Welcome to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's first Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference - "Breastfeeding Medicine: Evidence and Clinical Practice" to be held at Mantra Legends at Surfers Paradise from the 19th-21st July 2018.

From the novice to the experienced, this conference, specifically designed by doctors for doctors, is for you.

Thursday July 19th is a pre-conference workshop covering "Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners" in a stimulating learning environment. Following, there are two days of thought-provoking speakers and clinical information on current issues in Breastfeeding Medicine. 

These sessions will answer many of those breastfeeding questions that crop up in our clinical practice as well as providing an opportunity to network with colleagues with similar interests. The conference will be especially relevant for General Practitioners, Paediatricians and Obstetricians. Friday July 20th is specifically for doctors while registration for Saturday July 21st will be open all those interested in helping women to breastfeed. The conference will have international and local experts speaking on a range of topics. Please see the program and speakers sections for details.

The Workshop has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium 40 Category 1 points – (Activity: 130804) and the conference has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium 22 Category 2 points – (Activity: 130798). CERPS have also been granted- 18.5 for the meeting, 6.25 for the workshop, 6.25 for Day 1 and 6 for Day 2 of the conference.

Social activities include welcome drinks on Thursday night (included in full registration - partners and children welcome at a cost) and a conference dinner on Friday night (open to all attendees and partners). Plans are underway to organise a more relaxed informal get-together post-conference on Saturday night.

Further information will be added to this website in the weeks and months to come. REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

You may want to join ABM (www.bfmed.org) before registering to receive the discounted conference rates. Follow us on our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with conference happenings.

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About ABM

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), founded in 1995, is dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. It is an international multi-specialty medical practitioner organization, with more than 600 members from more than 58 countries. Membership is available for all registered/licensed medical practitioners and dentists. ABM is a core partner of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and is affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. Yearly conferences have been held in the US for more than 20years, and bi-annually in Europe for more than 10 years. This is the first time a regional conference has been held in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Breastfeeding Medicine, ABM's peer reviewed journal is one of the benefits of membership as is access to a members-only listserv for those difficult breastfeeding queries, reduced conference registration fees, first and easy access to evidence-based protocols on 27 different breastfeeding topics and connections with doctors (and more recently dentists) with an interest in breastfeeding from all over the world. 

Find out more about ABM and how to join by visiting the website www.bfmed.org or follow us on Facebook. You may wish to join ABM before registering for the conference to receive discounted conference registration.


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Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners (Pre-conference Workshop)

Thursday 19th July

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium

40 Category 1 points – (Activity: 130804)

This workshop is designed specifically for medical practitioners and all presenters will be medical practitioners with extensive breastfeeding medicine experience.

The program encompasses breastfeeding information and issues relevant to medical practitioners including: risks of not breastfeeding; the process of breastfeeding and normal breastfeeding management; how to provide breastfeeding support within a medical practice; managing maternal and infant complications; common breastfeeding problems (eg breast and nipple problems, mastitis and growth faltering); and medication use while breastfeeding.

On completion of this workshop participants will be more confident and better able to assist breastfeeding women.

Workshop commences at 8.30 for an 8.45 start.


Breastfeeding Medicine: Evidence and Clinical Practice

Friday 20th July

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium

22 Category 2 points – (Activity: 130798)


8.30-8.45 am
8.45-9.45 am
Effects of labour anaesthesia and analgesia on breastfeeding
Dr Sarah Reece-Stremtan
9.45-10.45 am
Understanding and assessing the breastfeeding infant’s suck, swallow and airway protection
Dr Nikki Mills
10.45-11.15 am
Morning tea
Breastfeeding and mental health symposium
Breastfeeding management in the presence of mental health difficulties: the importance of individualised care
Dr Marnie Rowan
Use of psychotropic medications in breastfeeding women
Dr Treasure McGuire
2.00 – 3.00pm
Breastfeeding for the mother with diabetes
Prof Leonie Callaway
3.00 – 3:30pm
Useful resources for breastfeeding medical practitioners
Afternoon tea
Dermatological presentations in breastfeeding women
Dr Linda Martin


