Day 1 - Friday

AMBA Appreciation Awards dinner


The AMBA Appreciation Awards recognise and reward the commitment of our volunteers in supporting multiple birth families. The awards focus on and celebrate the adoption of the AMBA values in how our volunteers engage within their clubs and within the broader community.


Who should attend?

We welcome a broad audience and special guests to attend our awards dinner. It's a celebration! 

Day 2 - Saturday

AMBA business & organisational efficiency


The sessions on this day include the required business meetings (Plenary, General Meeting, Annual General Meeting) plus speakers and the inaugural "AMBA Club Unite" exhibition that focus on sharing expertise, aligning expectations, uniting AMBA and enabling us to make the boat go faster.


Who should attend?

Club executive committee members, general committee members, member families and volunteers.

Day 3 - Sunday

Research and breakouts on multiple birth issues


You will hear about recent research results plus updates on existing studies from the AMBA Patron, AMBA's involvement in a groundbreaking Australian whitepaper, breakout sessions covering topics for both volunteers and families plus motivational content.


Who should attend?

Member families and the wider community that have an interest in multiple birth and our unique issues.

AMBA's goals and priorities are at the forefront of designing a strong convention program with clear outcomes. As a result, the Convention 2019 program is tightly aligned to this year's multiple birth awareness week theme of "Share the Journey". This year's event covers a broad spectrum of interpretation on the journey and what it means to our audience. When designing the convention program, we adopted a detailed process of defining "journey", discussing the outcomes we wanted for attendees, what attendees would learn and take away from the weekend, and what types of sessions were best to ensure we delivered on those commitments.

The second inaugural "AMBA Club Unite" exhibition will feature on Day 1 at 2019 convention, celebrating the centres of excellence within our club and volunteer base.

Plenary sessions are designed for all attendees. The expectation is that all attendees participate in the plenary sessions and then move on to selected breakout sessions.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Friday 25th October 2019

1600 – 1830         Convention registration

                                Prelude Area (or in the hall leading to the Prelude Area)

1830 – 1900         Pre-dinner drinks

                                Prelude Area

1900 – 2300         “Share the Journey – AMBA Appreciation Awards and Welcome Dinner”

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                MC: TBC

                                Guest Speaker: TBC

                               

Saturday 26th October 2019

0800 – 0830         Convention registration, arrival tea and coffee

                                Prelude Area (or in the hall leading to the Prelude Area)

0830 – 0845         CPC Welcome

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                CPC Rep: Alecia Moller

                               

0845 – 0900         AMBA Chairperson Welcome address

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                AMBA Rep: TBC

0900 – 0930         Icebreaker

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                Group Activity: TBC

0930 – 1030         Plenary Session 1 – AMBA Update

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                Content: TBC

1030 – 1100         Morning Tea

                                Prelude Area

1100 – 1230         Plenary Session 2 – AMBA Plenary

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                Content: TBC

1230 – 1330         Lunch

                                Prelude Area and Promenade Ballroom

1330 – 1500         AMBA AGM

                                Promenade Ballroom

All member-clubs are invited to participate in the general meetings of AMBA through the appointment of an official delegate or the provision of proxy authority. Delegate appointments or proxy authorities are to be forwarded to the AMBA Secretary as specified in the notice of meeting.

1500 – 1530         Afternoon Tea

                                Prelude Area

1530 – 1700         AMBA Club Unite

                                Pacific West Room (Promenade Ballroom open)

AMBA Club Unite is an exhibition-style club sharing opportunity where centres of knowledge excellence will be showcased. There are common pain points and areas of strength across all member-clubs and AMBA Club Unite at convention offers the opportunity for attendees to discuss their toughest challenges with experienced clubs who have a track record of success. This session aims to create stronger clubs, enabling volunteer committees to focus on servicing their families with proven programs and support.

Attendees can make their way through the exhibition choosing what topics they want to focus on and speaking to the experts at each stand. In addition to club centres of excellence, our sponsors will also be featured and will be exhibiting the whole weekend.

1700 – 1710         Closing Comments

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                CPC Rep: TBC

1900 – 2300         “Golden Glitter Gala” dinner event

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                Join us for a fabulous evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment! Proudly featuring Tim Harding.

