Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Taskforce

The Common Approach was developed through an expert ministerial taskforce consisting of every state and territory, as well as peak practitioner and service agencies in the social service, health and education sectors.

It was developed in response to the pivotal ARACY report, Inverting the Pyramid: Enhancing Systems for Protecting Children, which was the first major report calling on the need to take a 'public health' approach to reducing child abuse and neglect.

Following this pivotal ARACY report, the taskforce was funded by the Australian Government to develop The Common Approach under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children.

Taskforce members – government

Ms Lee-anne Jarrett Sims, Child and Parenting Support Team, Department of Children and Families, Northern Territory Government

Ms Helen Atkinson, Client Service Innovation, Department of Communities, Queensland

Ms Aileen Ashford, Commission for Children and Young People Tasmania

Ms Megan Mitchell, Commissioner for Children and Young People NSW

Ms Lian Coyles, Community Connect Branch, Department for Families and Communities, South Australia

Dr Sue Packer, Community Paediatrician

Ms Jane Simmons, Department for Child Protection, Western Australia

Ms Julie Dixon, Department for Child Protection, Western Australia

Ms Lindy McAdam, Department for Families and Communities, South Australia

Ms Linda Apelt, Department of Communities, Queensland

Mr Mark Byrne, Disability, Youth, Child, and Family Services, Tasmania

Ms Anne Campbell, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Ms Christine Nolan, Office for Children Youth and Family support, ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services

Ms Kay Benham, Policy and Learning, Department of Child Protection, Western Australia

Ms Andreana Harrison, Victorian Department of Human Services

Mr Michael Naughton, Victorian Department of Human Services

Taskforce members – non-government

Mr David Templeman, Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

Mr Andrew McCallum AM, Association of Child Welfare Agencies

Ms Karen Healy, Australian Association of Social Workers

Professor Bob Lonne, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Joe Tucci, Australian Childhood Foundation

Ms Leanne Wells, Australian General Practice Network

Ms Rachel Yates, Australian General Practice Network

Ms Lesley Fraser, Australian Guidance and Counselling Association

Dr Lisa Rosevear, Australian Institute of Criminology

Ms Josie Hill, Australian Medical Association

Prof Ian Hickie, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Prof Stewart Einfeld, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Ms Pam Cahir, Early Childhood Australia

Mr Brian Babington, Families Australia

Ms Nicole Lawder, Homelessness Australia

Ms Belinda Epstein-Frisch AM, Institute for Family Advocacy and Leadership Development

Dr Gail Winkworth, Institute of Child Protection Studies

Ms Jo Cole, KidsMatter Early Childhood

Mr Alan Woodward, Lifeline Australia

Ms Donna AhChee, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

A/Prof Susan Moloney FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Gervaise Chaney, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Fiona McCrimmon, McCrimmon Law

Ms Debra Cerasa, Royal College of Nursing Australia

Prof Clare Tilbury, School of Human Services & Social Work, Griffith University

Ms Dawn Wallam, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

Prof Lyn Littlefield, The Australian Psychological Society

A/Prof Kelsey Hegarty, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Ms Jatinder Kaur, University of Queensland

Dr Luke Rumbold, Upper Murray Family Care, Family Relationship Services Australia

A/Prof Maria Harries AM, University of Western Australia

Mr Michael Nuttall, Australian Primary Principals Association

Ms Libby Lloyd AM, National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children

Mr Tony Harris, St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport

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