Inquiry into Perinatal Services

Hearings and Transcripts

Further information on the Committee's public hearing schedule for this inquiry will be posted here as it becomes available.

Corrected transcripts of these hearings will also be published here when finalised by the Committee.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the hearings.

Upcoming hearings


Information about further public hearings will be posted here as it becomes available.


Past hearings and transcripts


Monday 11 December

9:00am - 3:00pm
City of Greater Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street, Geelong

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9:00am University Hospital Geelong  
9:45am City of Greater Geelong Maternal and Child Health Service  
10:30am Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative  
11:15am Alyson Smith and Kylie Cole, Registered Nurses/Midwives  
12:00pm LUNCH BREAK  
12:30pm Ms Suzanne Higgins, Midwife  
1:00pm Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI)  
1:45pm Community Forum  



Friday 8 December

12:30pm - 5:30pm
Conference Room
Mercure Warragul
23 Mason Street, Warragul

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
12:30pm West Gippsland Healthcare Group pdfTranscript(PDF 242.62 KB)
1:15pm Baw Baw Shire Maternal and Child Health Services pdfTranscript(PDF 180.73 KB)
2:00pm Olivia's Place pdfTranscript(PDF 177.02 KB)
2:30pm School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, Federation University pdfTranscript(PDF 180.24 KB)
3:15pm Latrobe City Council Maternal and Child Health Services pdfTranscript(PDF 147.57 KB)
4:00pm Latrobe Regional Hospital pdfTranscript(PDF 260.16 KB)



Thursday 7 December

1:00pm - 5:30pm
Lakes Room
Bairnsdale RSL
2 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
1:00pm Bairnsdale Regional Health Service pdfTranscript(PDF 170.85 KB)
1:45pm Gippsland Lakes Community Health pdfTranscript(PDF 171.58 KB)
2:30pm Swifts Creek Bush Nurse Centre pdfTranscript(PDF 173.07 KB)
3:00pm Ms Heather Daly, Midwife pdfTranscript(PDF 148.10 KB)
3:30pm Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd (GEGAC) pdfTranscript(PDF 178.30 KB)
4:00pm Orbost Regional Health pdfTranscript(PDF 151.27 KB)
4:30pm Dr Elizabeth Boyd pdfTranscript(PDF 136.62 KB)
  Dr Antoinette Mowbray and Dr Elizabeth Boyd pdfTranscript(PDF 148.82 KB)



Monday 27 November

9:00am - 4:45pm
Room G7
55 St Andrews Place
East Melbourne VIC 3002

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9:00am Department of Health and Human Services pdfTranscript(PDF 267.21 KB)
10:00am Safer Care Victoria pdfTranscript(PDF 175.56 KB)
10:45am Sands Australia pdfTranscript(PDF 172.08 KB)
11:30am Multicultural Centre for Women's Health pdfTranscript(PDF 171.45 KB)
12:15pm LUNCH BREAK  
12:45pm Caroline Chisholm Society pdfTranscript(PDF 169.03 KB)
1:30pm Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery pdfTranscript(PDF 175.37 KB)
2:15pm Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) pdfTranscript(PDF 184.57 KB)
3:00pm Department of Education and Training pdfTranscript(PDF 548.28 KB)
3:45pm Ms Ofri Marton and Mr Steven Kennedy pdfTranscript(PDF 132.92 KB)
  Dr Wendy Pollock pdfTranscript(PDF 125.10 KB)
  Ms Petra den Hartog, bereavement care specialist, Red Nose pdfTranscript(PDF 122.32 KB)
  Ms Mary McCarthy pdfTranscript(PDF 125.79 KB)
  Ms Jessica Macpherson, CEO, St Kilda Mums pdfTranscript(PDF 118.06 KB)



Tuesday 21 November - CANCELLED

The public hearing scheduled for Geelong on Tuesday 21 November was cancelled as Parliament held an extra sitting on that day and Committees are unable to hold public hearings while Parliament is sitting. A replacement hearing was held on Monday 11 December - please see above for details.



Thursday 9 November

10:30am – 4:00pm
Benetook Room
Alfred Deakin Centre
190 Deakin Avenue
Mildura VIC 3500

