The Roar Behind the Silence Workshop – Oct/Nov 2018

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There has been growing concern about the culture of fear that is penetrating maternity services and that this fear felt by maternity care workers is directly and indirectly transferred to the women and families they serve.

Roar behind the Silence seeks to raise awareness, explore the causes of distress in maternity care and ways in which, together, we can address issues and find solutions so that maternity services provide optimum care for childbearing women and their families, and a positive supportive environment for the staff. These issues are the focus of the workshops. (Adapted from The Roar behind the Silence book, edited by Sheena Byrom & Soo Downe), 2015. One-day workshop featuring Sheena Byrom & Soo Downe (editors of The Roar Behind the Silence book).

This event is for anyone interested in childbirth and the maternity system – midwives, doulas, midwifery students, consumer advocates and more…

Workshop dates:

  • Perth: Saturday 27 October

  • Melbourne: Monday 29 October

  • Sydney: Tuesday 30 October

  • Brisbane: Thursday 1 November


Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

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

Online registration now open – register using

our secure Registration Form here.


You can download the program for this event here 

and you can download the promotional card here.


  • Perth (Saturday 27 October) – Mercure Hotel, 10 Irwin St. One nearby public carpark is 517 Hay St and has $15 weekend parking ($7.50 if prebooked online here)
  • Melbourne (Monday 29 October) – Novotel Melbourne on Collins, 270 Collins St. We recommend public transport, it’s on Collins between Elizabeth and Swanston.
  • Sydney (Tuesday 30 October) – Novotel Sydney Central, 169-179 Thomas St. We recommend public transport as it’s an easy walk to Central Station. But if you drive, there is a parking station attached to the hotel, and event registrants can claim discounted $20 parking by seeing hotel reception after you park.
  • Brisbane (Thursday 1 November) – Pullman King George Square, cnr Ann & Roma Sts. We recommend public transport as the hotel is next to King George Square bus hub and a short walk to Central and Roma St trains. The easiest parking option is King George Square carpark which has an entrance on Roma St opposite the hotel lobby or Adelaide St near the Officeworks, parking there is $35/day on weekdays.


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. PLUS there is a limited places special offer for students, see below.

The earlybird fee cut off dates for the Roar tour is 1 September. The fee must be paid before this date for the discount to apply:

Student Special Offer

For each of the four The Roar Behind the Silence Conferences we were able to offer an extra special student price of only $75 for a limited number of places. These have been fully allocated.

About the Speakers

Soo Downe, BA(Hons) RM MSc PhD OBE has been a registered midwife since 1985. She is currently Professor of Midwifery at the University of Central Lancashire. She serves on international interdisciplinary research committees and working groups for WHO guidelines. Soo is a member of the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation, and of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council of the White Ribbon Alliance, and was a member of the Steering Group for the Lancet Midwifery Series and of the Advisory Group for the Lancet Stillbirth Series. You can see a list of Soo’s publications at this link 

Sheena Byrom RM MA OBE started practising midwifery in 1978 and has had an extensive career in the NHS. She was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery, successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire.  She is now an author (her memoir, Catching Babies), consultant, international speaker and advocate.  Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015.


The speakers jointly edited The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care and Squaring the Circle: researching normal birth in a technological world (which will be published in May 2018).

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