Together again: from evidence to reality

Online event 2023

Don't miss your chance to hear from our amazing line-up of speakers! Get in the know about your industry and secure your spot at our online event - Together again: from evidence to reality.

Linsey Carlton Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM Monica Diaz Prof Jennifer Fereday Assoc Prof Shilpanjali Jesudason Belinda Lovell Sue Macfarlan Joanne Peak


Linsey Carlton

Linsey has been a midwife since 2015. Prior to this she was the managing director of her own company for 11 years in the UK. Linsey studied a BSc in Midwifery, at Leeds University in the UK.

Linsey has worked in numerous tertiary units, and stand alone birth centres in the UK before coming to Australia in 2018, where she worked in both the private, and public sectors. Linsey has predominantly worked as a delivery suite midwife throughout her career, and more recently in Midwifery Group Practice. Linsey has a vast amount of experience in mentoring healthcare practitioners and students, with an accredited tertiary qualification also. She also has experience in Quality improvement, and project management, and is currently working toward a project management qualification.

For the last 2 years Linsey has been the project lead for reducing the incidence of PPH in the WCHN and have achieved a reduction in rates across all classifications of PPH for the first time in over 10 years, seeing almost a 50% reduction in major PPH (>1500mL). Linsey is a member of the PPH State wide Workgroup, collaborating with maternity units state wide to share best practice and knowledge to improve PPH rates and patient outcomes. Linsey is a member of, and Work Site Representative for, the ANMF SA and has recently taken on a new role as a Business Change Consultant for the EMR project for SA Health, whilst continuing to lead the PPH project for the WCHN.

Linsey is passionate in providing excellent evidence based, safe and effective care to all women and their families, to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for all. She is a mum of 3 beautiful children and 2 doggies. The beach and the ocean are her happy place, and she loves to socialise with family and friends. Linsey loves to smile, and try to infect everyone with her smile wherever she goes.

Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM

Elizabeth is passionate about promoting and advancing the professional and industrial interests of nurses, midwives and personal care assistants.


CEO/Secretary since March 2008, Elizabeth works tirelessly to achieve the goals of ANMF (SA Branch) and to create a future that our members seek and so justly deserve. She holds qualifications in nursing, education, leadership, management and law, and worked as a solicitor at DBH immediately prior to taking up her current role.


Monica Diaz

Monica Diaz is PhD candidate and clinical midwife/nurse with over twenty years of clinical experience, who is passionate about enhancing midwifery practice through research and education. She has a Ba. Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Sciences (Honours).

In 2019, she achieved a first-class Honours for her thesis on the ‘effectiveness of perineal wound assessment and repair training for midwifery students: a multi-method, pre-test-post-test longitudinal study’.

In 2017, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study the ‘maternity care and support for women with female genital mutilation/cutting’ in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland. Her PhD topic is exploring the impact of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) education for midwives and nurses as informed by women's experiences.


Key Note Speaker - Prof Jennifer Fereday

Jenny Fereday is the Clinical Professor of Midwifery at University of South Australia.She previously held the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery role for 10 years at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and other senior nursing positions in the areas of clinical, management, education and research in both the public and private sectors. Her academic qualifications include Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) Bachelor of Nursing, Midwifery Certificate, Master of Educational Management and Doctor of Philosophy.

Jenny’s research interests include person-centred care, consumer voice and experience, models of care, professional scope of practice and advanced practice roles, leadership, workforce and service development and evaluation.

She is skilled in a range of qualitative methodologies and enjoys collaborative research.

Jenny is involved in leading, and contributing to, decision making for midwifery at a State and National level. Jenny’s philosophy is to foster a culture of excellence in midwifery person-centred practice grounded in research evidence, critical inquiry, teamwork and innovation.

Jenny is committed to reconciliation, anti-racism and the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples.

Assoc Prof Shilpanjali Jesudason

Associate Professor Shilpa Jesudason (MBBS, PhD, FRACP) is an academic nephrologist and Chair of the Clinical Research Group at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplant Service (CNARTS).

Her clinical and research interests include Parenthood in Patients with Kidney Disease. She runs a state-wide obstetric nephrology service for preconception counselling, antenatal and postnatal care for women with all stages of CKD in pregnancy.

Her research program (Pregnancy and Kidney Research Australia) employs a broad array of methodologies (population data linkage, registry, cohort studies, qualitative, systematic reviews, basic science) to investigate parenthood outcomes and best care for women and men with renal disease. She is the immediate past Clinical Director of Kidney Health Australia (2017-20).

She has expertise in clinical research across a broad range of disciplines, clinical trials, Indigenous kidney health initiatives, consumer and community engagement for kidney disease research, policy and advocacy..

Belinda Lovell

Belinda has twelve years’ experience working as a clinical nurse and midwife in Adelaide, London, Melbourne and Sydney. Belinda has undertaken roles in clinical and University teaching as well as Calmbirth parenting education.

Belinda has worked in research roles with the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne; UNSW and UniSA. Belinda is currently in the final stages of a PhD working with the Adelaide Women’s Prison.


Sue Macfarlan

Sue originally qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1980, and became a midwife in 1986.

Sue has worked in all areas of midwifery including the Birth Centre and Midwifery Group Practice continuity of care. During this period she established Adelaide Midwives and began practicing as a private midwife, with admitting rights for birth services at Lyell McEwin Hospital. Adelaide Midwives became so successful, in early 2022 and was able to pursue self-employment.

As a member of the ACM SA Branch, Sue joined the Executive and Professional Development committees 8 years ago and is also an active member of the SA Privately Practising Midwives Association.

In 2020 Sue was very excited to be a finalist in the SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Excellence in Midwifery and is proud to offer a unique blend of expertise and client-centred care for women in all stages of pregnancy, through birth and up to 6 weeks post-birth.


Joanne Peak

Joanne coordinates the provision of Health care services to approximately 200 women and 60 pre-release males. Joanne is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and with her team provides antenatal care in collaboration with tertiary hospitals and Aboriginal Birthing program to women who are pregnant at AWP. Joanne leads a team of nursing staff and coordinates and number of in reach services who each have a role to manage complex health conditions such as diabetes, mental health, polysubstance abuse, asthma, hepatitis and cardiac conditions.

The team also have a strong focus on health promotion, wellness and preventative health screening initiatives. Joanne has worked with the RAH for number of years to provide a in reach cardiac service for Aboriginal Women including onsite ECHO clinics. Joanne has a strong interest in parenting and has been involved in supporting the development of a sustainable parenting program for AWP and live on site parenting model.