Preparing the Way was established in 2015 in response to growing requests for education in End of Life Doula care and services and delivers the trainings across Australia in collaboration with the ADC. The founder of Preparing the Way, Helen Callanan, works as an end of life doula although now her focus is largely on delivering workshops and intensive courses teaching people who want or need to doula someone in their lives…whether personal or professional.
Pinky McKay is an International Board certified Lactation Consultant, with a private practice in Melbourne, Australia. She is a best selling author, a frequent guest on TV and speaks at seminars across the globe. In a world where common sense is not so common, Pinky McKay provides real-world, no-nonsense, parenting support and approaches with a blend of humour, sharp wit and wisdom not found anywhere else.
Maha Al Musa has 20 years experience working with pregnant and birthing women and is the creator and founder of EmbodyBirth™ – BellydanceBirth® – The Al Musa Method®. She is a birth activist and a spiritual birth visionary. Maha was the winner of the 2011 One World National Birth Hero Award, breastfeeding advocate, doula, mother of three and birth consultant for both pregnant women and birth professionals. She offers her inspiring somatic Teacher Training worldwide that honours the language of the feminine. Maha is also an international speaker and passionate about Human Rights in Childbirth.
Natural Grace Holistic Funerals Victoria assists individuals, their families and the people they love to make choices based on what is right for them. They see from experience that genuine, honest engagement is the best way of honouring the dead and the pain of bereavement. Fortunately, there are many options available with end of life care and most people simply aren’t aware that ceremonies, budgets, caring for the dead or even ways of transportation are not set in stone. Natural Grace understands that sometimes the best person to care for the dead are the people who knew them and loved them when they were living and that a dying wish can be a chance to leave a cleaner environment as their legacy.
The GroundSwell Project is a not for profit organisation, founded in 2010, and is known for using innovative arts and health programs to create social and cultural change about death and dying. The co-founders, Peta Murry and Niki Read, have an aim to promote resilience and wellbeing in response to end of life issues and to encourage people to build their death literacy. They are a committed team of artists, arts practitioners, health professionals, bloggers, film-makers, teachers, nurses, leaders, techy types, playwrights, business professionals, innovators, writers, researchers, story-tellers.
Marie Burrow is the founder and principal of Birthing Rites Australia, established in 1989. Birthing Rites Australia runs Doula and Childbirth Educator courses and is a leading provider of the highest quality education, counselling and support in the field of childbirth and parenting education.