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ABA Health Professional Seminar Series

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is the leading provider of breastfeeding education in Australia, with a long tradition of providing high-quality evidence-based breastfeeding education for health professionals.

We are thrilled to present the 2023 Health Professional Seminar Series. 

Breastfeeding: bonding science and practice

Breastfeeding: bonding science and practice

Attend the live seminars (face-to-face) in Sydney - Monday 6 March, Brisbane - Tuesday 7 March, Melbourne - Friday 10 March or Perth - Saturday 11 March, to network with colleagues and meet speakers.

The live seminars are recorded and available online from 31 March 2023 with five additional online presentations for all registrants. 

Enhance your knowledge, gain new skills and earn professional development points! 

Our curated program includes:

  • a review of new mastitis protocols
  • pain management strategies for breastfeeding infants
  • exploration of the impact of breast and bariatric surgery and eating disorders on the establishment and management of breastfeeding
  • strategies to support vulnerable mothers
  • analysis of the triggers for mothers experiencing negative emotions towards breastfeeding. 

Browse the full program

Meet our speakers

Registrations now open


2023 Breastfeeding Seminar Series Locations


Monday 6 March 2023

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip St
Sydney NSW 2000


Tuesday 7 March 2023

Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot Street
Brisbane QLD 4000


Friday 10 March 2023

Pullman on the Park
192 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002


Saturday 11 March 2023

Parmelia Hilton Perth
14 Mill Street
Perth WA 6000

Discounted accommodation and parking

ABA delegates receive discounted rates - click to read more

ABA delegates wanting accommodation at the seminar venue will be offered discounted rates. These vary from hotel to hotel for their accommodation when attending the ABA 2023 Health Professional seminar. To obtain a discounted rate, please see the information below pertinent to each hotel. This will be available the night before and the night of the seminar at the hotels.

Hilton Parmelia Hotel Perth - 20% off the best available rate for ABA delegates

Use the following link -

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney - 10% off best available rate

To redeem this discount, please quote ABA2023 by contacting our reservations team via phone on 02 9228 9188. during business hours or email on (this discount code is not redeemable online).

  • Rooms are to be booked on a 'first come, first serve' basis
  • A credit card is required to guarantee reservations
  • If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee for the first night's stay, or in the event of a 'no-show'

Pullman on the Park Melbourne - discounted accommodation rate to ABA delegates

Guests will be asked at check-in to provide a credit card and pay for their stay

Brisbane Sofitel Central

Special rate for ABA delegates - $265 per night (room only) or $295 per night (including breakfast for one) in our Superior King or Twin Room for the duration of the event. Additional breakfast is available at $30 per person and valid for dine in at Suzette restaurant only. 

Book direct with the hotel and mention ABA HP seminar

Parking information


Pullman Melbourne on the Park has over 100 spots in their secure and under-covered car park. The entrance to the car park is at the main entrance of the hotel at 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002. 

Conference delegates are offered a discounted self-park rate of $30.00 per vehicle, per day from 8am – 5.30pm.

Evening dinner guests are offered a discounted self-park rate of $30.00 per vehicle, per day from 5pm – midnight. 

Any attendee who requires overnight parking will be charged at a discounted rate of $35 per vehicle per night. 

Please note that all parking is strictly subject to availability. 

How to pay for parking: 

•    Each guest will enter the hotel carpark via the driveway on Wellington Parade. Guests will need to retrieve a ticket at the boom gate. 
•    Prior to exiting the building each guest will need collect a validation ticket, from Concierge. 
•    To make payment, guests will need to go to the pay machine, located on level B1 of the car park. Guests will need to ensure the second ticket received from concierge is inserted into the machine following the original ticket, before making payment. This will ensure the discounted rate is applied. 
•    Once payment has been made, the guest will receive an exit ticket and receipt. 


