Global trauma experts join our line-up of national speakers, Ministers and government representatives as we shine a light on permanency for children and work to create environments in which they can thrive.

HEADLINE SPEAKERS

Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Author of best-selling book What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing

GOVERNMENT SPEAKERS

The Hon Michelle Landry MP
The Hon Michelle Landry MP
Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families
The Hon Simone McGurk (WA) MLA
The Hon Simone McGurk (WA) MLA
Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
The Hon Rachel Sanderson (SA)
The Hon Rachel Sanderson (SA)
Minister for Child Protection
The Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith (ACT)
The Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith (ACT)
Minister for Health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; Children, Youth and Families
The Hon Kate Worden (NT)
The Hon Kate Worden (NT)
Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing, Minister for Disabilities, Sport and Multicultural Affairs
The Hon Alister Henskens (NSW)
The Hon Alister Henskens (NSW)
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
Anne Hollonds
Anne Hollonds
Australian National Children’s Commissioner
Julieanne Davis (NT)
Julieanne Davis (NT)
Executive Director Clinical Practice and Professional Services Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities
Simone Walker
Simone Walker
Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Policy and Commissioning at Department of Communities and Justice NSW
Mark Burgess (WA)
Mark Burgess (WA)
Caretaker (Executive Director) Specialist Child Protection Unit at Department of Communities WA
Zoë Robinson
Zoë Robinson
NSW Advocate for Children and Young People

HOSTS

Deborra-lee Furness
Deborra-lee Furness
Founder Adopt Change
Renee Carter
Renee Carter
CEO of Adopt Change
Angela Bishop
Angela Bishop
Ambassador & Journalist
Joe Hildebrand
Joe Hildebrand
Ambassador & Journalist
Emily Hikaiti
Emily Hikaiti
Lived Experience Advocate
Helen McCabe
Helen McCabe
Ambassador & Managing Director
Louise Ransome
Louise Ransome
Ambassador & Journalist
Lisa Sthalekar
Lisa Sthalekar
Adoptee, Cricket Commentator and Former Australian Cricketer
Lanai Scarr
Lanai Scarr
Ambassador & Journalist

SUPPORTING SPEAKERS

Dr Jane Aronson (New York, USA)
Dr Jane Aronson (New York, USA)
Global Paediatrician and Behavioural Health Expert
Helen Barrett
Helen Barrett
Play Therapist and Founder/Director of Play Therapy Hub
Dr Stacy Blythe
Dr Stacy Blythe
Trauma Specialist
Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald
Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare Victoria
Danielle Schmid
Danielle Schmid
Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Jarrod Wheatley
Jarrod Wheatley
CEO at Professional Individualised Care, 2019 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Social Entrepreneur

LIVED EXPERIENCE SPEAKERS

Emily Backhouse
Emily Backhouse
Care Leaver and Children's Advocate
Simon Benn
Simon Benn
Founder – Thriving Adoptees
Jonah Bobongie
Jonah Bobongie
Executive Producer, Led By A Heartstring