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0800 Registration opens
0900 Conference opening – Anne Hollonds, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Welcome to Country
0930 Ministerial Address – The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Children and Families
1000 Keynote address – Nora Spinks
1100 Morning tea
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NSW reforms for outcomes


Family law and financial matters


What matters in Australian Family life education and support?


Children’s Ground: Evidencing system and service reform led by First Nations families


Cultural diversity matters: Optimising outcomes for migrant and refugee families


Elder abuse

Program evaluation snapshots
1130 Paternity, policy discourse and practice: An investigation of discursive resources and barriers to leave taking for Australian fathers with infants
Emily Stevens
An overview of reforms for outcomes in NSW
The Hon Pru Goward MP
Australian family property law: ‘Just and equitable’ outcomes?
Belinda Fehlberg, Lisa Sarmas
Couple relationship education in Australia: Going, going, gone
Bruce Smyth
Evidencing system and service reform led by First Nations families
Jen Lorains
Innovation in service responses
Stephen O’Neill, Settlement Services International
Developing an Australian definition of abuse of older people
Rachel Carson
Facing the flux together: A relational approach to place-based working
Geraldine Harris

Empowering parents / empowering communities: The benefits and challenges of delivering parenting programs in community languages
Colleen Turner
Understanding our Impact – RAV’s journey towards outcomes-focused thinking
Sandra Opoku
Data Exchange – Innovative Outcomes Reporting
Robert Stedman
Family 100 WA Research Project: understanding the lived experience of entrenched disadvantage
Susan Young
Watch This Space – An innovative approach to educating teachers about young carers
Zoi Triandafilidis, Daniel Glaubert
Evaluation of an early parenting program for young parents (to 25 years)
Cecily Strange
Models of belonging: Intergenerational care for families
Jennifer Cartmel, Katrina Radford, Cindy Dawson
1150 From being ‘at risk’ to being ‘a risk’: Journeys into parenthood among disadvantaged young mothers
Megan Blaxland
Their futures matter
Gary Groves
Effective community based, court ordered, lawyer assisted property conciliation
Andrew Bickerdike
Parenting education in Australia: A rapid evidence assessment update
Michelle Macvean
Evidencing systems reform with families
Jen Lorains
Closing the quality of life gap
Mary Asic-Kobe, ACCESS Community Services
Developing an Australian questionnaire to measure the prevalence of abuse of older people
Paul Myers, Nikki Honey
1210 Choosing supplementary education: Variables that influence parents to enrol their Australian school-age children into academic programs outside of school time
Mariko Francis
The NSW Practice Framework
Kate Alexander
Small claims, large battles: Rebuilding financial security for vulnerable women in the family law system
Marianne Jago
Preventing and responding to conflict and violence: A family life education perspective
Daryl Higgins
What does an authentic approach to ‘families leading the way’ really look like?
Mel Kean, Felicity Hayes, Jen Lorains
Understanding the barriers to migrant women’s economic and social participation
Andrea Mcleod, Spectrum
Estimating the extent of elder abuse using existing national surveys
Ilan Katz, Trish Hill
1230 Parents as partners in policy making
Kelly Hand
A Commissioning for better outcome approach
Diedre Mulkerin
Have the financial consequences of relationship separation changed for older Australians? A comparison of two cohorts
Lixia Qu, Matthew Gray, David Stanton, David de Vaus
Denise Lacey

Symposium Authors
Bruce Smyth, Cathryn Hunter, Michelle Macvean, Maggie Walter, Daryl Higgins
Ageing in refugee and migrant communities
Despina Haralambopoulos, MiCare
Kay Patterson
1250 Session reflections
1300 Lunch: poster displays and exhibition
1300 Lunchtime presentations
Stories from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset — Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Learning Sciences Institute Australia (Australian Catholic University), and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (Australian National University)
Translating practice knowledge and expertise into qualifications for the family and community workforce – Jennifer StGeorge
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Family law and post separation

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health: Improving the lives of infants, children and families

