Conference 2014 – Presentations

Conference 2014 - Presentations
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Key Note: Place Based Approach the Australian Context.

Dr Tim Moore Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, VIC. Tim explores the rationale for using place-based approaches, the different forms such approaches can take, and the key features they have in common.

 Key Note: “Place-Based Practice: The United States Context and Beyond”

Dr Michael McAfee Promise Neighbourhood’s Institute at PolicyLink, USA. In the United States, the Promise Neighborhoods program is demonstrating this by building cradle-to-career supports for more than 200,000 children living in the nation’s most distressed neighbourhoods. The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink partners with communities in this place based work to transform existing systems into those that promote equitable access to opportunity for the more than 16 million children living in poverty in the United States. Dr. Michael McAfee will discuss, from his personal leadership experience and the experience of colleagues in the Promise Neighborhoods
network, how to reject the temptation of complacency and operationalize a disciplined, results-oriented approach to place-based work.

Key Note: “Giving Children a Voice on First Nations Canada”

Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, Canada. In her keynote address, Cindy Blackstock will highlight key achievements and learning from the Canadian experience in recognising and addressing the impacts of colonisation and generational trauma through the voices of children. Cindy will share the Canadian journey and achievements and explore relevance to social justice and equity work here in Australia.


 Key Note: “What is trauma informed care and why is it needed?”

Mary Jo McVeigh The founder and Principal of Cara House, Centre for Resilience and Recovery. In her Keynote Mary Jo will professionally muse on the word Trauma and Care. She will bring over fifty years of her wisdom from a diverse body of knowledge and practice to this musing. She does this not to find definitive answers but to open up the question even further. For she believes it is within our efforts to ever expand our thoughts that we can stay steadfastly focused on serving our clients.

Panel Discussion: Place Based Practice

Keynote speakers Dr Tim Moore and Dr Michael McAfee will join with Di Jackson from Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY); Seri Renkin from The ten20 Foundation; and Kerry Graham from the Centre for Social Impact, to explore further the rationale, key components, opportunities and challenges of applying place-based approaches that aim collaborative efforts to address complex issues.

Panel Discussion: What does a Trauma Informed Service System look like?

Key Note presenters Mary Jo McVeigh and Cindy Blackstock plus Darryl Farrell and Nerida Oberg from ‘The Little Black Duck’ program will join in on a panel discuss to explore the needs and task of extending trauma informed care beyond the boundaries of individual workers and services into the broader service system.

Key Points from Presentations

Joint Approaches to Child Protection- Bronwen Elliott

Medial Violence and Children- Developing a Healthy Media Diet- Dr Wayne Warburton

Child Protection for Children with Disability – Bronwen Elliott

Complexities of early childhood work with families of refugee background-Rosemary Signorelli

Chronic Sorrow- Colleen Hirst

Andrew Cummings Presentation key points 2014

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