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2019 Health Professional Conference


Friday 30th August 2019 | Melbourne Convention Centre
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Conference Overview

Safe Sleep Space is delighted to be partnering with COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence, Australia’s peak body in perinatal mental health, to deliver 2019’s must-see conference for health professionals working in perinatal health.

The theme for the conference is: Partnering in Practice – Bringing Together Best Practice in Perinatal Care and will cover a range of contemporary topics emerging in perinatal health today. 

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Conference Overview

Who Should Attend?

Midwives, Child and Family Health Nurses, GP’s, Psychologists, Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Outreach Workers, and anyone providing care, education and/or counselling to expectant and new parents.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jade Bilardi, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Prof Meredith Temple-SmithDeputy Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne

Dr Kaylene Henderson, Child Psychiatrist and Parent Educator

Dr Sarah Cotton, Co-Founder, Director and Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Shusannah Morris, CEO & Co Founder, Life's Little Treasures Foundation

Melissa Grant, Director,  Nourish Baby

Lynn Hughes, Australian Immunisation Networks Manager, GSK

Cindy Davenport, Director, Safe Sleep Space

Dr Nicole Highet, Founder and Executive Director, COPE

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Early Bird Rate: $245 available until 31/5/19

Standard Rate: $285 after 31/5/19

10% discount available for groups of 5+ 

Student Rate $195

Continuing Professional Development and Continuing Education Recognition Points:

 5.5 CPD hours, 5.75R CERPs (C21905)

ACM 5.5 CPD points

Conference venue:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3000


There’s a huge variety of accommodation close to MCEC including the Pan Pacific Melbourne directly connected via a private internal walkway.

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For more information:

Please call us on 1300 775 337 or email our Conference Manger on


Thank you to our valued partners and sponsors:

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Starting Out Safely

Road trauma is the leading cause of death and disabling injury of babies and children in Australia.

By using the correct child car seat for the size of the child we can save lives and reduce injuries. Many parents believe that if they follow the law on child car seats they are keeping their children safe. We know that we can do far more to provide the maximum protection for our children than the minimum the law requires.

By providing accurate and timely information to parents on the correct use of child car seats to professionals who support our most vulnerable road users we can change behaviour and improve outcomes for families involved in a crash. 

The Starting Out Safely program is Victoria’s early childhood road safety education program and is funded to deliver child restraint information sessions to ante natal and maternal child health nurses, midwives, child protection workers, family day care services, new arrival programs and family support workers. 


We Are Family

The ‘We Are Family’ program is a means of informing expectant parents of the potential risks and provides them with the knowledge, skills and strategies to ensure that the welcoming of their baby is not only a physically and emotionally enriching one, but importantly a safe one as well.

This program will be available to all Maternity Hospitals and Maternal Child Centres FREE of charge as part of Victorian government’s on-going commitment to Responsible Pet Ownership.

‘We Are Family’ program focusses on families with children in the 0 to 4-year age group. Its key messages focus on:

 ‘We Are Family’ helps to educate expectant parents on how they can prepare the home environment and train their pets to ensure appropriate behaviours are in place prior to the baby’s arrival.

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