Janice has always enjoyed being around babies and children . Seeking a career with children she completed her initial training at Presbyterian Babies Home (then on Canterbury Road in Camberwell) and gained registration as a Mothercraft Nurse in 1977.
This residential training included caring for newborn babies to 5 year olds.
In 1984 Janice returned to study, completing the Certificate of Applied Social Science at Footscray TAFE over three years part time while working in childcare centres.
Janice and husband Mark have two sons, Jarrod born 1993 and Callum 1996, who were both breastfed into toddlerhood.
After the birth of Jarrod, Janice attended (then) Nursing Mothers Association and then completed the training to become a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor when Callum was one year old.
In 2009 Janice completed the (new) Australian Breastfeeding Association Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Counselling and Certificate IV in Community Education.
A volunteer phone counsellor for the national Breastfeeding Helpline, Janice is involved with her local Ashburton/Glen Iris ABA group, coordinating school talks to Year 10 girls involving mothers and babies in demonstrations of breastfeeding. Through ABA East Metro Region co-ordinates Breastfeeding Education Classes for expectant couples along with involving mothers and babies in demonstrations of breastfeeding of varied ages.
Janice has worked part time since 2002 on hospital Bank staff at Royal Womens' hospital in the neonatal nursery with premature and special needs babies. During these years her two little baby sons have completed school and turned into young men of six foot 4 inches tall!