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.


Ms Susan Beattie, Manager, Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Coroners Court of Queensland

Susan Beattie is the Manager of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Coroners Court of Queensland. The unit is established to provide specialist advice and assistance to coroners with their investigations of domestic and family violence related homicides and suicides, and the deaths of children known to the child protection system.

The unit also provides secretariat and research support to the independent, multidisciplinary Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. Susan currently holds a Masters in Forensic Mental Health, and an undergraduate in Behavioural Science, majoring in Psychology. Susan has worked across sectors in policy and research positions which aim to reduce the prevalence of preventable deaths such as suicides, accidental overdoses and homicides, and enhance supports to vulnerable populations and communities.

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.

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

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.

Mr Marc Hogan, Detective Inspector, Gold Coast District, South East Region, Queensland Police

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)

Dr Michael Flood is a highly regarded researcher on violence against women and its prevention, with an extensive record of community engagement. He has made significant contributions to scholarly and public understanding of men’s involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding violence and violence prevention. Dr Flood also is an educator and activist. He is the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007) and the author of a new book, Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2018).

Magistrate Colin Strofield, Domestic & Family Violence Court, Queensland Courts

Magistrate Strofield was appointed a Magistrate in 2008.

After sitting in Brisbane for a short period he transferred to Charleville for two (2) years.

In early 2011 he was transferred to Holland Park until September 2015, and following on from the NOT NOW, NOT EVER Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland Report, was transferred to Southport to assist with the establishment of a Trial Model Specialist Domestic Violence Court.

In July 2017 he commenced sitting in the Brisbane Domestic Violence Court.

In 2016 His Honour was invited by the Judicial College of Australia to participate in the National Domestic and Family Violence Training Judicial Training program.

Prior to his appointment His Honour was the Legal Advisor to the Commissioner of the Police Service.


Dr Manjula O’Connor, Consultant Psychiatrist, Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health

Dr Manjula O’Connor is a Psychiatrist, an academic, a campaigner, an advocate against dowry abuse and a White Ribbon Advocate. As a Psychiatrist she chairs the Family Violence Psychiatry Network at the Royal Australian NZ college of Psychiatrist. She also runs private practice in Psychiatry with expertise in treatment of victims of family violence and migrant mental health.

Dr O’Connor holds an academic position of Hon Senior Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.
Manjula is co- Founder of the NGO the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health.

She mobilised the community into sustained evidence based advocacy campaign against dowry abuse, culminating in Victorian Royal Commission into family Violence recommendation # 156 to include dowry abuse as an example of FV in Victoria and also helped to trigger the Senate Hearing into Dowry Abuse.

Dr Ann O’Neill, Patron, angelhands Inc

Dr Ann O’Neill is a Perth born woman who values her family, her friends and the lifestyle Australia provides. Ann was educated at Curtin University where she completed her Bachelor of Social Work and at UWA where he completed her Phd in International Health. She is an inspiring speaker, an award winning humanitarian, victimologist, educator, activist, volunteer, researcher and a great friend. Her interests lie in people from all walks of life, in social justice and the area of victims of serious interpersonal crimes, such as homicide and family and domestic violence.

Ann founded and directed angelhands Inc for more than a decade inspiring people in all areas of life to follow their dreams. Ann has a unique and innovative approach to motivating, educating and assisting government departments, organisations’ and people to deal with trauma, tress and change in their lives and their work places. Her pursuits are recognised internationally as she has presented in England, Croatia and the United States.
As well as being the Founder of angelhands, Ann is an Our Watch Ambassador, Patron Waratah, and an Australia Day Ambassador.

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Karni Liddell is the Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award Winner.
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Ms Karni Liddell, Committee Member, Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council

Karni Liddell’s journey to become one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians began a lot differently than most elite athletes, as she was born with a neuro-muscular wasting disease and her parents were told that their first-born child wouldn’t walk, crawl or live past her teenage years.

Karni is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) QLD Ambassador, she sits on the United Nations Women’s board, she is a member of Dame Quentin Bryce’s Domestic and Family Violence Council, she is a radio broadcaster, a social commentator on Channel Nine’s ‘Chat Room’ and has just been appointed the Patron of the International Day of People with a Disability.

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