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Conference 2021 Speakers

Possums for Parents with Babies - Helen Ball, NDC, Possums Conference 2020

Professor Helen Ball, Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, Conference 2021

BSc, MA, PhD

Professor Helen Ball trained in Human Biology and Biological Anthropology, obtaining her PhD; at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992. She established the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University in 2000, was promoted to Professor in 2007 and served as Head of the Anthropology Department 2013-2016. Access Professor Ball's full bio. 


Professor Stuart Shanker, Conference 2021

D.Phil, Founder & Chief Executive Officer - The MEHRIT Centre Ltd, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. His latest books “Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society” (University of Toronto Press 2020) and “Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators” (Pearson 2019) co-authored with Susan Hopkins is a follow-up to “Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation” (Pearson 2012). Access Dr Shanker's full bio.


Possums for Parents with Babies - NDC, Dr Pam Douglas in bead necklace, breastfeeding, baby sleep and crying problems

Associate Professor (Adjunct) Pamela Douglas, Conference 2021


Dr Pamela Douglas is Founder and Medical Director of The Possums Clinic and Possums for Parents with Babies. She has been a GP since 1987, and developed the Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC); or Possums programs out of her clinical experience and 20 years of research with various Australian and international teams. Access Professor Douglas' full bio.


Professor Anne Buist, Conference 2021


Professor Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has thirty years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, including perinatal medicolegal work for Protective Services, Children’s, Family and Criminal courts. Access Professor Buist's full bio.


Professor Sophie Havighurst, Conference 2021

PhD, Dip Clin Psych

Professor Sophie Havighurst is a child clinical psychologist who has led the development, research and dissemination of the Tuning in to Kids (TIK) suite of parenting programs both in Australia and in many countries around the world. Access Professor Havighurst's full bio.


Possums for Parents with Babies - NDC, Jeanine Young, Conference 2020

Professor Jeanine Young AM, Conference 2021

PhD BSc (Hons) RN RM Neonatal Nurse (ENB 405) Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn

Professor Jeanine Young AM, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is a member of the Queensland Paediatric Quality Council and a ministerial appointment to Queensland Child Death Review Board reviewing infant and child deaths in order to inform future prevention initiatives. Access Professor Young's full bio.


Possums for Parents with Babies - NDC, Renee Keogh in blue polka dot top, breastfeeding, baby sleep and crying problems

Renee Keogh

Renee Keogh RN (NICU), IBCLC is a registered nurse and Lactation Consultant with 15 years experience working in Neonatal Intensive care units in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing in 2004, and qualified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010. She has been an integral part of the team at The Possums Clinic since 2015, and is currently Director of Breastfeeding Support at The Possums Clinic, Brisbane.

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