Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – 2018

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The Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (QIFVP) is an event dedicated to celebrating the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to come together and learn from, share with and inspire each other.

The QIFVP highlights strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others, with discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence. We are excited to announce that this years theme is ‘Language of Change’.

Date:        Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17 May 2018

Venue:       Mercure Hotel, Townsville


Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Delegates: $450pp

Non Indigenous Delegate: $500pp

Early Bird Registration (which includes a FREE FORUM T-SHIRT) opens Monday 5th February 2018 (and closes Sunday 22nd April 2018).

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Program Schedule

Program Brief

Karla McGrady
Senior Policy Advisor | Our Watch

Karla McGrady is Senior Policy Advisor at Our Watch, an independent, national organisation working to prevent violence against women.  Karla’s role focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young people, recently completing research and consultation on a project developing a resource on preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This project is designed to contribute to the development of culturally safe and appropriate solutions to the prevention of violence against women. Before joining Our Watch she worked in Brisbane, Qld in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing, including through discussions about respectful relationships.

Charlie King
Anti Violence Campaigner | No More Campaign

Charlie King is an Indigenous Australian sport broadcaster and anti-family violence campaigner.  He is a Gurindji Australian, descendant of his mother, Ningardi, a Gurindji woman of central/western Northern Territory. Mr King has worked most of his life seeking to improve the lives of Indigenous people. He has held many positions in Human Services from 1979 to present. Amongst other positions, he has been a Youth Worker, a Juvenile Justice Worker, a Child Protection Officer in a Youth Service and a Juvenile Justice Manager. In 2006, Mr King consulted with over 30 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory about the role of men in reducing the high levels of Child Protection and Family Violence. This consultation led to the founding of the NO MORE campaign – a campaign that called for “No More” by Indigenous male elders. The campaign called for all Australians to link up and say No More. This work and the campaign still consumes him even though he has been a radio broadcaster since 1994. Mr King was awarded an OAM in 2015 for Services to the Indigenous Community and to the Media.

Katrina D’Angelo
Training & Resource Officer | SNAICC

Katrina has 41 years of experience both in direct service and management roles primarily with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Katrina lived and worked in Coober Pedy South Australia for 38 years on Yatjatjatjara and Pitjatjatjara country. Working for the Umoona Community Council for over a decade with the Anangu peoples; delivering case management and community education and development initiates to address Family Violence.

Katrina then commenced employment with Family and Community Services for 15 years delivering holistic case management and community development services to the local community and the communities on the APY Lands to address financial duress and family violence and also served as the Deputy Mayer of the District Council of Coober Pedy for 2 terms; representing and advocating for the rights of the Anangu peoples in the Region.

Katrina moved to Melbourne in 1998 and commenced delivering holistic case management services and community development initiatives at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service for close to 12 years. Katrina capacity built these services to establish a unit at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services and was the Program Manager of that unit whilst mentoring Aboriginal staff to lead.

Personally, Katrina is married to an Aboriginal man from the Yorta Yorta Nation (Wollithiga); and cherishes her long-term connection to her husband’s, culture, country, family and community.

Associate Professor Jenine Godwin-Thompson
Training and Projects Coordinator | SNAICC

Jenine is a proud Yaggerah Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, around the Moreton Bay area in sunny Queensland. Over the past ten years she has been working extensively across government and non-government Aboriginal health, education, and mental health sectors within the Townsville community, as well as with Aboriginal communities in the gulf and North West regional communities in Queensland. Jenine is specialised in community and policy development, research, developing and delivering educational curriculums/workshops/lectures, and implementing and coordinating culturally appropriate programs for service delivery. Reflective of her experience around building capacity and community development programs, Jenine’s role as Training and Projects Coordinator has her working across Training, Research, and Policy areas. Jenine is dedicated towards building and developing SNAICC’s research capacity, training development and review, while ensuring and informing relevant policy across SNAICC’s key priority and project areas.

