Judy Atkinson (Emeritus Professor - SCU) identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman. With a PhD from QUT, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She was awarded the Carrick (Neville Bonner) Award in 2006 for her Innovative Curriculum Development and Teaching Practice, and in 2011 the Fritz Redlich award for Mental Health and Human Rights from the Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery program.
Natalie is the Queensland Public Guardian, an independent statutory appointment, and CEO of the Office of the Public Guardian. Natalie is passionate about advocating for people experiencing vulnerability. Her career has been underpinned by her drive to protect the rights and interests of children and young people in the child protection system, in addition to adults who have impaired decision-making capacity.
Craig is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and has had a long journey to recovery, seen countless counsellors and survived multiple suicide attempts. Craig’s experiences of the criminal justice system in trials against two of his three perpetrators, compelled him to co-found Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN), in 2010. As CEO, Craig and his team have developed SAMSN to be Australia’s leading support organisation for male survivors of child sexual abuse and their families.
Julianna's career with the Ombudsman spans 18 years. For the past ten years she has led the strategic projects division, which houses a team of investigators and researchers as well as the Ombudsman’s Aboriginal Unit, youth liaison officer, and community education and training unit. The division also has responsibility for child and family systemic projects. Prior to this, Julianna managed the Ombudsman’s police division.
Martin Fisk has led Menslink's efforts to support young men through difficult times (like violence and mental health issues) for nearly ten years. In that time, Menslink has grown exponentially and now supports more than seven times the number of young men than in 2010. A strong advocate of positive, strengths-based approaches, he designed the award-winning Silence is Deadly campaign in 2012 which now reaches over ten thousand male school students each year, encouraging them to seek help rather than self-harm or seek to harm others.
Lula is a strong advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse, childhood and adult domestic violence. Having lived these experiences herself, Lula understands the complexity of responses needed at the individual, organisational, and societal level to effectively address sexual, domestic and family violence. Lula is working towards shifting the focus towards accountability, on who is using abuse and violence, to reduce its prevalence and the impact of these behaviours before serious harm is done.
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Ballina Gee has 20 years experience building communities, advocacy and stakeholder engagement including Ambassador Advocacy roles as Pacific Diva and has a social enterprise called Housing With A Purpose. Previous initiatives involve leading programs and advocacy campaigns for refugee and multiculturalism social cohesion, environmental refugee impact, community safety and mental health related to trauma induced experiences such as the impact of domestic violence, childhood abuse and seeking asylum.
Emma Gierschick is a White Ribbon advocate and specialist for children with a disability facing family violence. She is a survivor of both breast cancer and severe family violence, and is the former step mother or guardian to 6 children including 2 boys with autism, and is the birth mother of her 6 year old daughter Amelia who has Down syndrome and an intellectual disability.
Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that all Australians have safer and more positive experiences online. As the only nation in the world to have a government agency dedicated to online safety, Julie has created a pioneering, innovative and citizen-focused Office making an impact, both at home and globally. Julie has been a passionate advocate of promoting technology for good and has been working at the intersection of technology and social policy for more than 25 years. She has been dedicated to combatting all forms of child sexual exploitation, online cyber abuse and has worked tirelessly to promote and protect the voices of women, children and vulnerable communities online.
Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing and researching about domestic abuse since 2014. Before that, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. Jess was listed in Foreign Policy's top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and also as one of the 30 most influential people under 30 by Cosmopolitan magazine (two publications rarely listed in the same sentence). Her reporting has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. Her book, SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO, the first to chart the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia, is in stores now.
Tracy McLeod Howe
With a legal background, significant CEO and senior leadership experience, have headed up complex projects with diverse stakeholders. An advocate & speaker with a commitment to human rights - particularly the rights of children - working for inclusive communities & addressing gender inequality. Have experience in gov & non-gov roles (inc. nearly 5 years in NGO frontline service delivery and many current appointments and advisory roles).
Ms Mandla commenced as the inaugural Head of the National Office for Child Safety on 2 July 2018. The National Office provides leadership in the development of national strategies and initiatives to enhance children’s safety and reduce future harm to children. The National Office was established in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and sits within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Annika McCaffrey is an advocate for children and young people who have been affected by family violence. She is the creator of "The Hidden Victors" campaign that features young 'victors' of family violence in a video. She is an independent lived experience consultant who advises various organisations and services in terms of their practice framework who help children and young people. She looks into the perspective of young people who have been affected by family violence, and uses her lived experience to create positive systematic change for children and young people.
Dr Kieran Le Plastrier
Dr Le Plastrier completed medical school as a surgical trainee, before discovering his passion for psychiatry. He served as president of the hospital residents’ society from 2007 to 2008.
Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on child abuse and gendered violence, including primary prevention, complex trauma and technologically-facilitated abuse. He is the author of two books, Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (Routledge, 2017), and a range of papers on child abuse and gendered violence.
In 2014 Janet was appointed Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government. From her experience in caring directly for children and adults, and in designing and running care programs, Janet has seen how they both intersect – to be effective, good programs and systems need good people, and good people need good programs and systems.