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Solidarity: Safety, Justice, Wellbeing

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“Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organisations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo.”  Peter Senge

We know women and children experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual violence benefit when services are integrated across sectors. This is especially true for women in rural and regional areas, women with disability, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, who all face additional barriers to accessing services.

About the program

By combining practice wisdom and research evidence, the Safety, Justice, Wellbeing series will create the space for practitioners to build on existing work and imagine new possibilities for collective, integrated and collaborative work. Whether you are already part of a collaborative process, or would like to be, this series will help you achieve your goals.

Following on from last year’s popular Daring, Inclusive, Feminist Leadership series, this series will provide opportunities for you to participate at a level that meets your needs and capacity. Symposiums, delivered across 2022 will inspire your thinking and build your connections across the sector and beyond. You can also choose to opt into a program of peer groups session which will build on the content delivered in the symposiums and may lead to further action learning opportunities, supported by WorkUP Queensland.

This is a flexible program that includes two core components:

  1. Symposiums: Covering three main topic areas, Safety, Justice and Wellbeing, the symposiums will consist of a keynote and then a panel discussion. Panel discussions will include a practitioner, an academic and case study relevant to the topic.
  2. Facilitated peer learning groups: Delving deeply into the themes of Safety, Wellbeing and Justice, peer groups can consist of members from within one organisation or be cross-sectoral.

To get the best out of this program we encourage people to engage in both components. We recognise the constraints of the sector and to support flexibility people may choose to attend the symposiums only. The peer learning groups will scaffold learning from the symposiums, so it is essential to also participate in the three symposiums if you wish to join the peer learning groups.

Join Jan Archer (Archersfield Consulting and Management) and a raft of inspirational speakers from practice and academia as we explore what Safety, Justice and Wellbeing mean for the people we work with, and for the workforce.

Event Information

Symposiums – attend them all or just the ones of interest to you

  • Symposium 1: Safety – 30 March 2022 (Online)
  • Symposium 2: Justice – 8 June 2022 (Seminar Rooms 3 & 4, Caboolture Hub, 4 Hasking St, Caboolture QLD 4510)
  • Symposium 3: Wellbeing – 14 September 2022 (Online)

Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm AEST (All symposiums)

Peer Learning Groups

Please note you must register for all three symposiums to register for the peer learning groups. The facilitator will be in touch to develop a date schedule for the year. It is anticipated that each peer learning group will meet a maximum of 6 times during the year (April, May, July, August, October and November).


Jan Archer (Archersfield Consulting and Management)

Before leaving the Public Service Jan Archer was the Deputy Commissioner for Fair Trading in Queensland.  

Jan’s experience includes significant change leadership responsibilities in local government amalgamations; leadership in the establishment and dis-establishment of government agencies and the creation of new shared service models and integrated corporate service delivery across government departments.

Much of Jan’s work in the university, public and community sectors has focused on innovation, reform and how leaders of public, private and community organisations can engage in adding value to their enterprises. Upon leaving the public service, Jan established Archersfield Consulting and Management, which has delivered change leadership support across sectors in QLD, NSW, NT and the ACT for 14 years.

Speakers (Symposium 3 - 14 September 2022)

    Jane Gilmore (Journalist and author)

    Jane Gilmore is an author, journalist, feminist, and consent educator. She has been researching and writing about the causes and effects of violence and poverty for over a decade and is now also involved in delivering consent and respectful relationships education in Australian schools.

    Jane has a Master of Journalism from the University of Melbourne and is an award-winning journalist who has been commissioned by The AgeThe Sydney Morning HeraldThe GuardianThe Saturday Daily TelegraphSBSWomen’s AgendaQueen Victoria Women’s Centre, Elle Magazine, JunkeeThe HooplaSpook Magazine and the ABC.

    Jane’s first book, Fixed It, was published by Penguin Random House in 2019 and explores media’s representation of women and violence. In 2020 she wrote the work section of the book Work Love Body published by Hachette in 2021. Her latest book, Teaching Consent, was published by Body Safety Australia in 2022 and the next book in the series Teaching Respect will be published in 2023.

    Jackie Smith (Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Financial Advocate, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service – Micah Projects)

    Jackie Smith is the Specialist Family and Domestic Violence Financial Advocate at Brisbane Domestic Violence Service where she has works for two years.

    Prior to this as a financial counsellor Jackie worked on the National Debt Helpline. Jackie also has 25 years’ work experience in the commerce industry which includes Colonial’s Women’s Advisory Service and External Auditor with the Queensland Audit Office. Jackie post graduate studies including Certified Practicing Accountant, Counselling Studies, and Financial Counselling Diploma.

    At BDVS, Jackie provides financial advocacy at both frontline ‘one on one’ and broader systemic change levels. In working within the service as the financial abuse specialist her additional qualifications in counselling enable her to work from a DFV trauma informed framework whilst reducing the need for women to retell their story as she supports people to recover from economic abuse.

    Heather Lovatt (Director, QCDFVR)

    Heather was appointed QCDFVR Director in March 2018, after working at the Centre as a Senior Researcher for several years. In this role Heather has led a diverse range of research projects relating to gendered violence.

    There is a tangible intersect between research and practice at QCDFVR epitomising an integrated approach that links education/training, sector development and research. With a background of working with community services in government and non-government sectors prior to her current role, Heather has a particular interest in applied research that has a social impact; ensuring the knowledge and wisdom of those impacted by gendered violence, priority populations and front-line practitioners are prioritised. She hopes that the integrated approach QCDFVR has adopted contributes to informed policy, practice and workforce development.

    Keith Tracey-Patte (A/CEO, Challenge DV)

    Keith has more than 20 years’ experience at senior levels in policy, program, corporate and advisory roles.

    This experience includes managing corporate services in a small organisation, being an advisor to a Minister, developing and implementing large programs for Government, managing large changes, and running his own independent consulting business.

    Having seen the lives of close friends, family and work colleagues impacted by family and domestic violence, Keith is passionate about taking personal action to make a difference.

    Karina Hogan (Broadcaster)

    Karina was born in Brisbane to an Aboriginal and Southsea Islander mother and Australian father. She grew up in Logan where at a very early age she knew she wanted to work for and with her community.

    Since, she has worked in leadership roles and as a journalist, producer and broadcaster and done work in community engagement alongside various organisations. She spent 10 years on the management committee of Sisters Inside working alongside women impacted by the criminal justice system,  and spent six years as the Chair of The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS). She was appointed to the board of the Children’s Hospital Queensland in 2019. In 2019 Karina took up the challenge of helping to create and develop a documentary centred on incarceration in Australia. ‘Incarceration Nation’ was shortlisted for the 2022 Walkley awards and through this Karina remains part of the subsequent campaign advocating for those impacted by the criminal justice system. She continues to advocate for positive and sustainable change in her community, particularly in the health, media and justice space.


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