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Master of Ceremonies


Dr Karen Struthers

Karen Struthers is the Director at National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse. Karen is driven by the desire to ensure that all people enjoy a decent quality of life. That starts with all children having access to early years education and care; a safe place to call home; quality health care and achieving reconciliation.  Some things to know about Karen’s experience:

  • With roles in social work, advocacy, policy, education, research —and more than a decade as a Member of Parliament and Minister for Community Services, Housing and Women—Karen has had a big impact on many social reforms. Most notably, she is recognised as a long-standing leader and reformer in the prevention of domestic and family violence.
  • Led a national alliance Every Child — funded by The Benevolent Society to promote systems leadership across sectors to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Current work includes: founding member of a new Sunshine Coast collaborative impact project enabling young people to be more active agents of change in their wellbeing; Board Member of the Menzies Health Institute, Queensland and Adjunct Fellow at Griffith University and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).


Ms Rowena Bullio

Rowena Bullio is passionate about people; reflecting on her thirty plus years of voluntary work in Cairns and surrounding region with children, youth and families. She has served as Director on a number of Boards; including – Aborigines & Torres Strait Islanders Youth Welfare Company Ltd. (President), Yuddika Child Care Agency, Warringu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and Boopa Werem Kindergarten and Preschool (President). Rowena’s employment ranges from taskforce member in the development of Indigenous Primary Health Care for Health Workers in Queensland; Cairns Regional Council’s Indigenous Liaison & Policy Officer; Department of Child Safety Indigenous Project Officer, Act for Kids and NPA Family and Community Services Program Manager to both (child protection funded services). She is studying a Bachelor of Social Science degree at James Cook University and is working towards a double major in – Asia Pacific Governance and Development and Anthropology. Her interests lie in International Relations and Foreign Policy and Medical Anthropology.