VSS SA Symposium will gather representatives from around Australia for the voices of victims of crime and abuse. The purpose of "Surviving in exile" is to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and best practice in Trauma Informed Care.
Key topics for discussion include:
The Symposium is a CPD endorsed event through both the Australian Association of Social Workers and Australian Counselling Association.
The Symposium commences at 8:15am and concludes at 5:30pm. Entrance is via the Hackney Rd Concourse.
Victim Support Service SA is the leading organisation addressing all aspects of trauma associated with crime and providing a trauma-informed response service. The Symposium aligns with forty years of Victim Support Service advocating for South Australians in providing integrated safety, counselling and justice support services to people impacted by crime and abuse in South Australia.
Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate,
President of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma,
and member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW).
She is a current member of NSW Child Safety Standing Committee
for Survivor and Faith Groups, member of the Advisory Panel of Tzedek.
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Professor Wendy Lacey is the Dean and Head of the School of Law at the
| Professor Patrick O’Leary is an internationally recognised researcher
with significant expertise in child protection, domestic violence/gender-based
violence, and the long-term impact of child sexual abuse (especially in men).
He has worked extensively overseas in low and middle income countries.
Professor O’Leary was an Expert Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission
into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with a particular focus
on male victims and the long-term effects.
He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research.
Felicity Gerry is an international QC at Carmelite Chambers, London and
For additional enquiries contact Symposium@victimsa.org
Dr. Kezelman worked in medical practice for 20 years, mostly as a GP. Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a national centre of excellence combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political trauma-informed change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. She is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts.
She is co-author of multiple seminal Blue Knot Foundation documents - Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia and Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts , the Talking about Trauma series and The Truth of Memory and Memory of Truth. On Australia Day 2015 Cathy was awarded an AM "for significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse".
In 2018, Hardie Grant published Alannah’s bestselling memoir, Butterfly on a Pin. Part rebellious fairytale, part rags-to-riches story, it is also a timely cautionary tale. This fierce and poetic account of how a freckle-faced teenage runaway metamorphosed into a true original reveal how ‘against all odds’ Alannah Hill created one of Australia’s most successful fashion brands from scratch.
Alannah inspires people from all walks of life with her courage, wit and intelligence, and her ability to stare down adversity and find humor in the darkest places. The memoir was also nominated for memoir of the year.
Alannah is currently writing a book titled Pearls of Wisdom: How to go from knowing nothing to everything – Sticky beak Style. The book revolves around ten autobiographical confessions that grapple with emotions that have often overwhelmed Alannah. Resentment, greed, complacency, despair, and teenage rebellious activity are just a few. Veined throughout is the acknowledgment that our failures can elevate us.
Failure can give us a vantage point from which we can help others. Pearls of Wisdom shows how not getting what we want can inspire us to search for new meaning, change and personal growth.
Fashion Designer: After leaving her abusive, poverty-stricken childhood behind, Alannah moved from Tasmania to Melbourne where she unleashed her wild talent for reinvention. Alannah adopted a veneer of fearlessness, embracing the breaking New Wave of 1980s Melbourne, immersed in glamour and make-up. She knew intuitively what women wanted to wear and built an instantly recognizable brand ~ she didn’t want to look like anyone else, but welcomed the army of girls and women who adopted her look. The upstart from Tasmania set the fashion world on fire.
In 2013, after eighteen years, Alannah parted ways with Factory X, her financial backer, sending shock waves through the industry. Unable to use her own name, Alannah understood launching a new fashion label would be problematic. With her typical all-or-nothing drive, and drawing on all her creative forces, she threw herself into writing her story, to call a truce with her own troubled past and offer other ‘unjoined girls’ the glorious hope of reinvention.
In 2015, Alannah launched her new fashion brand LOUISE LOVE online, retailed exclusively through David Jones.
Alannah has also been a stylist for such big names as INXS, Danny Minogue, Kylie Minogue, Debrah Conway, Ross Wilson, Neighbors.
Film: In addition to her work in fashion and entrepreneurship, Alannah has also had multiple film appearances, most notably in U2's Documentary When Love Comes to Town, where she had the privilege of interviewing the band's lead singer Bono and even David Bowie.
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Professor Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB), and a PhD in Law from the University of Tasmania. She has previously held academic positions at the University of Adelaide and the University of Tasmania, and has provided independent academic opinions to lawyers involved in cases before the High Court. Professor Lacey has published widely in public law and human rights and her work is frequently cited, including on 4 occasions in the High Court of Australia.
Professor Lacey is a founding member and co-convenor of the Australian Research Network on Law and Aging (ARNLA), was a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee assisting the Commission in relation to its national inquiry into elder abuse in 2016-2017 and was a member of the Minister for Ageing's Steering Committee tasked with overseeing the South Australian Strategy for Safeguarding the Rights of Older Persons 2015-2021. She was previously a Director of the Maggie Beer Foundation and her research into elder abuse has been highly influential in the various state and federal inquiries in recent years. Her work in this field resulted in her playing an instrumental role in the drafting and consultation processes related to South Australia’s proposed new laws on safeguarding vulnerable adults in 2018.
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