The No 2 Bullying Conference ended on a high with keynote speaker Keith Parry, Western Sydney University who spoke on kicking out racism and discrimination in sport and discussed why bullying in sport has become so normalised.
He said; “Maltreatment of sports persons can impact self-esteem and performance and lead to dis-engagement from social media and even retirement from public life. “It’s not enough to just not boo” said Keith.
The conference was attended by a positive blend of 150 academics, researchers, authors, psychologists, consultants and support workers who shared a common goal to seek change and tools to make a difference in the realm of bullying in schools, workplaces and cyberspace.
The general consensus is that we need to be ever changing on the issue of bullying. While we will never be able to eradicate it, we can always manage it more effectively. The nature of bullying will keep shifting and so the solutions will need to change along with it.
There was a shared view of “Co-creation and evaluation” as mentioned by Associate Professor Jane Burns, Young and Well CRC. One example is involving students and workers in the creation of programs with a shared outcome in mind and then a shared evaluation of the program to help ensure it is effective.
There is also an evident need to return to a “sense of civilness” as mentioned by Children’s eSafety Commissioner Alistair MacGibbon. Bringing back this sense of civility will help us determine what is right from wrong, what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in a variety of places.
Everyone who attended the conference contributed towards the platform of discussion on bullying. Feedback from delegates and speakers was positive and practical tools and programs were taken away to be put in place.
Thank you to the 2016 Keynote Presenters
|Mr Alastair MacGibbon
Childrens e-Safety Commissioner
|Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius
VEOHRC Review, Response, Partnership and Innovation, Victorian Police
|Mr Robert Cornall AO
Chair, Defence Abuse Response Taskforce
|Associate Professor Jane Burns
Founder and CEO, Young and Well CRC
|Ms Jacky Dawson
Education Services Officer, Independent Schools Queensland
|Dr Sophie Henshaw
Clinical Psychologist, Henshaw Consulting
|Mr Rob Nairn
Executive Director Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA Ltd)
|Mr Keith Parry
Lecturer in Sport Management, Western Sydney University
|Deputy President Ingrid Asbury
Fair Work Commission
Benefits of Attending
- Hear keynote presentations by renowned speakers
- Have access to over 48 concurrent sessions
- Meals for the duration of the event including Morning and
- Afternoon teas with our Conference partners and poster presenters
- Sit down lunch
- Attendance at the 2016 STAAR Awards Dinner
- Access to the presenter podcasts to catch up on anything you may miss
- An online copy of the book of proceedings
This year the Conference is incorporating The No 2 Bullying Strategy To Action Award Recognition.
- Stop School Bullying Award
- Healthier Workplace Award
- Cyber Smart Award
The STAAR Awards provide an excellent opportunity for recognition of achievement and education to peers of the strategies undertaken within an organisation.
Network with like-minded delegates
|Principals / Teachers
Counsellors / Therapists
Mental Health Workers
Social & Youth Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Human Resource Management
Workplace Health & Safety
Local / State Government
Academics and Researchers
|Ms Sharlene Chadwick||Mr Brett Lee||Dr Ken Rigby||Dr Brian Sengstock|
|Ms Margaret Thorsborne||Ms Yvonne van Lent||Mr Nerio Baldini|
Feedback from 2015 Attendees:
The program included 6 keynote presenters, 60 session presenters and 4 workshops a poster and trade display over the two days.
- One of the most valuable conferences I have attended
- Such great presentations
- It was a wonderful conference – very worthwhile
- The program was well structured and balanced
- It wonderfully merged the interest groups of schools, workplaces and cyber space concerning critical issues encountered about bullying