2016 National Conference

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Sunday 4 - Wednesday 7 September 2016

Darwin Convention Centre

Northern Territory

Welcome from the Conference Committee Chair

It is with great pleasure I invite you to the 2016 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held in Darwin, NT from 4 to 7 September this year.

It has been eight years since the conference was last held in Darwin. I am told that those who attended back then will notice that Darwin has both retained its relaxed charm but also become a decidedly sophisticated city. As a new visitor to the Top End, I am greatly looking forward to visiting a unique part of Australia that is culturally dynamic and genuinely on the edge of Asia.

With a population of around 83,000, Darwin boasts a community of more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. And its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, are prominent and active members of the community.

It is appropriate then that our theme - Creative Edge: Innovation; Challenge; Identity; Place - acknowledges the creativity this mix provides; not only Darwin’s position on the edge of Australia, but the challenges and innovations ahead as we respond to new ways of working. This year’s theme recognises each of these as well as the importance of place and people in all of our work.

If you’ve never been to Darwin before, make this event your first experience as it will include the best Darwin has to offer. The conference opening service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral and the national awards event will be held at historical Government House, both Darwin icons.

So lock this event into your calendars and register now! Reconnect and develop new networks. This is a professional development prospect that will give you the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences, and celebrate your progress and plans for the future.

Jeremy Halcrow
Conference Chair


General MorrisonGeneral David Morrison AO

General David Morrison AO is Australian of the Year. During a 36 year career as a soldier he saw operational service in Bougainville and East Timor, and as an Australian Army Officer led troops from platoon level all the way up to three star General - Chief of Army. This is an appointment he held for the last four years of his service. His loyalty to his profession and outstanding performance was recognised by being made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010.

In his tenure at the top of Australia’s Army, David has faced many leadership challenges, but he is probably best known for his strong public stance on gender equality and leading cultural change in large organisations. He has spoken about diversity and culture to the United Nations International Women’s Day Conference in New York, and was a closing speaker, with Angelina Jolie, William Hague and John Kerry at the Global Summit to Prevent Sexual Violence in Military Conflict in London in 2014.

The Australian Financial Review named David Morrison as one of Australia’s leading influences on culture in 2014 and Boss Magazine included him in its top dozen leaders in Australia in the same year. In 2015, David was appointed Chair of the Diversity Council Australia, and appointed to the board of Our Watch.

Dr Kim Forrester

Dr ForresterDr Kim Forrester is a registered nurse and barrister-at-law practicing at the private bar in Queensland. She completed her general nurse training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and was registered to practice in 1975. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing.

Kim successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of New South Wales, a Master of Laws (Advanced) at the University of Queensland and, in 2003, a PhD from Griffith University which examined the outcomes of disciplinary proceedings involving health professionals.

She has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing and Health at Griffith University where she established the Masters in Emergency Nursing program and subsequently was a foundation academic in the School of Medicine lecturing in medical law, ethics and professional practice. Kim currently holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University lecturing in medical law.

Kim is a member of the Health and Disability Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society, of the Board of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service and a Commission member of the Community Services Commission.

Olga HavnenOlga Havnen

Olga Havnen is of Western Arrernte descent and grew up in Tennant Creek. She is currently CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service, and has held senior positions in government and non-government sectors, including NT Coordinator General Remote Services, Head of Indigenous Strategy with Australian Red Cross, Indigenous Programs Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Central and Northern Land Councils, Senior Policy Adviser, NT Department of the Chief Minister, Executive Officer, Human Rights Branch Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Olga is Deputy Chairperson, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT and is currently a board member of Anglicare NT. She has also served as a board member of the Indigenous Land Corporation, Voyages Indigenous Tourism, Clontarf Foundation.

Charlie King AOM

Charlie KingBorn in Alice Springs, Charlie King’s mother is a Gurindji woman from Kalkarindji in Central Australia. Charlie is a sports commentator on the ABC, hosting Grandstand and has commentated on various sports including Australian Rules football and cricket since 1990. He was the lawn bowls commentator for ABC radio at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. As a broadcaster, Charlie was the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympic Games, Beijing 2008.

Charlie’s high sporting profile gives him leverage to support the causes that he is passionate about. Active in promoting anti-domestic violence, in early 2006, he began talking with men about drivers of violence and engaging men in conversations about how they could take a more proactive role in starting to change men’s attitudes about women and violence.

