I am the Senior Clinical Advisor in the Maternity Team at the Ministry of Health. I have an extensive history working as a midwife in both hospital and community settings. I have focused my midwifery to work predominantly with whānau living with extensive social complexity. Post graduate study in Public Health has given me a better understanding of how the social determinants of health can impact on the well being of those who are living with the highest burden of poverty.

I have chosen to be a part of this project because I am passionate about the role the midwife plays in the health and well being of her community. I feel that an update to the scope of practice to reflect the ever-changing maternity environment, would empower midwives to better provide care for their communities.