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Keynote speakers


Dr Mark Wenitong

Dr Mark Wenitong (Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, School of Tropical Public Health) is from Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He is a Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer at NACCHO, and the Senior Medical Advisor at Apunipima Cape York Health Council. His work entails clinics, clinical governance and strategic primary health care planning. He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns for the previous nine years. He has also worked as the medical advisor for OATSIH in Canberra. He was the acting CEO of NACCHO for a period in 2012. He has worked in PHC in East Timor, and has worked in community development with World Vision in Papunya NT.

He is a past President and founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Committee – National Preventative Health Committee, the National Lead Clinicians Group, a ministerial appointee to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Equity Council, the National Independent e-Health Advisory Committee, and chairs the Andrology Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Reference group, sits on several other committees. He is a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Board member of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress health service. He sits on the National Health Performance Authority PHC committee. Dr Wenitong has been heavily involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. He has received the 2011 AMA Presidents Award for Excellence in Healthcare, and inducted into the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame, and more recently, was one of the chief investigators awarded the MJA best research journal article for 2012.


Dr Paul Prichard

Paul is based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His role there is Manager, Training and Development of Policy Equity and Translation at the Centre for Community Child Health.
For more than 25 years, Paul has been pursuing better lives for the children, youth, adults and families he has worked with. Paul’s career has spanned primary teaching, youth work, residential care, and the coordination, development and management of family support, parenting and volunteer interventions. He has extensive practice experience working with families experiencing complex needs including homeless youth, prisoners and their families, and families under statutory interventions.
Paul’s two passions are:
• promoting the important role fathers play in children’s lives
• improving community engagement and collaboration to enable the voices of disengaged families in the design and implementation of early childhood services.
At the Centre for Community Child Health, Paul manages a dynamic team of training and development professionals who deliver specially tailored training for early childhood practitioners across Australia. This work has included the implementation of a ‘Learning and Development Strategy’ to support the roll out of integrated Child and Family Centres across Tasmania – arguably Australia’s best example of how community co-design processes can improve outcomes for children and families.
Prior to joining CCCH, Paul played a key role in the development of Good Beginnings Australia from its inception in 1997 to 2009 and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government for his work during that time.
Paul’s PhD research focused on the critical role parents and community members can perform in helping reconceptualise.


A/Prof Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher (PhD) is Associate Professor in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, NSW.

He has been conducting programs and research with boys, fathers and families for over 20 years and is the convenor of the Australian Fatherhood Research Network. His current research includes: Father’s role in families with PND; Young parents’ strengths; Father-infant attachment; Aboriginal fathering; Fathers of children with Autism; Using the web for parent support; and, Supporting separated parents of young children. His book ‘The Dad Factor: how father-baby bonding helps a child for life’ was published by Finch has been translated into five languages.


Sarah Davis-Roe

Sarah Davis-Roe Works for Queensland Health. She is the Project Coordinator of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Early Years Project.



More on Sarah to come…