Since 1976, Jan has organised many conferences and workshops (for ICEA and other consumer groups and since 1988, for CAPERS). Invited speakers for CAPERS events in Australia and New Zealand have included: Janet Balaskas, Sheila Kitzinger, Thomas W Hale, Lawrence Gartner, James McKenna, Teri Shilling, Gabrielle Palmer, Rukhsana Haider, Marshall Klaus, Jean Sutton, Pauline Scott, Murray Enkin, Karen Guilliland, Charles Mahan, Steve Biddulph, William Sears, Penny Simkin, Diony Young, Ruth Lubic, Chloe Fisher, Nils Bergman, Jack Newman, Fiona Giles, Sandra Lang, Howard Chilton, Denis Walsh, Peter Hartmann, Donna Geddes, Angela Smith, Ruth Worgan, Mary Lantry, Alison Barrett, Carol Bartle, Jan Roberts, Lisa Amir, Sara Wickham, Shea Caplice, Hannah Dahlen, Sheryl Sidery, Carolyn Hastie, Christina Smillie, Maggie Banks, Kathleen Murphy, Sarah George, Simone Keddy, Sandra Venables, Paula Dillon, Mike Woolridge, Cathy Watson Genna, Rhea Dempsey, Jessie Johnson Cash and Rachel Reed.
Jan assisted with the organizing of Conferences for ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association) in Australia in 2003 and 2013. In the USA, Jan worked with Diony Young, former long-time editor of the BIRTH Journal (a Blackwell Wiley publication), on several of their annual Conferences.
Our largest event is The Passage to Motherhood Conference, which we have presented regularly over the last 20 years. These conferences are always a wonderful opportunity for midwives to come together and have always featured both invited keynote speakers and presentations by local midwives and researchers.
The Passage to Motherhood 2013 Conference was held on the Gold Coast, and speakers included Michel Odent, Mike Woolridge, Cathy Watson Genna, Thomas Hale and Alison Barrett. For the first time, we also had The Crafting Womb setting up a knitting circle and participants knitted squares for blankets for the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopa hospital. In May 2015, 250 midwives attended The Passage to Motherhood Conference in Brisbane, with keynote speakers Michel Odent, Sara Wickham and Hannah Dahlen. We look forward to another Passage to Motherhood Conference in May 2017 with invited speakers Sara Wickham, Christina Smillie, Hannah Dahlen and Alison Barrett.
Previous seminars and workshops have included: Breastfeeding Update and Ethics in Lactation Practice with Carol Bartle; Grief and Loss: The Crying Time with Shea Caplice and Hannah Dahlen, and the Midwifery Update workshops, Using our Head, Heart and Hands, with Shea Caplice and Sheryl Sidery. For 15 years we presented Breastfeeding seminars with Mary Lantry, Angela Smith and Ruth Worgan.
In 2012, we introduced a new Midwifery Workshop, Managing Birth Variations and Complications facilitated by Rachel Reed, and these have proved popular around Australia. We also started new Grief and Loss workshops, with Paula Dillon.
In 2016, CAPERS offered new one-day midwifery workshops in Brisbane (plus 2 in Melbourne). These featured some of our previous regular presenters (Sarah George, Rachel Reed, Jessie Johnson-Cash, Paula Dillon, Shea Caplice) and Rhea Dempsey. In 2017, in association with The Passage to Motherhood Conference, we ran 4 workshops: Labour Progress (Sara Wickham), Spinning Babies (Ginny Phang), Breastfeeding (Christina Smillie) and Childbirth Education (Rhea Dempsey). Christina Smillie also presented workshops in 3 other cities and in August, Cathy Watson Genna presented seminars in 4 cities.
2018 is a huge year for events, including:
- Birth Issues: Birth Trauma, Rights and Negotiating the System two-day conference in Brisbane,
- Cultivating Compassion in Maternity Care NEW one-day workshop with Amanda Donnet in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Townsville and Toowomba.
- Mothers Mental Health NEW one-day workshop with Amanda Donnet in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
- Grief and Perinatal Loss workshops in Ballina and Toowoomba.
- Skills for Promoting Physiological Birth NEW workshop in Brisbane and Ballina.
- The Roar Behind the Silence one-day conference in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.