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Achieving Generational Change – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women Conference

Achieving Generational Change – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women Conference

Achieving Generational Change – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women Conference

PVAW conference sold out

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria's primary prevention of violence against women (PVAW) conference will look at the statewide rollout of respectful relationships across Victorian schools and explore how learnings from this can inform the scale up of PVAW initiatives across other settings.

SOLD OUT! We look forward to you joining us on May 29.

This one-day conference is an opportunity for leaders, policy makers and professionals working to prevent violence against women to gain a deeper understanding of the Respectful Relationships intiative's implementation to date and consider what systems need to be in place to embed primary prevention initiatives in workplaces, universities, primary health, sports or media.

Along with a fantastic networking opportunity and exceptional speakers the day will include panel discussions and plenary sessions about planning and statewide design, connecting with the response service system, community partnerships and communication and backlash.


We extend our warm welcome to our MC for the event, Nelly Thomas and our speakers;

Who should attend
  • CEOs and community leaders
  • Local and state government policy makers
  • PVAW practitioners, respectful relationships practitioners and members of the Partners in Prevention network 
  • Professionals from family violence response and PVAW primary prevention peak bodies
  • Anyone with a professional interest in preventing violence against women

Where: Storey Hall, RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne

When: 29 May 2018

Conference: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Networking drinks: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Download the PDF iconAchieving Generational Change flyer to get the word out in your workplace or through your networks.

For enquiries contact Chani Simpson on

Event Support

We’d like to thank Fresh Promotions for supporting our event and the prevention of violence against women.

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Speakers Biographies

Katy Haire – Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood and School Education Group, Department of Education and Training

Since September 2015, Katy Haire has been Deputy Secretary of the Early Childhood and School Education Group (ECSEG).

The Deputy Secretary ECSEG is responsible for designing a learning, development, wellbeing and child health system that delivers improved outcomes for all children and young people from birth to 18 years of age, and their families, without exception.

Prior to joining the Department, Katy held a range of senior management and executive roles within the Victorian public sector, including Deputy Secretary of Service Design and Operations at the Department of Health and Human Services, and as Director of Social Policy at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

Katy holds a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Monash University, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in political science and history, and a Master of Arts in the history of education from the University of Melbourne. She also holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne and is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Cara Gleeson - Manager of Policy and Projects, Children and Young People, Our Watch

Cara brings over a decade of leadership in in research and policy on preventing violence and women, gender equality, women’s rights, peace and security in Australia and internationally.

At Our Watch she oversees the national respectful relationships education portfolio across early, primary, secondary and tertiary and the integration and sustainability of tested primary prevention approaches. She has previously worked at VicHealth in their preventing violence against women program, in the Australian Government Office for Women and at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva.

She has held several governance roles including currently as chair of a women’s housing organisation. She has been a youth representative at the UN Commissions of the Status of Women three times and has presented at the UN Human Rights Commission through the Universal Periodic Review.

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Regina Quiazon - Senior Research and Policy Advocate, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Regina has a PhD in cultural studies and has over 15 years’ experience working in the area of gender and diversity as a project manager, researcher and educator. She has significant expertise in the theory and practice of intersectionality, particularly as it relates to violence prevention and sexual and reproductive health.

Regina was a co-investigator on the ASPIRE Project, which analyses community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia.

She also co-authored a White Ribbon Research Series paper on the engagement of immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention and the ‘Bringing the Margins to the Centre’ paper, a commissioned intersectionality think piece for ‘Change the Story’, the national framework to prevent violence against women and children.

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Cameron McLeod - General Manager, Community Engagement, North Melbourne Football Club

Cameron’s career spans over 15 years with senior leadership and expertise in leveraging sport and active recreation to influence social and economic change across public health, education, community and major international events.

He is the General Manager, Community Engagement and member of the Executive team at the North Melbourne Football Club including leading the growth and impact of The Huddle, an award winning not-for-profit which empowers young people to build on their strengths, increase their ability to participate in society and contribute to more socially inclusive communities.

Cameron is Co-Chair of the North Melbourne Football Club Gender Equality working group to strengthen workplace equality and prevent violence against women. He led the design and integration of the North Melbourne Football Club’s Gender Equality Action Plan, the first in Australian sport, designed to create conditions where power, resources and decision-making are shared equally between men and women.

He is regularly engaged by political, corporate, academic and the not-for-profit sectors to provide strategic advice and help drive systemic change to address complex health, social and economic issues facing traditionally marginalised populations and communities.  He is a member of Our Watch’s Sports Engagement Advisory Committee supporting the prevention of violence against women through the influence of sport.

Cameron has a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts and is a Williamson Community Leadership Fellow through Leadership Victoria

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Helen Cunningham - Director, Services and Operations, Queen Elizabeth Centre

Helen is a registered general nurse and midwife with post graduate qualifications in Management, Neonatal Intensive Care, Training and Assessment, Child, Family and Community Nursing and Master in Public Health.  In 2016 Helen was the recipient of a National Industry Scholarship with Women and Leadership Australia and has recently completed the Advanced Leadership Program.

Helen has worked within the field of nursing for over 30 years with the last 20 years within Maternal and Child Health.  Over the last 10 years Helen has worked in senior management roles across both State and Local Government areas, and in June 2017 was appointed Director Services and Operations at the Queen Elizabeth Centre.

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Alison Macdonald - Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria

Alison Macdonald is the Policy and Program Manager with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic). DV Vic is the peak body for family / domestic violence services in Victoria that provide support to women and children to live free from violence. With the safety and the best interests of women and children as central, DV Vic provides leadership to change and enhance systems that prevent and respond to family violence.

Alison has worked in this role for over ten years, during which time she has concentrated on family violence law reform, homelessness policy, integrated family violence reform and primary prevention of violence against women among other areas. Alison led DV Vic’s participation in Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. She sits on numerous reference and advisory committees to oversee the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations including the Ministerial Family Violence Housing Assistance Taskforce, the Family Violence Industry Taskforce and the Information Sharing and Risk Assessment Steering Committee.

With a career primarily focussed on women’s health and equality, she has previously worked in the sexual and reproductive health, international development and community housing fields.

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Lyn Walker - Prevention of Violence Against Women Consultant

Lyn Walker has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and a Masters Degree in Human Service Management. She has worked in the health, human service and social justice arenas for the past forty years with specific focus on 1) research, 2) policy and program design and 3) undertaking leadership positions at the executive level.

Whilst having extensive experience in responding to the needs of women experiencing violence, in 2004 Lyn commenced work with VicHealth in development of the first framework to underpin state activity to prevent violence against women and over saw management of a subsequent program which took carriage of 1) assessing the burden of disease associated with intimate partner violence, 2) the National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence Against women and 3) large scale cross sector program activity designed to further our understanding of models of good practice in this arena. More recently, as the Director of Lyn Walker and Associates, Lyn has led work in preventing violence against women with AMES Australia, the City of Melbourne Our Watch and was one of two authors responsible for development of the International Framework Underpinning Action to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls.

In addition to this, Lyn has make a significant contribution in addressing race based discrimination and improving settlement services for those who are new arrivals to Australia.

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