Reflexology Association of Australia Conference

17-19 October 2014, Novotel MELBOURNE Glen Waverley

The Professional Reflexologist Branching Out


This program is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Times may change in the final program. Please check this page regularly.

Friday 17 October 2014
1700 Registration Open
1830-2030 Welcome Reception
Ball Room, Novotel Glen Waverley
Saturday 18 October 2014
0815-0845 Registration - Pre-Function Area
  Opening Session - Ballroom
0845-0930 Opening Ceremony

Leanne Raven

We are delighted that Leanne Raven is our opening speaker. Leanne is the CEO of SIDS and Kids, a health promotion charity which is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

In 2013 Leanne was excited to be the Victorian Winner of the Telstra Business Innovation Award for her innovations in the not-for-profit sector.
Leanne will be talking to us about her journey, her successes and how she has established herself as a Business woman. Don't miss her inspiring opening speech.


Becoming and being a truly professional reflexologist
Mary Unwin

Mary offers a wealth of experience with her WalkTALL awareness and attitude! For Mary, to Walk TALL in our businesses means taking action to gain a clear vision: creating and looking ahead to the inspired ideas and visions we have for our businesses and ourselves. 
Come along and find out how Mary's presentation on Becoming and Being a True Professional in our businesses will give great insights and practical steps with both focus and humour in order to grow ourselves and our businesses in truly professional ways.

1030-1100 Morning Tea

Wellness & the power of connection
Professor Marc Cohen

This presentation will focus on recent trends that are supporting the move to a wellness paradigm along with the importance of the power of touch and its implications for healthcare of the future.  The world is currently facing a series of crises that suggest a new paradigm for operating in the world is needed. In healthcare this will mean moving from an illness model that focuses on a medical industry that deals with established diseases to a wellness model that embraces lifestyle and preventive measures. It has been said that 'the currency of wellness is connection' and this can be applied to our connection between ourselves, our community and our environment as well as connection between practitioners and patients and between practitioners from different disciplines. Don't miss out of this exciting presentation from one of the leaders in the field.      

1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1400 Annual General Meeting
1400-1415 AGM Q & A
1415-1420 Short break
1420 - 1505

Becoming the tree
Kate McKnight

This presentation will help you consider & connect to your special gifts, experiences & talents you already possess in order to expand your branches & reach your goals. If you are the trunk, where are your branches heading? Where would you like to be planted? Are you hiding something in a secret garden?
Come & be motivated to reach your full potential by our very own Kate McKnight

1505-1530 Afternoon Tea

How to double your clients in 90 days
Marcus Bird

Marcus will share his wisdom with us & walk us through 5 secrets that allowed him to grow a very busy Kinesiology practice. As a coach & trainer Marcus empowers practitioners to attract more clients, make more money & have more time.
Don’t miss this entertaining & informative presentation by Marcus Bird, who now presents Nation wide & is the author of “3 Minute Coach”

1845-2330 Conference Dinner - Touch of Spring Carnival
Sunday 19 October 2014
0900-1910 Welcome back

Reflexology in palliative care and cancer care : adaptations, research & innovative approaches
Dr Peter Mackereth

Peter will talk about the development and provision of Complementary Therapy Service at the Christie Hospital. The focus will be on the challenges for integrating Reflexology, which includes research evidence, the need to adapt techniques and the supervision of therapists. Come and be inspired by Peter's comprehensive experience, dynamism and skill.   

1010-1030 Video interviews with Brenda Seville & Samantha Langridge
1030-1100 Morning Tea

Building better business through relationships 
Lee Cummins

This promises to be a motivating presentation focusing on networking and building a successful business.  Lee's passion is to assist businesses to stay connected with their clients; she educates business owners on key principles of staying on top of mind and building a word of mouth buzz about YOU and YOUR BUSINESS. Come and listen to the opportunities Lee will be talking to you about.


Accounting side of your business
Bridgette Triandafilidis

Come and listen to how Bridgette is changing the way small businesses look at bookkeeping, tax and compliance. Always speaking in a jargon free manner and using dialogue to illustrate concepts is at the core of the her business. She provides valuable support for those who want to understand the compliance issues of their businesses, and take control. Be inspired by Bridgette's wealth of knowledge & expertise, and her passion for nurturing & educating small business owners. 

1230-1330 Lunch
1330 - 1415

Spinal injury, reflexology and the hands
Leanne Moore

Leanne's presentation will focus on hand reflexology, the relevant reflexes as well as the acupressure points and Ayurvedic marmas on the hands that best support a person with spinal injury in the acute and chronic phase. As a professional reflexologist with personal experience Leanne will provide you with insights that will enable you to comprehend the implications of a spinal injury and she will outline how reflexology can be of support to the person with a spinal injury. Every week in Australia 7 people sustain a spinal injury which is a lifechanging event, dramatically impacting upon a person's life and those around them. Learn how reflexology can be part of this process. 


The cyber world of possibility and you; embracing the challenges and rewards of the unknown
Glenda Hodge

This presentation discusses social media & on-line solutions and how they can benefit the professional practitioner to branch out.
If you find the great unknown of Face Book / LinkedIn / Pintrest / Blogging etc. somewhat intimidating & fearful, then this presentation is a must for you! Learn how by embracing the challenges you can reap its rewards. Let Glenda Hodge take you on an exciting adventure!

1500-1530 Afternoon Tea
1530-1540 Video interview with Ruairi O'Duil
1540-1600 Wrapping up
Marcus Bird
1600-1645 Closing Ceremony
Monday 20 October 2014
The post conference workshop is an additional expense.

Post conference -HypnoReflexology -Workshop 
by Dr Peter Mackereth 


Date Monday 20 October 9 am - 4 pm
Venue The Waverley International Hotel, 301 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
(Within walking distance of the Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley)
Cost: $175 (excluding lunch)

Light refreshments will be provided.


Important Dates

Presenter Registration Due March 2014
Program Live March 2014
Early-Bird Closes 10 July 2014
Conference 17-19 Oct 2014


The Conference committee thanks the following sponsors for their kind donations;

Martin & Pleasance

The Happi Empire

Oborne Health Supplies

The Massage Oil Shop

Madame Flavour

Natural Instinct

Quiet Mind Meditation

Ego Pharmaceuticals

Healthy Body Healthy Skin
Vera Emmi - Post Graduate Training
0407 599 953

The Australian School of Reflexology



The Art of Healing

Humphrey Law

Heart Aroma