2016 Conference Keynotes

Tom Calma
Frank Oberklaid
Bev Fluckiger
Lane Strathearn
Penny Dakin

Professor Tom Calma, 6th Chancellor of the University of Canberra and the first Indigenous male Chancellor of an Australian university
Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The University of Melbourne
Professor Bev Fluckiger, Associate Professor, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
Penny Dakin National Program Director, Australian research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
Dr Strathearn is a developmental pediatrician and a neuroscientist from the University of Iowa
Dr. Sara Watson is the Global Director of ReadyNation

2016 Conference Feedback

"A great conference, having people from a variety of services and roles, but with early years focus, really brought a wide range of perceptions together."

"It was a very friendly atmosphere. Very easy to connect with other participants."

"I really enjoyed the breakout sessions, hearing about what other services/areas are doing, challenges they are experiencing and the innovative ways they are overcoming them."

"The information gained from the guest speakers was very beneficial and interesting."

"Key note presentations were all really high quality and informative."

"I enjoyed the keynote speaker addresses and hearing from other services as to how they deliver. It was great to network with other services I wouldn't have otherwise connected with."

"Breakout sessions very practical and information can be adopted to use in my role."

"Challenged by Sara Watson; encouraged by Frank Oberklaid and Penny Daikin, inspired by Tom Calma."

"I was reminded of the importance of early intervention work and practice-informed research, and was inspired by the momentum at the conference from people to think differently about their practice."

Early Years Conference - Today’s Children - Tomorrow’s Future

The conference is Financially Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services