Program Presenters

Mark Beaves

Mark is the Head of Quality Assurance Programs at RANZCOG. He has been the Manager of FSEP since its inception in 2003. Mark 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. 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

Alli has over 20 years of experience in midwifery, predominantly working within the speciality field of high risk pregnancies and genetic counselling. She currently works at Monash Health and Mercy Hospital for Women in research positions.. Alli has been a clinical educator for the RANZCOG FSEP for over 12 years.


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 Sherwood

Dawn has over 28 years’ experience working in high and low-risk birth suites. From 2007 – 2017 she held the position of Associate Unit Manager in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at Monash Health Clayton, Victoria, applying her full array of fetal surveillance knowledge and skills to care for high-risk mothers and babies. From 2007 – 2021 she worked as an Associate Unit Manager in the Birth Suite at Monash Health, Clayton, providing leadership and education in the intrapartum setting. Dawn is passionate about making a difference in outcomes for women and their babies, and has recently chosen to return to clinically supporting women and their families in birth suite. In this role, she also gets to support the development of new and experienced clinicians in providing safe maternity care, particularly in the area of intrapartum CTG interpretation and management.


Isabelle Eadie

Izzy trained as a midwife in the UK in 2003 but has worked predominantly in the intrapartum setting in tertiary units in New Zealand. For many years she has worked as a clinical charge midwife on the Labour & Birthing Unit at Auckland Hospital. Teaching has always been her passion and she has recently been appointed as a midwifery lecturer in the midwifery department at AUT in Auckland.  Izzy juggles her work schedule to find time for fetal surveillance education and says her favourite thing is when the participants have those “light bulb” moments. Izzy’s dedication to fetal surveillance education stems from her hope that we will all get better at fetal monitoring in labour and help to make timely interventions for those babies who need it. She also stresses that in an environment of rising caesarean section rates, fetal surveillance education can empower practitioners to recognise when it’s appropriate to continue to aim for a vaginal birth.


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.


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.


Laura Callard

Laura is a registered nurse and midwife with over 16 years experience. She has always specialised in providing holistic midwifery care to women with high risk pregnancies, with a particular interest in Fetal Surveillance and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Laura has continued her studies with a Master degree in Advanced Nursing Practice – Intensive Care and a Post Graduate Degree in Rural and Remote Health (Scheduled Medicines Endorsement).
In lecturing for RANZCOG, Laura wants to help improve outcomes of women and babies by empowering and educating practitioners and students. She hopes that her lectures inspire practitioners to understand the physiology that generates the “pattern” on the CTG.
Laura is also currently working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service which provides aeromedical care to patients throughout regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales.


Mark Benson

Mark has over 20 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, followed by a locum position at Bacchus Marsh Hospital. Mark is currently working clinically at Epworth Hospital Geelong. 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.