Rosemarie Vary is a registered general nurse, midwife and maternal child health nurse who has specialist training with children and families. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the hospital field as a theatre nurse, women’s health nurse, paediatric nurse, accident and emergency nurse, and as a midwife. Rosemarie’s community work includes working in schools as an adolescent health nurse delivering health promotion education; as a midwife specialising in working with women antenatally, intrapartum and postnatally exposed to childhood and adult trauma, and sex workers in Melbourne; and as a maternal child health nurse Australia-wide working with young families.
She has run her own private practice for over 20 years as a sleep consultant, with a broad range of experience in childhood centres, remote communities, and early parenting centres. She has lectured in educational organisations including Monash University’s midwifery faculty and in 2002 was invited as a guest lecturer at the Nationwide Midwife Conference in Darwin to present a topic on psychological dystocia.
Her current work is in Enhanced Maternal Child and Community Health. This work supports the most vulnerable women with children under the age of three years old. These clients may present with challenging essential and acute mental health situations, poor environmental and housing health, family violence and AOD use.
Rosemarie is the Founder and Director of Sleeping Vary Soundly (www.sleepingvarysoundly.com.au), a training program for families experiencing infant and toddler sleep challenges and early parenting difficulties.
Rosemarie’s specialised areas of interest focus on infant mental health and attachment, including family partnership and positive parenting models of care, and trauma-informed practises.