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Keynote and plenary speakers

Mr Nathan Wallis

Host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”, Nathan Wallis, Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience educator, has been captivating audiences over 250 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia, & China.  Nathan is a father of three and foster father to many. His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer.

With a legendary reputation as a lively and engaging speaker, Nathan uses humour and plain language to condense twenty-five years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style. You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ah-ha” moments.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital, Co-Group leader of Policy and Equity, and Theme Director, Population Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.

Mr Joe Coyne

Joe Coyne has worked for over 20 years in the area of child and family psychology. He is particularly interested in the developmental processes involved in healthy outcomes and the impacts of parenting and life events on personal trajectories. In recent years he has been exploring the benefits of incorporating attachment theory and research into contemporary treatment approaches for parents, children and adults.  Of the developmental outcomes that early life impacts, he is particularly interested in how people come to understand and manage their emotions, both individually and in the various relationships they encounter in their daily life.  To this end he is interested in the practice and research related to emotion regulation, mindfulness, and compassion.

Joe is an accredited therapist, trainer and supervisor for the Circle of Security Intervention.  He is currently the Course Coordinator of the Masters of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) at QUT and is Endorsed as both a Clinical and Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher 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.

Associate Professor Amanda Third

Associate Professor Amanda Third is Principal Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture & Society, and Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Research Centre, at Western Sydney University. An international expert in child participation research, her work investigates children’s and young people’s technology practices, focusing on marginalised groups and rights-based approaches. She has led child-centred projects to understand children’s and young people’s experiences of the digital age in 68 countries, working with partners across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. She is lead author of Young People in Digital Society: Control/Shift (Palgrave, 2019); Young and Online: Children’s Perspectives on Life in the Digital Age (WSU/UNICEF, 2017); and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Children around the World (Young and Well CRC/UNICEF, 2014). She is currently co-authoring a General Comment on Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment for the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child.