2018 Presenters

Dr Kyllie Cripps

Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie, as a Pallawah woman, has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels. She has led three major Australian Research Council grants in the areas of Indigenous family violence including one defining and contextualising Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and service sector understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector. The research in this area was significant for identifying gaps and opportunities in the sector that could facilitate improvements in service responses to Indigenous family violence. Kyllie’s most recent ARC work and that of her fellow CI’s (Megan Davis and Annie Cossins) explores ‘The role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory‘. The project involves an empirical analysis of the extent to which extra-legal factors about sexuality and Indigenous culture influence the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the NT. The study will produce needed evidence to support future NT policy, legal practice and law reform relating to sentencing in sexual assault cases with broader application to other Australian jurisdictions. Kyllie is also undertaking research presently in the area of ‘failure to protect’ exploring the impact of policy and legislation for Aboriginal mothers charged with failing to protect their children in contexts of family violence.

Kyllie’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognised with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments. This is demonstrated in her publications, in her public speaking and her appointments to state and federal ministerial committees responding to family violence. She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups interested in her areas of expertise.


Dr John Malouff

John Malouff, PhD, JD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of New England. His research focuses on testing the efficacy of online psychological interventions. Recently, he has also studied the association between various types of psychological problems and telomere length. He has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, along with 7 scholarly books. He teaches a popular course on behaviour modification, and he writes a column for the Armidale Express newspaper.


Matt Anderson

“Elements of a trauma informed environment”.


Katie Gordon

“Strong community responses to domestic violence”.


Simon Mellor

Simon has travelled all over Australia, performing his unique and engaging kids songs to crowds big and small, including the Woodford Folk, Cygnet Folk and the National Folk Festivals, The Gympie Muster and a brief appearance on Australia’s Got Talent. His success includes a publishing project with Anh Do (Australian Comedian) and Scholastic Press, resulting in 2 books, over 50 000 units sold and a various award nominations from book council and independent book seller’s associations. His work has also received a short-list nomination for the REAL awards in the New South Wales, Northern Territory and Victoria. The REAL Awards are the only awards decided by the Children, with votes tallied on their favourite book.
Simon has also co-founded Magic Electricity Box, a music publishing company that helps to preserve endangered Indigenous Languages. The company has been awarded the Start-up Superstar Award from the Armidale Regional Business Chamber as well as nominated for an Innovation honour for Regional Development Australia. This year, Simon, and his co-founder Irene Lemon, presented the company to His Royal Highness, The Duke of York. Magic Electricity Box showcased the literacy and entertainment work they undertake in vulnerable Aboriginal communities.
Simon is often found guitar at hand, bringing lyrics and stories together for audiences young and old, in his home studio in Armidale.


Suzanne Perry

Suzanne Perry has a Masters in Art Therapy and for the past seventeen years has worked as an Art Psychotherapist with children, families and adults who have experienced complex relational trauma through family violence, abuse and neglect.  The University of Western Sydney offers a Masters of Art Therapy where she has been lecturing and providing clinical supervision for over fifteen years and has a particular interest and expertise in the role of the arts therapies when working with clients who have experienced relational complex trauma.
Suzanne also works with Aboriginal and mainstream child and family services providing arts based clinical supervision for staff working with vulnerable children and their families, and has provided training to NSW Health sexual assault and child protection counsellors, Barnardo’s and Connecting Carers a NSW based Foster Carers support and education programme.


Helen Malcolm

Helen Malcolm is Speech Pathologist in Charge at Armidale Community Health Centre. Helen is also the Profession Lead for Speech Pathology in the northern section of the Hunter New England Local Health District. Helen has worked for more than 30 years with children with speech and language difficulties, including over 10 years’ experience working with children with disability. She has a strong interest in promoting the importance of speech and language skills in young children. Helen has a continuing involvement  with an innovative program that is sponsored by the Rural Doctors Network, promoting speech and language development in children at Minimbah Preschool. The programme also follows these children through into their first year of school.  This program has enabled a large number of children who are Aboriginal to receive the therapy they need prior to, or in the early stages of, starting school.


Cathy Welsford

Cathy Welsford has worked in numerous arts, literacy and education fields during her 31-year career with the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), as both a teacher and consultant. After retiring from the DEC, she redirected her life to work for 10 years as a freelance literacy consultant and now as a community musician.
Cathy has directed school choirs, recorder ensembles, bands, orchestras and dance groups which have performed at local festivals, at Sydney Town Hall, the Sydney Opera House and overseas (England, France and Canada).
Cathy has directed choral groups for many years, working with schools, Conservatorium choirs and community choirs. She was a Choir Director with the NSW Sing 2001 Choir that performed at the Olympic and Para-Oympic Games, and the Sing NSW Choir that travelled interstate and overseas in 2005 and 2007. She also established and directed The New England Singers in Armidale, who performed at Woodford Folk Festival.
As a freelance literacy consultant, Cathy has written a comprehensive sets of teaching notes for teachers implementing the Accelerated Literacy approach which was published by Macmillan Australia.
Working as a community musician, Cathy has established a flourishing ukulele group that performs at festivals from Brisbane down to Newcastle; a part of the Wild Women Duo she runs team-building workshops based on learning ukulele, she also performs in a number of ukulele bands including The Wild Women of Armidale, The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach and Those Shameless Hussies. She provides ukulele workshops up and down the coast and even at the Deni Uke Muster! She has studied for three years to achieve her Level 3 Ukulele Teacher Certificate with the James Hill Ukulele Initiative.
In recent years, Cathy has worked at combining her two passions; music and literacy resulting in the NECOM Music, Literacy and Ukulele Project which uses the ukulele as a vehicle for teaching the NSW Music Syllabus in primary schools as well as developing and accelerating vocabulary learning. The program, piloted in 9 schools in 2017, will be offered to more schools in 2018.
As a result of a short stint at teaching music to Transition and Kindergarten classes in a local primary school, Cathy has recently developed a series of silly, short songs that are focused on learning music, movement skills and language development.
The workshop for the Family Support Early Childhood Conference will explore both those songs and on learning a specific strategy to promote vocabulary development.