Seminar Series

We’re thrilled to bring you another great schedule of seminar presentations daily!

This year, Pinky McKay will be taking the Melbourne Stage TWICE a day, offering gentle options to encourage infant settling and sleep as well as sharing her top tips on toddler tactics. Child Revive will provide an overview of treating choking emergencies at home and more.

Daily TimetableTiming
Hey Duggee10:00am-10:25am
Pinky McKay – Sleep, Love & Your Baby’s Brain10:35am-11:15am
Australian Breastfeeding Association – Breastfeeding Information Session11:25am-11:50am
Jo Ryan – Important diet advice during a child’s crucial weening
Sophie Cachia (Sunday only)
Hey Duggee12:30pm-12:55pm
Red Nose – Safe Sleeping1:05pm-1:30pm
Child Revive – Managing a Choking Emergency at Home1:40pm-2:05pm
Pinky McKay – Toddler Tactics2:15pm-3:05pm

*Timetable subject to change

Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognized and respected breastfeeding expert and gentle parenting advocate.

Best-selling baby sleep author, Pinky Mckay presents a ‘not to be missed’ seminar for both parents and health professionals!

In this seminar, Pinky exmaines the latest evidence, busts common baby sleep myths, and offers gentle options to encourage infant sleep and settling that also promote a secure parent-infant bond, optimum brain and emotional development and successful breast-feeding.

If you are worried or just wondering: what should we expect? What might be keeping our baby awake? How can we help our baby (and us) get more sleep without tears? Then you won’t want to miss this informative seminar. 

Toddler Tactics – Making Magic from Mayhem.

Your biddable baby has now become a moving, grooving tot with attitude, and the changes this entails can be confusing to you and your child.

Pinky McKay is a mother of five, internationally certified Lactation Consultant, author of bestselling Toddler Tactics and popular media guest. Breathe a sigh of relief in this informative talk designed to help you unravel all your toddler woes as Pinky shows you how to make magic from mayhem

Pinky offers a simple, fuss-free approach to enjoying what she calls, ‘this magical state of develop.’ She says, “toddlers often get a ‘bad rap’ and we hear a lot about ‘managing behaviour’ or various forms of punishment to train them to behave, but toddlers are little people who deserve to be treated with empathy and consideration for their capacity to learn. 

Learn practical strategies that you can adapt right now to help you unleash your child’s natural potential to be happy, bright and sociable without too many tears and tantrums (for you, as well as your child!)

Australian Breastfeeding Association - Breastfeeding Information Session

Learn about the basics of breastfeeding in the early days at this informative session designed to help new parents get off to a great start. During pregnancy, expectant parents are naturally very focused on the birth but it is important to learn as much as possible about breastfeeding before your baby arrives – there is not much learning time between the birth and the first feed!

Presented by experienced breastfeeding counselors from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, this informative session covers how breastfeeding works, milk supply and where to find support.  You can also find out about booking in to one of our comprehensive Breastfeeding Education Classes for expectant parents.

Red Nose - Safe Sleeping

Babies and young children spend a lot of their time sleeping, so it’s vital they are slept in a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

Red Nose provides evidence-based community education programs and supports world class research. Since introducing the Sleep Safe My Baby public health program in 1990 we have reduced the risk of SIDS and sleeping accidents in Australia by 80%. There is no rulebook for parents and carers. But there are facts. And that’s the only thing we are interested in.

Child Revive

Infants and children spend a lot of their day eating and unfortunately this is the most common cause of choking for them. Seeing a child choke can create panic in any parent however, it is vital that parents are able to immediately take action to assist their child in this potentially life-threatening emergency and use strategies that have proven effectiveness and are recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

This session will be presented by Child Revive First Aid and one of their highly experienced Paramedic or Paediatric Nurse instructors will show how to effectively respond in such an emergency.

Both the infant and child manikins will be used in this session to assist you in learning how to:

  • Identify the airway obstruction as either partial or complete
  • Assist an infant/child to clear a partial airway obstruction
  • Clear a complete airway obstruction in an infant/child
  • Minimise the risk of choking

Child Revive First Aid aims to empower every person who cares for a child with the confidence and skills of Parent First Aid. The team from Child Revive First Aid will be available at their stand in the Advice Hub for any further advice or information during the Show. They will also be conducting 90-minute Parent First Aid courses at the Show which bookings and payment are essential (for further information click here).

Wattle Health - Jo Ryan

Author, BabyBliss founder, and registered nurse of almost 20 years, Jo Ryan is an expert in baby and infant care. Jo’s philosophy of assisting parents within their own environments to suit their individual lifestyles has helped countless of parents become more confident in handling their children and feel more secure with establishing new routines.

Understanding the different stages of eating with your child can be difficult. Join Wattle Health paediatric nurse and resident expert Jo Ryan as she discusses all things food. From baby’s first foods all the way through to how to deal with a fussy toddler.

Wattle Health - Sophie Cachia (Sunday only)

Being a mum is the best and greatest role you will have but it is always a challenging time when you have to, or decide you want to, go back to work. Join Wattle Health ambassador and social media powerhouse Sophia Cachia as she sits down with Wattle Health’s resident expert Jo Ryan, to discuss the work/motherhood/family life balance.

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