2022 Annual National Conference

Ternity Group National Conference 2022 in Partnership with Xplor Education

"Through the eyes of a child - respecting a child’s sense of agency and belonging”

Ternity is the group behind Nourish Baby, Safe Sleep Space and Sleep Smart and in partnership with Xplor Education our National 2022 Conference, brings you an amazing line up of credible and well-respected speakers.

After two years of pandemic conditions we will finally gather face to face, with live streaming also an available option.

As Magda Gerber famously quoted “Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.”

Having a sense of agency for a child in the early years is very much linked to a sense of belonging. 

This sense of belonging thrives when a child has trust in the adults around them and the environment in which they are cared for.

Developing such a trusting bond with infants and children is vital and when we listen with respect to children’s voices, their words and their ideas, we enhance this trust, showing them that they are heard.

Listening deeply, being present and being willing to see the world through the eyes of the child are just some ways of respecting a child's sense of agency. 

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers 

We have confirmed an excellent group of highly qualified professionals from Australia and New Zealand to present current research and share the latest findings. Learn more about our speakers below or view our conference program by clicking on the button above. 

Nathan Wallace

Nathan Wallis

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. He lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was also a board member and senior trainer with the national body responsible for the dissemination of neuroscientific research to professionals.

Nathan’s presentations explore how the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform our day to day interactions with children and young people. Information about the human brain (and how it grows to reach full potential) has exploded into our awareness over the past twenty years. The 1990’s were called the ‘decade of the brain’ and advances in scanning technologies allowed us to understand the workings of the brain like never before, showing us the huge significance of the early years and the critical role this period plays in defining later outcomes. These new findings often contradict many of the practices that parents, teachers, and other helping professionals have utilised in the belief that they are helping children. Nathan presents the practical implications of this research with a focus on how to use this knowledge to create better outcomes.

Dr Kaylene Henderson

Dr Kaylene Henderson

Dr Kaylene Henderson (MBBS (Qld) FRANZCP Cert C&A Psych) is a medically trained infant, child and adolescent Psychiatrist and one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. She is also a highly regarded professional development provider for the ECEC sector.

In her warm and relatable style, Kaylene shares research-based, practical information with those living and working with 0-12's in the hope that together, we can bring out the best in the children for whom we all care.

Kelly Goodsir

Kelly Goodsir

Kelly Goodsir is the Managing Director of KG Learning, a professional learning company that focus' on improving pedagogical practice through strategic educational change in early childhood education.

Kelly has dedicated her career to her own and others development of pedagogy, learning and leadership and believes whole heartedly that through ‘thinking and learning collaboratively’ anything is possible.

Kelly invites you into thinking deeply about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of teaching and leadership practice whilst compelling us to connect wisdom and courage in all that we do.

Dr Robyn Dolby and Belinda Friezer

Dr Robyn Dolby and Belinda Friezer

Robyn and Belinda are psychologists and together with Eilish Hughes, are co-partners in the practice Secure Beginnings. They provide relationship-based learning and reflexive mentoring for early childhood educators, teachers, professionals, parents, and organisations working in the early childhood field. Built upon 20 years of research, they bring an infant-mental health perspective to transition routines so that all children feel safe to learn, free to create and ready to play.

Dr Emma Cooke

Dr Emma Cooke

Dr Emma Cooke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She is a sociologist with expertise in the sociology of childhood and qualitative research, and she works in interdisciplinary teams. She researches Early Childhood Education and Care, early childhood discourses, children's rights, and the lived experiences of children, educators and families – with a focus on relaxation, sleep, gender, and wellbeing.

Ariel Liddicut

Ariel Liddicut

Ariel Liddicut is an Early Childhood Teacher with over 12 years experience, both within Australia and overseas. She is a PhD candidate with the University of New England, specialising in inclusive gender practice. As part of her research she has recently conducted an Australia wide qualitative survey of Early Childhood Teachers experiences, beliefs and perspectives on supporting gender expansive children.

Ternity Group Clinical Team

Ternity Group Clinical Team

Cindy Davenport, Carolyn van Balkom, Natalie van Winckel

Sleep disturbances in babies and toddlers can be a result of many factors. Whatever the cause, the effect on both child and family can be enormous.

Our approach has been sought after by thousands of families and is used by professionals around the world. Our techniques are underpinned by research and an understanding that every child and family is unique.

Conference Pricing 

  • Early Bird available until 31 March: $245
  • Full Price after 31 March 2022: $285
  • Student: $195
  • Group: 10% discount for groups of 5 or more
  • Live Streaming rate: $195 (any time) 

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CPD Endorsements

IBCLC Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPS):

This conference: Through the Eyes of a Child, has been approved for 5.5 R IBCLC CERPs (approval No C202227)


This event is also an Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity. Eligible delegates will receive 6.25 hours of CPD.

ACM CPD Activity

Who should attend the conference?

  • early childhood professionals,
  • midwives,
  • maternal and child health nurses,
  • child psychologists,
  • GPs,
  • medical practitioners,
  • paediatric nurses and
  • allied health professionals working with families in the 0-5 years sector.

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Cancellation Policy/Waiver

A cancellation must be made in writing to the Conference Management team:- email: support@ternitygroup.com.au

Fees will be refunded as follows:

  • In the event that you are unable to attend our conference in person due to lockdown or pandemic restrictions, we will instantly convert your ticket to a Virtual Attendee.
  • This will allow you to attend the conference wherever you are located. You will also receive the full conference recording to watch at your own pace, at a time that best suits you.

All other cancellations need to be made prior to 10 May 2022 to be eligible for a refund of your ticket price, minus a $50.00 administration. Any cancellations made after 10 May 2022 will not be eligible for a refund.

Covid Safety Requirements

Currently it is a government requirement that all attendees aged over 18 years must be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination will be required on the day of the conference at Registration.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to be involved in this conference as a sponsor. Download our Sponsorship Prospectus below to learn more.

Sponsorship Prospectus