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Broken Sleep? Insights into biology, culture and parenting in today’s world

Melbourne: 24-25 October 2019


2 DAY BROKEN SLEEP CONFERENCE – Thursday 24 & Friday 25 October 2019

Broken Sleep? Insights into biology, culture and parenting in today’s world

This two day conference will explore issues relevant to any professional health worker or volunteer working

with new families in the first years of their baby’s life. Topics include practical strategies for

supporting parents with infant sleep and breastfeeding including effective communication with

parents around infant sleep,factors influencing family sleep arrangements; and sleep patterns in

breast and formula fed babies as well as reviewing the research around the biology of infant sleep

in the context of modern culture.


Accreditation: IBCLE CERPs and MidPLUS CPDs have been applied for.



Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October 2019 

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** SPECIAL CONSULTING OPPORTUNITY ** – With Kimberly Seals Allers

Shift Strategies: Narrative Change & Strategic Communications

Saturday 26th October: 9.00am – 12.00 am  – SEE BROCHURE FOR MORE DETAILS

Please contact Barb on 0488757334 or email to take advantage of this exclusive consulting opportunity for your health care facility or business.


Cancellation Policy

• Cancellations advised 30 days prior to the conference will receive a refund less $60

admin fee.

• If you need to cancel your attendance you may change your registration to an online


• You may transfer your registration to another person, but you must advise us of this prior to

the conference.

• Please make sure you secure your registration for this conference before you book airfares

and hotels. We cannot be responsible if the conference is sold out.

Broken Sleep Conference Day 1 Thursday 24 Oct 2019
07:45 AM Registrations – Tea and coffee served.
08:30 AM Welcome and Introduction
08:45 AM Re-emergence of breastsleeping to western industrialized societies: Historical, clinical, epigenetic and cross cultural implications - Dr James McKenna
09:45 AM Sleep training: History, heresy and harms - Lyndsey Hookway
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Is my baby broken? How one baby who wouldn’t be ignored sparked worldwide change - Carly Grubb
12:00 PM New guidelines and evolving evidence for infant feeding and food allergies - Meghan Azad
01:00 PM Lunch
01:45 PM The Other Mother - Liz Minchin
02:45 PM Becoming us: Including fathers/partners to support mental health and relationships - Elly Taylor
03:45 PM Speaking so you can be heard: Effective strategies for cross-cultural communication to dismantle breastfeeding barriers - Kimberly Seals Allers
04:45 PM Close


Broken Sleep Conference Day 2 Friday 25 Oct 2019
08:45 AM Family trauma in the early months: The distressed baby and infant parent psychotherapy - Campbell Paul
09:45 AM Our obsession with infant growth charts may be fuelling childhood obesity - Rebecca Byrne
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Ethical community engagement in culturally and linguistically diverse communities - Kimberly Seals Allers
12:15 PM Homogenous data collection in developmental psychology research: The Nature of the problem and why we need to be thoughtful about the advice we give parents - Liz Minchin
01:15 PM Lunch
02:00 PM Cultural history of infant sleep and feeding arrangements in western industrialized societies: The costs of privileging solitary infant sleep and breastmilk substitutes. - Dr James McKenna
03:00 PM Optimising sleep: The missing link in parenting support - Lyndsey Hookway
04:00 PM Panel Discussion
05:30 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Dr James McKenna, Kimberly Seals Allers, Meghan Azad, Rebecca Byrne, Carly Grubb, Lyndsey Hookway, Liz Minchin, Mark Nielsen, Campbell Paul, Elly Taylor
Dr James McKenna
Dr James McKenna
(B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of Oregon) Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology

McKenna pioneered the first behavioral and electrophysiological studies documenting differences between mothers and infants sleeping together and apart and has become known worldwide for his work in promoting studies of breast feeding and mother-infant co-sleeping.

A biological anthropologist, and Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory McKenna began his career studying the social behavior and development of monkeys and apes with an emphasis on parenting behavior and ecology. He has published over 150 articles and six books including a popular parenting book Sleeping With Your baby: A Parents Guide To Co-sleeping. He has co-edited Ancestral Landscapes In Human Evolution, Evolutionary Medicine, and a more recent co-edited volume Evolution and Health: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press.

He won the prestigious Shannon Award (with Dr. Sarah Mosko) from the National Institutes of Child Health and Development for his SIDS research and is the nation’s foremost authority and spokesperson to the national press on issues pertaining to infant and childhood sleep problems, sleep development, and breastfeeding.



