Central Australian Remote Midwifery ForumIn July 2016, the Central Australian Remote Midwifery Forum was held at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.

Approximately 60 midwives from across remote Central Australia met for three days of education, networking and up skilling. Midwives from the Barkly region including Tennant Creek, remote Central Australia communities and the remote cross border areas of South Australia and West Australia travelled long distances to participate. Midwives working in Aboriginal Medical Services, Alice Springs Hospital, Midwifery Group Practice and students were also represented.

Sessions ranged from service provider updates, practical hand on sessions and presentations focused on contemporary issues such as iodine supplements in pregnancy, anaemia and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

Centre for Remote Health Topic coordinator, Lyn Byers facilitated an interactive session focused on Domestic and Family Violence.

An expert panel including the senior social worker at Alice Springs Hospital, a project officer from the Women’s Health Strategy Unit and two representatives from the NT police, provided input into a case study discussion, drawn from remote practice.

The forum was an overwhelming success and the midwives appreciated the Centre for Remote Health providing a venue and presenter support. The Centre for Remote Health continues to be a vital hub for the Central Australian community in the exchange of new ideas and knowledge.