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The conference is a RANZCOG approved O & G meeting. Eligible fellows will earn 14 CPD points for full attendance

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This is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Course. Approved midwives will receive 11.5 CPD Points for full attendance.

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8th Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference  

8th Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference

Facilitating constructive discussion and debate around the legal, ethical and medical issues surrounding conception, pregnancy, birth and the health of all involved

8 - 9 August 2016 | Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne

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The 8th Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference will continue the tradition of bringing together Australia’s top obstetric, midwifery and legal professionals for discussion and assessment of recent cases involving legal, ethical and medical issues surrounding conception, pregnancy, birth and the health of all involved.

2016 will see a broadening of the focus to include discussion around Neonatal negligence, as well as discussion around;

  • Australian Transfer from Planned Birth at Home Guidelines - A Safety and Quality Process
  • When it all goes Terribly Wrong - How to Keep Patients Safe in the Hospital System
  • Two Sides to Every Story-What Happened at Bacchus Marsh Hospital?
  • Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity at Term: How Much is Preventable?
  • Failure of Antenatal Ultrasound to Detect Congenital Abnormalities: Is it ‘Medical Error’ or ‘Limitation of a Screening Test’?
  • Consultant Paediatricians in the Labour Ward: How Best to Forge Successful Partnerships?
  • Determining Quality of Life - A Nursing Perspective
  • Planned Home Birth - Information, Advice and Warnings
  • Multiple Pregnancy and Fetal Anomalies: Risks, Opportunities and Ethical Considerations in the era of Fetal Surgery
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Domestic Violence – The Challenges around Screening, Child Protection Notifications and Ways to Support Women while Considering the Legal Issues
  • The Provision of Information in Obstetric Care and the Recent Decision of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015]
  • Conscientious Objection by Doctors to Abortion
  • Reflections on the Case of Dr Waney Squiers & an Expert’s Duty to the Court
  • Detached from Reality? Law and the Expectations on Neonatal / Paediatric Trainees

This year's speakers include:

  • Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery, Associate Dean, International and Development and Associate Head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney and President, Australian College of Midwives
  • Dr Nicola Yuen, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Bendigo Health
  • Professor Michael Permezel, University of Melbourne & Mercy Hospital for Women & President, RANZCOG
  • Dr Nicole Woodrow, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist/Ultrasonologist, Royal Women's Hospital and Women's Ultrasound Melbourne (WUMe)
  • Dr Stephen Cole, Consultant Obstetrician & Specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Deputy Director, Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Epworth Healthcare & Head of the Multiple Pregnancy Clinic, Royal Women's Hospital
  • A/Prof Ted Weaver, Deputy Head Sunshine Coast Clinical School, School of Medicine, University of Qld and SMO in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nambour General Hospital
  • Dr Janet Green, RN, PhD, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Faculty of Law, Brisbane
  • Vinay Rane, Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Professor in Women's Health to New York State University, Harvard University, United Nations, Mayo Clinic, President of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Consultant Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Melbourne Mothers, and Forensic Physician
  • Anna Walsh, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
  • Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater & Gordon Lawyers
  • Louise Everitt, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Complex Pregnancy Care, Honorary Associate, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bill Madden, National Practice Group Leader - Medical Law, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • Timothy Bowen, Senior Solicitor – Advocacy, Claims & Education, MIGA
  • Kevin Connor SC, Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers, Sydney
  • Anne Shortall, Principal Lawyer, Slater & Gordon Lawyers
  • Kate Fisher, Lawyer, Slater & Gordon Lawyers
  • Dr Kathleen Baird, Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s & Newborn & Children’s Services, Gold Coast  University Hospital and School of Nursing and Midwifery/Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Griffith University
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