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Obstetric Medico-Legal Conference

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

15-16 August 2024 | Crown Conference Centre Melbourne

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The 15th Annual Obstetric Medico-Legal Conference will continue to bring together legal and medical professionals to discuss and explore the legal issues related to maternal and infant care. The conference will cover a range of topics including birth injuries and medical errors in prenatal or postnatal care.

The event provides a unique platform for legal and medical experts to share their knowledge and experiences, discuss emerging trends and best practices, and network with colleagues from across the industry. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions designed to enhance their understanding of the legal and medical aspects of obstetrics care.

Every year, the event grows and receives excellent feedback from our delegates, and it has become a “must-attend” for legal and medical professionals involved in obstetrics care and those interested in improving the quality and safety of maternal and infant care.

The Obstetric Medico-Legal Conference is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity.

2023 Speakers

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers, Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Tim Draycott

Consultant Obstetrician & Maternity Lead, NHS Resolution

Jessie Taylor

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Dr Amber Moore

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital & Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Ian Murray

Principal Solicitor, Blumers

James Cavanagh

Associate, Blumers

Cecile Carbonnel

Project Lead – Maternity Projects-Harm Prevention Program, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority

Dr Rebecca Saunderson

CEO, Consentic

Justine Anderson

Senior Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Dr Jenny Dowd

MD, FRANZCOG, Founding Member, Women’s Obstetric & Gynaecology Specialists

Anne Shortall

Special Counsel, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Emily Hart

Principal Lawyer, Medical Negligence Department, Maurice Blackburn

Dr Danny Tucker

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Townsville University Hospital

Megan Fitzgerald

Counsel, Victorian Bar

Sarah Jefford OAM

Director, Surrogacy & Donor Conception Legal Services

Dr Sarah Nowoweiski

Counselling, Donor & Genetics Services Manager, Newlife IVF

Dr Sharon Reutens MB BS FRANZCP

Adv Cert Psychiatry of Old Age, Psychiatrist

Louise Everitt

Clinical Midwifery Consultant in Complex Pregnancy Care, St George Public Hospital

Bree Knoester

Principal Lawyer, Brave Legal

Jyoti Haikerwal

Associate, Brave Legal

Anita Pfeiffer

Clinical Midwifery Consultant - Risk and Practice Development, St George Hospital & Community Health Services

Seun Idowu

Special Counsel, Hall & Wilcox

Ben Sayer

Partner, Sayer Jones

Alice Tuson

Midwife, The Royal Hospital for Women

Melissa Freestun

Principal Psychologist, Self Psychology

Natascha Dastur

Midwifery Unit Manager Birth Unit, The Royal Hospital for Women

Robyn Gasparotto

Clinical Midwifery Co-Director, The Royal Hospital for Women

Ruanne Brell

Senior Legal Advisor, Avant

Jared Watts

Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Kimberley, Western Australia; Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, WA Country Health Service

Jane Bulter

Principal Solicitor, Remedy Law

2023 Sponsors

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in the Obstetric Medico Legal Conference! Showcase thought leadership in the program or explore our brand opportunites associated with the event, get in touch today to learn more!

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, lunch and refreshments breaks making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry experience.

Sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organization to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318

Conference Affiliates

Supporting Partner

Post-conference Workshop

Post-conference half day workshop | Emergency obstetrics for lawyers and clinicians – a practical workshop

9 August 2023, Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne | 9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

An opportunity for lawyers and clinicians to get some hands-on experience and a better understanding of commonly litigated intrapartum emergencies. The workshop will include:

  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Impacted fetal head at CS
  • Breech birth
  • Assisted vaginal birth

Workshop Facilitator: Tim Draycott, Consultant Obstetrician & Maternity Lead, NHS Resolution


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ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related healthcare events*. Login information will be sent post event.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.


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We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

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when & where

15 - 16 Aug 2024

Crown Conference Centre Melbourne
Crown Promenade, Crown Melbourne,
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006
(03) 9292 6222

We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 14-15 August 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.


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