When substandard is standard: The urgent need for reform in postnatal care in Australia

07 Aug 2023Healthcare
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When substandard is standard: The urgent need for reform in postnatal care in Australia

When substandard is standard: The urgent need for reform in postnatal care in Australia

07 Aug 2023Healthcare
About the speakers
  • Dr. Danny Tucker
    Dr. Danny Tucker
    Associate Professor at James Cook University; Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    Associate Professor Tucker is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in public and private practice in Queensland. He trained in London and has held research and academic appointments at the University of Oxford and James Cook University. Danny is a member of the Queensland Health Open Disclosure training faculty. He has qualifications in perinatal and infant mental health and works with a psychologist, providing birth debriefs and support for women who experienced complex births. Danny is a Clinical Advisor for ABTA, the Australasian Birth Trauma Association and provides legal opinions and reports for plaintiff and defence teams. Portrait photography is his passion, which has intersected with his work through the national charity organisation, Heartfelt, and the perinatal photography he provides for families who experience a range of healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
  • Melissa Freestun
    Melissa Freestun
    Principal Psychologist at Self Psychology
    Melissa is a psychologist working in private practice. Her primary focus lies within perinatal and infant mental health, supporting women who have endured psychological birth trauma from their birthing and postpartum experiences. Currently, she is progressing towards the completion of her PhD, further exploring the realm of psychological birth trauma and enhancing maternity care. With a background in executive roles across primary healthcare, disability, and mental health sectors, Melissa has over a decade of clinical and leadership experience. Her work includes supporting both individuals and organisations in navigating critical incidents, traumatic experiences, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Her multifaceted approach to support incorporates therapy, coaching, and mentoring, covering an array of areas including personal resilience, interpersonal conflict, leadership and emotional intelligence, and mental health guidance. Her work also extends to the administration of psychometric assessments, workplace assessments, and report writing, as well as the development of learning, performance, and improvement strategies. Melissa also holds two Master's degrees in Clinical Leadership and Suicidology.

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