Breastfeeding Medicine: Evidence and Clinical Practice

Saturday 21st July


8.30-8.45 am
8.45-10.30 am
Tongue-tie symposium
Understanding research on task-specific tongue biomechanics and the potential implications for tongue tie division
Dr Nikki Mills
Effects of frenotomy on sucking dynamics and maternal nipple pain
Dr Sharon Perrella
Tongue tie in clinical practice
Dr Yvonne LeFort
Panel discussion
10:30-11:00 am
Morning tea
11-11:30 am
Non-pharmacological pain management for breastfeeding infants
Dr Sarah Reece-Stremtan
11:30-12:30 pm
Nipple and breast pain
A/Prof Lisa Amir
12.30-1:30 pm
1:30-2:15 pm
Breastfeeding and reproductive tract cancers
Dr Susan Jordan
2.15-3.00 pm
Early and small: Breastfeeding challenges
Dr Gillian Opie
3.00-3.30 pm
Afternoon tea
3.30-4.15 pm
4.15-4:45 pm
Progression from intragastric tube feeds to full breastfeeding in preterm infants
Application of 24 hour milk production in clinical practice
Dr Sharon Perrella
Dr Marnie Rowan
4:45-5:00 pm
Close and farewell



Dr Sarah Reece-Stremtan

Sarah is a pediatric anaesthesiologist, pain medicine physician and acupuncturist at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC.
She is passionate about perioperative preservation of breastfeeding, and is currently researching the time to recovery of infant feeding reflexes following anaesthesia.
Sarah will be speaking on the effects of labour anaesthesia and analgesia on breastfeeding and non-pharmacological pain management for breastfeeding infants. 


Dr Linda Martin

Linda graduated in Medicine with first class Honours from the University of New South Wales.
She trained in dermatology in Sydney and at St John's Institute for Diseases of the Skin in London.
Linda is a Staff Specialist Paediatric Dermatologist at Sydney Children's Hospital and has a special interest in dermatoses of pregnancy and lactation.
Linda will be speaking on dermatological presentations in breastfeeding women.

Dr Treasure McGuire

Treasure is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. Her area of expertise is reproductive health. She is a regular presenter for the aligned GP program with the Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane and consults on complex cases assessing the safety of drugs in pregnancy and lactation.
Treasure is an Assistant Director of Pharmacy (Practice & Development) Mater Health Services and holds conjoint appointments with the University of Queensland and Bond University. 
Treasure will be speaking on the use of psychotropic medications in breastfeeding women.     



Professor Leonie Callaway

Leonie  is a pre-eminent specialist in Obstetric and Internal Medicine, and Professor of Medicine.  She is a clinician researcher, and leads the Obstetric Medicine Research group within the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research.  Her work has mostly focussed on medical disorders of pregnancy, obesity, metabolism and breastfeeding.
Currently, she holds a role as Interim Director of Research within Women’s and Newborn Services at RBWH, and is working to establish research programs in breastfeeding, the promotion of normal delivery and compassionate health care
Leonie will be speaking on breastfeeding for the mother with diabetes.

Dr Nikki Mills

Nikki is a Paediatric ENT Surgeon at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand with a special interest in Paediatric Airway and Swallowing Disorders.
Nikki works in a multidisciplinary team assessing and treating babies and children with dysphagia and aspiration.
She is also doing a PhD researching “The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants”.
Nikki will be speaking on infant's suck, swallow and airway protection, and tongue biomechanics and implications for tongue-tie.



Dr Sharon Perrella

Sharon¹s educational and clinical background includes paediatric nursing and midwifery, neonatal intensive care and child, adolescent health nursing and she is an IBCLC.
Sharon¹s passion is to contribute to the growing body of evidence around human lactation, particularly in the areas of preterm infant feeding, low milk supply and sucking anomalies, to facilitate evidence based care of the breastfeeding dyad.

Sharon completed a PhD thesis titled 'The effect of different types of nutrition on the gastrointestinal response of the
preterm infant'  in 2014 with the Hartmann Human Lactation Research group at The University of Western Australia, where she now works as a research fellow.
Sharon will be speaking on tongue-tie and transitioning infants from intragastric feeds to breastfeeding. 

