International Domestic Violence and Health Conference 2018

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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 for all members of the family.  

  • 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.    


IDVH Wellbeing Program

IDVH 2018 offers a wellbeing program over the two days, hosted by Kundalini House. This program aims to provide well-being and self-care during the conference. More info available here.

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Pre conference events:


Presentation by Kids First and University of Melbourne

Guest speaker Dr Angelique Jenney

‘Children and Mothers in Mind’

Venue: University of Melbourne, Cussonia Court

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Dean’s Lecture Series - Len Tierney Lecture

Presentation by Prof Harriet MacMillan

‘Children’s Experiences of Domestic Violence: Linking Practice and Policy with Evidence’

Monday 19th November  6 - 7 pm

Venue: Ian Potter Auditorium - Ground Floor, Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, The University of Melbourne.

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Guided Walk - Birrarung Wilam (River Camp)

Monday 19th November 1 - 2 pm

Level 1, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne

Led by the The Koorie Heritage Trust

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For information on other tours available please visit our Travel page


Student breakfast

Conversation with Prof Nancy Glass

Wednesday 21st November 7.30 am

RACV City Club

$30 includes breakfast.

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Post conference events:

'Continue the Conversation' Social Dinner

Features ‘story-telling’. More info here

Wednesday 21st November 7 pm til approx 11 pm

Club Conservatory, RACV City Club

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

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Interested in finding out more about our sixbysix storytelling session at the dinner? Read more here

Clinical and Public Health Seminar

Presentation by Prof Harriet MacMillan

‘Child Maltreatment: Evidence-based Approaches to Identification and Response’

Thursday 22nd November  12.30 - 1.30 pm

Venue: Ella Latham Theatre - Ground Floor, Royal Children’s Hospital , Flemington Rd, Parkville (see map)

Free event. More info here

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Major IDVH Conference Partners

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IDVH streams 1 and 2 sponsored by


IDVH stream 3 sponsored by

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IDVH stream 4 sponsored by

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IDVH 2018 Supporting Partners: 1800 RESPECT; Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; No to Violence