Dr Dianne Jackson

Dr Dianne Jackson
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)


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Dr Jackson is the newly appointed CEO of ARACY. Prior to joining the organisation Dianne was the CEO of Connect Child and Family Services, a position she held for almost 11 years. Dianne’s career has spanned practice, research and policy, with a particular focus on translating evidence at the grass roots level. Her leadership and passion for children, young people and families is renowned and she is regularly invited to work and present nationally and internationally.

Dianne has published widely and her doctoral research won the 2010 Best Practitioner Research Award from the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA). She has also recently been appointed the Australia Country Coordinator for EECERA. Dianne is the co-author of a book, Engaging parents in early years settings, published in 2014 by Sage publications.

Dianne holds a degree in early childhood, a first class honours degree in social science and a PhD that crossed both of these disciplines.

Dianne has five children who inspire her work.

Dr Michelle Lucas

Dr Michelle Lucas
Director, Opportunity Child

In this presentation, Dr Lucas will speak about her experience working with the Collective Impact model, and how it improves outcomes for children across all domains, in particular education, health and wellbeing.

Collective Impact; improving outcomes for our young children. Collective Impact; improving outcomes for our young children.


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Dr Michelle Lucas is the Director of Opportunity Child, a national collaboration aiming to improve quality of life conditions for 65,000 vulnerable children across Australia over the next ten years. Opportunity Child aims to enable and accelerate the efforts of those working deeply alongside community and across sectors to develop place-centred responses for our young children, 0 - 8. Michelle has worked for over a decade using a Collective Impact approach to address complex social challenges throughout Australia and Asia. Prior to this current role, Michelle held the position of Director of Collective Impact at Desert Knowledge Australia, working with remote and very remote communities to improve life outcomes and develop place‐centred and integrated solutions. Earlier, in 2003, Michelle established Performance Edge, providing backbone facilitation to achieve positive intergenerational outcomes across a range of disadvantaged communities.

June McLoughlin

June McLoughlin
Director Family and Children’s Services, Doveton College


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June McLoughlin is the Director of Family and Children’s Services at Doveton College which is a placed based demonstration site in Victoria addressing social disadvantage by utilising the universal platform of a school.  June has extensive experience in both policy and service development, research and practice in early childhood, family support and children's services fields, which has given her a broad and deep understanding of issues relevant to the needs of parents and their children. 

June has managed many state and national projects designed to refocus early years services to provide more integrated support for families with young children with a particular interest in vulnerable children. 

June is currently a Board Director of Early Learning Association Australia and the Queen Elisabeth Early Parenting Centre and the Victorian Convenor for ARACY.

Professor Edward Melhuish

Professor Edward Melhuish
Visiting Professor, University of Wollongong


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Edward Melhuish is a professor at the University of Oxford, and Birkbeck, University of London, and a visiting professor at the University of Wollongong. He was involved with the National Evaluation of Sure Start, the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project and the Effective Pre-school Provision in Northern Ireland (EPPNI) project and is currently undertaking studies in Norway, European community, UK, and Australia. His research influenced the 1989 Children Act, the 2005 Children Act, 2006 Childcare Bill and policy on childcare, early education, child poverty and parental support in the UK and other countries. He has served as an expert witness to several House of Commons Select Committees, and been a scientific advisor to research councils and governments in Norway, Finland, Portugal, South Korea, Chile, Australia, and Canada. He also is a consultant to the European Commission, OECD and WHO.

Paul Prichard

Paul Prichard
Training and Development Manager, Centre for Community Child Health

This presentation will include discussions with parents about their involvement with the successful Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) framework and what this involvement has meant to them, their family and their community.

Transformations in parenting:
Parents as co-workers in a
re-conceptualised system Transformations in parenting: Parents as co-workers in a re-conceptualised system


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Paul Prichard is a co-Manager of the Training and Development Team for the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Royal Children’s Hospital, Vic.  His role has included building the CCCH Training & Development Unit including the design and delivery of specially tailored training for early childhood practitioners across Australia and the implementation of a ‘Learning and Development Strategy’ to support the roll out of integrated Child and Family Centres across Tasmania.

Paul has extensive practice experience working with families experiencing complex needs. He has a special interest in promoting the important role fathers play in children’s lives and genuinely engaging with communities to enable the voice of disengaged families in the design and implementation of early childhood services.  He is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on participants’ perceptions and experiences of peer-led parenting education. 

Clair Rees

Clair Rees
UK Parliamentary Early Years Advisor and Researcher, UK

Drawing on her experience with the 1001 Critical Days Campaign, this presentation will highlight the systemic processes and lobbying practices undertaken in the run-up to a General Election to increase successful implementation of policy recommendations and strategic thinking.

1001 Critical Days: Best start in life 1001 Critical Days: Best start in life


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Clair Rees has a diverse background of experience in policy, practise based research and leadership in the early years. She has a specialism in infant mental health formed through an eclectic range of clinical experience within education, health and social care settings, both statutory and third sector.

Since 2010 she has been involved in shaping the early year’s agenda in the UK Parliament with the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, which is a cross-party collaboration to highlight the importance of the conception to age 2 period.

Lobbying, collaboration and bringing science and policy together has been the hallmark of Clair’s commitment to shape the moral, scientific and economic imperatives of the 1001 Critical Days landscape.

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM
ARACY Early Years Chapter Oration

In this presentation, the Inaugural ARACY Early Years Oration, we will hear about Professor Scott’s vast experience as a professional working with children, in particular those who have experienced harm and what recommendations she has for the sector to assist children to flourish.

ARACY Early Years Oration by Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott


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Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM was the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia. Prior to that, she was Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation, a large Australian philanthropic trust.  Her practice background is in the fields of child welfare and mental health. Professor Scott has conducted numerous child protection inquiries and reviews and is an advisor to governments. Her most recent book (co-authored with Professor Fiona Arney) is Working with Vulnerable Families, A Partnership Approach by Cambridge University Press.

   

 

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