Figures, feedback and practical advice on improving care for mothers and babies will be presented at the annual conference of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC).

Registrations are now open for the PMMRC’s annual conference, From Audit to Action, which will be held on 17 June at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. The conference is supported by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. 

Participants will be given an overview of the latest annual report of the PMMRC, followed by a multidisciplinary perspective on the data.

Dr Chris Wilson, an Australian maternal fetal medicine specialist, and Dr Lesley Dixon, midwifery advisor to the New Zealand College of Midwives, will give their responses to perinatal and maternal mortality in New Zealand.

Dr Nicola Austin, a neonatal paediatrician who directs the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Christchurch Women’s Hospital, will critique three years of neonatal mortality and morbidity review in New Zealand.

A demonstration of cooling babies and a presentation on recognising the deteriorating condition of women who are antenatal, postnatal or in labour will give practical guidance on preventing loss of life.

Dr Sue Belgrave, chair of the PMMRC, says an important part of this year’s conference will be presentations from consumers’ viewpoints. There will be advice on approaching families about perinatal post-mortem, and on the human qualities required to talk to patients as people.

“I’m delighted that this year’s conference takes a multidisciplinary look at how we can improve the quality and safety of care for mothers and babies in New Zealand,” says Dr Belgrave.

To register for the PMMRC annual conference, visit