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
10:30am Mallee Track Health & Community Service
Ms Lois O'Callaghan, CEO
Mr Grant Doxey, Program Leader, Social Work and Community Development
pdfTranscript(PDF 151.90 KB)
11:15am Mallee Family Care
Mr Jason Spratt, Manager, Family Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 134.94 KB)
12:00pm Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Ms Jacinta Molloy, Manager, Early Years Service
Ms Kate Glenie, Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group Early Years Project Worker
pdfTranscript(PDF 156.13 KB)
1:15pm Mildura Base Hospital
Dr Nikhil Patravali, Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ms Janet Hicks, Director of Nursing
Ms Sandra Doyle, Nurse Unit Manager, Maternity Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 163.03 KB)
2:00pm Mildura Rural City Council
Ms Samantha Cooke, Maternal and Child Health
pdfTranscript(PDF 114.37 KB)
2:30pm Mildura O & G Clinic
Dr Kimberley Sleeman
Dr Erin Kelly
pdfTranscript(PDF 123.35 KB)
3:00pm Zoe Support Australia
Ms Anne Webster, Executive DIrector
pdfTranscript(PDF 87.71 KB)
  Ms Cheree Jukes pdfTranscript(PDF 90.53 KB)
  Ms Kassie Hocking pdfTranscript(PDF 92.42 KB)



Wednesday 25 October

9:00am – 2:00pm
Memorial Hall
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
33/37 Ford Street
Wangaratta VIC 3677

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9:00am Northeast Health Wangaratta
Ms Libby Fifis, Director of Clinical Services, Nursing and Midwifery
Dr Leo Fogarty, Director of Obstetrics
Dr John Elcock, Director of Medical Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 142.55 KB)
9:45am Rural City of Wangaratta
Ms Rebecca Sacco, Maternal and Child Health Team Leader
Ms Liz Flamsteed, Head of Innovation Fund Project in Antenatal Engagement
pdfTranscript(PDF 153.09 KB)
10:30am Albury Wodonga Health
Ms Julie Wright, Operational Director of Women's and Children's Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 150.19 KB)
11:15am Northeast and Border Mental Health Services (NEBMHS)
Ms Jenny Ahrens, Operations Director, Northeast and Border Mental Health Services
Ms Fiona Pilkington, Perinatal Emotional Health Clinician, Albury Wodonga Health
Ms Kerry Dolan, Perinatal Emotional Health Clinician, Albury Wodonga Health
Dr Sarah Hancock, GP, Benalla Carrier Street Clinic
pdfTranscript(PDF 139.00 KB)
12:30pm Dr Will Twycross, procedural GP in obstetrics, anaesthetics, and accident and emergency pdfTranscript(PDF 152.31 KB)
1:00pm Ms Cate Gemmill, lactation consultant, Northeast Health Wangaratta pdfTranscript(PDF 90.13 KB)
  Ms Megan Rickard pdfTranscript(PDF 88.63 KB)
  Ms Lauren Bowie pdfTranscript(PDF 78.46 KB)
  Ms Alice Martin, Australian Breastfeeding Association pdfTranscript(PDF 82.44 KB)
  Ms Emma Avery pdfTranscript(PDF 80.83 KB)


Tuesday 24 October

9:00am - 2:30pm
Lansell 1
All Seasons Hotel Bendigo
171-183 McIvor Road
Bendigo VIC 3550

 Time  Witness  Transcripts

Bendigo Health
Ms Fiona Faulks, Deputy Director of Nursing, Women's and Children's Services
Dr Nicola Yuen, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

pdfTranscript(PDF 148.56 KB)
9:45am Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative
Ms Raylene Harradine, Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative, and Chair, Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group
Ms Christine Gibbins, Health Services Coordinator
Ms Kate Glenie, Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group early years project worker, Mallee District Aboriginal Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 137.66 KB)
10:30am The Midwife Collective
Ms Elizabeth Murphy, Midwife
Ms Marie-Louise Lapeyre, Midwife
Ms Samantha Ward, Midwife
Dr Veronica Moule, Collaborative Partner
pdfTranscript(PDF 128.05 KB)
11:00am City of Greater Bendigo
Ms Helen Lees, Maternal and Child Health Clinical Coordinator
pdfTranscript(PDF 134.06 KB)
11:45am St John of God Raphael Services
Ms Ursula Kiel, Senior Clinician
pdfTranscript(PDF 134.00 KB)
1:00pm Ms Suzanne Hartney pdfTranscript(PDF 133.29 KB)
1:30pm Gianna Centre
Ms Anne O'Brien
pdfTranscript(PDF 87.42 KB)
  Remembrance Parks Central Victoria
Mr Graham Fountain, Chief Executive Officer
pdfTranscript(PDF 87.30 KB)
  Ms Gabrielle Gamble pdfTranscript(PDF 83.38 KB)
  Bendigo Positive Birthing
Ms Elizabeth Murphy
pdfTranscript(PDF 80.78 KB)



