3 April to 5 April

Registrations close Monday 27th March at 5.00pm

The Replanting the Birthing Trees team is delighted to invite you to join us for our first symposium– Gathering the Seeds, from Monday 3 April to Wednesday 5 April, 2023 on the banks of the beautiful Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River), Burswood on Swan, Perth.


This gathering aims to:

  1. Inspire networks WHY work in this area is critical.
  2. Refine WHAT key elements are required to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
  3. Demonstrate HOW to recreate safe and sacred places in holding space for 'hard discussions'.
  4. Connect those WHO are driving and supporting the implementation at local and national levels.

The symposium will bring together service providers, allied health professionals, community Elders and families to work together to drive health system reform to transform cycles of intergenerational trauma and ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies have the best possible start in life.

The symposium will be framed around the metaphor of the Birthing Tree, representing a sacred place where women and babies go to seek safety and shelter during this critical time.   Governed by community-controlled peak bodies, drawing on Aboriginal led evidence, grounded in Indigenous worldviews, the components of this conceptual model include strong roots (keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families together), sturdy trunk (continuity of care), supportive branches (workforce development), and fresh leaves and new growth (resource repository, support framework, culturally validated assessment).

Monday 3 Apr 2023 to Wednesday 5 Apr 2023


For enquiries and sponsorship opportunities please email hpnf-project@unimelb.edu.au.