Perinatal Loss Pre-Conference Workshop

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – Thursday 24 October 2019

Supporting Families Experiencing Perinatal and Infant Death

Workshop description:

This one day workshop introduces health professionals to aspects of perinatal and infant death that will assist them in supporting bereaved parents and families within their practice.

Designed for Midwives, Nurses, Doctors, Mental Health Professionals, Funeral Services, Chaplains, Sonographers, Pathologists, First responders and students across all disciplines who provide front line care for parents and their families facing early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS and pregnancy after loss.

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About the Presenter

Robyn McKinnon – Director of Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network & Robyn McKinnon Consultancy & Counselling Services

Robyn is an experienced Mental Health Social Worker of her successful Tasmanian counselling practice. Whilst working in Private Practice, Robyn developed a special interest in Perinatal Loss and Bereavement work from her own personal experience after the death of baby Adam, her firstborn son at 17 weeks gestation. Robyn discovered as she navigated her own journey the significant gaps in support services, not only for families, but also for front line workers and so over the last 10 years she has dedicated much of her own time to develop a number of local support groups, training programs and mentoring options to guide both families, support people and health professionals in the hope that this might make a difference for other families who in the future who experience the loss of a much loved baby.