Birth Trauma Conference


Uniting Professionals in Birth Trauma Care

We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural biennial Australasian Birth Trauma Conference, co-hosted by the Centre for Perinatal Psychology (CPP) and the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA).


Conference Mission

This professional event will unite providers from diverse disciplines involved in the care of families during the perinatal period.  The aim of the conference is to provide education, professional development and networking opportunities to strengthen integrated and collaborative care in the prevention and healing of birth trauma.

Our conference brings together leading experts to share the latest updates on clinical research and best practice, while giving voice to the lived experience of physical and psychological birth trauma.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM – Friday 09 August 2019

The 2019 program provides unique opportunity to hear from leading clinicians across disciplines on a variety of topics in a single stream, as you won’t want to miss any of our keynotes.  The program covers impacts of physical and psychological birth trauma on multiple relationships: to one’s body and sense of self, the mother-infant relationship and the couple relationship.  Practical approaches to prevention and healing will be an applied focus of the day. Our speakers will share wisdom from physiotherapy, obstetrics, midwifery, psychiatry, psychology, social work, relationship therapy and lived experience.

View the Birth Trauma Conference Program

Who Should Attend?

  • Physiotherapists
  • Midwives
  • Obstetricians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Mental health clinicians
  • Couple therapists
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Maternal Child Health Nurses
  • Parent Advocates
  • Policy Makers
  • Academics
  • Researchers

Keynote Speakers

Prof Bryanne Barnett AM, Perinatal and Infant Psychiatrist

Debby Gould, BirthTalk, author How to Heal a Bad Birth

Julie King, parent-infant psychologist, Centre for Perinatal Psychology

Elly Taylor, perinatal relationship specialist, author Becoming Us

Prof Leonie Callaway,The University of Queensland

Dr Jenny Kruger, University of Auckland

Angela James, APA Titled Pelvic Physiotherapist

Prof Debra Creedy, Perinatal Mental Health, Griffith University

Dr Oliver Daly, Urogynaecologist and obstetrician

Elizabeth Skinner, nursing lecturer and researcher, and Co-Founder Australasian Birth Trauma Association

Amy Dawes, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Australasian Birth Trauma Association

View Abstracts here

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – Thursday 08 August 2019

Counselling Skills for Resolving Psychological Birth Trauma – An Introduction
Facilitated by Amanda Donnet and Dr Rachel Bushing, clinical psychologists

Our pre-conference workshop caters for a deep dive for those working in a counselling and psychological treatment capacity.

View the Pre-Conference Workshop Program

Conference Fees

Choose for a single Day, or a combo of 2 or 3 days:

Day 1 Thursday 08 August Pre-Conference Workshop

Counselling skills for resolving psychological birth trauma – an introduction

Early Bird Rate: $ 320 available until 02 June 2019
Standard Rate: $ 360  SOLD OUT!

Day 2 Friday 09 August Conference Day includes evening cocktails

Early Bird Rate: $ 260 available until 02 June 2019
Standard Rate: $ 295

Peach Tree Gala Dinner – Saturday 10 August

We are delighted to collaborate with Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness and support their 5th Annual Vintage Gala Dinner.

Come join the fun and round out your conference experience by supporting Peach Tree while enjoying live music, canapés, beverages and an opportunity to network among peers dedicated to perinatal mental health.

Exclusive deal: Birth Trauma Conference delegates are entitled to a 10% discount on Gala tickets when purchasing the Gala ticket at the same time as the conference registration. Thanks Peach Tree! 

Where: Baedecker Bar in Fortitude Valley

Conference Venue

Level 23
Central Plaza 1
345 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


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