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Platform 1225 Forum 2018:

Abuse of Power – Confronting Dynamics of Harm.

Friday 11th May between 9am - 3.30pm
Royal on the Park, Albert St, Brisbane.

Platform 1225 Forum


Homelessness happens for young people aged 12-25.It must be spoken about to be addressed.

We don’t need to pay too much attention to media right now to note that abuse of power is high on the radar globally. Whether via the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns or what we are witnessing around us, we are paying attention to power abuses and we’re beginning to stand up and say ‘no more’.

Our Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is currently advocating for the concern about bullying to be high on the national agenda.

Abuse of power can be seen in all echelons of our society in many forms across almost all settings. Bullying in schools and workplaces is one example. Domestic and Family Violence is another. It is all insidious. It is all hideous. People are dying as a result. Action is needed.

Eradicating Abuse of Power From Our Society

No one in our society should be harmed through bullying, domestic and family violence or any form of violence. Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is holding a Forum to open the dialogue about abuse in our society and how to eradicate it.  Young people are a particularly vulnerable group who are impacted by violence that occurs in homes, in schools and in our society.

This is a Forum for all practitioners, policy makers, managers, team leaders, advocates, family and community members who work with or support children, young people, families and communities.  Those who are committed to understanding why violence and abuse occurs, understanding the multiple associated issues and consequences and are intent on being part of the solution in eradicating abuse of power from our society.

Platform 1225 is an insightful discussion between key stakeholders featuring the voices of young people, academics and practitioners. This year, the conversation is focusing on abuse of power and dynamics of harm whilst also looking at the intersection between domestic and family violence and its impact on the lives of young people.

Featuring International Keynote Speaker Scott Miller (Duluth).
Event includes key research, the experiences of young people and an expert panel discussion.

Keynote Speaker

Scott Miller

Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Minnesota USA since 2000 and coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence.  Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth which is world renowned.

Training nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of Intervention, Scott helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women.  Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counter intuitive behaviours of victims.  He is responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. Scott also conducts training on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse.

The forum will take place on Friday 11 May at Royal on the Park, Brisbane in the Grand Ballroom. Scott will be joined by key professionals in violence prevention.

Forum MC

Kay McGrath

KAY MCGRATH is an award winning journalist and presenter with 40 years experience in the media.

Working with the Seven Network Australia for the last 29 years, the popular 6 o’clock news presenter’s brand is trusted, genuine and strong.  Kay currently presents weekend bulletins and files special interest stories.

During her career, Kay has been on the front line of numerous historic events and has interviewed Prime Ministers, Governors-General, Premiers, politicians and more.


Hon. Mick de Brenni

Throughout his career, Mick has chosen social justice initiatives as his priorities. He works to assist vulnerable Queenslanders through housing support and making sure that the hundreds of thousands of families who depend on the state’s construction industry have a strong pipeline of work.

Mick is committed to working collaboratively with the housing and homeless sector, and to improve outcomes for Queenslanders who most need support to secure and sustain safe, secure and affordable housing.

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Opening Presentations & Performances

Panel Member

Phil Crane

Associate Professor, Social Work and Program Coordinator for social work and human services in the School of Social Sciences at USC.

Phil is lead author of numerous practice guides for youth drug and alcohol practice and participatory action research in human services. he has an ongoing interest in decolonising approaches to support Indigenous communities, and for the past four years has co-led a multi-disciplinary partnership between a university and the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg.

Panel Member

Katrina Jefferson

Katrina is the Community Legal Education Officer at the Youth Advocacy Centre, presenting legal information sessions to young people aged 10 – 18, including at schools, youth services, the youth detention centre and alternative education centres.

She practiced as a criminal lawyer at the Director of Prosecutions Office, Legal Aid Qld, the Crime and Corruption Commission and has worked in the Department of Education and the Department of Communities (Child Safety Services) developing child protection legislation.

Panel Member

Belinda Cox

Communities and partnerships Program Manager at the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects, Belinda provides specialist and complex case management support and advice to the team of workers at the service.

She has an extensive working knowledge of complex risk factors regarding domestic violence and coordinating responses within the broader community sector. Belinda is a regular provider of specialist training and community education to service providers and community groups in Brisbane.

Panel Member

Sophie M

Sophie has worked in the domestic and family violence and sexual assault space in various positions at both practitioner and leadership levels within Women’s Refuge settings and crisis response services in New Zealand, Cambodia and Australia.

Having predominantly worked with children, young people and women who have survived trauma/abuse, Sophie is currently the Practice Manager at DVConnect, the state-wide crisis response service that provides a 24/7 Womensline, a Mensline and a Sexual Assault Line for all of Qld.

Panel Member

Caitlin Pobje

Caitlin had a lived experience of out of home care since the age of 11; living in a variety of foster and residential placements, before moving to semi-independent living and successfully transitioning to independence.

