Meet the Team
Rebecca Chalmers holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and Critical Care Nursing, currently a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and also holds midwifery prescriber’s endorsement. Rebecca has been fortunate enough to live and work in 4 different health care systems including Thailand, England and the USA before resettling back in Ipswich and commencing work here at St Andrew’s Ipswich. She is passionate about supporting mums and babies through their pregnancy and birth journey, and believes strongly that education is one of the most powerful tools.
Rebecca has been the Nurse Unit Manager of Women’s and Children’s Services here at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital for the past 2 years and when not doing her desk job you will see Bec in Birth suite, Special Care Nursery or working on the postnatal floor. Bec is active in her own time keeping fit and juggling her role as Nurse Unit Manger and busy family life.
Sara is registered nurse and midwife, who also holds a midwifery endorsement. Sara competed her nursing training and has worked at multiple health care facilities around Brisbane.
Her midwifery training was completed at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following graduation, Sara worked as a registered nurse and midwife at the Ipswich General Hospital for 8 years, before moving to St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital in 2019. Sara’s areas of passion in this job are the antenatal and postnatal periods, and has many years’ experience working in antenatal clinics facilitating antenatal classes, and caring for women after they have had their babies. Breastfeeding is another focus area for Sara, and she is also a qualified lactation consultant.
When Sara isn’t working, she is home spending time with her two children, Lucy and Oscar, and a lot of that time they are baking (and eating) sweet treats! Other than midwifery, Sara’s one other true passion in life is Coffee!
Charlene Pook is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with a prescriber’s endorsement in midwifery. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and has an accreditation in Neuroprotective Developmental Care (Possums approach). Charlene has a special interested in supporting mothers postnatally with their breastfeeding journey but also their journey into motherhood, while supporting their mental health.
Charlene has been at St Andrew’s Ipswich since 2012, she works across all departments antenatally, birth suite, postnatally and loves working in such a wonderful community. Charlene lives locally in Ipswich with my husband and 2 small children, both which were delivered at St Andrews.
Midwifery is a passion of hers and she is constantly amazed at the strength, resilience and love our mothers continually offer. Being a Mum is the most rewarding, yet challenging time in person’s life and Charlene loves being able to provide support and education to our families, to make this precious time a little bit easier.
Hilary Fraser is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Graduating from the University of Queensland in 2015, Prescribing for Midwives course at Griffith University in 2019 and currently studying to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Having worked in all areas of Maternity care, including nursing in medical and surgical areas, Hilary has a passion for antenatal education and working in labour and delivery. She has worked at a number of hospitals in the Ipswich/Brisbane region but has been working at St Andrews Ipswich Hospital for the past 3 years.
Hilary loves being a Midwife, it is a huge part of who she is, having grown up with a Mother and an Aunt who are both Nurses and Midwives, it is in her blood. Being present in such a special time for these families and seeing a mother hold her baby for the first time never ceases to amaze her.
Hilary is a very proud dog mum! Crazy about her two golden retrievers ‘Mortimer’ and ‘Gertrude’, who are the cutest dogs in all of Ipswich! She is also an artist, you can always find her painting or sculpting something during her time off.
Kate Tyler is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with over 15 years of midwifery experience. Beginning her nursing career, she has worked in Spinal Injuries Unit at PA hospital, followed by Intensive Care at Ipswich General Hospital.
For a long time now, midwifery has been her passion. Primarily preferring to work in birth suite, on the post-natal floor and in our well baby clinic. Nursing and Midwifery requires ongoing education to help support women and their families to succeed and transition into growing families of their own. She has also completed her post graduate certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing and achieved her Midwifery prescribing Endorsement.
Along with being a mum of two daughters, Kate also is a board-certified lactation consultant. With this knowledge and experience, she is well equipped to offer women a safe, supportive environment to achieve their personal goals and aspirations here with us at St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital.