29-31 May 2015

Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne, Victoria

Confirmed Speakers
Elizabeth Davis, Pinky Mckay, Robyn Thompson, Rhea Dempsey, Elaine Norling, Maggie Lecky-Thompson

With the Fabulous Catherine Deveney as MC
Vicki Chan and Nic Edmonstone weaving their magic through images and stories for our opening and closing ceremonies
And the Wonderful Fiona O’Loughlin as the Dinner Entertainment

To Register and Pay for your ticket click here

Conference Registrations close on 22 May 2015. No registrations will be accepted after this date.
Conference Dinner registrations must be prepaid. No Dinner tickets will be issued after 22 May. No dinner tickets will be available at the door & please do not ask as refusal may offend.

Payment options and details

Midwives/Doulas/Health Professionals

Early Bird payment received before or on 31/1/15 $350
Standard Registration – 1/2/15 until 31/4/15 $450
Late Registration payments received on or after 1/5/15 until 22/5/15 $550


Early Bird payment received on or before 31/1/15 $325
Standard Registration received between 1/2/15 & 31/4/15 $425
Late payment received on or after 1/5/15 until 22/5/15 $525

Speaker Fee


Conference Dinner

Melbourne Town Hall with the Magnificent Fiona O’Loughlin (comedian and mother of 5) as entertainment. $120

(Dinner must be prepaid, NO tickets will be available at the door or after 22 May 2015)

Confirmed Speakers

Elizabeth Davis, Robyn Thompson, Rhea Dempsey, Elaine Norling

With the Fabulous Catherine Deveney as MC

And the Wonderful Fiona O’Loughlin as the Dinner Entertainment

Pre-conference Workshops

Register For The Conference And Save! Half Price For Conference Delegates!

(Limited Places Available For All Workshops On A First In Basis)

*Workshops run concurrently so choose one morning and one afternoon if coming all day*

Morning Workshops 9.30 – 12.30

Elizabeth Davis Workshop – with conference registration $35

Elizabeth Davis Workshop – without conference registration $70

Rhea workshop with conference registration $35

Rhea workshop without conference registration $70

Afternoon Workshops 2.00 – 5.00

Elizabeth Davis Workshop – with conference registration $35

Elizabeth Davis Workshop – without conference registration $70

Hannah Dahlen workshop with conference registration $35 FULL

Hannah Dahlen workshop without conference registration $70 FULL

Early Evening Workshops 5.30 – 7.00

Midwifery Student Circle $20

Midwifery Student Circle – without conference registration $40

Pre Conference Workshop Information

Friday 29 May 2015 at Welcome Mecure Melbourne

9:30 – 12:30 Elizabeth Davis – Physiologic Birth and Dystocias

Including normal plateaus in labor versus Friedman’s Curve, posterior arrest, prolonged second stage, shoulder dystocia–a technical workshop with maneuvers practiced by participants.

2.00 – 5.00 Elizabeth Davis – Intuition, Boundaries and Protection for Birth-workers.

Exploring the physiology of intuition, how it is activated by birth, how it leads to entrainment in the birth-worker, and how we can set good boundaries and clear out birth related traumas.

9.30 – 12.30 Rhea Dempsey – ‘The Unconscious Matrix: archetypal energies at play in birthing’

Birth—a primal universal experience awakens archetypal energies. Archetypes stir in our unconscious in response to universal life experiences and present as feelings, yearnings and predispositions to act or react. Within the relationship between the birthing woman and her caregivers, activated archetypal patterns offer potential for enrichment or for unintended wounding. With the growth of ‘relationship’ based birth options (home birth, case load, doula support, etc) understanding interpersonal dynamics becomes increasingly necessary. Exploring archetypes can give birth workers insight into these dynamics.2.00 – 5.00

2:00-5:00 Hannah Dahlen – Dancing in the grey zone. FULL

How can midwives be woman centred and safe? Much of our job as midwives involves navigating the grey zone in between normality and risk. How do we as midwives do this safely, keeping women and their wishes at the heart of our care but also remaining accountable to our professional obligations of providing evidence based information and informed choice? This workshop will explore how midwives can protect themselves while not undermining women’s rights. Using case studies and experiences as an expert witness in coroners cases and NMBA tribunals we will explore ways to keep women and midwives safe in an increasingly hostile environment when it comes to homebirth.

