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The good, the bad and the possible: A public Lecture on the Strategic Directions for the Australian Maternity Services Plan

Canberra Mothercraft Society and Western Sydney University are proud to support a free public online lecture by Professor Hannah Dahlen AM, followed by an expert panel discussion on the way forward for the Australian Maternity Services plan.

This public lecture will examine the 2019 COAG Woman-Centred Care: Strategic Directions for Australian Maternity Services plan. It critiques the plan in light of the international evidence, policy documents and interviews with stakeholders. ‘The good, the bad and the possible’ provides a way forward. Implementing the plan will be at the heart of this lecture and the expert panel discussion.

The lecture will take place online at 5pm on Wednesday 24th March 2021. You can register FREE at the following link: The good, the bad and the possible Tickets, Wed 24/03/2021 at 5:00 pm | Eventbrite

Hannah Dahlen AM is the Professor of Midwifery, Discipline Leader of Midwifery and Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degree Research) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has been a midwife for 30 years. Hannah has over 200 published journal articles and book chapters and has a strong national and international reputation in maternal health.

Expert Panel:

Ms Mary Kirk AM, Midwife and immediate past Vice-President of the International Confederation of Midwives

Dr Vijay Roach, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RANZCOG)

Professor Joanne Gray, President of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

Ms Alecia Staines, Director of Maternity Consumer Network

Ms Melanie Briggs, Director of Binjilaanii Maternity Services Pty Ltd, Midwife at Waminda

Ms Bashi Hazard, Director of Human Rights in Childbirth (HRiC)

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart, GP Obstetrician, National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia


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Notice is hereby given that the 94th Annual General Meeting of the

Canberra Mothercraft Society Inc will be held on

Wednesday, 21st October 2020

In the rooms of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons,

 Unit 31, 2 King St, Deakin

commencing at 5:30 pm

RSVP by 14-10-20 to

PO Box 126 Curtin ACT 2605 OR 0466 114 897

(critical to ensure we meet COVID-19 restrictions)



To consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following resolution as a Special Resolution regarding rule 12.6 A member of the board may only hold the same office for a maximum of 3 consecutive years.

That the Constitution of the Canberra Mothercraft Society Inc be amended as follows:

In subrule 12.6 insert the words ‘other than the president’ after ‘the board’.

After subrule 12.6 add a new sub rule:

12.7 The president may only hold the office of president for a maximum of 4 consecutive years.



  1. To receive, consider and adopt the reports and audited accounts of the Society for the year ended 30 June 2020
  2. To elect the President and 10 Board Members of the Society for the coming year
  3. To appoint the Auditor of the Society for the coming year
  4. To transact any other business that may be lawfully brought forward.

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We wish to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which CMS and its service are located, and their Elders past and present.