SPEAKERS

Professor Frank Oberklaid AM, Group Leader, Policy, Equity and Translation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Professor Frank Oberklaid, AM, is an internationally recognised researcher, author, lecturer and consultant, and has written two books and over 200 scientific publications on various aspects of children’s health and development. He is Co-Group Leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. Frank has longstanding clinical, research and policy interests in children’s health. He is Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council, which provides expert advice to the Victorian government on children’s health, and co-chair of the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

Academic, author, activist and ally in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity, Maria’s current research is with First Peoples with Southern European heritage, exploring the contestations and connections between colonialism, racism and multiculturalism. Her publications include over 15 books, several having achieved international awards. Her latest book was Living and Loving in Diversity: an Anthology of Australian Multicultural Queer Adventures (2018) funded by VMC/MASC. It was the first Australian book to have a Welcome to Book written by a Wurundjeri elder to respect the First Nation on whose land the book was prepared.

Kept grounded by her supportive working class Southern Italian migrant background, Maria was actually lost for words when she won the Globe Straight Ally Award. Nominated by AGMC, (Australian LGBTIQ+ Multicultural Council) of which she is a founding member, Maria accepted the honour in the hope that one day there will be no need for such an award.

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

 

Liana Buchanan has been Victoria’s Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People since 2016 and is also a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Liana has a background in oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage and those affected by family and sexual violence. Her previous roles include Director, Office of Correctional Services Review and CEO of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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Ms Pheobe Ho, Headspace National Youth Advisor, Headspace, Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellow, National Mental Health Commission

 

Pheobe is currently undertaking her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Largely driven by her lived experiences of anorexia and bulimia, she continues to be a passionate mental health advocate, lived experience speaker, and researcher in the area of eating disorders and youth mental health. Pheobe has spoken at conferences and workshops at local and national levels about how lived experience can facilitate mental health recovery, and works as a National Youth Advisor for headspace. She was recently also the youngest to graduate from the National Mental Health Commission’s Australian Mental Health Leaders’ Fellowship in 2020. Currently, she also works for the WA Health Department in a lived experience consultancy, as well as research role for eating disorders. Pheobe’s contributions to mental health advocacy and research saw her as a Finalist for the 2019 WA Young Achiever Awards, as well as the 2019 Australian Psychological Society Prize winner. Being a previous consumer and in her transition towards being a clinical psychologist, she hopes to one day fuse spheres of lived experience and clinical practice where they can co-exist.

PANEL PRESENTER

Ms Anne Hollonds, National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

 

Anne Hollonds commenced as National Children’s Commissioner in November 2020.

Before her appointment to the role, Anne was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing. In over five years in this role she was also Director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre.

For more than 23 years Anne has been a Chief Executive Officer of government and non-government organisations focussed on policy, service delivery and research in health, education and social services, including the Benevolent Society and Relationships Australia NSW.

Mr Tom Harkin, Founder, Tomorrow Architects

Tom Harkin is one of Australia’s pre-eminent advanced facilitators and executive coaches. As Founder of Tomorrow Architects, a pioneering consultancy breaking ground in behavioural change, leadership development and organisational transformation, he is a thought leader that has mastered the recipe that reveals individual and collective genius, and a relentless student of the human condition.

With over 15 years experience developing the leaders of tomorrow, Tom has had a direct impact on over 150,000 executives across the globe. Tom’s signature strength is his ability to create psychologically safe environments of intimate challenge, provoking change with groups and
organisations of all sizes through authenticity, honesty and a unique conversational style of group facilitation.

Tom has led countless local & global, immersive executive leadership interventions with the likes of McKinsey, IKEA, Telstra and PwC, NAB and is renowned for building rapid social capital, breakthrough leadership and team performance, emotional agility, enhanced culture, resilience and animating diversity to name a few.

Ms Catherine Liddle, Chief Executive Officer, SNAICC

An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine has a strong background in senior management positions with First Nations organisations. Catherine has also held senior roles within the Northern Territory Education Department, the ABC, and NITV/SBS.

A journalist by trade, Catherine’s motivation has always been to drive change that leads to positive outcomes and options for First Nations people. Over the past 10 years she has led multidisciplinary teams, overseen workplace transformations, and advocated for policy reform.

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Dr Alexandra De Young, Research Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland Australia & Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Children’s Health Queensland

De Young is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and University of Queensland. Her research expertise is in the area of assessment and treatment of infant and early childhood mental health. Major work to date has included leading a global collaboration to understand the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and families as well as the evaluation and implementation of routine screening and intervention programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children (1-5 years) and their parents to following exposure to traumatic events.

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(Virtual Presenter)

Ms Kerry Hawkins, President, Western Australian Association for Mental Health

De Young is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and University of Queensland. Her research expertise is in the area of assessment and treatment of infant and early childhood mental health. Major work to date has included leading a global collaboration to understand the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and families as well as the evaluation and implementation of routine screening and intervention programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children (1-5 years) and their parents to following exposure to traumatic events.

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Ms Michelle Roberts, Director, The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network, The Australian National University

Michelle Roberts is a psychologist, teacher and child disaster consultant.

Starting her teaching career at a school impacted directly by the Ash Wednesday bushfires, Michelle has continued to work in the field of children, schools, emergencies, critical incidents and trauma.

In 2010 Michelle was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore school-based trauma mitigation and intervention strategies.

Michelle is a founding member of The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) based at Australia National University and was recently appointed Director.

Michelle has responded to disasters occurring both nationally and internationally across a range of events, working with both government and non-government agencies and has provided support, and participated in research, delivering training, and advice in relation to children and young people, trauma, adversity and disasters with Departments of Education, Headspace, Red Cross and UNICEF, Emerging Minds, University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience.

PANEL PRESENTER

Ms Rebecca Harris, Student and Family Wellbeing, Carlton Primary School, Melbourne

Rebecca Harris Coordinates Student Wellbeing at Carlton Primary School, in inner-city Melbourne. She directs the school’s trauma informed practice, with a focus on promoting the wellbeing of students, as well as families, and staff. She has a postgraduate qualification in Developmental Trauma, has produced a practice manual detailing the early days of the work at Carlton Primary, and is currently writing a book entitled Safe to learn: embedding whole school wellbeing practices to create trauma responsive education. Rebecca has a passion for integrating student wellbeing in to all aspects of education.