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2022 Conference: Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding

Conference 25 & 26 February 2022



Why not add a pre or post workshop to your conference - see the 2020 Workshops: Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding listing for details and to book.


About Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding.

“A real conference with scones and jam and cream at morning tea, and time to chat with colleagues over lunch – we’ve all been dreaming of this!” We have had a difficult couple of years, but the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre welcomes you back to 'Turning the tide for birth and breastfeeding'.


But we are also practical! We are optimistic about our ability to hold a live conference, but if COVID restrictions prevent it going ahead as a live conference then the entire conference will be presented online and the difference in cost between the live and online conference will be refunded. Likewise, workshops will be cancelled and be immediately refunded.


This program may be subject to changes – please check the website for updates.


All funds raised go to support the work of the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre


What is the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre?

The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre is a hub of information and support for parents in Warrnambool and the surrounding areas. It is a place parents can come to relax and connect with other parents in an informal setting. Importantly, parents can access the breastfeeding information and support they need, when they need it, through professional lactation support and practical support such as breast pump hire and information on lactation aids.


Social program

Join us for a casual dinner at The Whaler’s Hotel – just across from the conference venue.

Buy your own meals and drinks at usual prices. To ensure you place please book a table when registering there is no charge for booking. The Whalers Hotel ,Cnr Liebig and Timor St Warrnambool.


Sponsorship Opportunity: The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre invites you to sponsor, exhibit, or advertise

at our 2022 conference. This conference has attracted a stellar line-up of National and International speakers.

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Getting there

Getting to and from Warrnambool is easy! The Melbourne-Warrnambool (via Geelong) train timetable can be found at: ( Of course you could also hire a car and follow the Princes Highway to Warrnambool (Just over a 3hr journey from Tullamarine, and 2.5hr from Avalon), or if you’ve got the time, why not enjoy the Great Ocean Road... Happy travels!



Warrnambool has a great range of reasonably priced accommodation. For more information please check out sites such as and For help with accommodation that will fit your budget and requirements please ring the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre on freecall 1800 637 725 or (03) 5559 4620.


Please check carefully the cancellation policy of your accommodation in case of cancellation of the Warrnambool Conference due to COVID restrictions.


Friday 25 FEB 2022
08:00 AM Registrations open – Tea/coffee served
08:30 AM Opening address
08:45 AM With regard or with disregard: Respectful maternity care - Mary Kirk and Joan Garvan
09:45 AM Healing the past by nurturing the future: Understanding complex trauma in Aboriginal populations and the implications for breastfeeding - Catherine Chamberlain
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Mastitis: Cases and current research - Lisa H Amir
12:15 PM The Birth Map: Facilitating communication and informed decision making in maternity services - Catherine Bell
01:15 PM Lunch
02:15 PM The transition to parenthood. What it means for new fathers - Norma Barrett
03:00 PM Causes of Low milk supply - Heather Harris
04:00 PM Q&A
04:15 PM Close
07:00 PM Dinner: The Whalers Hotel
10:00 PM Dinner Finish time is approx


Saturday 26 FEB 2022
08:30 AM Registrations open – Tea/coffee served
08:45 AM The Mother’s Tale – Women’s experiences of maternity care in Australia - Mary Kirk and Joan Garvan
09:45 AM Reducing the maternal medication barrier to breastfeeding - Lisa H Amir
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Breastfeeding, first-food systems and corporate power: Understanding the market and political practices of the transnational baby food - Phillip Baker
12:15 PM Breastfed babies and food sensitivity: Diet is an option - Frances Walker
01:15 PM Lunch
02:15 PM A neuro-physiological approach to trauma minimisation in the perinatal continuum - Nisha Gill
03:45 PM Q&A - all speakers
04:15 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Heather Harris, Catherine Chamberlain, Lisa H Amir, Catherine Bell, Norma Barrett, Mary Kirk, Joan Garvan, Nisha Gill, Frances Walker, Phillip Baker
Heather Harris
Heather Harris
BN, MMid

Heather first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the years. She first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH and Box Hill hospital. She has been an speaker on lactation topics both nationally and internationally. Heather has served as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy



Catherine Chamberlain

Dr Catherine Chamberlain is an Australian NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Professor of Indigenous Health at the Centre for Heath Equity, The University of Melbourne. She has worked in maternal health in remote, rural and urban settings over 25 years as a midwife and public health researcher. A descendant of the Trawlwoolway people (Tasmania), her current research project aims to co-design perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma.



