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Turning the Tide 2018: for Birth and Breastfeeding

Warrnambool: Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February 2018


All funds raised for this conference go to support 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, breastfeeding counsellors and practical support such as breast pump hire and information on lactation aids.


Conference Dinner

Join us for a relaxed night of fun and catching up with old and new friends on Friday night at the Cally – a Warrnambool institution. Enjoy Al Fresco dining in the modern beer garden. We know what Warrnambool is like so we can close the roof if necessary whilst still dining under the stars. Menu a la carte. Just pay on the night – but help us out by booking so we can give our hosts at the Cally an idea of numbers. 

The Cally is at 112 Fairy St Warrnambool. Website


Getting to and from Warrnambool is easy!

Fly into either Melbourne airports – Tullamarine or Avalon.

From Tullamarine Domestic Airport Terminal, board the Skybus ( or a taxi (from the waiting taxi rank), which will deliver you to Southern Cross Station, then board the train to Warrnambool and sit back and relax.

From Avalon, board Avalon Airport Shuttle ( or get a taxi to deliver you to Geelong train station to catch the Warrnambool bound train.

By Train: The Melbourne-Warrnambool (via Geelong) tr

Turning the Tide 2018 - Day 1
08:00 AM Registrations
08:30 AM Opening Address
08:45 AM Human milk: A big player in the developmental origins of health and disease - Dr Donna Geddes
09:45 AM SYPNCY - Breastfeeding 101 - Heather Harris
10:30 AM Morning Tea
11:00 AM Floppy poppies - Stiff necks, flat heads and breastfeeding - Pam Heselev
11:45 AM Marijuana and breastfeeding – Toxic, neutral, or who knows - Laurel Wilson
12:30 PM How international board certified lactation consultants support women to breastfeed: An ethnographic study that helps us understand what relational care looks like. - Jen Hocking
01:15 PM Lunch
02:15 PM Managing slow weightgain in a breastfeeding baby – “Your advice really matters” - Dr. Anita Bearzatto
02:15 PM The problem with evidence based maternity care - Rachel Reed
03:15 PM Milk sleep and baby’s brains - Pinky McKay
04:00 PM Afternoon Tea
05:15 PM Close
07:00 PM Conference Dinner – The Cally


Turning the Tide 2018 - Day 2
08:00 AM Registrations
08:45 AM Welcome and introductions
09:00 AM Choosing foods for infants – What influences parents? - Rachel Boak
09:45 AM How do we study the impact of infant tongue tie on breastfeed and what have we found - Dr Donna Geddes
11:00 AM Morning Tea
11:30 AM Can a baby be allergic to breastmilk? Lactose intolerance, allergies, sensitivities and galactosemia - Laurel Wilson
12:30 PM RUBY trial, a randomised trial of proactive telephone peer support for breastfeeding - Della Forster
01:15 PM Lunch
02:00 PM “Every bone in my hand”: An auto-ethnographic exploration of obstetric violence - Laura Tolton
02:45 PM Childbirth as a rite of passage - Rachel Reed
03:45 PM Panel/Q&A
04:00 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Pam Heselev, Dr Donna Geddes, Rachel Reed, Heather Harris, Dr. Anita Bearzatto, Rachel Boak, Della Forster, Jen Hocking, Pinky McKay, Laura Tolton, Laurel Wilson
Pam Heselev

Pam Heselev is a maternal & child health nurse/lactation consultant who has worked extensively with babies experiencing feeding difficulties due to positional/tonal problems. She has had her own practice as a lactation consultant and educator. Pam has presented her work nationally and internationally.

Pam has had many years' experience successfully helping babies with positional feeding problems both in private practice and in a large Melbourne teaching hospital. She has conducted a trial of an assessment tool and treatment program for these babies and completed her Master of Health Science (Nursing) at Deakin University in 2007.


Dr Donna Geddes
Dr Donna Geddes
Dip (Sci) Phd

Donna is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Western Australia working with the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group. Donna has a broad range of research interests in the physiology of lactation extending from basic to applied research. In particular she utilizes her ultrasound imaging skills to assess the lactating breast (anatomy, milk ejection and blood flow) as well as the infant (suck-swallow-breathe, gastric emptying and body composition). Donna’s work has attracted international attention due to the ability to ‘see’ lactation in action. She has received the Early Career Research award from ISRHML (2008) and the Certificate of Distinction for Innovative Research from the Raine Medical Research Foundation, Perth (2008) in recognition of her contribution to scientific research.




Rachel Reed
Rachel Reed

Rachel Reed is an Independent Midwife and a Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia). She began her midwifery career in the UK and has practised midwifery within a range of care models and settings including hospitals, birth centres, community and homebirth. Rachel is committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women’s innate ability to birth.








Heather Harris
Heather Harris

 Heather Harris is a midwife of over 40 year’s experience who has worked in a number of hospitals in Australia and overseas.   

 In 2001 she began work as a midwife with Medecins Sans Frontieres.  Since that first mission, she has completed another seven, in various countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cote d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Somalia.  Many of these countries were in the grip of civil war during the time she was working there.  During this transformative time she was exposed to many obstetric and midwifery challenges and is forever grateful to the local staff from whom she learned so much and who taught her grace under pressure.