Out of home care

Grandparents who care full time for their grandchildren


The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme

Family wellbeing What matters most to parents: The evidence, opportunities, and policy implications Service design snapshots
1400 “I’m at a crossroads”: supporting families through the Family Law System with the Family Safety Navigation Model
Marie Yorston
Introducing the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health
Brad Morgan

Diagnosis in child mental health: exploring the benefits, risks and alternatives
Rhys Price-Robertson
Trauma informed care: why bother? How does it work and does it help?
Nicola Palfrey
National to local: Implementation to support practice
Helen Francis
The ‘what’ and the ‘how’: using educational design and knowledge translation to support evidence-informed practice
Derek McCormack
Service use and support for children in OOHC and their carers
Ilan Katz
Developing a research agenda with grandparent carers: Identifying a need, stakeholders, and getting the question right
Denise Gray
Overview of the Transition and Wellbeing Programme
Miranda Van Hooff
“Family friendly” EGM venue promotions may be problematic: Relationship and family harms derived from gambling
Angela Rintoul
Parenting today in Victoria: What parents say about their parenting experience and the implications for policy
Jan Matthews, Catherine Wade
Using public data in designing an early childhood health service—a South Australian model
Melissa Bradley

Measuring effectiveness in a multi-stream service delivery organisation—a reflection on processes, outcomes, and strengths-based failures!
Robyn Parker, Matt Stubbs
Supporting newly arrived families through flexible and tailored settlement service delivery: The National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards
Nicholas Tebbey
Promoting wellbeing and resilience in veterans and military families
Marissa Dickins
Realising the potential of co-design: Imagining a future where families’ needs drive service development
Sue Leahy
Responding to the needs of families: Outreach in the Tasmanian early years’ service system
Kim Jose
Repairing and rebullding relationships after family violence
Pat Jewell
Families want preparation for open adoption
Susan Tregeagle
1420 What works for separated parents and caregivers making parenting arrangements in New Zealand
Megan Gallop
Aboriginal infant removals: Trends, disparities and challenges
Melissa O’Donnell, Laura Robinson
Informing future policy and service development for grandparent carers—accessibility, gaps and needs
Mark Liddiard
From military service to civilian life: The Impact of transition on ADF servicemen and servicewomen
Miranda Van Hooff, Stephanie Hodson
Volunteer Family Connect: Strengthening family relationships and wellbeing through social connection
Kelly Baird, Les Hems, Hannah Francis
Parenting trends in a digital age: A window into what matters to parents
Julie Green, Derek McCormack
1440 The opportunity and challenge of interdisciplinary collaborative process as a dispute resolution process for families.
Jackie Jones, David Roberts
Lifelong connections for children in permanent care: What supports families to facilitate positive birth family contact?
Susan Collings, Amy Conley Wright
Western Australian grandcarer families: State-wide survey, diverse grandcarers and leadership camps
David Coall, Myra Taylor, Ruth Marquis, Francesca Robertson, Michelle Jenkins
Exploring the impact of deployment to a combat zone: The impact of combat study
Ellie Lawrence Wood, Jess Style
The importance of student and parent voice in driving school improvement—the evidence from New South Wales
Ian McCarthy
Perceptions of parenting: implications for policy and practice
Annette Michaux
1500 Well-being and education for children in out of home care
Michelle Townsend
Impact of transition from military to civilian life on families
Galina Daraganova
The child safe journey; the role of organisations and families in upholding children’s rights
Megan Mitchell
Catherine Wade
1520 Session reflections
1530 Afternoon tea
1545 Panel: How can families rise to the challenges of the new economy?
Panellists: Dr Richard Denniss, Professor Lyn Craig, Professor Janeen Baxter, Dr John Hewson AM
1715 Welcome event
0800 Registration opens
0900 Plenary session, Room 105/06
Keynote Address – Professor Brid Featherstone
1000 Morning tea
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Workforce issues Foster and kinship care Workshop: Understanding age matters in family matters

Children and family violence

Strong families, safe children: Directions in Victorian child and family services


What really matters? Rethinking how we value Australia’s children


Recognising and facilitating multiple and differing relationship priorities after separation

