Cultivating Compassion in Maternity Care

title border 1st January 2018

This event is for health professionals/students working in maternity care including midwives, doctors, special care/NICU nurses.

Midwives (and others working in maternity care) are frequently exposed to traumatic events due to the nature of their work. There is a growing recognition of the increased risk of secondary traumatic stress (also known as “compassion fatigue” or “burn out”). This workshop aims to provide specific practical tools to build emotional strength and improve resilience through cultivating compassion. Compassion practices have been shown to improve distress tolerance and emotion regulation by increasing the ability to soothe, as well as increasing flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation.

The skills acquired in this workshop will be able to be applied personally and professionally in your daily life.

Workshop dates:


Online registration now open register using

our secure Registration Form here.


Registration is at 0830 and the workshop finishes at 1700. Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The workshop will provide 6 contact hours and you will receive a Statement of Attendance.

The event brochure including the detailed program here.

The sessions are:

  • Background of compassion and compassion-focussed therapy
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Cultivating compassion
  • Barriers to compassion


The full/standard fee is $250. The earlybird fee is $225. Students can claim 20% discount off the fee that applies at the time of registering, email us for more information on this.

The earlybird fee cut off dates for each workshop are shown below. The fee must be paid before this date for the discount to apply:

  • Brisbane (2 November) – 31 August

Feedback from previous workshops

  • “This was incredibly encouraging within a completely non-judgemental setting. It makes me feel rejuvenated to return to work”
  • “Was so very pleased to learn about self care and some useful strategies to actually start doing this in everyday life”
  • “I think this should be attended by all health professionals”
  • “I have found this workshop very valuable. I will be using many of the tools and concepts I have learned both in my work and in my life”

About the Speaker

Amanda Donnet is a registered psychologist working in private practice on the southside of Brisbane. She predominantly works with women and their families experiencing depression, anxiety, or adjustment difficulties during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Amanda also assists mothers or fathers experiencing parenting difficulties, including sleep difficulties, bonding or attachment issues. The mother of three young boys, in her spare (and often not-spare) time, Amanda enjoys volunteering as a qualified breastfeeding counsellor assisting individuals and running mother-to-mother support groups. She has also completed additional training in managing unsettled and distressed babies.


Brisbane (May & November):

The venue is the Pullman/Mercure King George Square (it’s a two tower hotel, the workshops will be in the Mercure Tower which is the Ann St side of the hotel). The Mercure/Pullman website is here.

We recommend public transport, particularly on weekdays. There is a bus station underneath King George Square, and it is an easy walk to the Roma St Transit Centre. The closest parking is King George Square Council Car Park ($35/day or $20 if in by 7am and out by 6pm, weekend parking is $5).

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