ACC maternal birth injuries — questions and answers from a clinical perspective

  • Thursday 8 December
    7.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Location: Auckland
  • Continuing Professional Development

Note: Start time for live webinar is 7:00pm NZDT (Auckland, New Zealand)

The purpose of this webinar is to answer any questions you may have from a clinical perspective on the ACC accident cover changes from 1 October 2022, now expanded to include specific maternal birthing injuries (MBI).

Hear from a panel of RANZCOG Aotearoa New Zealand Obstetricians and Gynaecologists involved with the ACC Maternal Birth Injury Expert Advisory Group and ACC representatives.

This webinar is in addition to the general ACC webinars recently held on a beginner’s guide to MBI for hospitals, covering the recent legislation change.

You can submit questions before the webinar or ask them on the day. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to submit questions and join on the day. The webinar is free to attend and will be recorded. All registrants will receive access to the recording following the webinar.

Contact: Laura Collins (Events and Professional Development Lead)

CPD hours: This webinar is approved for 2 CPD hours under the ‘Educational Activities’ domain.


Dr Jackie Smalldridge

Dr Jackie Smalldridge trained in medicine in London, graduating in 1986. She became a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1994 and worked at Counties Manukau District Health Board as a specialist gynaecologist until 2015. Jackie developed a special interest in urogynaecology with further training in the UK and USA.

Jackie’s area of expertise is in the management of urinary incontinence, prolapse, urodynamics and general gynaecology. She is also interested in postnatal perineal trauma management. She has been working on the new ACC Maternal Birth Injuries committee. She is a member of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) and the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH).

Dr Louise Tomlinson

Dr Louise Tomlinson has been compassionately caring for women since graduating from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1998. She completed her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a special interest in urogynaecology and post-partum perineal trauma and is actively involved in teaching medical staff.

Dr Nick Walker

Dr Nick Walker was born in National Women’s Hospital and grew up in Auckland. After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2001, he worked for several years in provincial New Zealand before undertaking specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology based at Wellington and Christchurch Women’s Hospitals. Nick returned to Auckland in 2011 to take up the positions of Chief Resident and staff specialist at National Women’s Hospital. Nick combines his public hospital SMO role with LMC work as a private obstetrician.

Shaun Westhead

Shaun Westhead is a Physiotherapist who works at ACC as a Product Owner in the group that delivers ACC’s Health Sector Strategy work. Shaun is the Chair of ACC’s Expert Advisory Group for Maternal Birth Injuries and also co-lead of the delivery of the changes needed to enable ACC to meet the requirements of the Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters) Amendment Bill that came into effect on 1 October.

Diana Macdonald
Health Partner ACC, RN, BN, PG Cert Acute Care, PG Cert Intensive Care

Diana Macdonald is a registered nurse who has been a Health Partner at ACC since 2021, with prior ACC experience within ACC’s Treatment Injury unit. Her role focuses on health sector engagement and ensuring that ACC has the appropriate relationships and is obtaining quality clinical care for clients.