Australasian Perinatal Loss Conference

In the Shadows: The Unseen Grief of Perinatal Loss

Following the success of our inaugural Australasian Perinatal Loss Conference in Melbourne in October 2019, we had scheduled our 2020 conference to be held in Launceston, Tasmania.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we cancelled our Launceston arrangements, but with a desire to support clinicians working with bereaved families, we have opted to provide a revised online conference experience.

Co-hosted by the Perinatal Training Centre (PTC) and the Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network, we invite you to join us as we explore unseen losses and the disenfranchised grief associated with infertility, assisted conception, early pregnancy loss, medically-complicated pregnancies and stillbirth.

Conference Mission

Our conference mission is to 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, our conferences provide latest updates on clinical research and best practice, while also hearing the lived experience of perinatal loss.


Seven stunning speakers   |   Three informative sessions
Delivered in one unmissable conference

In 2020, our Conference Program was presented online in webinar format.  Registrants attending live had opportunity to participate in Q&A. All Registrants received a link to recording of the conference sessions, which was accessible for 90-days post-event.

The Conference was held across two days and comprises three, 1.5hr sessions.

Friday 02 October:

  1. Infertility, assisted conception and early pregnancy loss

Bringing the grief of infertility out of the shadows | Narelle Dickinson, Queensland Family and Fertility Support

Pregnancy after early loss | Sarah-Jane Monahas, The Pink Elephants Support Network


  1. Medically-complicated pregnancies

Medically complicated pregnancies and end-of-life decisions. From Baby Steps to Giant Leaps; The Impact of Genomics in Pregnancy | Pauline McGrath, Genetic Health Queensland

The warm embrace of Hummingbird House: the role of a children’s hospice in supporting parents facing a perinatal loss Fiona Hawthorne and Andrea Coe, Hummingbird House

Saturday 03 October:

  1. Stillbirth: prevention efforts and trauma-informed care

Bringing stillbirth out of the shadows | Associate Professor Fran Boyle, University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research, and Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE)

Trauma Informed Care for Families Who Experience Stillbirth | Dr. Deborah Rich, Shoshana Center (USA)

Read more about our Speakers and their presentations here.

Who Should Attend?

  • Midwives
  • Doulas
  • 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

Conference Fee

$165 (GST inclusive) – includes all three sessions watch the recordings until 03 January 2021.

4.5hrs CPD – Certificate provided

We are grateful to our Contributors and Supporters

We value collaboration and an integrated approach to care and community.  We actively support and are supported by individuals and organisations who share our vision and values.  Here are our partner organisations proudly supporting the Australasian Perinatal Loss Conference 2020. Be sure to explore the range of their services at the Partner’s Directory at the Virtual Conference space.















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