Growing Capacity, Creating Opportunities, Strengthening Outcomes

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2017 Leading Practice Conference ‘HOLDING THE RISK’ was held on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the ParkRoyal, 30 Phillip Street, Parramatta New South Wales 2150.

We would like to thank delegates, speakers and special guests for attending the 2017 Leading Practice Conference. We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun.

16664954_1266782533415341_6367541711360327101_oOver 170 attended the conference and were inspired by amazing speakers; Associate Professor Daryl Higgins, Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson., Mary Jo McVeigh, Geoff Lee MP, David Cherry, Bronwen Elliott and many more!!

Resources from the Conference will be uploaded over the next few weeks under the resources button on this website.

Resources 2017 will include:

  • PowerPoints from some presenters
  • Key-points from presentations

Event Summary:

The conference is designed to inspire, stimulate and connect practitioners and organisations that are passionate about driving positive change and best outcomes for children, youth, families and communities and start conversations to energise the sector to think differently, share and embrace more innovative practices.

This leading-edge conference provided you with a unique opportunity to learn from our sector’s foremost thought leaders including Associate Professor Daryl Higgins and Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson.

Topics included:

  •  Emerging best practice and innovative models to better address trauma and its impact on individuals, families and communities.
  • Responding to issues of risk in your work to best support families and communities into the future
  • Strengthening efficacy of family work programs: Why and how to incorporate evidence informed practice to optimise outcomes and measure your results
  • Exploring effective ways to overcome practice issues when engaging with hard to reach families
  • Working collaboratively with individuals, families and other services to empower people, support ongoing healing and capacity building as the method for gaining the best outcomes for children and young people.
  • Strategies to better incorporate trauma informed work with strength based practice.


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