The hotel (Sofitel Wentworth Sydney) car park is owned and operated by Wilson Car Parking located beneath the hotel with entrance at 2 Bligh Street (rear of hotel). Car park spaces are subject to availability. 
•    Day Conference Volunteers/Delegates receive $65.00 per car per day for entire duration of event.
•    Overnight Guests receive $70.00 per car per night.
•    You will need to validate your parking with Front Office upon departure and advise the Wilson Parking Team of this when you arrive to the hotel.


The rate is $47.00 per vehicle self-park per day. Car parking is subject to availability.

To obtain the discount, delegates will need to have their parking ticket validated at the front reception prior to making their way to the pay station in the parking lot. Otherwise an hourly rate will apply.


The Hilton Parmelia Hotel is unable to provide a discounted parking rate as it has a very limited availability of bays. 
Valet parking is $55, please note there is a strict height limit of 1.9m. MAX

Closest public parking is the Perth Convention Centre at the bottom of Mill Street. 

Benefits of ABA's breastfeeding seminars


Being a health professional means lifelong learning. Presented by experts in infant and maternal health, the Annual Health Professional Seminar Series ensures your knowledge is kept up-to-date within a quickly changing healthcare environment. Learn from leading health professionals specialising in breastfeeding, lactation and infant and maternal health.

Attending the 2023 Health Professional Seminar Series will earn you professional development points.

  • IBCLE:
    Live seminars: 6L CERPs - Recognition Number C202307
    6 Pre‑Exam Education Hours
    Live seminars and online program: 10L and 1E CERPs - Recognition Numbers C202307 and C202308
    11 Pre‑Exam Education Hours
  • ACM: Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity
    Live seminars: 6.5 CPD Endorsed hours
    Live seminars and online program: 11.5 CPD Endorsed hours
    Graphic badge: Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity

Have fun!

Catch up with colleagues and form connections with like-minded health professionals across the nation. Take the opportunity to attend one of the live seminars held in four major cities across Australia - Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth - to listen and meet with the speakers. Then watch the program again online from 31 March and consolidate your learning. 


Download the seminars brochure to print



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“The ABA Health Professional program is always fantastic to keep abreast with current evidence-based research. The program always has excellent keynote speakers and relevant content to clinical practice.”

“Thankyou. Wow! I have so much information that was new for me that I can pass on to hopefully improve outcomes for the families I care for. Thankyou.”
“The ability to join the conference online was incredibly flexible. A great selection of speakers & fantastic networking opportunities”
“I am starting out as a private practitioner and this seminar helped me to see how I could better support women seeking assistance with a variety of concerns”
“Every year ABA’s breastfeeding seminar series is on my calendar as a must do. The topics and keynote speakers are always first class and of value to all health professionals working with families.”
“The whole seminar was very good! I cannot wait for the next seminar again!”
ABA is a not-for-profit organisation. Any income from the health professional seminars is used to support the provision of evidence-based and best-practice breastfeeding information to mothers, their support networks and health professionals. 

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Government supporters

The Australian Breastfeeding Association would like to thank the Victorian Government and New South Wales Government for their support

Contact us

The ABA 2023 Health Professional Seminar Series is being coordinated by MECCA Concepts Pty Ltd.

Based in Melbourne, Mecca Concepts specialises in the planning and execution of conferences, professional seminars, product launches and other events both Australia-wide and internationally. Formed in 2005 by directors Heather McDowell and Rachel Washington, we are committed to providing excellence and delivering quality events that always exceed expectation. If you would like more information, please visit our website

For further information on 2023 ABA Health Professional Series, please contact:


Rachel Washington
MECCA Concepts Pty Ltd
PO Box 2646 Mount Waverley VIC 3149
0412 996 711

Speaker enquiries

Heather McDowell
MECCA Concepts Pty Ltd
PO Box 2646 Mount Waverley VIC 3149


Rachel Washington
MECCA Concepts Pty Ltd
PO Box 2646 Mount Waverley VIC 3149
0412 996 711