Provisional Program

Please see below our Provisional Program for the 2021 conference. We are building a dynamic and varied program that will be delivered in short sessions over the course of the week. Sessions will begin with a keynote presentation followed by live Q&A. Following the keynote, delegates will break into streams to learn more about how policies and practices are being shaped by data. Poster sessions will provide opportunities to learn about new ideas and approaches being trialled in different settings around the country and the globe. Continue to visit the website regularly to learn about confirmed 2021 presenters, as this will be updated as planning proceeds.

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Monday 15th March 2021

1030 – 1100 Please join us for our first networking session at the conference.
1100 – 1130 Opening Address & Welcome to Country
1130 – 1230

Keynote Speaker

Luis Crouch, Senior Economist, International Development Group RTI

1230 – 1300 Networking Session to catch up with peers and colleagues to share your thoughts on the morning and what the following days will bring.

Tuesday 16th March 2021

1145 – 1200 Join for some networking before the keynote presentation
1200 – 1300

Keynote Presentation

Western Australia Presentation

Dr Rosemary Cahill, Chief Investigator, Telethon Kids Institute






Dr Aresh Anwar, Chief Executive, Child And Adolescent Health Service






Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA






David Zarb, CEO, Playgroup WA



1300 – 1330 Community Education (ECEC and schools) Government / Policy Research

Determined that no child in Parkes Shire would be an invisible child, Project Sprouts was formed as a new community-led model to address children’s developmental health in rural NSW

Mrs Sherree Rosser
Project Sprouts

Bays Cluster Health and Wellbeing Hub: Creating an integrated model of service within a Queensland primary school

Skye Frazer-Ryan
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital & Health Service

Child Health Pop-Up Clinics

Soulmaz Rostami
Children’s Health Queensland

Key Data Challenges for Place-Based Prevention and Implementation in Australia

Geoffrey Woolcock
Logan Child-Friendly Community Ltd

1330 – 1400

Connect 4 Children Strategy

John Fry
Connect 4 Children, Department of Education Queensland

Exploring how schools can influence children’s academic achievement trajectories through planning and programs in the early years

Ashleigh Collier
College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University

Supporting families experiencing significant vulnerability and/or disadvantage access early childhood education for their pre-school aged children

Johanne Gow
Department of Communities and Justice, NSW

Constructing community-level risk and protective factor profiles for children aged 5-12 years using the AEDC, Rumble’s Quest, and official data

Ross Homel
Griffith University

Rapid Presentations
1400 – 1430

The Waverly Community Skills 4 Kids Café, Paint the Inner West REaD

Community wellbeing and engagement to improve a child’s first 1000 days of life through attachment, literacy, learning and school engagement in areas of significant childhood developmental vulnerabilities. Using AEDC data, collective impact models and results-based assessment methodologies in community development.

Look Who’s Talking: an interactive guide for parents to facilitate their child’s language development.

Healthy Kids – Bringing early childhood education and care communities together to improve the health of our Queensland kids

Sing&Grow: Skills for School- Supporting Early Childhood Educators’ use of Music to Develop Children’s School-Readiness

1630 – 1730

Keynote Presentation

Queensland Government Presentation

Dr Grant Webb, Assistant Director-General, Early Learning and Development Branch, Early Childhood and Education Improvement, Department Of Education Queensland






Adjunct Professor Frank Tracey, Health Service Chief Executive, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

1730 – 1745 Networking Session to mingle, meet and chat, with presenters and other attendees

Wednesday 17th March 2021

1200 – 1215 Networking Session
1215 – 1315

Keynote Speaker

Michael McAfee, President And CEO, Policylink

1315 – 1345 Community Education (ECEC and schools) Government / Policy Research

Grassroots and Grass Tops: How a Shared Data Set Can Promote Change

Rebecca Halperin & Jaclyn Vasquez
Erikson Institute, Chicago

Early childhood education data – an untapped resource for change

Megan O’Connell

Using research evidence to inform practice in early childhood education related to the five areas of development measured by the AEDC

Danielle Toon
Evidence for Learning

Incidence of police contact amongst children with emerging mental health problems: a longitudinal school-entry record-linkage study

Kimberlie Dean
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales

1345 – 1415

Enhancing Children’s Well Being through Relationships in Place

Susan Cary
Department of Education, Queensland South East Region

The Thriving and On Track Program: A Collaborative, Place Based Initiative Responding to High Levels of Developmental Vulnerability

Frances Bugden
Brisbane South PHN

Queensland’s Early Childhood Development Core Story

Madeline Hagon
Queensland Department of Education


Giselle Olive
Children’s Health Queensland

Risk factors at birth and later developmental risk of mental disorders

Felicity Harris
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales

Rapid Presentations
1415 – 1445

Early Physical Development: Its fundamental importance to later academic success.

