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Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference

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

7-8 December 2021 | Swissotel Sydney

We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually

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Given the high vaccination rates in NSW and the positive Government guidance on business conferences and events, the Annual Obstetrics Malpractice Conference will be held as a face-to-face event at the Swissotel Sydney on the 7 -8th December 2021. The NSW Roadmap allows for indoor business events to run now that we have hit the 80% vaccination rate. We will continue to provide attendees with a safe networking environment following the Informa Connect AllSecure Key Commitments. All attendees must be able to prove that they have had the COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the NSW Government Roadmap.

The Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference is the premier event of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region covering key medico legal obstetric issues and recent cases. It offers unique networking opportunities between top obstetricians, midwives, neonatal staff, barristers and other legal professionals making it a key event on the obstetric, midwifery and legal calendar.

Our communities are keen to reconnect, network and learn more than ever after months of disruption. We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually.

Informa is evolving & adapting with the times – and will be delivering premium content, unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers across our specialised health conferences in the months ahead to ensure you can stay connected.

Key topics to be addressed:

  • Staffing and Infrastructure across rural and regional settings
  • Accreditation and upskilling the practitioner
  • Key developments within recent clinical guidelines and standards
  • The rippling effects of Obstetric care
  • Still Birth and perinatal deaths
  • Medico Legal Liability
  • Responsibilities of the Legal and Clinical Professional
  • Law Reform
  • Complications within Surgery
  • Special Damages
  • Obstetric anesthesia during difficult emergencies
  • Child Death Obstetric Cases
  • Getting the balance right in antenatal advice: Providing the tools to navigate risks and options in the maternity journey
  • Gaining consent for medical treatment
  • Impact of emerging technologies in obstetrics

Attendance at the Obstetric Malpractice Conference equals 11 CPD Hours

Attendance at the Obstetric Malpractice Conference equals 10 CPD Hours


Dr Anne Tonkin

Chair, Medical Board of Australia

Amy Dawes

CEO, Australasian Birth Trauma Association

Kate Waterford

Special Counsel, Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Chair, Australasian Birth Trauma Association, Director, Physiotherapy Board of Australia & Director, Corryong Health

Dr Vijay Roach

Immediate Past President, RANZCOG

Professor Ted Weaver OAM

Senior Medical Officer- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), Clinical Sub-Dean, Griffith University School of Medicine Sunshine Coast, Co Chair, QLD Maternal & Perinatal Quality Council

Dr Raphael Kuhn

Medical Secretary of Medico-Legal Society of Victoria and Member of Medical Advisory Panel of Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority and Vice-Chairman of Human Research and Ethics Committee Melbourne IVF

Dr. Rajiv Varma

MB, BS, FRCOG, Consultant Gynecologist, Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital; Inventor of Fetal Pillow®

Andrea de Souza

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Jane Bulter

Principal Solicitor, Remedy Law Group

Louise Everitt

Clinical Midwifery Consultant, St George Hospital, Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education, Maternity Clinicians & Project Manager, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Alka Kothari

Senior Staff Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Redcliffe Hospital, Conjoint Associate Professor, The University of Queensland, Member, ABTA Clinical Advisory Committee

Dr Amber Moore

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital & The Epworth Freemasons Hospital & Consultant Gynaecologist, The Royal Womens Hospital

Fiona Reid

Registered Midwife, Wollongong Hospital, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Maternity Services NSW Health ISLHD and Co-Chair, ABTA's Clinical Advisory Committee

A/Prof Tina Cockburn

Co-Director, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Martin Delatycki

Clinical Director, Victorian Clinical Genetics Service

Associate Professor Emmanuel Karantanis

Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist, St George Private and Public Hospitals, Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW

Dr Vinayak Smith

Adjunct Lecturer, Monash University- Clinical innovation management, Trainee Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Associate Professor Jon Hyett

Head of High Risk Obstetrics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Dimitra Dubrow

National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn

Clinical Associate Professor Boon Lim

Executive Director & Senior Staff Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Canberra Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor, ANU Medical School

Dr Adam Mackie

Staff Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Michael Swan

Practice Manager - Legal (Civil) NSW, Avant Law

Dr Jeremy Chin

Medical Co-Director (Women, Children and Youth), Royal Darwin Hospital

Dr Andrew Pesce

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist & Clinical Network Director Women’s Health, Western Sydney LHD, Chair, Medical Insurance Group Australia and Medical Defence Association of South Australia

Janine Mcllwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Kiarna Brown

VMO Gynaecologist, Darwin Private Hospital


Time is set to Australian Eastern Standard Time

9:15 am


Bill Madden, Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

10:00 am

  • Revise national and international practice guides in the management of the second stage of labour.
  • Recognize the surgical difficulties and perinatal complications secondary to an impacted cephalic presentation in the pelvis following a prolonged second stage.
  • Consider the use of the fetal pillow to reduce maternal and fetal morbidities associated with the prolonged second stage.

