This year we have an extraordinary line-up of inspirational speakers joining us at our 14th Annual Forum.

These speakers will be discussing the theme: The pathway to homelessness for women in Queensland – a story of coercive control, violence and systemic disadvantage.

We look forward to hearing from these incredible, passionate and knowledgeable speakers. Secure your ticket and find the full program here.

Annual Forum 2022 Speakers

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Lou Baker
Manager Young Women and Young Families at Brisbane Youth Service
Lou is a social worker with 13 years experience in the sector. Lou currently manages the Young Women and Young Families Team at Brisbane Youth Service and oversees their family and parenting programs – including Young Dads, as well as their young women’s workers, their embedded specialist DV worker, Safe Relationships women’s groups and their K.I.N.D. (Kinship, Improving relationships, No violence, Developing skills) pilot intervention for working with young people using violence and their families/partners. K.I.N.D targets adolescence to parent violence as well as intimate partner violence.

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Cindy Barden
Creator, Lil Bug Love
Cindy watched a bit of her daughter’s innocence die as they fled their home with a domestic violence order, half a tank of fuel and $12 in her wallet. She had nothing to keep her anxious daughter occupied while she was in police stations making statements. From this experience, Cindy created Lil Bug Love kits, which she believes need to be made available in every police station in Australia. Lil Bug Love kits provide a distraction from the horrendous details, provide simple tools to overcome trauma and feel more empowered.

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Sheryl Batchelor
Founder, Yiliyapina Indigenous Corporation
Sheryl is a proud Kunja woman with ancestral connections to Cunnamulla and Charleville. In 2019, she established Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation which is a not-for-profit registered charity to address the decrease in brain health in vulnerable children, youth, adults, and seniors. Its unique service offerings are grounded in one purpose – to close the gap in learning and earning outcomes of people who have experienced adverse life circumstances and toxic stress in a culturally responsive and contextualised manner.

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Kerrin Bradfield (she/they)
Clinical Sexologist and Education and Engagement Coordinator, Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence
Kerrin has delivered sexuality education to tens of thousands of people from kindergarten students to United Nations staff. They are the current National Chairperson of the Society of Australian Sexologists, are on the Executive Committee for the Australian Sexual and Reproductive Health Alliance, and are a member of the World Association of Sexual Health’s Sexual Ethics Committee.

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Melissa Bull
Professor, QUT School of Justice and Director, QUT Centre for Justice
Melissa is an interdisciplinary researcher whose research is focused in the areas of community development and crime prevention, particularly in relation to diverse communities. Her recent work has focused on: the prevention of violence against women and homelessness for older women, the experiences of women in long-term immigration detention and the inclusiveness of illicit drug intervention programs.

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Christine Castley
CEO, Multicultural Australia
Christine has a strong track record in delivering significant reform and innovation projects, including for adult and youth justice, disaster management response and recovery and public sector ethics and integrity reform. In 2014-2015, she led the Secretariat for the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce, which delivered the landmark ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ Report.

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Sue and Lloyd Clarke
Founders of Small Steps 4 Hannah
After the murder of their daughter Hannah and three grandchildren, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, Sue and Lloyd vowed to put a stop to domestic and family violence. Through their foundation, Small Steps 4 Hannah, Sue and Lloyd are committed to ensuring their tragedy isn’t experienced by another family. They empower victims to speak up, guide family members to be aware of those who may be in an unsafe environment and create safe environments for those who need them most. Sue and Lloyd have also worked with the Queensland Government to establish the Women’s Safety and Justice.

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Brian Codd
Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Police Service
Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd leads the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command, responsible for building and enhancing the strategic capability of the QPS in its response to domestic and family violence in the community.

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Carolyn Curry
Integration Manager, YFS Ltd
Carolyn leads a team of housing specialists embedded in YFS’ family support teams, and also manages a small team supporting people with complex mental health and housing issues. Previously Carolyn oversaw YFS’ Thriving Families project, which demonstrated the value of a holistic early intervention approach for young families experiencing or at risk of Homelessness.

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Carmel Haugh
Community Lead, Brisbane Zero
Carmel’s creative strategies empower collaboration on ideas that make everyday life in cities better for everyone. Her leadership, energy and expertise in bringing multiple partners together drive projects and campaigns spanning arts, social justice and city planning. Carmel leads Brisbane Zero, a place-based, cross-sectoral strategy to end homelessness and is the Co-Director of Chrysalis Projects, a creative placemaking consultancy working with artists, community and city makers alike.

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Rachael Pascua
Coordinator, R4Respect, YFS
Since starting in 2016 at age 18 Rachael and her team have spoken to more than 600,000 young people face-to-face and online on respectful relationships. R4Respect is a nationally acclaimed domestic violence program where young people educate and empower other youth on respectful relationships. She also regularly sits as a Youth Advisor to various tables for the Queensland State and Federal Governments.

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Commander Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, Child Protection Operations and Human Trafficking, Australian Federal Police
Following an extensive 20 year career with the Australian Federal Police Commander Sirec was appointed to her current position of Commander ACCCE, CPO & HT in November 2020. Since joining the AFP, Hilda has had significant exposure to a range of portfolios both nationally and on an international scale across various victim based crimes.

Simone Waugh
Managing Director, Publicis Queensland
Simone is a communications leader focused on social impact work to change lives for the better. With 20+ years of experience connecting social, business and marketing strategy with consumer behaviour changes methodology and activation, she focuses on programs of change to tackle our modern day issues ranging from cyberbullying, mental health, obesity and domestic violence.

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Integration and High Risk Team Case Manager, The Centre for Women & Co.
Kiana is a proud Barkindji woman working as a domestic and family violence specialist within The Centre for Women & Co. Kiana provides case management support to women assessed as being at imminent risk of lethality. Kiana works closely with a multi-agency team with particular focus on increasing safety and perpetrator accountability through risk assessment, safety planning, integrated service responses and risk mitigation.