Violence Prevention Conference

** The Organising Committee reserve the right to change the program and speakers at any time.

DAY ONE - Tuesday 7th October


Introduction to MC, Clementine Ford Linda Beilharz, CEO, Women's Health Loddon Mallee
9.05am Welcome to Country
Deborah Webster
Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner

9.10am Opening remarks
Ms Amanda Millar MLC
Member for Northern Victoria

9.15am Setting the stage for the conference Linda Beilharz, CEO, Women's Health Loddon Mallee

What is Gender-Based Violence?

9.20am Keynote Speaker
Clementine Ford

10.05am Panel - What is gender based violence?
Moderator: Margaret Augerinos
CEO, Centre for Non Violence

Lisette Aarons
Assistant Director, National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Fiona McCormack
CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria

Jodie Martin
CEO, Gippsland Women's Health

Det.Snr.Sergeant Cam Davis
Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team


Morning Tea sponsored by Bankmecu
11.10am Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session 1
Vere Tupou - Pacific Fund in Support of Organisations and Action to end violence against women, UN Women

Understanding violence against women in the Pacific regiona


Concurrent Session 2
Annette Gillespie, Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Media Advocacy Project


Concurrent Session 3
Maree Crabbe, Brophy Family and Youth Services

Erotising inequality: pornography, young people and sexuality


Concurrent Session 4
Bridget Harris - Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, Deakin University

Overcoming barriers and boundaries: improving access to justice for survivors in regional and rural Victoria

11.40am Concurrent Sessions 

Concurrent Session 1
Tania McKenna, Meriki Onue - Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

The difference a day can make: preventing family violence in Koori communities

Concurrent Session 2
Fiona McCormack, CEO Domestic Violence Victoria

Preventing violence against women with the media: The EVA's Media Awards and other strategic initiatives


Concurrent Session 3
Roshan Bhandary - In Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

CALD Communities, leading the way to respectful relationships


Concurrent Session 4
Sheiny New - Jewish taskforce against family violence

The role of religious institutions



What is Primary Prevention?

1.05pm Rapporteur report

Personal Story  
Arj Barker

Keynote Speaker
Paul Linossier
CEO, The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against
Women and Children

Panel - What is primary prevention?
Moderator: Teresa Dowd
Manager Policy and Projects (CALD)
The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children

Maree Crabbe
Co-founder and Project Coordinator
Reality & Risk

Bob Pease
Chair of Social Work, Deakin University

Patty Kinnersly
CEO, Women's Health Grampians

Personal story
Tui Leleisiuao, interviewed by Michael Adamson


Afternoon Tea sponsored by
The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children
Concurrent Sessions   

Concurrent Session 1
Carolyn Wallace - Mount Alexander Shire Council

Preventing violence against women, creating cultural change through local government

Concurrent Session 2
Marnie Jewell - Women's Health Loddon Mallee

Loddon Mallee Takes a Stand - Workplace Bystander Training

Concurrent Session 3
Emily Maguire - Foundation for Prevention of Violence Against Women and their children

Back to school: what works to prevent violence against women in school settings?

4.45pm Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session 1
Romina Lougoon - City of Greater Bendigo

Achieving respect and gender equality in Greater Bendigo

Concurrent Session 2
Diana Labiris - Women's Health in the North

"A coin with two sides": engaging men and boys in the primary prevention of men's violence against women


Concurrent Session 3
Sharon Simon - Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Victoria

Working with young people in the primary prevention of violence against women


Close of Conference Day One

Conference Dinner - Tuesday 7th October - 6.30pm for 7.00pm

Dinner Speaker - Scott Holmes, YMCA Workplace Gender Equity Project

DAY TWO - Wednesday 8th October 

How is it Everybody's Business?

9.00am Introduction Linda Beilharz,EO
Women's Health Loddon Mallee
9.15am Keynote Speaker
Dr Gael Jennings
The Centre for Advancing Journalism
University of Melbourne

9.45am Panel - How is it everybody's business?
Moderator: Kellie Nagle
Municipal Association of Victoria/ Women's Health Victoria

Jennie Hill
Victorian Co-Administrator, Destroy the Joint

Rosie Batty

Joanne Mulcahy
Chair, Yarra City Council Gender Equity Committee

10.45am Presentation
Rodney Vlais
Acting CEO, No to violence


Morning Tea sponsored by YMCA Victoria
11.45am Concurrent Session
Concurrent Session 1
Sandra Morris, Women's Health in the North

Evaluation of the Northern Region Preventing Violence Against Women Strategy

Concurrent Session 2
Rachel Mackay - Women's Health Goulburn North East

The link between disaster and violence against women

Concurrent Session 3
John Willis - Golden City Support Services

Living safer sexual lives, respectful relationships - addressing violence prevention for people with intellectual disability

Concurrent Session 4
Bronwyn Upston, MonashLink Community Health Service

The Community Health Service as a setting for primary prevention of violence against women

12.15pm Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session 1
Margaret Augerinos - Centre for Non Violence

Family violence, a community's response

Concurrent Session 2
Deb Salvagno - CFA

Pathways to women's inclusion - the CFA journey so far

Concurrent Session 3

Michelle Hunt - Women's Health Grampians

Act@Work.  Challenging sexism, descrimination and violence against women

Concurrent Session 4
Libby Hargreaves - Whitehorse Community Health Service and Steve Dawkins, Warrnambool City Council

Baby makes three - a program for first time parents to prevent violence against women



1.40pm Rapporteur report

Keynote Speaker
Chief Commissioner Ken Lay

Panel - How is it everybody's business

Moderator: Cathy Humphries
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Janet Menzies
Male Champion of Change

Libby Davies
CEO, White Ribbon

Paul Hamilton
CEO, AFL Central Victoria
(Former Essendon player)

John O'Brien
Head of Industrial Relations

Afternoon Tea

3.30pm Closing Keynote
Phil Cleary
Author, activist

Close of Conference and thank you from host,
Women's Health Loddon Mallee

Linda Beilharz, EO, Women's Health Loddon Mallee


Conference Close