The Roar Behind the Silence Workshop – Oct/Nov 2018

title border 19th May 2018

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 our promotional brochure for this event 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 $30 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 are able to offer an extra special student price of only $75!! There are limited places and specific conditions for this offer so be sure to check it out (here) ASAP to avoid missing out. Discount places in Brisbane are fully allocated, and Sydney almost fully allocated.

About the Speakers

Soo Downe, BA(Hons), RM, MSc, PhD, OBE – Soo Downe 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, a member of the Steering Group for the Lancet Midwifery Series and of the Advisory Group for the Lancet Stillbirth Series.

Sheena Byrom OBE – Sheena Byrom 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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