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Our Conference Presenters
Josie is a qualified social worker who has worked, directly and indirectly, supporting children and families for the last 16 years. Over that time, Josie has undertaken reunification work, supported young people transitioning from care and worked with high risk families both here and in the United Kingdom. Josie has also worked in Adoption services, both with couples considering adoption and families considering adoption as a care option for their children.
Josie has specific interests in supporting people and families impacted by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), trauma and attachment, sexual abuse and recovery, assessment of carers and families and identity development and support for children who are growing up away from their biological family- whether through adoption, foster care, family arrangement or donor conception. She is also interested in the development and facilitation of training regarding sexual and identity development and trauma recovery.
Andrea Josipovic is a highly skilled child protection practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working in state government and non-government agencies. She is currently in the role of Senior Team Leader of Practice Advice and Support with the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. The team consists of a group of experienced multi-disciplinary practitioners who consult state-wide with large stakeholder groups on highly complex matters. These consultations are often about children who have experienced sexual abuse and may present with a range of sexually reactive behaviours, attachment difficulties, disconnection from family, cumulative trauma, and profound sadness and loss.
Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling and a Master of Arts and has recently submitted her PhD thesis with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Her thesis explores the emergence of child abuse as a concept and critically historicises the unthinkability of women as alleged sexual offenders.
Andrea is an engaging facilitator who is able to understand, explicate and help address difficult aspects of human services work. She regularly conducts training in several topic areas related to child protection and has provided guest lectures at Christian Heritage College in various counselling programs. Recently, she spent 12 months as a Senior Practitioner in frontline practice.
Andrea deeply values diversity and is committed to collaborative practice that draws on the strength and resources of children, young people, their families and the networks that support them.
Carolyn De Witt-Ryall
Senior Advisor professional Standards and Student protection and Student Voice Project Manager
Carolyn is a social worker who is committed to creating safe, inclusive and connected communities for children and young people. She believes that children and young people have the right to participate in decisions that impact on them. Carolyn believes that by combining the wisdom and experience of students and staff, we can transform the education system making it even better and more student focused.
Student Protection Officer and Student Voice Project Leader
Renee is a social worker who is passionate about promoting social justice and equality across all levels of society. She has loved working on the Student Voice initiative since it began in 2017. Renee jumped at the chance to be part of the initiative given its focus on enabling students to be involved in decisions that affect them and providing opportunities to co-create safer and more inclusive communities where all students can thrive and achieve their learning and life goals.
Director – Student Wellbeing & Diversity
Brooke is an experienced education leader and clinical psychologist. Her expertise is in transformational change and leading high performing teams of professionals in the modern world, to assist young people.
Brooke is also an accomplished specialist, possessing a strong work history in, counselling, consultancy, engagement and human resource leadership within government, private practice and educational contexts. As an effective manager and practitioner, Brooke has significant success in case management of clients with complex needs, using evidence-based interventions, liaising with a range of key stakeholders to mitigate risk and increase client engagement, supervise practitioners, and manage referral pathways. Brooke’s professional experience has equipped her to understand and develop human capital, the psychology of learning and motivators of individuals and effective team formation.
Diocesan Community Engagement Officer
Anne has worked in youth ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Cairns since 2013, creating faith-based youth events and speaking with teenagers in parishes and schools. Anne has an interest in understanding what drives young people’s belief systems and presenting Christianity as a credible option in our secular society. She is also passionate about listening to young people’s ideas for the Church.
Anne has an Ad Dip in Social Science, Dip Theology and is currently studying Philosophy and Religion at the University of Newcastle.