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CREATE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

With greater knowledge, tools and connections, you can change the lives of thousands at risk of mental and physical abuse.

Acquire new skills, examine the latest research and connect with others dedicated to ending domestic and family violence.

With three days of live keynote presentations, concurrent presentations, interactive exhibitor hall, practical workshops, networking functions, live-streaming opportunities, and so much more, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Together, we can break the cycle.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ms Anne Hollonds

National Children’s Commissoner

Anne Hollonds is Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner. Formerly Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for 23 years Anne was Chief Executive of government and non-government organisations focussed on research, policy and practice in child and family wellbeing. As a psychologist Anne has worked extensively in frontline practice, including child protection, domestic and family violence, mental health, child and family counselling, parenting education, family law counselling, and community development. Anne has two small grandchildren.

Ms Jess Hill

Journalist and Author of See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist who’s been reporting on domestic abuse for several years. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various programs across the ABC, including AM, PM, The World Today, and Background Briefing. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Currently, Jess is working on an audio documentary series called ‘The Trap’ with the Victorian Women’s Trust, which will be released in August.

Ms Amani Haydar

Author, The Mother Wound

Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, lawyer, writer and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani’s Mum, Salwa Haydar, was 1 of 83 women who lost their lives violently in Australia in 2015. Since then, Amani has engaged in storytelling and advocacy to honour her mother’s life and explore the personal and political dimensions of violence, trauma and grief. In 2018 Amani’s self-portrait titled Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Since then her writing and illustrations have been published in Racism, Arab Australian Other, Sweatshop Women Volume Two, SBS Voices and ABC News Online. In 2020 Amani was a Finalist for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award and was named Local Woman of the Year for Bankstown in recognition of her advocacy against domestic violence and she is the recipient of the 2021 UTS Law Alumni Award. Amani serves on the Board of Bankstown Women’s Health Centre and her memoir The Mother Wound (Pan Macmillan) was released earlier this year.

Ms Amanda McKenzie

CEO, Climate Council (Virtual)

Amanda is one of the best known public commentators on the climate crisis in Australia. She is the CEO and co-founder of the Climate Council, an independent climate change education and advocacy body. Previously, Amanda co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has served on Renewable Energy Expert Panels for the Queensland and Northern Territory governments. Amanda was the founding Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress and is a former Board Director at Plan International Australia and the Whitlam Institute. She holds an Honours degree in Law from Monash University and an Arts Degree from Melbourne University. Amanda has won numerous awards including being recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and a finalist in Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards. 

Dr Meg Clement-Couzner

Assistant Director | Policy – Relationships
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect

Meg Clement-Couzner (she/they) is a social policy expert in disability and gender-based violence. She is currently Assistant Director with the policy branch of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, leading work on domestic, family and sexual violence. She is a Board member at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

Meg previously worked at People With Disability Australia where she lead systemic advocacy on violence against people with disability, and the NDIS. Meg holds a PhD on the intersection of gender and economic justice.

Dr Marsha Scott

Chief Executive, Scottish Women’s Aid (Virtual)

Dr. Marsha Scott is a feminist researcher and practitioner and has advocated, volunteered, researched, and worked in the violence against women sector in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe for 30 years. Prior to taking up post at Scottish Women's Aid in April 2015, Marsha worked for 10 years at West Lothian Council, where she helped set up and had strategic responsibility for the West Lothian Domestic and Sexual Assault Team.

Ms Chanel Contos

Founder of teachusconsent.com, an academic tutor with UNSW, and a fundraising and events professional with Educating The Future (ETF)

Ms Natalie Lewis

Commissioner, Queensland Family & Child Commission

Natalie Lewis was appointed Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission in May 2020. Ms Lewis, a Gamilaraay woman, brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge from her distinguished over 20-year career in youth justice, child and family services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Ms Lewis works with a strong and renewed focus on the systemic and structural issues disproportionately affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Previously, Ms Lewis held the role of Chief Executive Officer with QATSICPP Limited. As Commissioner, Ms Lewis drives change to better the safety, wellbeing and interests of children and young people, including those in the child protection system.

Dr Stephanie Lusby

Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

Ms Thelma Schwartz

Principal Legal Officer, QLD Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service

Thelma Schwartz is the Principal Legal Officer of QIFVLS, an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisation providing legal and non-legal support services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander victims/ survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault. Thelma identifies as of Torres Strait Islander heritage alongside her German/Samoan and Papua New Guinean heritage.

 

Thelma has extensive practice experiences working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in the provision of legal services in regional, rural and remote Queensland in her representation of Adults and Youths from both a victim and defendant legal practice perspective across multiple courts.

Ms Donnella Mills

Managing Lawyer, Lawright Community Legal Centre; Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation; Member, National Plan Advisory Group, National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence

Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is Deputy Chair of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – NACCHO and member of James Cook University Council. For the past 7 years, Donnella has been a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.

Donnella most recently was the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community-controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mr David Mandel, MA, LPC

Executive Director, Safe & Together Institute

With over almost 30 years’ experience in the domestic violence and child welfare fields, David and his Safe & Together Institute focus on improving systems' responses to domestic violence when children are involved. David has developed the Safe & Together™ Model to improve case practice and cross system collaboration in domestic violence cases involving children. He has identified how a perpetrator pattern-based approach can improve our ability to help families and promote the development of domestic violence-informed child welfare systems.

