Program Presenters

Mark Beaves

Mark is the RANZCOG FSEP Manager. He coordinates the ongoing strategy, research, development and delivery of the FSEP suite of educational resources. He lectures and writes on fetal surveillance across Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Mark maintains his extensive clinical skills as a midwife and Associate Unit Manager in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at Monash Health in Clayton, Victoria. He has 20 years of experience in performing ultrasound and caring for women with high risk pregnancies. Mark's critical care training and Bachelor of Education (Studies) complement his 40 years of clinical nursing and midwifery experience. Mark is currently undertaking a PhD through Monash University.

Allison Thomas

Allison has 20 years of experience in midwifery, including 8 years at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Victoria. She currently works at Eastern Health as a midwife consultant specialising in genetics, high risk pregnancies and fetal surveillance. Allison has also completed her Postgraduate studies in Genetic Counselling and is currently studying for her Masters in Health Management. Allison has been a clinical educator for the RANZCOG FSEP for over 10 years.

Cate Fanning

Cate is a midwifery educator at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Cate has worked within a variety of models of care, in tertiary hospitals, in SA and UK over the past 20 years. She has predominately worked with women in birthing suites with low and high risk pregnancies. Cate’s area of interest is multi- disciplinary education; linking knowledge, skill and attitudes to improving clinical outcomes for women and their babies. The RANZCOG Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP) is an opportunity to empower clinicians to improve perinatal outcomes through standardisation of language, knowledge and evidence based guidelines.

Catherine Lancaster

Catherine has extensive experience in all areas of midwifery practice, including antenatal care, birth suite, postnatal, SCN and child birth education. Catherine has a graduate Diploma in Community Health and is a lactation consultant. For the last 17 years, Catherine has been involved in managing maternity units that cover all areas of practice. These positions required a "hands on" clinical practice and a focus on policy and procedure, to ensure the implementation of best practice guidelines. In line with this focus, Catherine is committed to the implementation of the RANZCOG IFS Clinical Guideline through the FSEP to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.

Dawn Powell

Dawn has over 22 years of experience in high- and low-risk birth suites. Over the last 10 years, she has held the position of ANUM in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at Monash Health Clayton, Victoria. She uses her full array of fetal surveillance knowledge and skills to care for high risk mothers and babies. Dawn continues to work as an ANUM in the birth suite at Monash Health, providing leadership and education in the intrapartum setting. Dawn is passionate about making a difference to the outcomes of women and their babies, through education in fetal surveillance.

Grace Crowe

Grace is an experienced midwife in all areas of maternity care. Grace's career has focused on the provision of maternity education. She has worked as a clinical educator at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne and as an educator with the Maternity Services Education Program (MSEP). She is currently the Maternity Services Development Lead for the new Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital at Western Health. Grace considers herself incredibly privileged to be a member of the RANZCOG FSEP team because she is passionate about the importance of the FSEP in improving experiences and ultimately outcomes for women and their babies. Grace relishes the opportunity to interact with maternity clinicians all across Australia and New Zealand.

Isabelle Eadie

Izzy has practised midwifery for 14 years, primarily providing intrapartum care in a wide range of settings. She is currently a midwifery manager of the Labour & Birth Suite and obstetric high dependency unit at Auckland Hospital, NZ where she combines her managerial responsibilities with clinical shifts. Izzy undertook a Masters in Health Science; her thesis looking at midwives' experiences of working in an obstetric HDU. She is also a PROMPT facilitator and joined the FSEP team in 2016. Izzy's passion is supporting midwives and women in normal birth, which is underpinned by education in fetal surveillance.

Jackie Harrington

Jackie has extensive midwifery experience, practicing for 15 years in various tertiary units in the UK; including the prestigious Rosie Maternity unit Cambridge. Since moving to Australia in 2004 she has worked as a Clinical Educator for Monash undergraduates and currently has the position of Midwifery Educator at Peninsula Health, Frankston. She is a skilled clinician having worked in both low and high risk settings now for over 30 years. She has a particular interest in the management of Obstetric and Neonatal emergencies and has been a PROMPT facilitator since 2014. Like all the FSEP Clinical Educators, Jackie is passionate about improving outcomes for mothers and babies.

Jacqueline Mejia

Jacquie is an experienced midwife, with over 10 years of experience in both low and high volume hospitals. Working as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager in delivery suite at one of the largest private maternity units in Melbourne, Jacquie uses her passion and skills as an educator to ensure the hospital maintains a high level of standards and experience. Jacquie has completed a Diploma in Management and Leadership to complement her current role, and is working towards a Masters in Education. Jacquie's passion lies in delivering high quality fetal surveillance education to all practitioners, to ensure standardised intrapartum CTG interpretation is achieved at all hospitals. Hence, all women and their families can be provided an excellent standard of care, regardless of where they choose to birth.

Jennifer D'Arcy

Jen has over 10 years of experience working in all areas of maternity care. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the University Hospital Geelong as a clinical educator working with undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery students. Jen also works as a clinical midwife consultant specialising in perinatal morbidity and mortality case review. She has completed additional training in Teaching and Assessment and works as a clinical lecturer for Deakin University. Jen is passionate about striving to achieve the best outcomes for women and babies through education and empowering others to achieve the same.

Karen Sorensen

Karen has over 20 years of experience as a midwife and manager in birthing services in NSW. She is currently the Clinical Manager for the Women's Health & Neonatology at South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Prior to this, Karen was the Clinical Midwifery Consultant within the SWSLHD. Karen has an extensive background working in birth suites and educating staff across Sydney, with a particular focus on CTG interpretation and fetal blood sampling. Karen completed her Masters of Health Science Education at the University of Sydney in 2008 and has been a clinical educator for the RANZCOG FSEP for over 10 years.

Mark Benson

Mark has over 17 years of clinical midwifery experience, predominantly as an ANUM in the Birthing Suites at University Hospital Geelong. He has also taught at Deakin University Waterfront for a number of years, tutoring and assessing both undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. He is passionate about education, especially around anatomy and physiology in the context of the CTG, and in the importance of sharing fetal surveillance knowledge in the setting of current clinical experience. Mark believes strongly in the promotion of safe care for mothers and babies, and improved knowledge and cognition for maternity and obstetric staff alike.

Nadia Bardien

Nadia is a registered nurse, midwife, the past Manager of Perinatal Services and currently the Manager of Birthing Services at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She is an experienced and skilled clinician, having worked across the breadth of midwifery services from low risk birthing centres to tertiary hospital settings in South Africa and Australia. She has over 15 years of experience in fetal surveillance and the care of women with high risk pregnancies. She is an active researcher and holds a Master degree from LaTrobe University. Her research interests include late onset growth restriction and fetal Doppler measurements.