EOI Opens: Yarning Circle Presenter Monday 27th November
EOI Deadline: Yarning Circle Presenter Friday 5th January
Notification to EOI YC Presenters Friday 12th January
Acceptance of Offer Friday 19th January
Draft Program Available Monday 22nd January
Early Bird Registration Opens Monday 5th February
Early Bird Registration Closes Sunday 22nd April
Full Registration Opens Monday 23rd April
Full Registration Closes Wednesday 9th May

Mercure Hotel Townsville 

166 Woolcock Street


P: 07 4759 4900

Please contact the hotel direct to book accommodation 

Registration includes:

Meet & Greet Function (Tuesday evening)

Morning Tea


Afternoon Tea

Forum Dinner (Wednesday Evening)

Early Bird Registration will receive a Forum T-Shirt (Book and Pay by Sunday 22 April 2018)

Ms Jamie Anderson
Educator | QCDFVR, CQUniversity

Jamie is a Gangulu-Wuli Wuli/Kanolu woman from Central Queensland and currently employed by the Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), based at the CQU North Rockhampton campus. Having previously held a fulltime position at Victoria’s Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education (IKE), Jamie maintained a strong commitment to Community Based Delivery Indigenous higher education, learning, and research, in addition to actively possessing knowledge relating to social work processes and interventions, decolonisation, mental health and community development. The International Speaker is also affiliated with Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Inc. a dedication to self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations and is Chairperson on the Board of Access Recreation.

Esme Fewquandie
Aboriginal Health Professional | TAIHS

Esme has been employed with Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (TAIHS) since 2013 as a Health Professional. Her mother’s people are the Bwgcolman Nation of Palm Island and her father’s people are from Croyden/Coen area in the Far North Queensland. Esme’s education took place at Cherbourg State School and Murgon State High. Further studies include attending TAFE in Rockhampton, completing the AIWEP Programme and later studying a Certificate IV in Primary Health in Cairns. Esme’s past employment history includes Barambah Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Women’s Business/Sexual Health with Queensland Health and a houseparent for children in care. Esme is also the loving mother of 4 wonderful children.

Lloyd Kyle
Family Response Facilitator | Mercy Community Services

Lloyd Kyle is presently positioned as a Family Response Facilitator with Family and Child Connect in Townsville – a funded Program auspiced by Mercy Community Services – Queensland. Lloyd is an Indigenous Specialist engaging Families (both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous alike) whereas 83% of notifications do not meet the Department of Child Safety’ threshold regarding abuse and neglect of children in Townsville and outlying communities. Lloyd has predominately worked within the Social Service sector in a career spanning over 30 years.

Randal Ross
Red Dust Healing

Randal Ross is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Australian South Sea Island descent. He is:

* the former Co-founder of Internationally Recognised Red Dust Healing;
* Indigenous Advisory Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Men’s Research Lowitja Institute;
* the co-author of “Garbutt Magpies: Boys to Men: 25 years on”; and
* a Building Indigenous Research Scholar (BIRC) James Cook University.

Randal was appointed by the then Prime Minister Mr John Howard to the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust Member with the development of the Jezzine Barracks Development in Townsville. Randal’s ongoing work is focused on rebuilding families through healing across Australia.

Ms Khrishna Wyles
Client Support Officer | QIFVLS

Khrishna Wyles is an Aboriginal Woman. Her mother is from the Kalkadoon tribe and her father is from the Warragamay tribe with a very widespread family connection. Khrishna is one of 11 siblings. She was educated at William Ross State High School and continued her education by completing a Diploma in Business and a Certificate III in Hospitality as Sweet Pastry Chef. Khrishna has had a diverse range of work experiences, which include working with the Great Barrier Reef Indigenous Partnerships Unit as the Indigenous Tourism Operations Officer, The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program as a Youth Worker and for the Townsville Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Corporation for Women where she worked alongside the NDIS Coordinator. Khrishna then identified that there was a need to bring a stop to violence in the community and this lead to becoming the client Support Officer at QIFVLS but also to become a role model to her children, family and my community.

Petrina Frankham
Phone: 07 4940 3340
Email: p.frankham@cqu.edu.au

Jamie Anderson
Phone: 07 4930 9301
Email: j.anderson@cqu.edu.au