David and the Safe & Together Institute have worked with governments and NGOs in Canada, the US, Australia, Asia and United Kingdom. Through their live training, organizational consulting, elearning, and Trainer Certification and Partner Agency Program, the Safe & Together Institute provides organisations and systems with a wide range of tools to partner with adult and child survivors, and intervene with perpetrators. David hopes that his work ends the use of “failure to protect” mentality in domestic violence cases, and helps systems better work with complex cases involving mental health issues, substance misuse and domestic violence. Using an intersectional analysis, the Model is designed to be flexible and relevant across diverse situations.

David has written or co-written numerous journal articles, book chapters and white papers including his most recent ones on how perpetrator intervention program completion certificates can be dangerous for survivors, and on worker safety in the context of domestic violence. He is regularly part of research studies including Professor Cathy Humphreys’ recent series of Australian national research projects on intervening with perpetrators, and complex case practice.

Ms Natasha Anderson

Youth Representative, Youth Advocate

Ms Leann Wilson

Managing Director, Regional Economic Solutions

Leann is a Bidjara/ Kara-Kara and South Sea Islander descendant. An experienced executive, business owner and First Nation leader who has been at the forefront of opening dialogue with, and delivering outcomes for communities, business and government. With her business, Regional Economic Solutions, being built on the principle of impartiality, Leann brings a unique understanding that it is not her role to decide what is best but rather to broker deals that are agreeable, sustainable, ethical, and beneficial to all parties.  Leann is a recognised reconciliation leader and “Woman of Influence”, with extensive networks nurtured throughout a career spanning community, government, not-for-profit, education and private enterprise.  She has co-designed and led significant strategic engagement processes across multiple sectors including the resources industry, played key advisory roles in policy development and been instrumental in encouraging trauma aware and healing informed understanding, a key enabler towards social, cultural and economic parity for First Nation Australians. 

Jacqui Watt

CEO, No to Violence

Since 2015 Jacqui has led No to Violence (NTV) through transformational change, growing and building further NTV’s credibility as Australia’s leading best practice organisation in men’s family violence interventions. This is Jacqui’s third CEO role with previous peak roles advocating for community housing. She has worked at senior levels in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability, social housing and social enterprise. Jacqui holds an Honours degree in Social Policy from University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Management and Social Responsibility from Bristol University. Jacqui is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Nora Amath

National Manager, Refugee Settlement, Islamic Women’s Association Australia

Dr Amath is an expert community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development.  She is a published author and her other publications have appeared in several edited volumes and journals. She is an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and also works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia as the National Manager of Refugee Settlement and the CAMS Statewide Coordinator, a role focused on the prevention of DFV in CALD communities. She is also a co-founder of Sakina Refuge, a short-term accommodation for CALD women and children experiencing DFV.   Dr Amath has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women’s and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council and the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable.  In 2006, she was the Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. In 2017, she was a finalist for Australian of the Year. Most recently she has been appointed to the QLD Gov Taskforce looking at Women's Safety and Justice. 

Ms Sharmila Falzon

Community Capacity Building Officer| Social and Community Services, City of Parr

Sharmila Falzon is a primary prevention practitioner, a skilled facilitator and trainer with a passion for social justice and intersectional feminism. With 20 years professional experience, Sharmila has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Masters in Social Development. Sharmila has worked extensively within the not for profit sector as well as local government, covering a variety of fields—settlement services, youth work, family support, policy and organisational development. Most recently, she has worked with City of Parramatta Council. Utilising a community capacity building approach, she leads the implementation of a range of domestic and family violence primary prevention projects within Council and externally with community organisations.

Ms Lea Emery

Senior Reporter, Gold Coast Bulletin

Lea Emery is a senior reporter covering court and legal affairs for the Gold Coast Bulletin. She regularly reports on domestic violence issues, organised crime, sexual abuse and youth offending. Lea was named a 2021 Our Watch Fellow which is a program which helps journalists build and refine their knowledge of best-practice reporting on violence against women. In 2021 Lea was awarded a Clarion Award for Best Regional and Community News Story – print/text for a body of work exploring how women are impacted by domestic violence and the justice system. Lea began her journalism career in regional Queensland in 2009.Lea Emery is a senior reporter covering court and legal affairs for the Gold Coast Bulletin. She regularly reports on domestic violence issues, organised crime, sexual abuse and youth offending. Lea was named a 2021 Our Watch Fellow which is a program which helps journalists build and refine their knowledge of best-practice reporting on violence against women. In 2021 Lea was awarded a Clarion Award for Best Regional and Community News Story – print/text for a body of work exploring how women are impacted by domestic violence and the justice system. Lea began her journalism career in regional Queensland in 2009.

Ms Renee Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer, National Women’s Safety Alliance

Renee is the CEO of the National Women’s Safety Alliance, which provides advice and guidance on national policy to prevent and reduce violence against women. Prior to her current role, Renee created and led a national program of work in the university sector to prevent and reduce gender-based violence, known as Respect Now Always. She has also worked in gender equality and women’s safety policy in the Commonwealth government and in her early career supported victims of family violence.

Trish Doyle MP

Member for Blue Mountains

Trish Doyle MP was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly as the Member for Blue Mountains in 2015. She is a Member of the NSW Labor Party. In 2019 she was re-elected with a greater majority, winning nearly 65% of the vote in the Blue Mountains. From 2019 to 2021, Trish served as the Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Women, and the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services. In 2020 she was appointed deputy chair of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee examining coercive control. In her inaugural speech in 2015, Trish spoke of her childhood experiences of living with family violence. This experience has shaped her views on the rights of women and children and the need for women’s refuges, women’s health centres, domestic violence support services and legal protections for victim-survivors.

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