Learning from Tragedy

October 10, 2018

The annual STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018 with optional workshops on Wednesday 5 December.  

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for a unified voice to share, network and collaborate on the challenges and successes of behaviour change. Our human basic needs of comfort and security are violated when violence is common, impacting home life, the work place and the community.

Joining us at the conference is Kathleen Baird, Deputy Chair, Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board, Queensland Griffith University & Gold Coast University Hospital who will present on ‘Learning from Tragedy: The Findings from the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board’.


Domestic and family violence death review mechanisms are based on the premise that fatalities are rarely without warning. They are generally preceded by violent or abusive incidents indicating a heightened risk of future harm, as well as missed opportunities for agencies and individuals to intervene before the death. It is because of these indicators that these deaths are considered some of the most preventable.

The lessons from these reviews have shown to be invaluable in informing the development of more effective interventions, improving the service system through recommendations for change and preventing future deaths in similar circumstances. This presentation will present some the findings from the first Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board.


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.

For further information on the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au