The Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network is an initiative of Robyn McKinnon Consultancy & Counselling Services.
Robyn is the Director, and an experienced Mental Health Social Worker of her successful Tasmanian counselling practice based in beautiful Tasmania, providing a range of counselling services across her four locations: Launceston, Longford, Flinders Island and King Island, as well as Telehealth Services across Australia.
Beginning her working career in 2001, Robyn has had extensive experience supporting children, young people and adults through many roles within the mental health and community sector before beginning her Private Practice 10 years ago and developing a special interest in Perinatal Loss and Bereavement work. This interest came as a result of her own personal experience after the death of Adam, her firstborn son at 17 weeks in to her pregnancy.
Recognising the significant gaps in support services, not only for families but also for front line workers, Robyn has worked to develop a number of local support groups, training programs and mentoring options to guide both families, support people and health professionals in the hope that this might make a difference for other families who experience the loss of a much loved baby.
Having been recognised throughout her career as Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year in 2008, Southern Cross Young Achiever Award Winner in the Spirit of Tasmania Category in 2007 and the Griffith University Academic Excellence Award during her Masters of Social Work in 2015, Robyn is highly respected for the work she provides both by professionals and by her clients. Robyn was also recently acknowledged as the winner of the 2019 Australian Allied Health excellence in rural and remote areas award, and a finalist in the Social Worker of the year category.
It is Robyn’s hope that by offering the Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network in loving memory of Adam and the many babies and families she has cared for over the years, this will continue to improve the support families are offered, but also strengthen and encourage the incredible workforce of professionals who will continue to provide bereavement care to families in one of their most vulnerable times in their lives.