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Midwives from Nepean Hospital gather for the 28th annual Nepean Midwives Conference in Penrith.

Midwives committed to excellence

05 Apr 2019


Over 5000 babies are born every year in hospitals across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, and with the Penrith population alone set to exceed 220,000 by the year 2021, local midwives are keeping pace through research and innovation.

Every year midwives from Nepean Hospital host the nationally recognised Nepean Midwives Conference, which recently convened for the 28th time and was attended by over 100 health professionals from across the country.

Clinicians and health professionals offered insights into the latest midwifery research, with topics ranging from antenatal education to the implications of evolutionary biology in infant feeding.

Addressing attendees at the conference, Nepean Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery Diane Burton praised the focus of our staff on improving patient care.

“Through the commitment of the midwives in improving the birth experience of our women, I am confident that our name and reputation will continue to grow as leaders in women centred care.”

With every major expansion of Nepean Hospital there have been increases to maternity services, meeting the challenges of a rapidly growing region. As part of the current Stage 1 Nepean Redevelopment, a new 14-storey hospital will include 18 new birthing suites and a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

As the need for best-practice midwifery increases along with the population, Nepean Hospital midwives have the opportunity to develop their practice through the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research.

The Centre, located on the Nepean Hospital campus, is a unique collaboration between the Local Health District and Western Sydney University.

Western Sydney University Associate Professor of Midwifery Virginia Stulz, who presented at the recent Nepean Midwives Conference, says the Centre enables “midwife and nurse clinicians to develop and enhance their ideas or projects towards increasing the capacity for research”.

For information about nursing and midwifery careers at our Local Health District, including Nepean Hospital, click here.