The First
1000 Days Conference

Supporting our Diverse Communities

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden - ACT


About the Conference

Due to the overwhelming success of our Conference last year, Marymead CatholicCare, Perinatal Wellbeing Centre and Tresillian QEII Family Centre, will come together once again to present The First 1000 Days Conference on Monday, 13th November, 2023 at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden. The theme for this year’s Conference is ‘Supporting our Diverse Communities’. 

Expert practitioners from perinatal mental health, maternity services, and child and family health will facilitate open and constructive dialogue based on evidence focussing on improving outcomes for families. The Conference is proudly supported by the ACT Government.

Who will benefit from attendance?

Those working with expectant and new parents, with a baby or young child. This includes professionals working in the following services:

  • Psychologists & Social Workers
  • Child & Family Health Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Early Intervention Teams
  • GP’s, Psychiatrists and Paediatricians
  • Antenatal Clinics

Please join us on Monday, 13th November for The First 1000 Days Conference to learn more about how as professionals, we can unite to understand, support and foster well-being for families from conception to 24 months.

The First 1000 Days Conference will be a highlight of 2023 Perinatal Mental Health Week!

The Speakers

Dr Debbie Noble-Carr

Senior Research Officer, School of Sociology, ANU

Debbie is an Honorary Lecturer and Senior Research Officer at School of Sociology, Australian National University.  Learn More

Rachel Reid

Child and Family Health Nurse, Rainbow Families

Rachel is a midwife and child and family health nurse with more than 20 years experience in clinical practice, research, health promotion and education. Learn More

Alysha-Leigh Fameli

Psychologist and PhD researcher 

Alysha is a Psychologist and PhD researcher at the University of Sydney researching the impact of psychological birth trauma on the unfolding mother-infant relationship. Learn More

Silje Andersen-Cooke

Director of the Australian Multiple Birth Association

Silje Andersen-Cooke is a mum of a 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old spontaneous fraternal triplets. She is also a volunteer Director of the Australian Multiple Birth Association and a lawyer.  Learn More

Our Sponsors



Acknowledgement to Country

Tresillian acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the First Peoples of Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land in the countries on which we live and work in NSW, the ACT and Victoria. We respect that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have lived in Australia for over 60,000 years and are recognised as having the oldest living continuous culture in the world, with unique languages and spiritual relationships to the land and sea. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the communities we serve.