Lou Harvey-Zahra has spent more time in rooms full of small children, than with adults in her working life! She is a teacher with twenty five years’ experience, a parent and popular Australian parenting author and presenter. Lou’s books include Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family: Transforming Tears, Tantrums and Troubles While Staying Close to Your Children (Floris Books, UK) and Turning Tears into Laughter: Creative Discipline (Five Mile Press- which has sold out). Lou has presented hundreds of talks and workshops inspiring parents and educators across Australia and UK.
Lou was born and raised on the south coast of England. Lou obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Liverpool University, a Postgraduate Degree in Education from West Sussex Institute of Higher Education, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs from Kingston University. Twelve years ago Lou completed her Rudolf Steiner teacher training course.
Lou’s passion has always been children. Lou has taught in Primary, Kindergarten, Special Needs and Rudolf Steiner settings and facilitated playgroups. It was whilst teaching at Western Autistic School, Melbourne, where she first discovered the ‘Least Restrictive First’ strategy to deal with challenging behaviours. Lou became passionate about Positive Discipline strategies, culminating in presenting at the World Autism Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
After having her own children (now 14 and 16 years old), Lou began running playgroups and found that her ideas worked very well with toddlers and small children. Three books later and Lou is still writing and presenting. Lou's passion is raising the next generation and supporting and inspiring parents with their very worthwhile (although difficult at times, I know!) family role!
Her books are available worldwide on all online book sites and from Lou’s website www.skiptomylouparening.com.
Apart from being a busy, energetic and besotted mum to two gorgeous kids (3.5 year old boy and a baby girl), Irene is an experienced paediatric dietitian and family nutrition expert. She has worked for over 7 years in nutrition research, community health, private practice and tertiary education. Irene has facilitated information sessions for mothers groups; provided nutrition education to parents, school kids and elderly; developed and conducted supermarket tours.
Her passion is empowering parents with the tools and advice to raise healthy kids and improving eating habits of the entire family.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist
Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Community research major)
Breastfeeding education volunteer
Carla Johnson is a young and enthusiastic dietitian and nutritionist who is passionate about helping her clients achieve the best eating habits they can. She launched her private practice 5 years ago dedicated to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to live a healthy and balanced life. Carla also works in the community health service sector at Eastern Health and facilitates child and mother nutrition information sessions for local mothers' groups.
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Deakin University)
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (Deakin University)
Areas of specialty: Weight loss, diabetes and heart health management and food intolerances.
Yasmin has been a midwife for the past 5 years and an IBCLC lactation consultant for the past year. She currently works as a lactation consultant at Mercy Hospital for Women and Sunshine Hospital where she runs breastfeeding classes for pregnant women, spends time with women to help with lactation during their stay in hospital and helps to run an outpatient clinic for mothers with children of various ages. Yasmin has also worked in the NICU where the focus is predominantly on expressing and the special needs of premature babies.
Yasmin is the founder of The Milky Way Breastfeeding Support.