Keynotes 2018

Ms Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner, Commission for Children and Young People (Victoria)

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.


Associate Professor Kathleen Baird, Griffith University & Gold Coast University Hospital, Deputy Chair, Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board, Queensland

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, School of Human Services and Social Work & School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

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.


Other Confirmed

  • Mr Desmond Campbell, Manager, Family Violence Program, Northern Territory Department of Correction Services


  • Ms Kay McGrath, Journalist & Chair, Domestic & Family Violence Implementation Council, Queensland

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