As a result of her unique experiences, Caitlin has developed a true passion for making a difference within the Child Protection system and ensuring young people within that system are empowered to have their voices heard.

Caitlin is studying a Bachelor of Social Work, while working as a Child Safety Support Officer at the Department of Child Safety in the same office that she was supported at.

Panel Member

Lydia Walker

Lydia is a 20 year old University Student studying Justice and Human Services, Lydia has a history of homelessness due to family violence.

Lydia is passionate about advocating for young people who have been in a similar situation and breaking down some of those stereotypes homeless young people face.

Lydia believes is important to discuss what it is like for a young person navigating the homelessness system, the instability, the isolation and the impact it has on a young person’s life. We are sorry that no photo can be used of this young person.

Panel Member

Jackie Stewart

Jackie is an Aboriginal woman from the Kungabula nation and has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for over 15 years, including Training and Development in generational trauma, lateral violence and cross cultural awareness, Project Coordinator at Family and Community Services NSW, manager for an Aboriginal family support service, and a team leader for Yeaca Dhargo Family Wellbeing Program within Kurbingui family and youth development.

This is an acknowledgement to the traditional owners of Australia, elders past and present, Aboriginal peoples and emerging elders.


Ashleigh Husband

Ashleigh is a social worker for Clarence Street, a youth drug and alcohol service attached to the Mater Hospital, and management committee member for Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre. She is passionate about intersectional feminist practice and the social inequities that underpin young people’s experiences of homelessness, trauma, substance use and gendered violence and presented at the 2016 Australian STOP Domestic Violence Conference, publishing a peer-reviewed paper on the organizational response to domestic violence occurring during homelessness.


Rhianon Vichta

Rhianon is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator for Brisbane Youth Service, guiding the organisational commitment to evidence-informed and reflective practice; and to measuring the real outcomes of their work with young people experiencing risks associated with homelessness.

She now specialises in working within the community sector enabling workers to develop and implement pragmatic evaluative approaches that help shape better services for people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

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Rhianon Vichta and Ashleigh Husbands' Presentation PDF

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Intersectional Violence and Homlessness


Chris Boyle

Having worked in government, non-government, and private practice across the sector for over 20 years, Chris is the founder and CEO of the Commsync Foundation, which harnesses the power of technology to compliment the evidence based practices in child protection, to deliver a family-led safety and support responses to our most vulnerable. Chris is considered one of Queensland’s longest standing and most respected child protection experts. In 2012, he completed a Churchill Fellowship into Family Preservation Services across the world and will be sharing some of his learnings and recommendations.

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A system willing and able to protect children and support families

You may have missed Platform 1225 Forum for 2018.
But we’ll be back next in 2019!

Forum Program

Program of keynotes, sessions & workshops

9:00 AM



Take a few minutes to network and check out our sponsor stands with arrival tea and coffee provided.

9:30 AM


Kay McGrath

Welcome message by our MC, Kay McGrath, and Welcome to Country.

9:40 AM



Introduction to QYHC and our representative team for the day.

9:45 AM



A special performance by one of our young person forum contributors.

9:55 AM


Hon Mick de Brenni

Minister’s Address

The Hon. Michael (Mick) de Brenni will address the forum. Mr Brenni currently serves as the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and the Minister for Sport.

10:10 AM


Scott Miller

Keynote Speaker

Our 2018 Forum Keynote Speaker is Scott Miller from Duluth. Scott will be speaking on issues stemming from Abuse of Power and how to confront the dynamics of harm.

11:10 AM


Morning Tea

Enjoy a 30 minute break while you peruse our sponsor stands. Catering included.

11:40 AM



An organisational perspective on working with Youth Homelessness and Intimate Partner Violence: Young women lost in the intersectionality, with Rhianon Vichta and Ashleigh Husband.

12:05 PM


Panel Session

Members include Jackie Stewart  (Kurbingui), Katrina Jefferson (YAC), Phil Crane (USC), Lydia Walker (Young Person – NWYAS), Caitlin (Young person – CREATE), Sophie (DV Connect), Scott Miller (Duluth), and Belinda Cox (Micah). Panel will conclude with a prepared Q & A.

1:35 PM


Lunch Break

Catering includes a buffet lunch, tea, freshly brewed coffee and soft drinks.

2:15 PM



A special performance by one of our young person forum contributors.

2:20 PM



Chris Boyle – “A system willing and able to protect children and support families”.

2:40 PM


Strategies for Intervention

Speaking on Strategies for Intervention, Scott Miller will discuss a number of different solutions and paths to improvement across a wide array of circumstances.

3:20 PM



A special performance by one of our young person forum contributors.

3:25 PM


Kay McGrath

Closing Remarks

Finishing the days events, Kay McGrath (MC) will issue closing remarks.

3:30 PM



Thank you for your support. Many thanks to Royal on the Park for hosting this forum.

Interviews and Crowd Responses

Platform 1225 Attendees Have Their Say