                               

Sunday 27th October 2019

0830 – 0900         Convention registration, arrival tea and coffee

                                Prelude Area (or in the hall leading to the Prelude Area)

                                      

0900 – 0910         Opening Comments

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                CPC Rep: TBC

0915 – 0955         Breakout Session 1

                               

Session 1.1A  - “Car Seat Safety”

                                Shane Wallace, Kids Carousel – Child Restraints Done Right NSW

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                Content:

                                Session 1.2A - "Fathers can make all the difference in their daughter’s lives"

                                Dr Alyce Barnes, Dadee Program

Promenade Ballroom

Alyce will give a quick rundown on the DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program which is a world-first lifestyle program targeting fathers as the agents of change to improve their daughters’ physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing.

Session 1B - "Dental Dysfunctions, Our Practice"

Coralie Rush, Oral Myologist and Breathing educator 

Pacific West Room

In this session, Coralie provides insights into the dysfunctions effecting oral growth and development in children and adults.

1000 – 1040         Breakout Session 2

                               

Session 2A - "Creative Approaches to Adolescent Mental Health"

Asha Zappa, Wayahead

Promenade Ballroom

Content:

Session 2B – “Title TBC”

Speaker TBC, Variety

Pacific West Room

Content: TBC

1040 – 1110         Morning Tea

                                Prelude Area

1110 – 1155         Breakout Session 3

 

                                Session 3A - "Me First!!! Purpose and Role, Is Mental Health and Physical Health linked?"

Suzanne McGreggor

Promenade Ballroom

Putting yourself first and how it can make a difference, defining the words “Role” and “Purpose” and distinguishing between the two, how mental health can impact physical health and vice versa. 

Session 3B – “Title TBC”

Tony Ross, Hunter Volunteer Centre

Pacific West Room

Content: TBC

1200 – 1300         Breakout Session 4

 

                                Session 4A - “It takes a (virtual) village – parenting in an online community"

Nicky Ainley, Naomi Dorland, Sophia Brown (TBC)

Promenade Ballroom

The old proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ still rings true in 2019, especially for multiples families. But how do we cope when this idea of community support no longer reflects how we live our lives. Geography, family breakdowns, juggling children, increasing responsibilities at home and work all contribute to isolation and loneliness.

Our panel will discuss the ways in which they have created a ‘virtual village’, the benefits and pitfalls, and provide sneaky tips on how you can create an online community that nurtures and supports its members.

Session 4B - "Developing positive eating habits in our little ones"

Mandy dos Santos, Little People Nutrition

Pacific West Room

Looking at what we eat and how to eat as a family. Mandy will work through practical and real life, achievable examples for busy families of children ranging from 12 months through to early school years.

1300 – 1355         Lunch

                Prelude Area and Promenade Ballroom

1400 – 1455         Plenary Session 1 – “Right Place, Right Time”

Associate Professor Daniel Challis

Promenade Ballroom

Maternity care systems are complex, and multiple pregnancies are often high risk. This talk will describe the clinical governance structures that NSW has adopted to make sure women with multiple pregnancies are provided with the right level of care as close to home as possible, and are transferred to higher levels of care efficiently when the need arises.

1500 – 1555         Plenary Session 2 – “Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Experience: Slowing Down in a World that Teaches you to be Fast”

                                Emily Sorenson, Peaceful Minds Project

                                Promenade Ballroom

We will look at how we have been ‘tricked’ into moving so quickly through life, and almost locked into a sense of always doing.

We will then address the following:

  •       What is Mindfulness and how does it work?
  •           Benefits/why begin a regular practise
  •           How you can learn to enjoy all aspects of life, not just the ‘smooth’ or ‘fun’ experiences
  •           Mindfulness for better sleep and stress release
  •           Mindfulness as a tool for dealing with stressful situations
  •           The importance of cultivating compassion

We will then experience some short practises that can be implemented easily as a means to build coping mechanisms/reliance and to experience more clam in all situations.

1600 – 1610         Closing Comments and wrap up

                                Promenade Ballroom

                                CPC Rep: TBC

1615 – 1645         Optional afternoon tea and networking

                                Prelude Area

*Program content and times are subject to change