Perinatal Loss Conference


Across the Rainbow: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Perinatal and Infant Loss

Please join us for our inaugural Australasian Perinatal Loss Conference, co-hosted by the Centre for Perinatal Psychology (CPP) and the Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network.

Conference Mission

This conference will unite multidisciplinary professionals involved in the care of families affected by pregnancy and neonatal loss.  The aim of the conference is to provide education, professional development and networking opportunities to strengthen collaborative care among service providers.

Bringing together leading experts in the field, we will hear latest updates on clinical research and best practice, while also hearing the lived experience of perinatal loss.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM – Friday 25 October 2019

The 2019 program is presented as a single stream, designed so participants hear from every one of our impressive speakers.  Pre- and post-conference workshops offer opportunity for additional participation and professional development.  The program addresses perinatal loss across the rainbow of experience, from assisted conception, through miscarriage, genetic termination, stillbirth and pregnancy following loss.  Our speakers will knit together knowledge from psychiatry, psychology, obstetrics, midwifery, social work, grief therapy, relationship therapy, genetics and lived experience.

View the Conference Program here

Who Should Attend?

  • Midwives
  • Obstetricians
  • Neonatologists
  • Maternal Fetal Specialists
  • Ultrasonographers
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Emergency Department personnel
  • Palliative Care Practitioners
  • Pastoral carers
  • Funeral Directors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Mental health clinicians
  • Couple therapists
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Maternal Child Health Nurses
  • Parent Advocates
  • Physician Assistants
  • Policy Makers
  • Academics
  • Researchers
  • Program Administrators

Keynote Speakers

A/Prof Jane Warland, School of Midwifery, University of Adelaide

Vicki Culling, Perinatal loss counsellor and educator, Vicki Culling Associates, New Zealand

Keren Ludski, CEO,Red Nose

Dr Gaynor Blankley, Perinatal Psychiatrist, STAR Clinic, Mercy Hospital for Women

Dr Liz McCarthy, Obstetrician, STAR Clinic, Mercy Hospital for Women

Mary Klasen, Pastoral Care Director, STAR Clinic, Mercy Hospital for Women

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

Elly Taylor, perinatal relationship specialist, author Becoming Us

Samantha Payne, Co-Founder and Director, The Pink Elephants Support Network

Melanie McKenzie, Founder and Director, Harrison’s Little Wings

Dr Charise Deveney, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Perinatal Psychology

View Abstracts and Keynote Speakers here

Registration Now Closed

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – Thursday 24 October 2019

Supporting Families Experiencing Perinatal and Infant Death
Facilitated by Robyn McKinnon, Director, Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network

Our pre-conference workshop offers first responders and health professionals an introduction to perinatal and infant death, exploring  effective ways to support bereaved parents.

View the Pre-Conference Workshop Program here

POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – Saturday 26 October 2019

Bearing the Unbearable: A Relationship-Based Training Program for Perinatal Loss
Facilitated by Members of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology: Dr Bronwyn Leigh, Carla Anderson, Dr Charise Deveney and Julie King

Our post-conference workshop caters for a deep dive for those working in a counselling and psychological treatment capacity and is part of a comprehensive training program in perinatal bereavement.

View Post-Conference Workshop Program

CONFERENCE DINNER – Friday 25 October 2019

Join us for a relaxed dinner at the conference venue for an opportunity to meet our wonderful speakers, and a further opportunity to network with delegates.


Conference Fees

Day 1 Thursday 24 October – Pre-Conference Workshop

Supporting Families Experiencing Perinatal and Infant Death

Fee: $ 395

Day 2 Friday 25 October – Conference Day

First 50 Registrations: $ 290
Standard Rate: $ 325
Student Rate (full-timers): $220
Dinner: $ 95

Day 3 Saturday 26 October – Post-Conference Workshop

Bearing the Unbearable: A Relationship-Based Training Program for Perinatal Loss

Fee: $ 660 includes 10-hr training of videos, workshop, consultation

Conference Venue

Ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments
15-21 Therry Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000

Registrations now closed

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