Registrations now open for popular conference.

Leading experts in health, education and child development will address a free public conference in Launceston this May.

Registrations are NOW OPEN for the two day Anglicare Tasmania Communities for Children Conference. Places are already filling fast!

International keynote speaker is paediatrician Dr Laura Jana.  She will describe how to encourage the development of social and creative skills in young children. Her latest book is ‘The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow’. In this Laura explains just how important the first five years of a child’s life are to support their learning potential.

Also speaking will be Marina Dickson from the Australian Childhood Foundation. Marina has expertise in trauma-based interventions for children who have experienced abuse. In her talk she will focus on the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-based interventions across the welfare and education sectors.

Another keynote speaker is Peter Hutton, Director of the Future Schools Alliance. Peter has developed an innovative educational model that allows students to contribute to the design of their own education. He led the transformation of Victoria’s Templestowe College which has featured on ‘60 minutes’ and ‘The Project’.

Anglicare is holding the conference in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Social Services. It is being held May 18 – 19 at the Launceston Conference Centre.

This is the sixth time we have hosted the event which is now regarded as a valuable professional development opportunity for anyone who works with children. Numbers are capped at 300 people each day. So, to avoid disappointment please register now.

The theme of the conference is ‘Transitions – Developmental Transitions, Systems Transitions, and Transitions to Engagement’.

It is an opportunity to examine critical points in child development and opportunities to improve engagement. Furthermore, it will look at changes needed in community service systems to work together for child, family and community wellbeing.

Educator Elizabeth Daly OAM will host the conference and voices of local children will feature.

The conference is part of Anglicare’s facilitation of the Communities for Children initiative in Launceston and the Tamar Valley. Through this we support local communities to create positive futures for all children growing up in the region.

There will be a range of interactive workshops on offer, as well as presentations by keynote speakers. Also, there’ll be a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Catherine Robinson from Anglicare’s Social Action Research Centre. This aims to explore ways to move to a more integrated service system.

Find out more about the Communities for Children Conference or call us on 1800 243 232.



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