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A new twelve-member Advisory Council to the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) was launched on Tuesday 24th November 2015.  The Advisory Council has been established in response to an approach recommended within the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry Report that the QFCC “have access to an expert standing committee who would provide advice on leading edge research and policy” (Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection, p. 427).

The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, helped launch the Council on behalf of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and welcomed its members, acknowledging them as representing “some of the state’s best minds in the areas of child protection and family support”.

Ms Cheryl Vardon, Principal Commissioner of QFCC stated that the Advisory Council will play an important role in guiding and informing the work of the QFCC.

“The council brings together a range of passionate representatives, from those who have experienced being in care themselves to those who have led very public lives advocating for change”, she said.

“We want to see a better Queensland where children are safe and families can thrive – and our new Advisory Council can help guide us on our path.”

Members of the Advisory Council include:

  • Ron Weatherall, Deputy Director-General, Community Participation, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Cameron Harsley, Executive Director, Operations Support, Crime and Corruption Commission
  • Rachel Hunter, Chair of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Board
  • Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bravehearts
  • Dr James Scott, Associate Professor, Conjoint Associate Professor, SOMCentral – Psychiatry – RBWH, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Kay Ganley, Owner and CEO, Charlton Brown
  • Heather Watson, Director, McCullough Robertson
  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO, Professor of Social Work, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
  • Professor Clare Tilbury, Carol Peltola Research Chair, Life Without Barriers, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
  • Ben Pearce, CREATE, Youth Representative
  • Zoe Rathus AO, Senior Lecturer in Law, Griffith Law School, and
  • Professor Cindy Shannon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education), University of Queensland.

PeakCare congratulates all who have been appointed to the Advisory Council.  We look forward to the contribution you will make both individually and collectively in improving Queensland’s child protection and related policies, practice and delivery of services to children, young people and families.

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