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Safe Equal Respected Conference (Launceston)

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The Women's Legal Service Tasmania is proud to announce the inaugural "Safe Equal Respected Conference", a four-day event to be held from June 13-16, 2023 at the Launceston Conference Centre in lutruwita/Tasmania.

The conference will bring together national and international speakers to address critical issues on two subject matters: Family & Sexual violence (June 13-15) and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (June 16).

Hear from a diverse group of people including academics, service providers, legal experts, professionals and survivor advocates with lived experience.

It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain insights from leading experts in the field, and contribute to the ongoing work in this field.

The Safe Equal and Respected Conference is split across 2 topics and 4 days:

Family & Sexual Violence (June 13-15)

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (June 16)

The conference also includes over 12+ breakout sessions and panel discussions – giving you a chance to network with fellow participants and upskill on the topics.

Family & Sexual Violence topic (June 13-15)

Keynote Speaker
  • David Mandel, Executive Director of The Safe and Together™ Institute via livestream
Panel Discussion
  • New Story Company and tagari lia Child & Family Learning Centre presenting For a Mother’s Love – the journey of mother’s and grandmothers lived experience of domestic violence
Keynote Speakers
  • Cathy Humphreys, Co-Director of the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence and Professor of Social Work, Melbourne University  
  • Minister Jo Palmer, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
  • Padma Raman, Chief Executive Officer of ANROWS, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety 
Breakout Sessions
  • Bridie Slattery & Kayla Saint, SafeBeds Program, RSPCA
  • Thomas Caldwell, Clinical Lead, Family and Sexual Violence Project
  • Judi French, Social Worker, DECYP
  • Jen Wiedman, Mental Health Social Worker and Specialist Counselor, Wild Calm Therapies
  • Inspector Michelle Plumpton, Tasmania Police Family Violence Unit
  • Professor Nicole Asquith, Director, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
Panel Discussion
  • Men’s Behavioural Change
Keynote Speakers
  • Commander Debbie Williams, Tasmania Police Family and Sexual Violence Command
  • Ben Keith, New Zealand Barrister specialising in administration, constitutional, human rights and international law via livestream
  • Gabrielle Marchetti, Principal Lawyer at Jobwatch, exploring the intersection between family violence and employment law
  • Betty Taylor, CEO Red Rose Foundation
Breakout Sessions
  • Peter Buckler and Toby Stoddart, Colony 47
  • Alina Thomas and Carolyn Self, Engender Equality
  • Matthew Jago and Dr Tegan Johnson, School Psychologist DECYP
  • Dr Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor in Policing and Emergency Management


    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace topic (June 16)

    • Senior Solicitor Emma Johnson, Working Women's Centre SA
    • Sarah Bolt, Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
    • Barrister Kate Eastman
    • Gabrielle Marchetti, Jobwatch
    • Tracey Spicer, Award Winning Journalist & Author

    Men in the Conversation:
    Male leadership changing the workplace and sexual harassment narrative

    For more information visit the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania’s event page: 

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    Multiple tickets and day options are available.

    Take the opportunity to join leading thinkers and change makers and be part of a ground breaking conference aimed to inspire meaningful change in the community and beyond.


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