Starting early for children in need – where we start matters

This forum is held in conjunction with our partner organisation the Department for Child Protection.

The message this year for National Child Protection Week (3-9 September) is that ‘Every child in every community needs a fair go’ and will be complemented with the theme ‘Where we start matters’. Our expert panel of speakers will present around their work in this area on a wide range of topics from babies, children, mothers and support programs.


Dr Prue McEvoy, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist: Lead Psychiatric Director, Department for Child Protection on Child Maltreatment: the obstacle to children getting a fair go

Brad Morgan, Director, Emerging Minds on Early Support, early in life: Mental health as a foundation for lifelong development

Dr Alisa Willis, Head of Impact, Growth and Innovation, Junction Australia on Growing Together

Gemma Crisp, Lead Clinician – Speech Pathologist, Therapeutic Carer Support Team. Department for Child Protection on Identifying children in care who are at risk of disability or developmental delay - living in rural and remote South Australia

Dr Carmela Bastian, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University on Safety and wellbeing of children in the context of women’s shelters

A/Professor Yvonne Clark, Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia and SAHMRI on Understanding the needs and providing support for pregnant women with Aboriginal babies in antenatal settings

Hanne Brunes, Liaison Officer and Esma, foster carer, Life Without Barriers on The Mockingbird Family


Professor Leah Bromfield, Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

Open to the public, everyone is welcome. Networking and light refreshments will follow the session and panel discussion from 7.45pm.

You can view the recording here: HDA & DCP Forum: Starting Early For Children In Need - Where We Start Matters. 5/9/23 (

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