Monday 16 October

9:15am - 2:00pm
Room G7
55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

 Time  Witness  Transcripts

Royal Women's Hospital Centre for Women's Mental Health
Professor Louise Newman, Director, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

pdfTranscript(PDF 164.27 KB)
10:00am Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
Ms Terri Smith, CEO
pdfTranscript(PDF 149.16 KB)
10:45am Monash Medical Centre (Monash Health)
Associate Professor Ryan Hodges, Interim Program Director, Women's and Newborn Program, and Head of Obstetrics and Perinatal Services
pdfTranscript(PDF 141.57 KB)
11:30am Mercy Hospital for Women (Mercy Health)
Dr Michael Rasmussen, Clinical Services Director
pdfTranscript(PDF 136.12 KB)
12:45pm mAdapt Project
Ms Rebeccah Bartlett, Nurse and Midwife
pdfTranscript(PDF 134.02 KB)

Birth for HumanKIND
Ms Kirstan Flannery, Chairperson and Co-Founder
Ms Jen Branscombe, Programs Manager
Ms Elizabeth Mazeyko, Volunteer Bicultural Doula

pdfTranscript(PDF 150.39 KB)



Wednesday 11 October

9:00am - 2:00pm
Reception Room
Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9:00am South West Healthcare
Dr Liz Uren, obstetrics and gynaecology
pdfTranscript(PDF 155.07 KB)
  South West Healthcare
Ms Rachael Lee, Practice Coordinator
Ms Julianne Clift, Director of Nursing
Ms Janene Facey, Maternity Nurse Unit Manager
pdfTranscript(PDF 160.01 KB)
10:00am South West Healthcare
Mr Nicholas Place, Manager, Primary Mental Health Team
pdfTranscript(PDF 128.42 KB)
11:00am The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre
Ms Barbara Glare
pdfTranscript(PDF 116.18 KB)
11:30am Warrnambool City Council
Ms Maryanne Purcell, Maternal and Child Health Nurse Coordinator
pdfTranscript(PDF 136.41 KB)
12:15pm Ms Kerrie Donlon pdfTranscript(PDF 89.61 KB)
  Ms Melissa Maher pdfTranscript(PDF 80.88 KB)
  Ms Jess Stretton pdfTranscript(PDF 86.64 KB)
  Ms Jane Perry pdfTranscript(PDF 81.14 KB)
  Ms Alexandra Lenehan pdfTranscript(PDF 82.64 KB)
  Ms Wren Bowie pdfTranscript(PDF 86.43 KB)
1:30pm Dr Alison Stuebe, University of North Carolina School of Medicine pdfTranscript(PDF 144.23 KB)



Monday 18 September 2017

9:15am - 2:15pm
Legislative Council Committee Room
Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9:15am Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch
Ms Lisa Fitzpatrick, Branch Secretary
Ms Julianne Barclay, Maternity Services Officer
Ms Maree Burgess, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Branch President
pdfTranscript(PDF 148.23 KB)
10:00am Dr Andrew Watkins, neonatologist pdfTranscript(PDF 143.43 KB)
10:45am Melbourne Children's Campus
Associate Professor Rod Hunt, Director, Newborn Intensive Care, Royal Children's Hospital
Professor Cheryl Jones, Stevenson Chair in Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, and Head of Department
pdfTranscript(PDF 137.82 KB)
11:30am City of Melbourne
Ms Lynne Smith, Acting Team Leader, Family Services
Ms Patti Reilly, Acting Family Health Coordinator
pdfTranscript(PDF 134.94 KB)
12:45pm Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists - Victorian Branch
Associate Professor Richard Newton, Chair
Professor Louise Newman
Dr Virginia Loftus
pdfTranscript(PDF 177.50 KB)
1:30pm Tweddle Child and Family Health Service
Dr Nicole Milburn, Perinatal Psychologist and Chair
Ms Kirsty Evans, Director of Clinical Services/Nursing
pdfTranscript(PDF 139.22 KB)



Monday 4 September 2017
9:15am - 2:00pm
Legislative Council Committee Room
Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne

 Time  Witness  Transcripts
9.15am Australian Breastfeeding Association
Ms Susan Day, President
Dr Susan Tawia, Manager, Breastfeeding Information and Research
pdfTranscript(PDF 160.65 KB)
10:00am Centre for Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
Dr Nicole Highet, Founder and Executive Director
Mr Simon Troeth, Board Director
pdfTranscript(PDF 142.24 KB)
10:45am Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Professor Michael Permezel, Immediate Past-President
pdfTranscript(PDF 157.39 KB)
11:30am Jean Hailes Research Unit
Professor Jane Fisher, Director
Dr Heather Rowe, Senior Research Fellow
pdfTranscript(PDF 135.06 KB)
12:45pm My Midwives Melbourne
Ms Hannah Quanchi, Owner and Director
Ms Andrea Quanchi, Midwife and Director of Midwives
Ms Gabrielle Sammon, parents group
pdfTranscript(PDF 162.22 KB)
1:30pm Ms Kate Ravenscroft pdfTranscript(PDF 134.06 KB)



Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018