Monash Women's Maternity Program

Prof Euan Wallace
Medical Director Monash Women's- Maternity Services. MBChB (Edin), MD (Edin), FRCOG, FRANZCOG Director of Obstetric Services and a senior obstetrician at Monash Medical Centre with a particular interest in high risk pregnancies including fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia, preterm birth and miscarriage. Also the Director of The Ritchie Centre, one of Australia's leading research centres in women's health, and the Head of the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Research interests include the development of stem cells from the placenta as a treatment for preterm lung disease and cerebral palsy and developing new treatments for preeclampsia and fetal growth problems.

Karen Sawyer
Clinical Midwife Consultant  | Practice Enhancement. Karen Sawyer RM RN BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice Dip HE (Nursing Studies) University of York. Originally trained in different facilities in North Yorkshire and following registration worked predominately in gynaecology services before becoming a midwife. Karen moved to Australia early in February 2005 and initially worked in the private sector. Karen's employment with Monash Health commenced in December 2006 as a midwife, clinical coach midwifery and then Associate Unit Manager. This new position will facilitate staff development in the team structures and demonstrate the highest possible level of woman-centred care within a multi-disciplinary framework. The aim is to support team leaders and educators to harness and nurture enthusiasm for midwives to safely practice across the full scope of practice.

Kerrie Papacostas

Midwifery Coordinator | Monash Health. Kerrie is responsible for supporting maternity clinical governance, strategy, planning and midwifery practice standards. Kerrie has experience as a clinical midwife in numerous hospitals over a 35 year career including; Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin, Dandenong, Benalla and Sale. She was Midwifery Manager of the Moorabbin 'GP Midwife Unit' for over a decade, and the Moorabbin Birth Centre 1998 until 2003. Kerrie is a member of many committees and has chaired the Monash Health Maternity Guideline Development Committee for the past 10 years. In 2012 she received the Southern Health Midwifery Award – Leadership achievement. Kerrie's passion is supporting informed choices for women; improving continuity of care and carer and evidence informed practice. She has been an integral leader in the development and implementation of the new maternity service directions.

Prof Christine East
Professor of Midwifery / Co-Director of Monash Women’s - Maternity Services RN, RM, DipApplSc(Clin Nurs), BApplSc(Nurs), Grad Cert Heatlh Studies, Grad Cert Univ Teaching, MMedSc, PhD Chris’ appointment to Monash University and Monash Health represents a unique model linking university and hospital midwifery. Chris' career encompasses clinical midwifery, research and university teaching / higher degree supervision. Ongoing research projects include fetal welfare surveillance, pregnancy care and systematic reviews of evidence, with significant competitive grant support. She also supervises a number of research higher degree candidates. Since joining Monash Health in early 2012, Chris has provided leadership in clinical governance and represented midwifery at executive nursing and midwifery level. Her vision for Monash Health midwifery is to integrate education, research and clinical services, with all activities having a woman-centred focus.