International Domestic Violence and Health Conference 2018

Program outline

  • Our core focus is children, young people and their parents and carers, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Indigenous peoples.

  • Sessions will explore how to integrate knowledge and translate it into action for improving the safety, health and wellbeing of families.

  • A safe and trauma-informed conference, our program and space will be relevant and respectful to survivors and those working in the domestic violence area.

  • Our program offers interactive and dynamic panel discussions and workshops, hands-on demonstrations of innovative models of practice and a program of social and well-being activities for delegates.


Program themes

  • Stream 1: Early intervention in the health sector for the whole family

Health system change and technological pathways for early identification and first line responses to domestic violence.  

  • Stream 2: Dynamics and complexity of abuse and resilience

Using longitudinal studies and voices of survivors to tailor responses for women and children from all backgrounds.

  • Stream 3: Culture, kinship and connection: strong and safe families

Drawing on the voices and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other peoples of First Nations to develop, tailor and evaluate effective responses to family violence.

  • Stream 4: Pathways for listening and responding to children, young people and their families

Pathways for practitioners to respond and refer children, mothers, fathers and carers to models in family services.    



DAY ONE - Tuesday 20 November

DAY TWO - Wednesday 21 November

(Program updated 14/09/18. N.B. Program is subject to change)


Pre conference event:

Presentation by Prof Harriet MacMillan

Monday 19th November  6-7pm,

The University of Melbourne

Free event. More info to follow.

No need to register.


Student breakfast:

Conversation with Prof Nancy Glass

Wednesday 21st November 7.30am

RACV City Club

$30 includes breakfast.

Register via the registration page


Post conference event:

'Continue the Conversation' social dinner

Includes special story-telling session (More details to follow)

Wednesday 21st November 7pm til approx 11pm

Club Conservatory, RACV City Club

$95 includes dinner and drinks. Dress code: Fabulous!

Register via the registration page