Ann Oakley, Chief Executive Officer at Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation & Gerry Georgatos, National Coordinator, National Indigenous Critical Response Service; Project Manager, National Migrant Youth Support Service and Suicide Prevention and Welfare Researcher.


Information and articles regarding child protection.


Interviews and video coverage of child protection in the media.


Priscilla Atkins

Priscilla Atkins is Eastern Arrernte from Central Australia and mother of 6 children. Priscilla is the CEO of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency which is the largest legal services in the Northern Territory providing high-quality and culturally appropriate legal aid services for Indigenous people in the Top End. She is fully engaged in pursuing […]

Natalie Lewis

 Natalie Lewis is a descendant of the Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) Nation and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). Her professional experience has been acquired in Queensland and in the United States in the areas of youth justice and child protection, providing direct service, program […]

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

Rosalie Kunoth was born in 1937 at Utopia Cattle Station (Urapuntja) in the Northern Territory of Australia to parents of the Amatjere people. Her paternal grandfather was German, hence her German surname.[1] In 1951, Kunoth was 14 years old and staying at St Mary’s Hostel in Alice Springs when the filmmakers Charles and Elsa Chauvel […]

Ann Oakley

Ann Oakley-Hawke founded Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation in 2012. She is a descendant of the Yawuru people from Broome and Gooniyandi people from the East Kimberly. Ann is the third generation in her family to have been affected by government removal policies. She was taken from her family at the age of four. Like many […]

Jennifer Kaeshagen

Jennifer is the founder and coordinator of the First Nations Homelessness Project & Advocacy Service. She was an award winning documentary filmmaker. She unit coordinated, lectured and tutored Media and Communications Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and also taught at Murdoch University. Jennifer honed her advocacy and coordinator skills as a union […]

Colleen Gwynne

Colleen Gwynne is the Children’s Commissioner for the Northern Territory. Her background includes 25 years with the Northern Territory Police where she lead a number of operational and specialist portfolios across the Territory before leaving at the rank of Commander. Colleen moved to a senior position in the Department of Housing where she developed the […]

Gerry Georgatos

Gerry Georgatos has a long history working closely and alongside the homeless, the most vulnerable and the incarcerated. He is a suicide prevention, trauma recovery and prisons reform researcher and advocate, writing prolifically on these and other issues. He has established projects (some national) to improve the lot of others. He helped establish the Aboriginal […]

Jane Nungarrayi Blunden

Critical Response Support Advocate – Northern Territory - National Indigenous Critical Response Service


Joan Washington

StandBy Northern Territory Coordinator - National Indigenous Critical Response Service


Lesley Taylor

NT Manager and National Manager - Prevention Strategies

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Angie Zerella

Early Years Education and Training Manager

Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

Lisa Thorpe

Chief Executive Officer

Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

Mervyn Eades

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation


Percentage increase of forcibly removed children since 2008






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This national conference is a not-for-profit event with all profits raised by the conference organisers – Akolade / Third Sector – to be donated to coalface programs working to improve the lives of vulnerable families, working to prevent child removals, working to reunify families.

There is no greater legacy than the one that improves the lives of others, that changes lives for the better, that saves lives.