Liana Buchanan is the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People and a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Liana has held a range of roles focused on oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage and those affected by family and sexual violence. These roles include Director, Office of Correctional Services Review, Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and roles in the Equal Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice and Women’s Legal Service (S.A).
Liana commenced as Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2016 and is responsible for oversighting services for children and young people in Victoria and promoting their rights, interests and wellbeing.
Dr Baird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women Newborn and Children’s Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical experience in a variety of positions.
In her academic career, which stretches over two continents, Dr Baird work has a strong focus on the health response to domestic violence and women’s experiences of domestic violence during pregnancy. Her current appointments include a member of Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic and Family Death and Homicide Review Board.
Professor Patrick O’Leary is an internationally recognised researcher with significant expertise in child protection, domestic violence/gender-based violence, and long-term impact of child sexual abuse (especially in men). He has worked extensively overseas in low and middle income countries. Professor O’Leary was an Expert Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with a particular focus on male victims and the long-term effects. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research.
Identifying as a Ngalakan man of South East Arnhem Land, Desmond was born in Darwin and raised in Katherine. Completing his schooling in Katherine before moving to Adelaide, Desmond returned to Darwin 10 years ago. In his nominal role as Manager of the NT Correctional Services Family Violence Program, Desmond was provided with direct community based program delivery in Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory.
Through his personal experiences and delivering government programs, Desmond identified gaps and now uses his influence to try and encourage Aboriginal men in particular to be leaders with women in the fight against breaking the domestic and family violence cycle. Currently, Desmond is completing a temporary secondment with the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission developing a Gender Equity DFV Prevention Strategy.
Detective Inspector Marc Hogan is a member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Marc directs Crime, Child Protection and Domestic and Family Violence initiatives at the Gold Coast which is Australia’s sixth largest city.
In late 2015 a number of very tragic domestic violence deaths occurred at the Gold Coast. National attention became focused on domestic and family violence and the new emerging environment required new approaches. The Gold Coast Police District established a taskforce embracing relationships for collaboration across government and non-government agencies and groups.
Detective Inspector Hogan formed the taskforce in January of 2016. In the time since the taskforce has established an unblemished reputation as being innovative, progressive and a leader in the provision of high end services for treating complex social harm environments. Taskforce programs and systems have saved lives and have provided greater safety for victims, in particular women and children.
Marc holds a Master of Leadership and Management and other formal qualifications. He has completed the Queensland Social Leadership Australia program and has served as a board member with Non-Government Organisations involved in substance rehabilitation and health services.
Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Law, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Ms Kay McGrath, Journalist & Chair, Domestic & Family Violence Implementation Council, Queensland
- Magistrate Colin Strofield, Domestic & Family Violence Court, Queensland Courts