Dr Yvonne LeFort

Yvonne is a Canadian-trained family physician based in Auckland New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a member of the Board of Directors.
Yvonne established a private Breastfeeding Clinic in Auckland providing comprehensive lactation care for mothers and infants including the management of tongue tie.
Yvonne will be speaking on tongue-tie in clinical practice. 

Dr Gillian Opie

Gillian is a Neonatal Paediatrician, IBCLC at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne and established the Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank in 2011.
She has an active interest in research involving breastmilk, breastfeeding, and premature infant neurodevelopmental outcomes. Gillian is also an editorial board member of International Breastfeeding Journal.
Gillian will be speaking on breastfeeding challenges in small and early-term infants.

Associate Professor Lisa Amir

Lisa is a general practitioner and lactation consultant. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and in private practice.
She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Australia and is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles including the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s clinical protocol on mastitis. She is the Editor-in-Chief of International Breastfeeding Journal.
Lisa will be speaking on nipple and breast pain.

Dr Marnie Rowan

Dr Marnie Rowan is a General Practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant In Perth WA. She has a private breastfeeding medicine practice with an interest in management of breastfeeding in the presence of mental health problems. Marnie also works in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth, Western Australia. 
Marnie will be speaking on Breastfeeding management in the presence of mental health difficulties: the importance of individualised care and the application of 24hour milk production in clinical practice

Dr Susan Jordan

Susan is a medical epidemiologist and currently works as a Senior Research Fellow and Team Head at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. She completed her medical degree at the University of NSW in Sydney in 1991 and subsequently trained in general practice, working in rural and metropolitan NSW and Queensland for 10 years.  In 2004 she moved into fulltime research, completing her PhD in ovarian cancer epidemiology in 2007 at QIMR Berghofer. Her current research interests include the aetiology of ovarian, endometrial, and thyroid cancer and she has a particular interest in how reproductive factors, including breast feeding, influence the development of these cancers.


Select a registration type

Workshop (19th July)

Earlybird Regular
Member $215 $245
Student $120 $145
Non-Member $255 $285

Full registration (20-21st July)

Earlybird Regular
Member $420 $470
Student $275 $325
Non-Member $475 $525

Day registration (20th or 21st July)

Earlybird Regular
Member $250 $275
Student $175 $205
Non-Member $280 $305

Social event costs

Welcome reception (19th July)

Workshop 2 Day Registration Day registration
Member $50 $0 $50
Student $50 $0 $50
Non-Member $50 $0 $50
Partner $50 $50 $50
Child > 2 years $10 $10 $10

Conference dinner (20th July)

Workshop 2 Day Registration Day registration
Member $95 $95 $95
Student $95 $95 $95
Non-Member $95 $95 $95
Partner $95 $95 $95


Payment, in Australian dollars, can be made by credit card, invoice or direct debit. If you are paying by credit card you will be directed to the PayPal site where you can enter as a guest and then complete your credit card details. You do not need to join PayPal to be able to use this system. Some people have found it difficult to use PayPal on their phones, but have had success with their computer or tablet.

An invoice is always available for you when you log in to Currinda. 


Mantra Legends Hotel

All conference activities will be held at the Mantra Legends Hotel, 25 Laycock St, Surfers Paradise. The Hotel is situated approximately 90 Km (1 hr 15 mins) from Brisbane airport and 21 Km (40 mins) from Coolangatta airport. Private transfers, shared shuttles and a train are available from Brisbane airport to the hotel. Transfers are also available from Coolangatta as well as public bus/tram and taxi services. 




Mantra Legends Hotel



The discounted ABM conference rate will be available for bookings from Sunday 15th July until Tuesday 24th July. To arrange accommodation please complete the booking form available via the button below and return it to Mantra Legends Hotel.

Enjoy the many number of resort facilities offered at Mantra Legends Hotel. Guest facilities are first-class including 24 hour reception, secure undercover parking (subject to availability) and concierge. Click on the link below to view the hotel and facilities in more detail.

Cots and highchairs are provided at a small cost, cot sheets included.

Babysitting services will be available with assistance provided closer to the time. Mantra have a preferred agency and we will make contact with people bringing children to assist where possible.

There are many other accommodation options, including family and self-catering appartments, in the vicinity of the Mantra Legends Hotel. These can be found by searching for accomodation at Surfers Paradise on your favourite web browser.



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