Calling all Marriage and Relationship Educators: MAREAA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, November 22-23 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Early Bird registration now open and Program announced!

Register now to join the peak marriage and relationship educators conference exploring the well-being of Children, Men and Women, Families and Communities.

MAREAA 2017 National Conference Registration

International Keynote Speaker Harry Benson Research Director Marriage Foundation (UK)

Harry Benson is arguably Britain’s leading champion for marriage. His research findings for the Marriage Foundation are routinely cited in the media and by politicians and have made front page news on several occasions. Formerly one of the youngest Royal Navy helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands war – about which he wrote the bestselling military history SCRAM – Harry has spent the last twenty years researching, writing and teaching about marriage and family. As founder of a Bristol charity, he taught hundreds of relationship courses to thousands of couples, including ‘Let’s Stick Together’, a pioneering short programme for new parents evaluated by the Department for Education and delivered mainly through NHS post-natal clinics.

Australian Keynote Speaker Chloe Shorten Australian corporate affairs specialist and Strategic Advisor

An Australian corporate affairs specialist, a member of the Burnet Institute‘s Engagement Committee and Strategic Advisor for their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program, and wife of Opposition leader Bill Shorten

Australian Keynote Speaker Timothy O’Leary Therapist, Author and Educator

Timothy O’Leary is an author, therapist and educator based in Melbourne, Australia, and is featured on the Hay House World Summit. His new book, The Relationship First-Aid Kit is being launched by Hay House Australia in December this year. In the book, Tim shows couples how to build their emotional problem-solving skills so that couples can stop fighting and deepen their love. He is the author of the book, Dads Who Can and worked with the Raising Children Network’s “Dads Guide to pregnancy” as well as running classes for new dads.

Australian Keynote Speaker Alison Campbell Rate Executive Director, Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services Inc.

Alison has been associated with Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services since 1987 in a number of roles. Alison heads up Open Doors’ educational services for schools, manages communications and special projects and is currently serving on an honorary basis as the Executive Director of the Open Doors Committee of Management. Alison has presented to thousands of parents, children and teachers over the years and is passionate about promoting effective parent child communication and strengthening the decision making capacity of young people.

Lea Waters

Australian Keynote Speaker Lea Waters Australian psychologist, academic, researcher, author and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting and organizations.

Professor Waters is the Founding Director and holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic positon for more than 20 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-Being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. As a researcher, she has published almost 100 scientific articles and book chapters.

MAREAA Conference Registration Rates:

Registration costs Early Bird Rate Standard Rate Closes 5pm 30 Sept 2017

  • Member Conference $589.00
  • Non-Member Conference* $684.00
  • Join us for a fabulous start to the day, networking over a delicious breakfast at one of Melbourne’s premiere and award winning bar and café’s The Boat Builders’ Yard, just steps from the conference venue $40.00

*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA.

MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration Want to send more than one person? The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee. Available at both Early Bird and Standard Rates.

Conference agenda coming soon


Conference Partner The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.


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