Program evaluation snapshots
1030 Fifty years of changing families: Implications for income support
Matthew Gray
A hidden group of young kinship carers: The young and ‘care-full’ research project
Meredith Kiraly
Ageing, older people and ageism – challenging assumptions about ageing and the role of older people in families and communities
Marlene Krasovistky
Including children’s voices in an anti-violence campaign
Abigail Groves
Re-imaging the boundaries
Kym Peake
Children’s rights and needs in an adult world.
Linda Savage
How parents use ‘the best interests of the child’ to define and negotiate a ‘good’ post-separation relationship.
Kristin Natalier, Priscilla Dunk-West
The Expert Panel project: reflections and results from a national workforce capacity building initiative
Kathryn Goldsworthy

Evaluation of a collective impact family violence prevention initiative: Learnings from the first two years
Allison Byrnes
Can cross-agency teams Improve the response to severe abuse for children and families: Findings from the evaluation of the multi-agency Investigation & support team (WA)
James Herbert
Principles before rules: Child-centred, family-focused and practitioner-led evaluation in child protection
Stefan Kmit
Using evidence to find out what matters to families so that we can ensure our services are responsive to client needs
Shae Johnson
Reconnecting mothers and children after violence (RECOVER): The Australian child-parent psychotherapy pilot
Leesa Hooker
Not just another outcomes framework—collaborating to hold government to account for WA’s children & young people
Sarah Cleaves
DOMINO Dataset
Jack Conrick
1050 The effect of changing financial incentives on repartnering
Hayley Fisher
Caring about carers: Findings from a national survey of foster and relative/kinship carers
Lixia Qu
Meet the grandparents, 2.0 Children living with domestic and family violence: A differential response through multi-agency collaboration
Cathy Humphreys
Child and family services reforms in Victoria
Argiri Alisandratos
National policy on child safety and wellbeing: Where have we been? Where should we be going?
Brian Babington
Children’s experiences of ‘home’ after parental separation.
Belinda Fehlberg, Bruce Smyth
1110 The impact of non-standard employment on relationship stability. A comparison of cohabiting unions and marriages
Inga Lass
Family violence in kinship care in Victoria
Rachel Breman, David Vicary
Parents and children Addressing filicide in Australia: Research and action
Thea Brown
Transitioning Aboriginal children to Aboriginal community controlled organisations
Raylene Harradine, Connie Salamone, Dana Pyne and Beth Allen
Essentials for Childhood: Where prevention of child-abuse is an essential element
Daryl Higgins
What do we stand to gain by recognising post-separation losses?
Vivienne Elizabeth
1130 Policy versus economic impacts: The economic position of Australian single parents post the GFC
Matthew Gray
kContact—improving contact between children in OOHC and their parents: Carers’ account of contact
Aino Suomi
Closing the gap – programs, initiatives and common sense – what’s in the landscape?  What works?  What’s missing? Building our understandings of children’s lived experiences of domestic and family violence
Debbie Noble-Carr, Morag McArthur and Tim Moore
Beyond 18: Young people leaving care outcomes study
Stewart Muir, Meredith Jones, Eleanor Williams
The discursive power of the law: Its influence on professional and litigant decision-making and post-separation parenting arrangements in family law.
Zoe Rathus
1150 Session reflections
1200 Lunch: poster displays and exhibition
1200 Lunchtime presentations
What matters to parents with problematic substance use and their children? – Anne Tidyman, Odyssey House Who’s got the box lid? Putting the puzzle of independent oversight together to effectively monitor services for children and young people – Trish Heath, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People
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Mental health from pre-conception to early adolescence

Carers Housing and living arrangements

Interrupting disadvantage and creating cycles of opportunity
How co-design and evidence inform innovation

Leaving care Family law processes within the Courts Young people and wellbeing Workshop
National child and family wellbeing targets—being accountable for what matters for children and families

