NSW Government NSW Health
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
nsw health

About Us


Dr Debra Kennedy, MBBS, FRACP. Clinical Geneticist (HGSA)

Dr Kennedy trained in Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics in Sydney and Toronto. Canada. She established MotherSafe at RHW in 2000. She is committed to providing evidence-based information and counselling on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding to both consumers and health professionals.

MotherSafe Counsellors

MotherSafe is staffed by a group of counsellors with expertise in the use of medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • Delwyn Cupitt, BAppSci
  • Bama Eswaran, BSc MPharm
  • Joanna Broad, BPharm
  • Elizabeth Heiner, BPharm
  • Majella Hill, BPharm MSc
  • Susan Kwok, BPharm
  • Sharon Marjenberg, MBBS FRACGP MHumanNutr
  • Margie Stacey, BPharm
  • Kiran Thanigasalam, BPharm MPH

PLaN Co-ordinator

Michele Simpson, RN CM CMS Dip Remedial Therapies


Janette Halliday

Our Mission statement

  • To provide evidence-based information and counselling about exposures during pregnancy and lactation
  • To reduce anxiety and improve maternal physical and emotional well-being before and during pregnancy as well as during lactation
  • To prevent congenital birth defects by providing appropriate pre-pregnancy counselling including promotion of pre-conception folic acid
  • To prevent the termination of otherwise wanted pregnancies based on misleading information about the risks of exposures during early pregnancy
  • To carry out research to improve knowledge about exposures during pregnancy and lactation to agents about which there is inadequate information
  • To promote rational use of medications during pregnancy and lactation by counselling, disseminating evidence-based information and educating both consumers and health care professionals