5.30 – 7.00 Midwifery Student Circle
Provides a nurturing, supportive and accepting, student focused space in which Student Midwives are invited to debrief, reflect upon and explore their professional and personal experiences, during clinical placements and throughout their journey to becoming qualified Midwives. Suggestions will be offered for ways to be with challenging situations and people, for self care and protection, and how to maintain the sacred in the clinical setting.

Saturday 30th May – Conference

8.00 – 9.00 Registrations  
9.00 – 9.05 Welcome & Housekeeping
9.05 – 9.20 Welcome to Country
9.20 – 9.30 Opening Ceremony Nic Edmonson & Vicki Chan
9.30 – 10.30 Keynote Speaker – Elizabeth Davis   
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea  
11.00 – 11.30 Icon – Maggie Lecky-Thompson
11.30 – 12.00 Secret Midwives Business – Signs and Superstitions Sonja MacGregor
12.00 – 12.30 “Transfer During Planned Homebirth – Private Practicing Midwives Speak” Merivale Hemsworth
12.30 – 12.45 Gold Sponsor – Qiara
12.45– 1-45 Lunch + AGM  
1.45 – 2.15 Icon – Rhea Dempsey
2.15 – 2.45 Looking Back – Moving Forward Clare Davison & Theresa Clifford
2.45 – 3.15 Heartfelt Jerusha Sutton
3.15 – 3.45 Afternoon Tea  
3.45 – 4.15 A New Alternative for Women –A Birth House in Every Town Melissa McFarlane & Judy van Dreven
4.15 – 4.30 ACM President  Caroline Homer
4.30 – 5.00 Open Forum Caroline Homer, Hannah Dahlen &Jo Hunter
7.30 – 11.30 Conference Dinner   

Sunday 31st May


9.00 – 9.45 Pinky McKay
9.45 – 10.00 Midwife Acknowledgement Jo Hunter
10.00 – 10.30 Icon – Robyn Thompson
10.30 – 11.00  Once A Freebirth, Always a Freebirth? Sarah Langford
11.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea  
11.30 – 12.00 Icon – Elaine Norling
12.00 – 12.30 Medicare Eligible Midwives & Homebirth – Is place of birth becoming less of a focus Kelly Langford &Jan Ireland
12.30 – 1pm The Journey of 3 Sistas Shea Caplice,Sheryl Sidery &Jane Collings
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch  
2.00 – 2.15 Handing Down of the Knowledge Ceremony.
2.15 – 2.45 2012 Homebirth Australia Survey – The Results & Findings Heather Sassine
2.45– 3.30 Keynote Speaker  – Elizabeth Davis   
3.30 – 3.45 Raffle Draw & Thank you   
3.45 – 4.00 Closing Ceremony Nic Edmonson & Vicki Chan

Confirmation Policy

All registrations to be completed online during the checkout of registration. Receipts will be emailed out after payment has been received. Payment must be received prior to the cut off dates for early bird and standard registrations.

Limited places are available for the Friday workshops. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration Entitlements

Conference registrations entitle you to entry to all sessions, entry to exhibitions, conference materials, 1 years membership to Homebirth Australia, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and tea and coffee on arrival throughout the 2 day conference.

Morning and Afternoon tea will be provided with the Workshop registrations.

Venue Details

Conference & Dinner – Melbourne Town Hall – Corner of Collins and Swanston St, Melbourne.

Workshops – Welcome Mecure – 265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne.



We have secured an amazing rate at Mercure Welcome. When booking let them know you are with HBA conference and you will get the best rate available.


There are many accommodation options near the Melbourne Town Hall, ranging from back packers to 5 stars. For some great deals look at wotif, expedia and trip advisor websites.

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations prior to the 31 December 2014, will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

Cancellations between 1 January and 31 April 2015 will incur a $100 fee.

Cancellations after the 1st May 2015 will incur a $300 fee.

Cancellations for the Conference Dinner at any time will incur a $50 fee.

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