1300 Understanding the intergenerational transmission of mental health problems
Elizabeth Spry
Future matters: Ageing parent carers, adult siblings and succession planning
Zoi Triandafilidis, Tom Hilton, Lorraine Villaret, Freya Saich, Sarah Judd-Lam
My home is where my family lives: the changing nature of children’s housing in the 21st century
Wendy Stone
Vita Maiorano
Carolyn Curtis
Storying relationships and self: how family, friends, and caseworkers matter in out-of-home care
kylie valentine
How de facto do you need to be? Analysing the Family Court’s determinations on whether a relationship is ‘de facto’ under the Family Law Act
Michelle Fernando
A multi-level public health approach to empower parents for youth mental health
Marie Yap
Presenter: Kirsty Nowlan
1320 Mental health competence at age 11 and its assoication with health behaviour at age 14: Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Steven Hope
The grandparenting paradox: Can you have too much of a good thing?
David Coall, Sonja Hilbrand, Myla Taylor, Ruth Marquis, Jenni Werner, Denis Gerstorf, Ralph Hertwig
Home is where the heart is
Phillippa Forge
A case study of policy failure: Young people transitioning from out of home care in Victoria
Phillip Mendes
Exploring gendered trauma within family law
Rachel O’Grady
The role of families in youth mental healthcare: Findings from the headspace evaluation
Fiona Hifferty
1340 Understanding mental health as children start school
Meredith O’Connor
What matters most to families of older people in consumer directed care:  Literature review
Anne Muldowney
Living the high life? Parents’ experiences of raising children in new high density housing developments in Melbourne.
Fiona Andrews, Elyse Warner, Belinda Robson
Simple social welfare reform to foster social and economic wellbeing for the most vulnerable
Paul McDonald
Self-representation in family law matters where there are allegations of violence from the perspectives of Independent Children’s Lawyers
Miranda Kaye
Children’s residence after separation and parents’ reports of their child’s progress at school: Do children’s living arrangements matter?
Alex Masardo
1400 Emotional behaviour difficulties across childhood and mental health service use: Findings from a longitudinal Australian population based study
Melissa Mulraney
Young carers: the influence of informal caring on cognitive and social outcomes
Diana Warren
“Take it as it comes”: How Australian families make the return to co-residence work
Elyse Warner
When family history is more than a hobby: improving the well-being of Care Leavers through genealogical research and narrative practice
Cate O’Neill
Direct cross-examination in family law matters – A new approach?
Rachel Carson
Examining effects of family factors on youth delinquency: Mediation of protective factors
Xuexin Xu
1420 Session reflections
1430 Afternoon tea
1500 Panel Session System reform: Is it dead?
Panellists – Professor Brid Featherstone, Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett, Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, Nicholas Gruen
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0800 Registration opens
0830 Symposium/Plenary session – Room 105
The family law system review – Professor Helen Rhoades
Symposium/Plenary session – Room 106
Behavioural insights panel featuring interview with Dr David Halpern
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Family Law

Transforming policy reforms into practice in the statutory family – a case study of Victorian leaving care initiatives


Working Together: Government, Philanthropy and Research: The Early Years Initiative in Western Australia


Fathers at Work

Young people and technology Child protection systems
Symposium panel

Are we even studying families anymore?

iHeal program


0930 The intersection of family violence and Family Dispute Resolution: Implications for practice
Joe Harman
From funding success to finding your service users: Navigating the leaving care system to provide legal support to eligible young people.
Sandeep Varma

Advantaged thinking in out of home care: Preparing young people for independence using a capabilities approach
Marion Coddou
Raising Expectations – Improving Educational Outcomes for Young People Leaving Care
Joanna Humphries
Better futures: Stronger and streamlined leaving  care practice using a capabilities approach
Joe Howie
Brighter futures: The transformative power of co-design and collective impact
Meg Beilken
Phillip Mendes
David Ansell, Hayley Panetta, WA government representative
Trends in fathers’ working arrangements
Jennifer Baxter

The impact of change and stability in fathers’ work-family conflict on children’s mental health
Liana Leach
Job quality, change and stability in work-family conflict and fathers’ mental health
Amanda Cooklin
An overview of what is happening in Australian workplaces
Andrew McMahon
The father effect – Advancing men taking parental leave in Australia
Emma Walsh
Out of the dark: Harnessing the views of young people to improve online safety
Andrea Lauchs
Towards a comprehensive model of child protection system change
Ilan Katz
Panellists representing:

