Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Face of Birth Premiere Speakers

We are excited to announce the following of speakers at the red carpet premiere of the Face of Birth ...

We are excited to announce the following speakers at the red carpet premiere of the Face of Birth ...

Noni Hazlehurst

Noni Hazelhurst

Noni is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected actors and is a winner of four Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, a recipient of an Order of Australia in 1995 and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Flinders University (SA). She is an ambassador and patron for numerous child welfare organisations. Passionate about women's rights Noni shares her beautiful home birth stories of both her sons.

Dr Andrew Bisits

 Dr Andrew Bisits

Andrew Bisits MBBS (Syd FRANZCOG (RCOG) DipClinEpidem (Newcastle) Master Med Statistics (Newcastle) runs the birthing unit at Sydney's Royal Hospital for Women.

He is an academic obstetrician with training in epidemology and biostatistics.Formerly he was the Director of Obstetrics in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia,

He was a chief investigator in a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) multi-centre trial that produced a number of key findings that have been published. He was also the major statical and epidemiological consultant for the Mothers and Babies Research Centre.

Dr Hannah Dahlen - Midwife

Hannah Dahlen

Hannah Dahlen is the Associate Professor of Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney.

Hannah has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She has presented papers at over 100 conferences since 2000. She is currently on the Australian College of Midwives NSW Executive committee and was nominated in 2008 as a life member for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery.

Hannah was part of the NHMRC committee producing the recently released National Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care (2010). She has also been a member of the NSW Health Department’s, Maternal and Perinatal Health Priority Taskforce since 2005 and the NSW Maternal and Perinatal Committee since 2002.

Kate Gorman

Kate Gorman

Kate has worked in the film industry for the last 25 years. As an actor appearing in more than 25 TV programs including City Homicide, Rush, Kath and Kim, Full Frontal and several years on some of Australia’s best loved soaps. 6 six feature films including THE CRAIC and EVIL ANGLES and 25 plays both here and in the UK.

As a writer she has written for, Comedy Inc and Full Frontal, breakfast radio on TTFM as well as receiving development funding from Film Victoria for a feature screenplay which was optioned by a Melbourne production house. She went onto write the screenplay for her award winning film FIVE MOMENTS OF INFIDELITY which she also produced and directed.

Gavin Banks

Gavin Banks

Gavin's career in film & TV started almost 20 years ago when he commenced a B.A. in Communication Studies. After graduating top of his year he entered the world of broadcast television as an ENG cameraman for PRIME television. From there he moved into the private sector where he started directing, shooting and editing corporate and industrial films.

In 2000 Gavin established his own boutique production company, goodeyedeer, which has served clients like 9MSN, ING Australia, Department of Disability, Ageing & Health Care; NSW Health, PCYC NSW, NSW Fire Service, and Sir Walter Turf, to name just a few.

In 2003, amongst other work, he co-directed THE BIRTHRITE EXPERIENCE, a 1hr educational film about the physiological benefits of upright birth. Gavin's interest in birth continued to develop as he went on to direct SAFELY INTO WATER, a 30min celebration of water-birth, for BirthRite.