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Commissioner Helen Milroy

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse

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Commissioner Milroy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia. Commissioner Milroy has been on state and national mental health advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on the wellbeing of children.

 

Commissioner Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia and was born and educated in Perth. She studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry.

 

Commissioner Milroy’s work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, cultural models of care, Aboriginal health and mental health, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce.


Speaking On:
OOHC – Royal Commission work to date and what we are doing
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Dr Lisa O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer

The Smith Family

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Dr Lisa O’Brien leads Australia’s major education-oriented children’s charity and has driven a five year plan to grow the effectiveness and reach of The Smith Family’s education-oriented programs to support more disadvantaged children and young people.

 

Lisa has worked in leadership roles across the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors over the last two decades. She is a non-executive director of the Community Council for Australia and BUPA Australia & New Zealand, member of Chief Executive Women and former CEO of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia.  Lisa was also a founding member of Sydney’s Lou’s Place, a drop-in centre providing respite and support for women in need.

 

A Medical Practitioner registered in New South Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Lisa also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Management and Coaching.


Speaking On:
Keynote: The Smith Family – Closing the educational gap for disadvantaged children
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Kevin Campbell

Founder

Centre for Family Finding, USA

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Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model, a set of strategies now utilized throughout the United States and Canada to establish lifelong supports for youth in foster care. Prior to developing Family Finding, Kevin was an administrator, director and vice president in the social service sector for over 28 years.

 

Kevin’s work has been featured in dozens of national publications including being twice been featured on CBS’ 60 MINUTES with Lesley Stahl, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time Magazine. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary From Place to Place, a film on the realities of aging out of the foster care system. Kevin continues to speak on the issue of youth permanency throughout the United States and Canada and has published numerous articles on the subject.


Speaking On:
International Keynote: Connecting Families – Lighting the fire of urgency

Workshops:
How to find families & create stability in care
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Maree Walk

Deputy Secretary Programs & Service Design

Department of Family & Community Services, NSW

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Maree is the Deputy Secretary, Programs and Service Design in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). Maree is focused on service design and delivery for FACS, and is well known for collaborating across both government and non-government sectors to focus services and practices to help the most vulnerable.

 

FACS is the largest funder of non-government organisation (NGO) services in NSW. Excluding ADHC, FACS recurrently fund around 800 NGOs under nearly 2,000 different funding arrangements – collectively worth around $1B annually. FACS also manage the contracting arrangements for around $5.5B of housing assets that are owned or managed by NGOs – about 20,000 properties.

 

Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary, Maree was the last Chief Executive of Community Services from 2012 to 2014.


Speaking On:
Improved permanency planning through open adoption & best practice

Building pathways for vulnerable children

The amount of children living in out-of-home care in Australia is increasing each year. Community service providers are struggling to build a capable workforce while at the same time support the complex needs of vulnerable children.


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  • Create a framework for safe & permanent care

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  • Strategies for building a professional & capable workforce

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  • Build sustainable future pathways for vulnerable children

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  • Hear 15 progressive case studies on how to improve the safety & stability of care
Day 1
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Kevin Campbell

Founder

Centre for Family Finding, USA

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Maree Walk

Deputy Secretary Programs & Service Design

Department of Family & Community Services, NSW

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Jill Devlin

National Practice Advisor

Open Home Foundation, NZ

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Ernest Lovelock

Founder & Director Garth Freudenstein, Manager Case Work

Wundarra Services

Day 2
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Dr Lisa O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer

The Smith Family

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Punita Boardman

Support & Wellbeing Coordinator

CASPA, NSW

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Kelly daCosta

Executive Leader Practice & Quality

Lifestyle Solutions

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Tunya Petridis

Children’s Consultant

Anglicare WA

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