Charlie is the Founder of the Territory born, national campaign, NO MORE to family violence. The NO MORE Campaign includes addressing prevention of violence through a whole of community approach and then drills down to working with individual sporting clubs to develop domestic violence action plans.

Charlie has been working in partnership with CatholicCare NT since 2006 developing strong men's programs and the NO MORE Campaign. His work has been recognised through a range of national territory level awards including NAIDOC awards, Darwin City Council Citizen of the year award, rotary awards. In 2015 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to broadcast media and the Indigenous community.

Bishop McLeodBishop Chris McLeod

Bishop Chris McLeod will deliver the John Roffey Lecture at the 2016 National Conference.

Chris is an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide, with special responsibilities for Aboriginal Ministry, and National Aboriginal Bishop. His appointment last year was considered a landmark for the church because Chris is only the third Anglican Bishop of Aboriginal descent in Australia's history.

Chris has served in ordained Anglican ministry for 25 years. His ministry has primarily been in parish ministry. Alongside this, he has specialised in prison chaplaincy and cross-cultural ministry.

Chris has served the Australian Church as a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council, where he has been executive member and deputy chair. He has represented Australia twice on the Anglican Indigenous Network.

A PhD candidate at Flinders University, Chris is exploring further the practical application of Trinitarian theology on the praxis of Anglican ministry (walking the Trinitarian talk). His PhD thesis is titled The Redgum Staff - a practical theology of Episcopacy; exploring Patriarchy and Mutuality in the Trinity: An auto-ethnographic approach.

Chris is of Gurindji descent and his late mother was a member of the Stolen Generations, and in this context he has special concerns to focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. He is married with three adult children.

Debby Blakey

Debby BlakeyDebby Blakey was appointed CEO of HESTA on 2 March 2015, and is responsible for leading the $32 billion industry fund dedicated to the health and community services sector. Debby joined HESTA in 2008 as an Executive leading the Member Advice Unit, and assumed the role of Deputy CEO in 2012.

A proven leader with more than 25 years' experience in super and financial services, Debby has a wealth of experience having held a range of senior positions within a number of financial institutions and having run her own business as an Employee Benefit Consultant for 12 years.

Debby is a Director of Fund Executives Association Limited (FEAL), an organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development of leaders in the superannuation industry, Industry Super Australia Ltd (ISA), Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI).

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Natal (South Africa), is a Certified Financial Planner™, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon BiggsSimon Biggs

Prof Simon Biggs is the Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at Melbourne University. He has been engaged in a number of Australian research initiatives including: mature-age workers (ARC); intergenerational relationships (LMCF); Peri-urban growth (Vic Health) and social aspects of dementia (NHMRC). He is an Executive member of the National Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, where he leads the research stream on attitudes and culture and is CI on two NHMRC projects:

the role of regulation in care and dementia campaigning in the public sphere.

Simon works with the Research and Policy Centre, advising on strategic and policy issues in ageing and retirement, at the Melbourne based NGO ‘The Brotherhood of St Laurence’ (BSL).The BSL has a principle concern for social justice and equality. He is also a grants advisory  member for Melbourne’s  Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

His interests include the relationship between social identity and adult ageing, including the analysis of international and national social policy and the changing adult life-course. Written work has extended to: community care policies; technologies of self, such as counselling and psychotherapy in later life; midlife and maturity; intergenerational relationships; spirituality and ageing; lifestyles and retirement communities; public policy toward old age; social theory and ageing.

Joe MorrisonJoe Morrison

Joe Morrison is the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Land Council (NLC). Joe was born and raised in Katherine in the Northern Territory. His heritage is Dagoman and Torres Strait (Moa Island). 

Over the last 15 years, Joe has worked with Indigenous communities across the Top End of the NT, and recently extending across north Australia, supporting communities developing local action to care for their country. The majority of his time has been with Nunggubuyu, Ngandi, Mara, Wandarang, Alawa and Ngalakgan people in south-east Arnhem Land. Joe is a member of various Australian Government Advisory Committee’s relating to Caring for Country. He has a BA in Natural Resource Management from the University of Sydney.
Joe has various interests in research relating to Indigenous rights to water, Indigenous Knowledge, carbon related industries and general caring for country. Joe has authored and co-authored many articles relating to Indigenous rights, management of country, economic development and northern development.