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Posted on 03 May 2019
Maternity and newborn
A message from our Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Ann Maree Keenan

Sunday 5 May is the International Day of the Midwife, a day for highlighting and celebrating the work of midwives worldwide. 

Together with Safer Care Victoria's Senior Maternity Advisor, Tanya Farrell, we wish to recognise the invaluable contribution of our midwives to improving the health and wellbeing of women, babies and families.

Tanya: I love what I do and as a very proud midwife, 5 May is a special day that symbolises the way we all work together to improve care for women, babies and families across Victoria. 

The theme of this year’s event is Midwives: Defenders of women’s rights. The profession of midwifery plays a significant role in ensuring that women’s rights are at the forefront during this crucial period of healthcare. Midwives are vital in ensuring women’s right through pregnancy, birth and beyond, to ensure a safe and enabling environment. 

I joined Safer Care Victoria in July 2018 and am honoured to represent the state's 1,381 registered midwives, and 7,383 dual registered midwives and nurses.

For those of you who don't know, I have two roles here. Last year I became the first woman and the first midwife to chair the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM), a great honour. My other role is Senior Maternity Advisor, working closely with Ann Maree to represent midwives at the highest levels.

Ann Maree: In my role as the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Victoria, my aim is to help ensure outstanding healthcare for all Victorians, always. No woman, her baby and family or any other or person should experience avoidable harm while seeking care.

Both Tanya and I have been travelling around the state and enjoyed meeting with many of you. We have seen firsthand your dedication and commitment to providing care that is women-centred. Understanding your work, with its unique joys and challenges, is so important for our roles. We work in a complex system and we must ensure that care meets the needs of those we care for, while remembering the needs of you who work in it. For midwives, it’s not just the care we provide but how we provide that care with women as our partners that is so important – they are who matter most. 

May all the Victorian midwives have a terrific day and enjoy the celebrations in your workplace. Thank you for the work that you do.

Ann Maree Keenan
Twitter: @Annmaree4Gm

Tanya Farrell
Twitter: @TanyaFarrell13

Page last updated: 03 May 2019