Thursday, April 28, 2011

Trivia Night Fundraiser for Cambodia

Vicki Chan, midwife extraordinaire has recently been in Cambodia helping set up a new birth centre for local families through LifeOptions.

LifeOptions is a Health Education organisation that established in Australia, and works in Thailand, India, Nepal and Cambodia. In recent years, the not-for-profit organisation has moved into selected areas in Cambodia to improve healthcare. Now, birth and health centres have been opened, and LifeOptions is helping to create and improve schools, toilets, gardens, roads, etc., to improve and save lives in these communities, that face every day battles with poverty, hunger, diarrhoea, respiratory problems, and women’s health issues, including many mothers dying during childbirth and abortion.

In an effort to support LifeOptions and the community they help, this fun night will raise much-needed funds. The aim is $2000 for a life-saving tuk-tuk ambulance... any money raised above that amount will go into other projects in the community.

Time:Saturday, May 7 · 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Location: Upstairs function room @ Maroochy RSL Memorial Avenue
Maroochydore, Australia

Trivia will be run by Trivia Time (with prizes on offer), the bar will be open, and a selection of great prizes will be on offer, including (so far):

-vouchers from local businesses
-photography packs
-framed art
-massage vouchers
-beauty services vouchers
-chiropractic vouchers
-Instrumental accessories
-signed AFL (Lions) and NRL (Cowboys) jerseys.


1. Transfer funds (tickets are $35 p/head) to
Alison Chan
Commonwealth Bank
BSB 064121
ACC 1000 8207
Please put your full name as your transaction description.

2. Send an email to outlining how many tickets you would like, the amount you have transfered, and a postal address you would like them sent to.

Please spread the word - all are welcome. Tickets will be $35 p/head and seating is limited so tickets must be pre-booked. ALL FUNDS RAISED will go to supporting LifeOptions Cambodia.

Trivia night facebook page:!/event.php?eid=111837502232364

For more information on LifeOptions, check out: <>
or add their Facebook page:!/pages/LifeOptions-Direct-Empowerment-Cambodia-Nepal/105539079473682?sk=info <>
or read Vicki's blog: <>

Thursday, April 21, 2011

International Day of the Midwife 5km celebratory walk.

Hi Everyone

What are you doing to celebrate International Day of the Midwife? If you are in Brisbane and up for an early start, it would be great to see you at this special event! See info below.

Australian College of Midwives Queensland Branch is delighted to invite you all to attend our International Day of the Midwife 5km celebratory walk.

Midwives and their supporters around the world are walking to raise awareness of global inequalities in maternal and newborn health.

On 5th May 2011 the Australian College of Midwives Queensland Branch (ACMQ) will lead midwives and mothers in a 5 km walk from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) to Mater Mothers Hospital to mark International Day of the Midwife 2011. Over 340,000 women die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability, as a result of preventable maternal causes. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is committed to reducing inequality, through greater access to essential midwifery care worldwide, particularly in developing countries where 90% of maternal deaths occur.

Here in Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are almost three times more likely to die while pregnant, during labour and up to six weeks after giving birth than non-indigenous women. We want to see all Indigenous mothers and babies accessing safe maternity care through increased Government commitment to culturally appropriate maternity services. To this end the ACM has established the Rodanthe Lipsett Scholarship fund to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women to study to become midwives. Entrance is free but any funds raised at the walk in Brisbane will be donated to this fund.

The walk on the 5th of May is the start of a journey that finishes at the ICM Congress in Durban in June 2011, a global gathering where 3000 midwives will share evidence of what works to reduce maternal mortality and improve the care and support available to mothers and newborns around the world.
Please see attached flyer and press release about this event.

How you can become involved:

• Join us for the walk: invite your family and friends and the women and families you have cared for!

• Print the flyer and display prominently in your workplace -
Click here for FLYER

• Send the Press Release to any News, Radio, Newspaper or other media contacts you may have.
Click here for Press Release

• Please RSVP Jane Menke with 'IDM walk RSVP' in the subject line

• See updates for the event on facebook: 'International day of the Midwife 5km walk'

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


As part of a project to implement the recommendations of the Birthing
Services Review, the Gold Coast Hospital is holding a Workshop. The
purpose of this workshop is to guarantee a space and time for the
voices not yet heard to contribute to this process. Please expect to
participate in small and large group conversations with this shared

WHEN: FRIDAY 6th May 2011
TIME: 1-5 pm
The Functions Centre
Cnr of Musgrave & Olsen Ave

  • Facilitated by Scott Arbuthnot
  • Small & large group conversations about:
  • Continuity of care models around Australia & options for the GCH
  • Current research: Midwives @New Group Practice Options (M@NGO, RCT)
  • Logan Hospital Midwifery Group Practice for vulnerable women- the
  • experiences of the women & midwives
  • Models of care and partnerships with Doctors
  • Midwives working in the Birth Centre, sharing their experiences as MGP
  • midwives
  • Women & families share their stories & experiences of Birthing Services at
  • GCH
  • Young Parents voices- ‘What are their choices?’ – Presented by YHES House
Participation from consumers, GP’s,
Staff, midwifery and medical is essential to
this process.
This is an exciting opportunity to participate
in the redesign, of your Birthing Service & the
journey to the new Gold Coast University

To help with numbers for afternoon tea,
please RSVP by the 4th May, if you are coming to:

Anne Moore, Midwifery Practice Project
Manager, via e-mail:
or text: 0401 049 715

Help with children will be available

If you are a Gold Coast local or have an interest in Gold Coast birthing options, please consider attending. Deirdrie Cullen has been our consumer rep on the project and would happily answer any inquiries you might have about the workshop. Her email address is

Could you also please let Bec Jenkinson know if you are planning on attending so that she can ensure MC is represented by a number of reps: or (h) 07 3351 4834 (m) 0439 765 633. Thank you.