Kimberly Seals Allers
Kimberly Seals Allers

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Big Business, Medicine and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding, was released to high acclaim. Kimberly most recently served project director of the First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), an innovative pilot project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, designed to understand the impact of “place” as a social determinant of breastfeeding success and to engage multiple stakeholders to create a national accreditation for breastfeeding friendly communities. She currently leads nationwide workshops for health care professionals on cultural competency in breastfeeding support and is a prominent speaker on communitybased strategies to reduce the racial disparities in breastfeeding and infant mortality rates.


Meghan Azad
Meghan Azad
PhD and MSc

Dr Meghan Azad holds a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. Her research program ( is focused on the role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Dr. Azad co-leads the Manitoba site of the CHILD Study (, a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. She is directing multiple projects related to lactation and infant feeding practices in the CHILD cohort, including integrated studies linking human milk composition and gut microbiota with epigenetic profiles and clinical phenotypes. Dr. Azad is an active member of the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada and the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Network, and she serves on the Executive Council for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.


Rebecca Byrne
Rebecca Byrne
BMedSc MNutrDiet PhD APD

Dr Rebecca Byrne is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research examines what and how young children are fed, particularly the influence of feeding practices used by educators in the Early Childhood Education and Care setting on child eating behaviour and growth.

Rebecca is an advocate for the support and promotion of breastfeeding, and has been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association for 12 years. She is a member of the Federal Government’s expert working group for the revision of Australia’s National Breastfeeding Strategy and leads research to improve the breastfeeding content of the curriculum for undergraduate dietetic courses.


Carly Grubb

Carly Grubb, is the founder of The Beyond Sleep Training Project, an online forum that focuses on providing the education, support, solidarity, kindness and compassion so desperately needed by parents in this world.

Using social media, Carly developed a space to connect parents and ignite a movement that gains momentum by the day. Her group is founded on the basic premise of trust and respect for children and meeting them at their point of need without fear.

Carly lives in Outback Queensland, Australia, with her husband and three young children. She is a primary school teacher by trade and has developed her passion for writing and advocacy while on maternity leave.


Lyndsey Hookway
Lyndsey Hookway

Lyndsey is an experienced Londontrained Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community.

Lyndsey runs a busy International private practice offering one-toone specialist support to families. She especially enjoys supporting families by bringing together infant feeding support, mental health and sleep optimization.

Lyndsey is the author of Holistic Sleep Coaching and the co-founder of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program – an international online program aiming to educate health, lactation, childcare and sleep professionals about the importance of evidence-based, gentle care of babies and children.


Liz Minchin
Liz Minchin

Award-winning journalist & mama of two Liz Minchin was the ‘other mother’ for her first daughter, and ‘main mum’ for their second, facing different tricky feeding issues along the way. Her frank and wide-ranging talk will be followed by an ‘ask me anything’ session. Liz is currently the Executive Editor of and in 2010 co-authored a book on big picture climate change solutions, called Screw Light Bulbs.

She is also the daughter of pioneering medical historian and health educator Maureen Minchin.








Mark Nielsen
Mark Nielsen
A/Prof PhD; FAPS

Mark is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at The University of Queensland and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. He has published over 90 scholarly papers, is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and PLoS ONE, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

His research interests lie in a range of inter-related aspects of social and cognitive development in young human children and non-human primates, with a focus on charting the origins and development of human culture. He has also been one of the driving forces in reorienting contemporary developmental psychology research to include a wider, culturally diverse approach to data collection.


Campbell Paul

Assoc. Prof. Campbell Paul is a Consultant Infant Psychiatrist at the Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s Hospitals Melbourne and Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. With colleagues at the University of Melbourne he established and delivered postgraduate courses in Infant and Parent Mental Health since 1992. These courses developed out of a longstanding experience in paediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry and infant-parent psychotherapy. Infants may present with significant disruptions of regulation of feeding, sleeping and levels of activity. He has a special interest in the understanding the social relationship of the baby and the infant’s psyche and soma. The works of Daniel Stern and Donald Winnicott particularly inform therapeutic work with infants and their parents.

He is President-Elect of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and is Director of the Australian training centre for the NBO at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne.


Elly Taylor
Elly Taylor

Elly Taylor is an internationally recognised perinatal relationship expert, author and founder of Becoming Us.

Elly has served on advisory panels for Monash University, Newcastle University and the Australian Catholic University research projects and is currently on the board of the International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy.

Elly lives in Sydney with her firefighter husband, their three children and a bunch of pets.







IBCLE CERPs and MidPLUS CPDs have been applied for.

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