A School with no “Teachers” – Blair Athol North,

The Basics Channel

A Profile of School Readiness in South Australia: Perceptions of Preschool Directors

1645 – 1745

Keynote Speaker

To be advised

1745 – 1815 Community Education (ECEC and schools) Government / Policy Research

The implementation of an integrated family and community hub on the grounds of a new primary school in the greenfield community of Yarrabilba

Andrew Resetti
Children’s Health Queensland

Ready, Set, Prep!: a collaborative approach to support school readiness and early life outcomes by increasing family engagement, implementing targeted interventions for the most vulnerable and streamlining early years health and education systems in northern Melbourne.

Kat Thorn
Merri Health

Enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive in their early years

Andria Mastroianni & Sue-Anne Hunter
SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

Preschool Aged Children’s Accounts of their Own Wellbeing: How do Current Child Wellbeing Assessments Accord with Young Children’s Perspectives?

Jennifer Fane
Capilano University, British Columbia

1815 – 1845

Using the AEDC to Drive Community Action: Loddon, Victoria

Catherine Nolan & Jane Hosking
Department of Education and Training, Victoria

Tiny Tots Talking in Doonside – A Model of Effective Place-Based Service Integration

Cathrine Nielsen-Hewett
University of Woolongong

Children’s Ground: Backing Aboriginal people to lead the way in systems and service reform

Jen Lorains
Children’s Ground, Alice Springs

Early life predictors of suspensions from primary school: a longitudinal multi-agency record-linkage study

Kristin Laurens
Queensland University of Technology

1845 – 1915 Networking Session to share your thoughts and learn with/from the other attendees

Thursday 18th March 2021

1200 – 1215 Networking Session
1215 – 1315

Keynote Speaker

William Tilmouth, Chairperson, Children’s Ground

1315 – 1345 Community Education (ECEC and schools) Government / Policy Research

The Flourishing Physical Child (FPC): a Tasmanian community-based, community-led action research project

Megan Gibson

No one gets left behind: Managing early learning equity and COVID-19

Myra Geddes
Goodstart Early Learning, Queensland

Child development and student wellbeing: A six-year follow up study using 2009 AEDC data

Tess Gregory
Telethon Kids Institute

Child protection profiles for children with special health care needs: A population record linkage study

Gabrielle Hindmarsh
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales

1345 – 1415

Improving educational outcomes in a disadvantaged community: using AEDC as a reference point for cross-sector collaboration

Liz Chapman OAM
Tomorrow Today Foundation, Victoria

Twelve Books for Twelve Months: Enhancing the language and pre-literacy teaching skills of Early Childhood Educators using a multifaceted resource

Jessica Anton
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Speech Pathology Department

Trauma informed practice in education

Tania Plueckhahn, Lizzie Button & Yasmin Harman Smith
Telethon Kids Institute

Jurisdictional change over time in the AEDC

Sally Brinkman
Telethon Kids Institute

1415 – 1445

Supporting Vulnerable Families & Communities to Achieve Better Developmental Outcomes for Their Children

Regional distribution of mental health risk at age 5 years in an Australian population sample.

Siblings of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities: Exploring dynamic networks of risk and resilience to enable early identification, intervention, translation, and implementation of sustainable scalable change.

Thriving Qld Kids Partnership: enabling systems leadership for child wellbeing.

Integrating early childhood services: determining definitions and factors for success.

1845 – 1945

Keynote Speaker

Dr Georgie Nutton, Senior Lecturer in Education & Course Manager, Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching, Charles Darwin University

1945 – 2015 Community Education (ECEC and schools) Government / Policy Research

Using AEDC data as the foundation for collective action in improving children’s oral language and emotional maturity before school

Rebekah Pick
Mission Australia, Queensland

Improving Child Development Outcomes by Connecting Early Learning and Care Services and Schools

Anne Nilsen Ngala; Nicole Hunt, Connecting Community for Kids; Christine Bewetz, Leda Primary School.

Compounding impacts of Bushfire on Developmental Vulnerability in Rural and Remote Communities: Intervening to change trajectories

Sarah Eagland
Royal Far West, NSW

Stronger Starts Brighter Futures – Exploring trends in the early development of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia

Tadgh McMahon
Settlement Services International

2015 – 2045

Does Paint the Town REaD Help Turn the Curve?

Barbie Bates
Paint the Town Read Ltd

Oral Language Development: The Foundation of Later Literacy Success and Social Emotional Well-Being

Sharlene Samuel-May
Trumpet Early Years Consultancy, WA

Lead indicators to drive ECD systems

Sharon Goldfeld
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Language in Little Ones – when do gaps in talk emerge

Mary Brushe 
Telethon Kids Institute

2045 – 2115 Networking Session

Friday 19th March 2021

1200 – 1215 Networking Session with other delegates
1215 – 1300 To be Advised
1300 – 1400

Keynote Speaker

Jay Weatherill, Chief Executive, Thrive By Five Initiative, Minderoo Foundation

1400 – 1430 Conference Close