9:15 AM - 10:45 PM

Join us as we open #THRIVE2022! Across three big days the conference will address how to best support children and young people in home and school settings, who are living in government care and with a trauma experience, to ensure better childhoods and life outcomes.

Our opening session is hosted by Lived Experience Ambassador Emily Hikaiti, with the conference opening address provided by Adopt Change CEO Renée Carter. Speakers include the Hon. Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services in the Australian Government; SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle; and an Acknowledgement of Country provided by Professor Paul Chandler, Adopt Change board member. Our international guest and global pediatrician Dr Jane Aronson will be speaking with Founder Deborra-lee Furness and conference delegates on how carers can best support kids to #THRIVE.


Emily Hikaiti Professor Paul Chandler Renee Carter Amanda Rishworth MP Catherine Liddle Jane Aronson (New York, USA) Deborra-lee Furness
10:20 AM - 10:45 AM
Jane Aronson (New York, USA)
10:45 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Jonah Bobongie Zoë Robinson Emily Hikaiti Matthew Bach MP
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Action plans for Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031Action plans for Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031

Tim Crosier

Resources for nurturing family relationships

Dr Susan Collings Amy Wright Dr Sarah Ciftci

Providing therapeutic supports to families to build parenting capacity and manage challenging behaviours

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Angela Bishop Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC Deirdre Cheers Michael Tidball (NSW)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Helen McCabe Kate Worden MLA (NT) Luke Twyford Chris Skinner
4:00 PM
9:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Phoebe Garland Stacy Blythe Dr Elsie Alcordo
10:20 AM - 11:10 AM
Michelle Stacpoole
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Daniella Park Rachel Stephen-Smith (ACT) Zufi Emerson
12:20 PM - 1:10 PM

OOHC Systemic Challenges and associated risks to children: Placement versus Permanency

Penny Hood

Assisting Foster Carers and the community to access NDIS support services

Rose Daniel

Introduction about My Forever Family NSW purpose and how we support carers and training

Kylie Anderson
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Ellia Green Victoria Flanagan
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Renee Carter Dr Tracy Westerman AM
4:20 PM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Renee Carter Joe Hildebrand Feonyx Holden Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Renee Carter Gabor Maté Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:35 PM
Louise Ransome Nicholas Danta Chloe Duncan Matthew Bach MP Kaisey Hayes
12:35 PM - 1:20 PM
1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

Speaker to be advised


Hook into Books- Supporting Children and Young People to build bright futures through education and learning “Everyday Everyway”.

Megan Hall Dale Murray, Michelle Murray Clea North

Understanding behaviours in the classroom through a therapeutic lens

Linda Cooke
2:05 PM - 2:20 PM
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Michelle Stacpoole
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Helen Baker Thomas Bennett Joseph Bennett Jane Vadiveloo
4:00 PM

Please note, whilst the speakers and program is correct at time of publishing, it is subject to change.