midwives, or when to refer a woman's care to a suitably qualified health practitioner. 

Courageous Conversations

This webinar is currently FREE to access and has SELF ENROLMENT capabilities.  All you need to do is log into your ACM Midwives Learn account and get started. 

Managing inappropriate behaviour is a core requirement of any midwife. Confidently delivering the message will also soother your neurology which automatically "alarms" just by thinking about having one. This practical session will: 

  1. Explain why we are triggered into flight or flight
  2. What are the cascades of emotions when thinking about the conversation
  3. What are the 7 detrimental effects of cortisol 
  4. Take command of your nerves though practice
  5. Construct courageous conversations using a 6 step process
  6. Practice delivery of the courageous conversation

Cultural Safety in Maternity Care

What you will learn about

  • The aim of the presentation is for participants to gain an understanding of cultural safety from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.
  • Identify ways to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their families and communities. This will also assist with support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives and midwifery students.

Presented by Melanie Robinson

Melanie has worked in diverse roles in nursing over the past 30 years, including clinical practice, education, and policy. Her priorities at CATSINaM include growing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives, ensuring the workforce is strongly supported, advocating for members, engaging with national policy development, and building strong partnerships across government and non-government sectors. Melanie, who has cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in Western Australia, is also passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Having grown up on Gibb River Station on Ngallagunda community before moving to Derby as a young girl, she has a connection with the particular health challenges faced by rural and remote communities. 

Melanie has a deep personal understanding of the impacts of colonisation, including having family members affected by Stolen Generations policies. Through her professional and own family’s experiences, Melanie has seen many examples of institutional and interpersonal racism, contributing to poor health outcomes and inequitable access to healthcare. During her career, Melanie has worked at hospitals in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Perth, as well as aged care services in Derby and Dublin, Ireland. Melanie has also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training, and in policy in the Western Australian Department of Health. She completed a Masters in Nursing Research at the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2018.

Feldenkrais and the pelvic floor

This Webinar was a practical session narrated by Francesca White and the aim is for listeners to learn how to feel how to differentiate between the functions of the sphincter system from the muscular system and to see that connections will be made between the pelvic floor and the rest of the skeleton.

FARE Pregnancy and Alcohol

This webinar is currently FREE to access and has SELF ENROLMENT capabilities.  All you need to do is log into your ACM Midwives Learn account and get started. 

This webinar focuses on the ‘Women Want to Know’ project which aims to encourage health professionals to routinely initiate conversations with women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy about alcohol consumption and to provide advice consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Guidelines to reduce the health risks from drinking. The webinar was facilitated by Sarah Ward, FARE.



Hepatitis B in pregnancy (ASHM)

This webinar is currently FREE to access and has SELF ENROLMENT capabilities.  All you need to do is log into your ACM Midwives Learn account and get started. 

This webinar was developed by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and has kindly been provided as a resource for midwives. ASHM: https://ashm.org.au/ 



HIV in pregnancy (ASHM)

This webinar is currently FREE to access and has SELF ENROLMENT capabilities.  All you need to do is log into your ACM Midwives Learn account and get started. 

This webinar was developed by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and has kindly been provided as a resource for midwives. ASHM: https://ashm.org.au/ 

National Rural Health Student Network

What you will learn about

  • The National Rural Health Student Network work and how you can get involved

Presented by Fiona Fletcher

Fiona grew up on a cattle station in remote central Queensland where she developed an innate appreciation for rural community culture which ignited her passion for rural and remote health. Fiona is now based in Sydney, studying her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney where she hopes to spark an interest in rural health in other students who haven’t yet considered rural experiences. She is an active member of her rural health club (MIRAGE), having first completed her role as Social Representative in 2018, Treasurer in 2019 and now newly elected as Co-chair for 2020.

She has recently collaborated in projects with the NSW Rural Doctors Network, participated in Rural Nursing Trips in NSW and has completed rural placements in Broken Hill and Bathurst. She also recently presented at the Australian College of Midwives Student Conference in Canberra, September 2019 and was incredibly humbled by the student midwifery community. Fiona is extremely honored to have the opportunity to represent health students on a national platform and to continue collaborating within a supportive network of passionate and influential advocates.

Self-Care for Midwives

Did you know that midwives and nurses have among the highest rates for  suicide and unhealthy weight ranges in the country by profession? With these concerning statistics its never been more important to self care in a profession where workplace environments are taxing,  workloads are increasing and  staff are often pushed to their limits. Yet rarely do we see self-care role modelled in the workplace, nor is it really understood for its importance.

It is time this changed, and midwifery is definately placed to be a leading light in this for other health care professions if we so choose. Self -care can be very simple and self motivating once we understand how to integrate it into our daily working and home lives.

Still Aware driving stillbirth change

This webinar is currently FREE to access and has SELF ENROLMENT capabilities.  All you need to do is log into your ACM Midwives Learn account and get started. 

The webinar information is compiled from published research data. Through prenatal care, an expectant families individual history should be considered and a conversation relating to potential risk factors is suggested. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical professional. Still Aware provides this knowledge as a courtesy, not as a substitute for personalised medical advice and disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. Rather, the organisation encourages expectant families and clinicians to ask the questions.