Department of Social Services
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian National University
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Karen Field
iHeal team member – TBC
iHeal Recovery support worker – TBC
0950 What matters to families at FMC: Medium and longer term outcomes for Family Dispute Resolution clients
Becky Batagol
LSAC goes online – Improving engagement with young people through digital channels
Katrina Martin
Empowering families through greater transparency, accountability and fairness in child protection proceedings: a 21st century approach to child protection litigation?
Nigel Miller
1010 Rethinking confidentiality, the wicked problem and the absent moral debate; Lessons from FRC’s, the Canadian experience, restorative and innovative justice.
Ian Connop
What’s in a Game?
Megan Carroll
Working with families – 3 practice-based approaches for child protection
Jack Davenport
1030 Findings from the children and young people in separated families study
Rachel Carson
Parenting in digital age: Lessons from Australian families
Bjorn Nansen
Cross-agency responses to the investigation of severe child abuse: A national comparison
James Herbert
1050 Session reflections
1100 Morning tea
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Using people-centered evidence to shape policy strategy and implementation: new approaches to data analysis and stakeholder co-design from the Department of Social Services


Harnessing workhorses or herding cats? Collaborating across the Relationships Australia Federation to research what matters most to families


Parents as partners in place based initiatives

Policy considerations Child development

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: facilitating the active citizenship

Domestic, family and sexual violence in the family law system: Reflections and Future Directions

Research with children and young people

1115 Access to opportunity
Margot Clifford
How do we measure the success of Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) in parenting matters? Preliminary findings from Relationships Australia’s FDR Outcomes Study
Aditi Lohan, Jelena Milic, Genevieve Heard

How effective is routine couple counselling? An Australian effectiveness study
Jemima Petch
Thirty years of community sector property Family Dispute Resolution – a mature, safe, effective, efficient and evidence-based service.
Genevieve Heard
Relationships Australia’s Elder Relationship Services trial
Paula Mance
Jamie Lee
The First 1,000 Days initiative, Gippsland
Jane Anderson
Implementing no jab, no pay
Ilan Katz
Stability and change in dietary scores and patterns across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Constantine Gasser
Multicultural youth Australia: Initial findings
Rimi Khan
National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book
Heather Douglas
Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care
Stewart Muir
1135 Family functioning and children’s outcomes
Tim Crosier, Grey Robertson
Child and family centres—parents as partners in co-design and delivery of services
M’Lynda Stubbs
Targeting children: Restricting gambling promotions by adapting lessons from tobacco, alcohol, and food
Cassandra de-Lacy Vawdon
Developmental vulnerabilities in children of criminally convicted parents
Megan Bell
English language proficiency among humanitarian youth: A longitudinal study
Helena de Anstiss, Pilar Rioseco
ANROWS Research on Domestic Family and Sexual Violence and Family Law
Heather Nancarrow
Does payment influence children’s participation in research? Results from the MESSI study
Stephanie Taplin
1155 Place-based approaches
Phil Brown
Go Goldfields – Parents as active governance partners – what does it take?
Sandra Hamilton
The 2018 ARACY Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians
Kate Sollis
Investing in family strengths-based programs to keep vulnerable families together Refugee young people and education, training and employment
Helena de Anstiss
TBC Children participating in research: Experiencing from the Children and Young People in Separated Families Study
Rachel Carson
1215 Challenges, opportunities and implications: Early lessons from Try, Test and Learn investments
Tim Reddel
Rowena Butler
Transnational families in Singapore
Yi Ying The
The influence of parental time investments on children’s cognitive and socioemotional outcomes at school entry
Angela Gialamas, Dandara Haag, Murthy Mittinty, John Lynch
Nadine Libby
Towards protective participation: Improving children’s safety through their meaningful engagement in institutional contexts
Tim Moore
1235 Session reflections
1245 Lunch: poster displays and exhibition
1245 Lunchtime presentation
How can research be made relevant? – Rebecca Armstrong, Australian Institute of Family Studies
1345 Panel: How do families matter in the 21st century?
Panellists: Jonathan Nicholas, Romlie Mokak, Kelly Hand, Nora Spinks, Benjamin Law
Room: 105/06