Leonie Rastas

Nurse, Midwife, Educator, Artist

Australian Catholic University, Healthcare Australia, Pastoral Healthcare Network Australia

Leonie graduated as a Nurse in 1977, and Midwife in 1980 with a Post Grad Cert in Higher education in 2012. In 2010 Leonie was recognised for her service to Nursing and duly admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia. Over the years she has worked in clinical midwifery practice, in both hospitals and community settings and as a sessional academic teaching Midwifery curriculum at Australian Catholic University.

In 2018 Leonie founded ‘Caesarcare’ offering her personal invention and resources as well as a self published eBook titled ‘Woman-Centred Caesarean Care’ for women having surgical births.

Leonie also has a special interest in women who experience neonatal loss and in 2005, she founded an NFP health promotion charity Pastoral Health Care Network Australia, (PHNA) to assist families living with grief and loss. Her initiative to gift adult comfort shawls to parents after still birth has since been adopted by the National SIDS foundation.

Currently Leonie serves as Vice president of PHNA and as Liaison officer for Australian College of Midwives.

In March 2019 Leonie’s wound splint invention the SAC (Surgical After Care) splint was shortlisted for the Australian College of Nursing innovation award during Australia’s National Healthcare Week.

Leonie lives in Brisbane Australia, with her husband, while her six children live in a variety of states and countries throughout the world. More details www.caesarcare.com.