Lisa H Amir

Dr Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an IBCLC since 1989. She is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.


Catherine Bell
BSc (Hons), MSc (Comm)

Catherine is the author of The Birth Map: Boldly going where no birth plan has gone before. After becoming a mother, she shifted her focus from marine biology and general science communication to maternal communication and decision making. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra evaluating a new approach to birth preparation she developed in response to the short comings experienced in the current system – Birth Cartography.


Norma Barrett
BA, PGDE, MSc (Public Health Research)

Norma is a lecturer in public health and health promotion for the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus. Norma has received multiple awards at Deakin as well as a national teaching citation for her work in designing and delivering a wholly online health unit of study to thousands of students across multiple health courses. Her current research explores the support needs of fathers living in Australia during their transition to parenthood and early parenting years.


Mary Kirk

Mary is the former Executive Director and Director of Nursing and Midwifery of the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre. She wants pregnancy and birth to not be treated as a medical issue, the level of medical intervention be reconsidered and for women to get at least six weeks’ post-birth rest with their baby. Her AO award recognises her significant service to midwifery and nursing, and to professional standards including being former Vice President of The International Confederation of Midwifery and an inaugural member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia.


Joan Garvan

In 2010 Joan was awarded a Doctorate in Gender and Sociology from the ANU. Her thesis was titled: Maternal ambivalence in contemporary Australia: navigating equity and care. She is an inaugural member of Maternal Scholars Australia (formerly AMIRCI). Joan has also presented a series of webinars for Nurses for Nurses on the Transition to Parenthood, Domestic Violence for Nurses, and Intersubjectivity dynamics between mothers and their infants/children.


Nisha Gill
BAppSc, Dip C, SEP

Nisha Gill is a Somatic Experiencing (trauma resolution) practitioner, applying a neuro-physiological or bodymind lens to working with trauma using Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Practice, Neuro Affective Touch and counselling. Her special focus is on the resolution of developmental, birth, sexual, pre- & peri-natal and medical traumas. Nisha’s practice is informed by her experiences as birth educator, birth doula, integrative bodyworker, and female embodiment teacher. She formerly worked as a speech pathologist in hospital and rehabilitation settings.


Frances Walker
BSc, Dip.Ed, MNut.Diet

Frances Walker has an extensive experience as an Accredited Practicing Clinical Dietitian and Educator, working for 30 years across different clinical areas and different projects and in the last 5 years honed these skills to specialise solely in food intolerance, from older adults to children, with a focus on breastfed food-sensitive babies. She has a genuine enjoyment in education, working as an enabler- helping people to make their own informed choices, and bringing about significant positive outcomes for their baby.


Phillip Baker

Dr Phillip Baker is a lecturer in human nutrition and research fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne. His research focuses on understanding the drivers and dynamics of global food systems change and the implications for human and planetary health. His recent work covers the global rise of ultra-processed foods, the political economy of food systems including the power of transitional corporations, and worldwide changes in infant and young child feeding. He is currently leading a large study funded by the World Health Organization on the politics of child nutrition.


IBLCE No: CL2021-1AU. Total CERPs = 21.25 - Conference: 5 L Cerps 5.25 R Cerps 1 E Cerp) Workshop 1: 6.5 R CERPs Workshop 2: 3.5 R CERPs

LOCATION: The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre

79 Liebig St
Warrnambool, VIC, 3280

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Optional Dinner
Join us for a casual dinner at The Whaler’s Hotel – just across from the conference venue.
Buy your own meals and drinks at usual prices. To ensure you place please book a table when registering there is no charge for booking. The Whalers Hotel ,Cnr Liebig and Timor St Warrnambool.

PRICE: Regular Full Price $445 (inc gst)
All Days - Conference 25 & 26 February 2022
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     Earlybird Both until 10/01/22 - $395 $445 (inc gst)

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     Student Both Days - $340 (inc gst)

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     Earlybird Group Price - Groups of 5 or more register by Jan 10th 2022 - $385 (inc gst)

Day 1 - Fri 25-Feb-2022
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     Earlybird Day 1 until 10/01/22 - $210 $230 (inc gst)

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     Student Day 1 - $180 (inc gst)

Day 2 - Sat 26-Feb-2022
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     Earlybird Day 2 until 10/01/22 - $210 $230 (inc gst)

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     Student Day 2 - $180 (inc gst)

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