• Welcome to the Australasian Birth Trauma Association

ABTA Founders, Board, Staff and Volunteers

Our Co-Founders

Professor Peter Dietz
Peter Dietz is a father of two teenage sons and married to Susanne, a midwife, who works with him both clinically and in research. He is also an obstetrician and gynaecologist and a RANZCOG-certified subspecialist in Urogynaecology.
Amy Dawes
Amy had her first child in 2013 and like many women, she didn't know that she was suffering from birth trauma until she was 16 months postpartum. She was then diagnosed with a bilateral levator ani avulsion...
Elizabeth Skinner
Elizabeth is a mother to two grown up boys. She is a midwife, registered nurse, child and family clinician, lecturer and researcher with over 25 years’ experience working with mothers, babies and their families.

Our Board Members

Dr Oliver Daly
Oliver is a father of two amazing daughters and married to the wonderful Kathryn. He is a RANZCOG-certified Urogynaecologist and Obstetrician, and clinical lead for Urogynaecology at Western Health in Melbourne. Through his training and ongoing care of women at the Royal Womens Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Royal Prince Alfred, Gold Coast University Hospital, and now Western Health, he has persevered to raise the important issue of preventable obstetric pelvic floor trauma to improve the care of women.
Professor Bryanne Barnett AM
Professor Barnett is a child and family psychiatrist with a particular interest in early intervention, perinatal and early childhood mental health. Her doctoral thesis studied anxiety and its effects on mothers and their infants. This research included the first attachment study in Australia. Professor Barnett holds a conjoint professorial appointment with the School of Psychiatry at the UNSW.
Dr Jennifer Kruger
Dr Jennifer Kruger’s research focus is maternal/child health and she leads the Pelvic Floor Research group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland. Where they use a multi-disciplinary approach to pelvic floor mechanics and its relationship to childbirth and pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Dr Kruger’s background is in nursing and midwifery, so she is able to recognise the need for evidence based research to better inform women of their choices in childbirth for optimal outcomes.
Professor Maya Drum
Associate Professor Maya Drum holds a Bachelor of Health Science (nursing), Masters of Health Science (primary health care) and Masters of Health Services Management, is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, an Associate Lecturer at the Western Sydney University (Australia) School of Nursing and Midwifery and a qualified Mediator and Conciliator. Maya has extensive experience in senior executive managerial and leadership positions in both public and private health services and she is currently the Manager, Raphael Services in Blacktown (New South Wales) for St John of God Health Care.

Our Staff

Christine Percy
Christine is ABTA's Volunteer Manager. She is a proud mum of two whose interest in maternity services reform was sparked after she was unable to access her preferred model of care due to it being restricted by a ballot system. Her own experience with prolapse and abdominal separation has also provided her with intimate insight into the challenges women face navigating the medical system for postnatal care.........

Our Volunteers

Rachel Haywood
Rachel has worked in Marketing for over 21 years, 14 of those in healthcare communications. She has been involved in producing support materials for healthcare professionals and patients across multiple therapy areas and takes huge pride in her work. Her passion lies in health and wellbeing strategy and communications and she aims to create concrete and meaningful connections between doctors and patients.