14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Keynote Speakers

The Australian Institute of Criminology and the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for ACCAN 2015.

Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Justice Peter McClellan AM is a Judge of Appeal in New South Wales. Prior to this, Justice McClellan was the Chief Judge at Common Law of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, having been appointed to that position in 2005. Before that appointment, he held judicial and other appointments including Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Chairman of the Sydney Water Inquiry ... Read more

Dr Desmond Runyan (U.S.), Executive Director, Kempe Center

ADDRESS: Lessons from the Long Run: lessons learned in the 25 year LONGSCAN study

Dr Desmond Runyan is the Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Executive Director of The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. He joined the Colorado faculty in 2011 after 32 years at the University of North Carolina ... Read more

Professor Kate Morris (U.K.), Director, Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham

ADDRESS: Exercising care: families, risk and responsibility

Professor Kate Morris is a qualified social worker who worked extensively in care and protection before moving into social work education and research. She was a founder member of the group that developed the use of family decision making in the UK, and has continued to research and write about ... Read more

Moana Eruera & Dr Leland A Ruwhiu (NZ), Principal Advisors Māori, Child, Youth and Family

ADDRESS: Nā Te Rauroha, nā Te Rangiātea i tuku iho….Tiaki mokopuna
Actioning Transformative States of Māori Child Welfare in New Zealand

As Principal advisors Māori, for New Zealand's Child Youth and Family services, Ms Eruera and Dr Ruwhiu work closely with a wide range of leaders and agencies to implement an indigenous and bi-cultural practice ... Read more

Dr Russell Wills, Children's Commissioner, New Zealand

ADDRESS: Hard-earned lessons: The history and future of child protection in New Zealand

Dr Russell Wills is a community and general paediatrician at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in Hastings and was appointed as Children’s Commissioner on 1st July 2011. He trained in medicine in Otago and did his paediatric training in Hampshire and Australia including community paediatric training ... Read more


Dr Patrick Kelly, University of Auckland and Clinical Director of Te Puaruruhau & Nicola Atwool, Associate Professor, University of Otago

ADDRESS: Child-centred multi-agency practice: challenges for change

Nicola Atwool is an Associate Professor in the social work programme at the University of Otago. Prior to her return at the beginning of 2012 she spent six years as a Principal Advisor in the Office of the Children's ... Read more


Dr Teuila Percival, Consultant Paediatrician, KidzFirst Children's Hospital & Karanina Sumeo, Principal Pacific Advisor, Child, Youth and Family

ADDRESS: Vaaifetu – guardianship of stars – our children, families and practitioners. Pacific practices of vaaifetu in health and statutory social work

Dr Teuila Percival is a Consultant Paediatrician working at KidzFirst Children’s Hospital. She is also a Senior Lecturer and Director of Pacific Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland.

Karanina Sumeo is the Principal Pacific Advisor to Child Youth and Family at the Ministry of Social Development (New Zealand).