What is required to strengthen the system and change the way we think and feel?

Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell

Chair, CCOPMM and Senior Maternity Advisor, SCV


The presentation will provide insights into the work of Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity  (CCOPMM) and Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and how best to ensure that what is learnt leads to a change to those who matter most, women, babies and families. These insights will include the work currently being undertaken to reduce stillbirths in Victoria. The work we all do makes a difference – to do this work well we need to; Be strong and committed, build more knowledge and skills and be aware of both the care provided day to day whilst seeing the goals ahead over the coming years.

Understanding what we see, knowing what women and families want and be clear in knowing if we are delivering it is important for our journey together.

We all know what it looks like when it goes well and when it doesn’t go so well – alongside this is how it feels, for you as an individual, for the organisations in which we work and for families who now live with the devastation when things go wrong.

These insights offered aim to assist in reflecting in the way we think and feel.

  • what makes you tick when it comes to being a midwife
  • what is your role going to be in making a difference to women, babies, families and your colleagues?
  • What gets you up in the morning/afternoon or night? and what keeps you awake during the day or at night?
  • and what does success look like for you in this work?


Tanya Farrell is a midwife and a nurse – and holds 2 key roles that focus on improving healthcare for women, babies and children across Victoria.

As the Maternity Advisor Tanya provides strategic clinical leadership and advice on issues related to maternity services and midwifery, particularly in relation to safety and quality improvement.

As the Chair of CCOPMM she oversees the investigation and reporting of all maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and morbidity as well as providing advice to the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on strategies to improve clinical care and avoid preventable deaths and significant morbidity in Victoria. The Council also manages the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC), a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, in order to contribute to improvements in their health.

Tanya is also an Adjunct Professor in Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Prior to these appointments she was the Executive Director of Midwifery and Nursing at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria.