A registered nurse and midwife with a long-standing passion for midwifery and education, Leonie has worked in many settings of midwifery over 35 years, from tertiary settings, family birth units and very small rural maternity units. Leonie has a particular interest in midwifery-led, caseload, and continuity models of maternity care, and the positive impact midwives can have around the perinatal period for women, and their families.
Leonie also has a special interest in safe, high quality and equitable healthcare provision in the rural and remote setting, including the vast inequality in health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Leonie holds a Graduate Diploma Adult Education & Training from the University of Melbourne, Cert IV TAE, & Master of Education from RMIT, and hse been a nursing and midwifery educator for many years. She lives in rural northeast Victoria and travels regularly across Australia in her role as remote educator for CRANAplus.