Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, GD Counselling

Expertise

  • Breastfeeding Dyad Assessment
  • Colic and Breastfeeding
  • Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Counseling Methods for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Culture and Breastfeeding
  • Ethics of Breastfeeding Counseling/Practice
  • Extended Breastfeeding
  • Human Milk Banking
  • Induced Lactation
  • Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Language of Breastfeeding
  • Low Milk Production
  • Maternal Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Parenting Techniques
  • Private Practice Lactation Consultation Business Issues
  • Relactation
  • Stress & Burnout in professionals
  • Tandem Breastfeeding
  • Weaning

Previous Conferences

About the Speaker

Virginia Thorley's special interests include: the role of mother-support groups; relationships and roles of professionals and volunteers in breastfeeding support; supporting breastfeeding post-discharge; ethics; culture; infant-feeding history; relactation; peer-to-peer milk sharing; and case histories. She offers presentations in these topics to enhance your conference, or she will create new presentations on request, provided adequate lead time is available.Dr Thorley has spoken on five continents. She lives on the Eastern seaboard of Australia and is willing to travel to speak in Australia, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim locations, the US and further afield. She offers a stress management workshop, tailored to your audience's needs.

Official Bio for Brochure

 Virginia Thorley is one of the pioneers of the breastfeeding movement in Australia. Her interest began when, living in a remote area, she sought personal breastfeeding help from La Leche League by letter. She has subsequently filled a number of roles for the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Dr Thorley has published widely in refereed journals, as well as books and book chapters. She was in the first cohort to certify IBCLC in 1985, and is a Medical Historian with two research higher degrees. In 2008 she was inducted as a Fellow of International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).  She also  S

Bio for Introduction

Virginia Thorley is one of the pioneers of the breastfeeding movement in Australia. Her interest began when, living in a remote area, she sought personal breastfeeding help from La Leche League by letter. She has subsequently filled a number of roles for the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Dr Thorley has published widely in refereed journals, and books and book chapters. She was in the first cohort to certify IBCLC in 1985, and is a Medical Historian with two research higher degrees. In 2008 she was inducted as a Fellow of International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).

Presentations

This speaker is pleased to provide presentations on the following topics to professional and parenting conferences. Presentations on other topics may be available upon request and subject to sufficient development lead-time. (For CERP topics, required paperwork will be provided promptly to meet CERP deadlines.)

"First Weeks: Why Mothers Abandon Breastfeeding - An Action Analysis"

60 - 75 minutes

Early abandonment of breastfeeding after discharge from hospital is a common situation globally. This presentation examines the situations, the causes, why current measures have failed to reverse the trend, and where to go from here.

This session can be expanded to 75 mins to meet conference programming requirements.

"Who 'Owns' Breastfeeding? Relationships and Roles in Supporting the Mother"

60 - 60 minutes

This presentation discusses the sometimes overlapping roles of IBCLCs and breastfeeding counsellors in assisting the mother and baby, identifies potential areas of friction,and advocates communication so that all parties can work together for the benefit of the mother and baby.

This session brings out into the open some of the issues faced by IBCLCs in private practice over the place of the private-practice IBCLC, who works for a fee, in relation to the unpaid breastfeeding counsellor, and how the both parties can make the relationship work.

"Breasts for Hire and Shared Breastfeeding: Wet Nursing and Cross-Nursing in 20th Century Australia"

30 - 60 minutes

This presentation combines a cultural history with implications for practice today. While the professional wet nurse has disappeared from Western countries, informal sharing of breastfeeding continues, often underground. Dr Thorley addresses community attitudes, the personal feelings of audience members, and health issues.

This presentation fits well into a session on culture.

"Informal human milk banks in Australia in the 1970s: Policy development and actuality"

30 - 30 minutes

Report of research then in progress, at "History in the Making Day"

Ethics

60 - 60 minutes
CERP

This one-hour lecture on ethics for IBCLCs is part of the Research, Ethics & Knowledge (REK) course in Brisbane, sponsored by the Lactation Resource Centre. The date is 16 June 2010.

Dr Thorley can provide sessions on Ethics of 60 - 120 minutes for your conference, tailored to your requirements. The intended audience is IBCLCs, other health professionals working with mothers and babies, and students. Conference organisers will need to apply for CERPs, if required.

Exam Preparation & Revision

60 - 60 minutes
CERP

I am currently offering this session in the Research, Ethics & Knowledge (REK) course in Brisbane, sponsored by the Lactation Resource Centre (LRC), 16 June 2010.

I can adapt this topic for your institution's needs, ideally with a length of 1 hour. Your institution will need to apply for CERPs, if required.

The Dilemma of Breastmilk Feeding

- 30 minutes
CERP

This presentation discusses the issues surrounding the trend towards normalizing the feeding of mother's milk by bottle and questions whether this really gives the mother more choice, The speaker suggests that it in fact lessens choice and has other disadvantages. These include narrowing efforts to bring about more mother-baby friendly workplace conditions.

Originally a short presentation as part of a panel, this can be expanded to suit conference programs.

Contact Info

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+61 610409876848

Curriculum Vitae

Books

Mother to Mother: The History of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
September 1, 2009
Melissa Clark Vickers
January 19, 2014

Speaking Services

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Nearest Airport: 
Brisbane International (BNE)
Willing To Travel To: 
Northwest - US
Mid-Pacific - US
Southwest - US
West Canada
Asia
West Europe
United Kingdom
Africa
Australia
Languages: 
English

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