10:30 am


11:00 am

  • What challenges are specifically related to the expert witness?
  • Landscape of expert witness and evidence delivery
  • How to communicate with an expert witness
  • How has the landscape has shifted from in person court to virtual appearances?
  • Duties of both sides within the court setting

11:30 am

Exploring how birth trauma affects not just the individual, but those around them, in a range of different ways. The impact includes:

  • The individual – physical and psychological damage
  • Secondary trauma – witnesses to the birth
  • The close family – relationships with the baby, partner, other children, household
  • The family and social network outside the household
  • Professionals caring for the individual – challenges for the healthcare system with later treatment/pregnancies etc.
  • The broader community, including economic impact

12:15 pm

Unwarranted clinical variations are seen as a source of concern and examined from time to time. This panel discusses variations in the form of compensation claim settlements, considering whether such variations may be unwarranted and whether some aspects of settlement documentation properly balance private rights and public interests.

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

The most difficult decision an obstetrician makes is the one to perform an assisted delivery. Obtaining meaningful consent prior to labor begins is near impossible and consent during labor is also problematic. This session will also include a real-life analysis of consent for assistance during childbirth.

  • How can women, their families and obstetricians navigate this issue?
  • What does the law say?

3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

3:45 pm

  • Recognising and mitigating risk of adverse outcomes
  • Working in teams and shared decision making
  • Population (public) and personalised (private) perspectives of care

4:15 pm

Closing Statement by Chair

4:25 pm

Networking Drink

Time is set to Australian Eastern Standard Time

9:00 am


Kate Waterford, Special Counsel, Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Chair, Australasian Birth Trauma Association, Director, Physiotherapy Board of Australia & Director, Corryong Health

9:10 am

  • Good medical practice: the code of conduct for doctors
  • Professional Performance Framework: supporting good practice throughout medical careers
  • Medical Training Survey: what it’s telling us about postgraduate training in Australia
  • Data for Obstetrician & Gynaecologists

10:10 am

  • There are increasing numbers of genetic tests that are available for screening and diagnosis in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy care
  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have several guidelines relevant to these
  • Obstetricians are required to acquire knowledge of testing recommended and available
  • Collaboration with genetic health professionals is critical for education and referral where test anomalies are identified

10:40 am

Morning Tea

11:10 am

  • Some preliminary evidence of an increase in adverse pregnancy outcomes during COVID, thought to be due to delay in presentation to Maternity units
  • Remember, Obstetricians and Midwives have been practicing tele-health in Obstetrics for decades. Needing to triage phone calls from Women phoning in with undifferentiated symptoms or symptoms of labour
  • Most birth units have systematised questionnaire to minimise risk of inappropriate response. Ultimately most require attendance on 3rd phone call if issue unresolved.
  • Always offer a face to face visit if patient is worried or symptoms don’t resolve
  • Complaints arise from perception that clinician didn’t care enough rather than have lack of professional knowledge. If tele-health consultation doesn’t resolve issue, face to face review is required.

11:40 am

  • What is Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) ?
  • Why do PGT?
  • How is PGT performed?
  • What are the risks and limitations of PGT-A ?
  • What is non-invasive Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (ni PGT-A)
  • Why do niPGT-A ?
  • What are the limitations of niPGT-A ?

Legal issues surrounding PGT including informed consent, risks and benefits, who is liable, as well as a look at the legal issues around other ‘add ons’ in the IVF space.

12:10 pm

As obstetric malpractice claims have become an established issue within the context of legal liability. This panel will explore cases and provide a discussion surrounding key learnings and outcomes whilst allowing for panel members and audience members to enquire regarding the discussed cases.

12:40 pm


1:40 pm

Patient-centered care is widely recognized as a foundation to safe, high-quality healthcare. Further, a patient-centered approach to healthcare system design provides demonstrable personal, clinical and organizational benefits. The Top End is a vast, sparsely populated area of Australia and has substantive geographic, socio-economic and cultural nuances. These nuances provide great opportunities for adaptable health systems that aim to be respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of the individual patient and the communities they are a part of.

2:10 pm

  • Challenges for Rural Practitioners
  • Challenges for Regional Practitioners
  • Challenges for Metro Practitioners
  • Standard of Care in Rural v Metro Settings
  • ‘Resources’ defence

2:40 pm

  • Overview of 3 -4 areas of obstetric areas which currently having gaps in practices
  • How we can use medical devices technologies to solve these areas
  • How does this tie in with the potential litigation we face due to these evolving practices?
  • How can the clinician prepare for these challenges?

3:10 pm

Closing Statement from Chair

3:20 pm

Conference Concludes


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Packages Price
Group Passes (Up to 6 People)$9000+GST
Package(Two Days)$2295+GST
Virtual Pass$950+GST
Packages Price
Group Passes (Up to 6 People)$9000+GST
Package(Two Days)$1995+GST
Virtual Pass$950+GST

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when & where

07 - 08 Dec 2021

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St,
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9238 8888

Swissotel Sydney Special Accommodation Rate: 10% discount off best available rate at the time of booking. In order to qualify, please call the Reservations Team on 02 9238 8888 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday or email and quote INFORMA

Parking information:

Self service parking at Wilson’s Car Park: 383 Kent Street. This will be the price of $60.00, which includes only 1 entry and 1 exit throughout your stay. This parking lot is approximately 5 minutes’ walk to the hotel.

The venue is not offering valet parking at this time.


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