Shared Maternity Care Collaborative Workshop 2023: Session 2

04 Dec 2023
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Available to
Practice Nurses
General Practitioners

Continuing Professional Development

2 RACGP CPD hours - Educational Activities


Hosted by Mercy Health, this workshop will run over 2 evening sessions, covering a range of topics from leading obstetrician and gynaecologist experts.

The second session will include 2 presentations, and a question and answer session after each. Session 1 will be held on Monday, 27 November 2023.  

Topic 1: Prenatal screening and non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) - what is our current standard of care? 

In this session, A/Prof Lisa Hui, will outline the current state of prenatal screening in Victoria and discuss routine maternity care. She will also explain areas of uncertainty and debate, such as the role of expanded NIPT, as well as the role of ultrasound in the NIPT era. 

Topic 2: Modes of delivery - what is a ‘normal’ birth? 

In this session, Dr Vicki Carson, will outline the 6 main modes of delivery available in Australia. Including, the pros and cons for each, common misconceptions, and provide a framework for helping women understand risks and realistic expectations of labour and birth. 

Register for session 1 

Don’t miss session 1 on Monday, 27 November 2023, which will cover the first antenatal care visit and how to address problems in the third trimester. Register now


A/Prof Lisa Hui – Mercy Health  

A/Prof Lisa Hui is a maternal fetal medicine specialist with research interests in cell-free fetal nucleic acids, prenatal screening and diagnosis. She completed her clinical training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Sydney and performed her PhD research at the Mother Infant Research Institute in Boston before moving to Melbourne in 2013. 

 She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Melbourne and a group leader in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute reproductive epidemiology group. She also holds clinical appointments at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg, and the Northern Hospital, Epping. 

Dr Vicki Carson – The Royal Women’s Hospital 

Dr Vicki Carson is a general obstetrician with a focus on high-risk cases. She works both privately at Frances Perry House and is a leader at the Yellow Maternity Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH).  

She's actively involved in improving Indigenous women's health, was involved in setting up the COVID-19 ward at the RWH, and is the current medical lead for the introduction of homebirth program. Vicki also sits on the federal Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists council, demonstrating her commitment to advancing obstetrics and gynaecology. 

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and compare the common prenatal aneuploidy screening tests, including first trimester combined test, NIPT and second trimester serum screening. 
  • Evaluate the possible advantages and disadvantages of screening beyond the common trisomies.  
  • Outline the 6 main birth types in Australia.  
  • Describe risks and benefits of varying modes of delivery and learn how to communicate these effectively with patients.