#THRIVE2023 A Home and Healing for Every Child will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 13 & 14 November 2023.

Monday, November 13, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and coffee

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Join host Joe Hildebrand as we open #THRIVE2023 at the SCG.

Joe Hildebrand
9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Aunty Lola Ryan

Lola Ryan
9:15 AM - 9:25 AM

Adopt Change Chief Executive Renee Carter will provide the CEO address and discuss the importance of A Home and Healing for Every Child.

Renee Carter
9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

The Hon. Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services in the Australian Government will provide the official government address for #THRIVE2023 A Home and Healing for Every Child.

Amanda Rishworth MP
9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

The Hon. Kate Washington MP, NSW Minister for Families and Communities, will provide a NSW Government address.

The Hon. Kate Washington MP
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Join Gus Worland, Founder of Gotcha4Life as he discusses the importance of mental health and self-care and provides tips and tools, not just for children and young people, but also for those who care for children with trauma backgrounds and those who work in child protection.

Gus Worland
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Join headline speaker Brenda Matthews as she speaks on her quest to bring the two worlds of our nation’s dual identity together to experience collective healing.

Brenda Matthews
12:45 PM - 1:20 PM
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM

Join Belinda Coleman from Curijo as she discusses the lethality of loneliness and ways to safely connect children and young people with lifelong family and network to promote healing through connection.

Belinda Coleman
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Join host Michelle Stacpoole and panellists Kylie Anderson, My Forever Family NSW, Anna Viola, Foster Care Association of Victoria, Associate Professor Dr Stacy Blythe and Daniel Barakate, Acting Executive Director, Strategy and Implementation Unit at NSW Department of Communities and Justice as they discuss carer recruitment and retention, and innovative ways currently being practiced to support carers and create sustainability.

Michelle Stacpoole Kylie Anderson Anna Viola Stacy Blythe Daniel Barakate
2:50 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

In this discussion, Adopt Change CEO Renee Carter is joined by Peak Care CEO Tom Allsop, OzChild CEO Dr Lisa Griffiths, Queensland Family and Child Commission Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner Luke Twyford and lawyer and lived-experience advocate Ellie White to discuss how we overcome the prevalence of non-home based care for children and young people.

Renee Carter Tom Allsop Dr Lisa J. Griffiths Luke Twyford Ellie White
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Lived experience advocate Emily Hikaiti discusses her journey through care, and the importance of supporting young people as they leave care.

Emily Hikaiti

*Please note, the program is final at time of publishing, however it may be subject to change. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and arrival coffee

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Day two of #THRIVE2023 gets underway with host Joe Hildebrand, and an opening address by CEO Renee Carter.

Joe Hildebrand Renee Carter
9:15 AM - 10:50 AM

Join Ursula for a fun and interactive session as she walks you through the joys and struggles of running a trauma-responsive organisation in the care and protection space in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Ursula will impart some of the best and most practical ways to establish connection, empower, and correct using a trauma-informed framework.

Based on the principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), you will leave with a basket of knowledge and strategies that you can start working with immediately. A session not to be missed if you ‘know’ about trauma, but just can’t seem to bridge the gap of ‘what to do’ to help heal traumatised/dysregulated children and adults heal.

Ursula Elisara
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Join Candice Butler, SNAICC Board Member, as she provides an address on behalf of SNAICC, the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Candice Butler
12:10 PM - 12:50 PM

Hosted by Michelle Stacpoole, join Queensland Family and Child Commission Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner Luke Twyford, NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Zoë Robinson, and Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean, as they each discuss key programs and findings in their respective states in relation to children and young people.

Luke Twyford Zoë Robinson Leanne McLean Michelle Stacpoole
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

Join CEO Jane Vadiveloo as she discusses the work of Children's Ground, a First Nations organisation uplifting First Nations knowledge systems designed, delivered and evaluated by the community and creating change for future generations.

Jane Vadiveloo
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Join host Renee Carter with  The Hon. Ryan Park MP, NSW Minister for Health, Steve Kinmond, Children’s Guardian NSW, Dr Sylvia Corish, from the NSW Department of Education, and Jason May from Bawamarra Cultural Services, as they discuss the importance of trauma-informed classrooms and providing appropriate support for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in care.

The Hon. Ryan Park MP Steve Kinmond Dr Sylvia Corish Jason Renee Carter
2:40 PM - 3:15 PM

Have your say in our national roundtable. Join the conversation as we build the foundations for our National Recommendations Paper to be released to the government following the conference.


3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Delivered by Angela Bontea and Julie Lord, this presentation aims to provide an overview of CASPA's Education Program, including its structure and the various programs implemented to ensure that young people maintain school engagement, achieve educational outcomes, and experience success and inclusion within the school environment. Additionally, the presentation will showcase the success of "The Tuckshop", a cafe and catering social enterprise engaging young people and creating career pathway opportunities.

Angela Bontea Julie Lord
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Adopt Change CEO Renee Carter wraps up #THRIVE2023

Renee Carter