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La Leche League NZ 2018 Conference: Call for abstracts

Thursday, January 11, 2018   Posted in: Conferences By: Administrator With tags: conferences, women, children, nutrition

The 2018 La Leche League NZ Conference will be held in Christchurch. The organisers want to hear from you if you have a message for a break-out session or BreastFED talk that is aligned with the conference theme: Ūkaipō, nau mai ki te Ao Mārama - Making Breastfeeding Visible.

Dates: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018.
Location: Rangi Ruru Girls' School (59 Hewitts Road, Merivale).

Your session might explore ways in which we can help maintain and build on the visibility of breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in Aotearoa. These could include community initiatives, support and ideas for Leaders, sharing of information, language, networks, research or anything else which may help us to help others.

  • BreastFED talks have a timeframe of 9 minutes and can cover any topic that aligns with La Leche League philosophy. This is a space for you to share your story, give a tutorial, perform, anything!
  • Break-out sessions will be in the concurrent session part of the programme with timeframes of 60 minutes, plus question time. Sessions may be interactive, a lecture or a discussion group. Some presentations may be needed twice.

La Leche League NZ Conference banner.

Abstract Guidelines and Processes for the La Leche League Conference

The call for abstracts closes on Wednesday 28th February 2018. Both abstract and speaker details must be provided for your session to be considered.

Contact programme coordinator Katie Hansen for further information or to submit an abstract (021 0240 2529 or

Please provide the following for your abstract:

  • Title of session.
  • Abstract summarizing session and key messages - limited to 200 words.
  • Expected duration of presentation – 9 minutes (BreastFED talk) or 60 minutes (break-out session).

Please provide the following details for each presenting speaker:

  • A statement of no more than 50 words including: name, title, qualifications, organization, position, affiliations.
  • Contact details: email address, phone numbers and postal address.
  • Approval or otherwise of inclusion of contact details in conference register and handbook.

Please note that:

  • The selection of abstracts is the responsibility of the conference programme committee.
  • There are a limited number of speaking positions available, so selection is not guaranteed.
  • Accepted sessions will have their abstracts, photo and speaker profiles printed on the La Leche League NZ website and in other promotional publications.
  • Equipment requirements and a photo for PR purposes will be requested from speakers on selection.
  • The responsibility for accuracy and copyright issues associated with the session rests with the corresponding speaker (taken to be the speaker submitting the abstract).
  • Speakers are expected to register for conference and cover all associated travel and accommodation costs.
  • Speakers understand that they may be quoted or photographed by members of the audience or members of our team for promotional purposes such as social media.

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