She is an artist, songwriter, a published poet and writer having contributed two chapters in Labour of Love (2005), and a chapter in Diabetes and Pregnancy (2000) as well as articles in journals and newsletters.  A peer reviewed paper relating some of her experiences with premature baby care in Africa can be found online in the International Breastfeeding Journal – Feb 2007.  “With a Little Help From My Friends.”  She is a frequent presenter at conferences, usually speaking on lactation related issues.

When Heather is in Australia she is Clinical Midwife Consultant – Lactation at Birralee Maternity Unit – Eastern Health in Melbourne Australia and the besotted grandmother of EdieJean.



Dr. Anita Bearzatto
Dr. Anita Bearzatto

Anita is a General Practitioner and Lactation Consultant from Melbourne who has an interest in breastfeeding medicine and maternal and child health. Anita completed her medical degree at Monash University. She gained her diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology and her fellowship as a General Practitioner. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2007. Anita works as a GP/LC seeing families who have complicated lactation problems. She works in private practice and at the Royal Women’s Hospital.


Rachel Boak
APD, AN; BSc; Hons(Nutrition); MSc(Nut&Diet)

Rachel is and experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian and academic, currently working freelance. She has recently completed her PhD At the University of Melbourne. Her thesis was titled “Promoting healthy diets in infancy - Focusing on the food environment not just the individual”. Rachel is passionate about education and public health nutrition, including collaborative and population prevention approaches in early childhood focusing on equity.


Della Forster

Della has been a midwife since 1989. She joined MCHR in April 1999 as joint project coordinator of the ABFAB breastfeeding trial. Della completed her PhD in March 2005 using data from ABFAB. She was a joint Chief Investigator of the Statewide review of public in-hospital postnatal care (PinC). She is Professor of Midwifery and Maternity Services Research at MCHR, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Royal Women’s Hospital and a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery and the NHMRC-funded randomised trial Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing (DAME).


Jen Hocking
BA, BN, Grad Dip Mid, M Mid PhD

Jen has worked as a midwife in Melbourne, Australia for 20 years. She trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and volunteered as a local group leader and telephone counsellor as well as teaching breastfeeding education classes with other ABA volunteers. Jen’s Masters in Midwifery research was a qualitative study of how women experience postnatal home midwifery care. Her doctoral research is seeking to better understand the work of Lactation Consultants across the breadth of practice in a major metropolitan Australian city. Currently, Jen is a PhD student at the School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Australia. Jen tweets @jenhock13 and blogs at


Pinky McKay

An International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a busy private practice in Melbourne, Australia, Pinky McKay is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin including Sleeping Like a Baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tacticsand Parenting By Heart. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health endorse her books and they are available as audiobooks. Pinky is a frequent guest on major TV shows and has appeared on the Today Show, The Project, Sunday Sunrise, Insight, A Current Affair and Today Tonight.

She is a sought after guest and keynote speaker at seminars for Health professionals, and parents in Australia and internationally – most recently in the US. Pinky writes for a number of publications internationally – she is a columnist for Essential Baby website, and has been published in Huff Post Parents and The Daily Mail. She has also done a popular TEDx talk ‘Surrender is Not a Dirty Word.’


Laura Tolton

Laura Tolton is a lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her research sits at the intersection of gender, power and language, focusing specifically on violence against women, including most recently obstetric violence.


Laurel Wilson

Laurel is an author, international speaker and pregnancy and lactation expert. She served as the Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for 16 years and now is on the Senior Advisor Board. She is on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee and also on the Advisory Board for InJoy Birth and Parenting. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.


IBCLC CERPs and MIDplus points have been applied for. CPD points may be claimed for this activity.

LOCATION: Lighthouse Theatre

85 Timor Street
Warrnambool, VIC, 3280


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ACCOMODATION: Accommodation

Warrnambool has a great range of reasonably priced accommodation. For more information please check out sites such as and

For help with accomodation that will t your budget and requirements please ring The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre between 10am–3pm, Monday – Saturday on (03) 5562 7662.


CONFERENCE DINNER: Friday Night - 16th Feb 2017

Join us for a relaxed night of fun and catching up with old and new friends on Friday night at the Cally - a Warrnambool institution. Enjoy Al Fresco dining in the modern beer garden. We know what Warrnambool is like so we can close the roof if necessary whilst still dining under the stars. Menu a la carte. Just pay on the night - but help us out by booking so we can give our hosts at the Cally an idea of numbers. The Cally is at 112 Fairy St Warrnambool.


PRICE: Regular Full Price $445 (inc gst)
All Days - Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February 2018
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     Both Days - Early Bird Registration pay by 01/01/2018 - $390 $445 (inc gst)

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     Both Days - Student/Unwaged Registration - $320 (inc gst)

Day 1 - Fri 16-Feb-2018
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     Day 1 Only - Fri 16 Feb - Student/Unwaged Price - $165 (inc gst)

Day 2 - Sat 17-Feb-2018
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     Day 2 Only - Sat 17 Feb -Early Bird Price - $210 $245 (inc gst)

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     Day 2 Only - Sat 17 Feb - Student/Unwaged Price - $165 (inc gst)

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