Professional Development

We will be adding professional development opportunities that are relevant and of interest to our members as they become available.  This will allow you to kept up to date with new and 'best practice' in the field of Maternal Child and Family Health Nursing.

If you are aware of any professional development opportunities that we have missed or will be of interest and assist us to broaden our awareness, be of interest to our members, please contact us with the relevant information.

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system

The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system is a relationship building tool that fosters a positive parent-infant interactive relationship. A supportive, nurturing relationship that is sensitive and responsive to the infant’s needs is a sign of parents' successful adaptation to parenting and optimises their infant's neurological and psychological development.

The NBO training program provides participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system in their clinical practice. Use of the NBO in clinical practice will provide parents with important information about their baby’s remarkable capacities and individuality. It will help parents develop a positive relationship with their newborn child. The workshop is open to midwives, maternal and child health nurses, paediatricians, neonatologists, obstetricians, social workers, perinatal psychiatrists, infant mental health clinicians and family support workers.

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)


Dates: Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 2:00 pm - Monday, 25 June 2018 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

Attendance at both days is required.

Venue: Ground Floor, the Women’s Conference Centre, The Royal Women’s Hospital

Presenters: Associate Professor Campbell Paul & Dr Susan Nicolson

Cost: $440 (or $520 including recommended textbook)

Bookings: Please register through Eventbrite

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and August, the Symposiums are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent.

 Keynote speakers for 2018 include Gail Kelly, Professor Gillian Triggs, Nova Peris OAM OLY, Jessica Rowe AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Katrina Webb OAM, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and many, many more.

The principal themes that will be tackled at this year’s events include:

  • Resilience within the workplace
  • Enabling women to lead
  • The power of networking
  • Being bold, being brave, being new
  • Leading through change
  • Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY18 at the time of booking (available until each Symposium sells out). 

For more information and to book

In every Capital City

Brisbane: 2nd - 3rd May 2018  -  Perth: 10th May, 2018  -  Sydney: 21st - 22nd May 2018  -  Canberra: 5th July 2018  -  Adelaide: 19th July 2018  -  Melbourne: 24th-25th July 2018  -  Darwin: 1st August 2018  -  Hobart: 22nd August 2018

Centenary Ball

Tresillian Gala Ball

Join us to celebrate 100 years of caring for young families.

  • Date: Saturday, 27th October, 2018
  • Start Time: 7pm
  • Cost: $295 per person
  • Venue: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
  • Dress code: Back Tie
  • Includes: Canapes, 3-Course Meal, and Premium Wines

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Perinatal Conference: Strengthening the Village

 The Centre for Perinatal Excellence (COPE) is delighted to be joining Safe Sleep Space to bring to you the Safe Sleep Space National Conference.  

This event is for all health professionals working in the perinatal field, covering a range of contemporary issues.

The conference will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Fatal Distraction Syndrome 
  •  Temperament vs.Character and Infant Sleep 
  •  The Australian Temperament Project 
  •  National Perinatal Mental Health Updates 
  • Mental Health Screening with Refugee and Migrant Women 
  • Fit to Feed 
  •  Advances in Early Detection of Autism in Babies 
  •  Meningococcal Updates 

Early bird pricing closes on 31 May 2018. 

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Date and location:
Friday 31 August 2018, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Perinatal Conference: Strengthening the Village

Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation Training Course

A Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation Training Course is being held at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

With the aim of improving the implementation and evaluation of programs in smoking cessation, the course will enable participants to gain the in-depth knowledge and skills in nicotine addiction and smoking cessation required to work in primary and allied healthcare as a tobacco treatment and smoking cessation specialist.

This practical course will be hosted by A/Prof Renee Bittoun (Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Smoking Cessation) along with other experts in the field of smoking cessation.

Topics: Causes, consequences, treatment and research of smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and appropriate evidence based smoking cessation techniques in practical application.

This three day course includes a USB stick with course materials and a certificate of attendance is awarded on completion.

Date: 19-21 June 2018

Location: 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037

Register and more information

Nicotine Addicition