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30-31 August 2018
Our two-day event features keynote speakers from all across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive workshops, attendees will walk away empowered with the knowledge to collectively reduce the incidence and impact of abuse and violence in the community and keep our kids safe.
Dr Neil Carrington joined Act for Kids as CEO in August 2010, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise as an experienced educator, counsellor and leader. With a Masters Degree in Special Education, a Masters Degree in Counselling and Guidance, and a PhD in Educational Psychology; Dr Carringtons background has been a strong foundation to Act for Kids work in developing the education and training of child protection practitioners with the goal of improving practice across the sector.
Julie Inman Grant – Commissioner E Safety
Julie Inman Grant is the eSafety Commissioner. Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and Adobe. Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.
Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage. With a PhD from QUT, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the We Al-li program of which she is now a trustee. Judy retired in 2010, to focus on writing and working with communities in educational healing work, what she calls educaring.
Dr Judith Howard is a senior academic from the QUT with an extensive history as a student behaviour specialist. She is particularly focused on concerns of students from complex trauma histories and promotes a neuroscience-informed approach to student management and support – to which she believes every educator in every school needs access. Judith oversees teacher education at QUT, regarding student behaviour support and (more recently) trauma-informed schooling.
Kerryann Walsh is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. Kerryann conducts strategic and applied research on child protection. Over the past 10 years, her research has been concerned with generating empirically-validated principles for child maltreatment prevention and response, and ensuring the uptake of these principles in legislation, policy and practice.
Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, and author. In addition to her role as consultant Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed, Liz is Chair of eChildhood, a health promotion charity dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of pornography on children. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organisations.
Dr Lesley-Anne Ey lectures in Child Development, Educational Psychology and Child Protection. Before undertaking her PhD she taught in Preschools and Primary schools across a variety of government and independent sectors. Her PhD research focused on young childrens engagement with contemporary music media and their gender role and self-identity development.
Di Margetts is qualified in General Midwifery, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Sciences and Protective Behaviours. In the mid 80s Di was involved in the creation of the Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre; she established the original Melbourne Crisis Support Unit bringing Police and Counsellors together for the first time. Dis journey with Protective Behaviours started in 1985, as a part of the working group that first brought Peg Flandreau West, founder of Protective Behaviours to Australia.
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