- Weipa midwife Megan Briffa attends First Nations birthing conference
- Megan is a proud Gubbi Gubbi woman working in Weipa Midwifery Group Practice
- Conference focused on health inequities and how they could be addressed
Weipa midwife and proud Gubbi Gubbi woman Megan Briffa has just attended a historic conference on First Nations birthing.
It has been 10 years since the last Best Start to Life: A National Gathering in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 2012.
The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress hosted this year's event. It ran from 10-12 October.
It brought together First Nations leaders who spoke about health inequities facing mothers and babies and how to address them.
Experts from across Australia spoke about the programs they were working on to improve outcomes.
Megan said they visited some special areas around Alice Springs during the trip.
“The standout moment for me was when I got to visit and bury my feet into the red dirt of the sacred lands of Jessie Gap," she said.
"They told us about what birthing on country looked like to the elders of Mparntwe."
“Jessie Gap is women only land and is an incredibly spiritual place where my heart felt at home.”
Megan got to visit Alukura Women’s Health Service where she was a part of a smoking ceremony for a local elder's grandson.
Megan is part of the Weipa Midwifery Group Practice which supports women and babies in the Western Cape.