Dr Tim Moore

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Tim Moore is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. A child psychologist by training, he heads a small team with responsibility for monitoring, reviewing and synthesising research literature on a wide range of topics relating to child development, family functioning and service systems. He has been the principal writer on numerous CCCH reviews, reports and policy briefs, many of which have had a significant impact on policy and practice, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining CCCH, Tim worked as an educational and developmental psychologist in a variety of settings, including early childhood intervention services for young children with developmental disabilities and their families. He has taken a leading role nationally in the development of policy and training in the early childhood intervention field. 

Melanie Briggs

Manager of Birthing on Country Program at Waminda

Walawaanii, nyama Melanie Briggs and descend from the Gumbaynggirr and Dharawal peoples.  I am a mum to two beautiful children and live on the traditional sacred lands of the Wodi Wodi people. I have a Bachelor of Midwifery, Master of Primary Maternity Care and an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management.

I am an Endorsed midwife and manage the Birthing on Country program at Waminda.  I have knowledge and experience in the co-design and legislative change for NSW Private Health Facilities Act 2023 for standalone birth centres to remove requirements that restrict and reduce midwifery led continuity of care and autonomy.  I have been involved in the review and development of national strategies, frameworks, and governance to enhance First Nations perspectives on cultural safety and the inclusion of raising awareness of racism in the health system, First Nations maternal and neonatal outcomes.  My goal is to develop and nurture a culturally safe maternity workforce by raising awareness of racism, that will improve outcomes for First Nations women and their babies. 

Dr Liz Coventry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Liz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist. They are a specialist in infant mental health and working with parent-child dyads caught in cycles of intergenerational trauma and abuse. They have previously worked in government perinatal and infant mental health services, providing care to women with severe mental illness and their infants. They are currently working with Dr. Jackie Amos to implement her doctoral thesis into a comprehensive therapeutic framework and training package for Centacare. They also provide support to teams in Centacare that work with traumatised families. Liz has a small private psychotherapeutic practice.

Adjunct Associate Professor Robert Mills

Adjunct Associate Professor, CEO Tresillian Family Care Centres

Robert is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with over 35 years’ experience working in the specialty field of maternal & child health, early parenting services and he holds a Masters of Public Health. Robert has been the CEO at Tresillian since 2013 and during his tenure, he has rapidly expanded the service over the last 8 years, with an additional 18 new Tresillian centres across regional New South Wales, Victoria & the Australian Capital Territory. Robert is on the Board of the Australasian Association of Parenting and Child Health Inc.; the Dean’s Advisory Board University of Technology Sydney (UTS); the PREPARE Foundation (Birthing Dads) and the NSW Health Services Association Board. Robert is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Industry with the University Technology Sydney (UTS), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is an accredited Assessor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Dr Jackie Amos

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Specialist Therapist, Centacare

Dr Jackie Amos, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Specialist Therapist, Centacare, Adelaide. Jackie is a clinician and researcher, with over twenty years’ experience in New Zealand and South Australia. She has worked as a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist in CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service) and more recently in the non-government sector. Her psychotherapeutic practice has focused on working with children and families to disrupt intergenerational cycles of trauma and disadvantage.

In her doctoral research Jackie developed a clinically informative model, outlining how childhood experiences of abuse and neglect, beginning in infancy, are transmitted across generations. The place of shame in attachment disorganisation, the controlling adaptations to early disorganisation in middle childhood and the states of mind of adults struggling with parenting is central to the model. This model has been used to predict the fundamental objectives of effective interventions for families caught in these distressing intergenerational cycles.
This body of work now informs service delivery in the Children’s Service Unit, Centacare (a large non-government agency) where psychotherapy and social casework have been integrated, to offer trauma responsive therapeutic casework. This integrated model has been used successfully to address families interfacing with the child protection system, including in family reunification. Training materials are being developed, based on Jackie’s PhD, to support the integration of trauma responsive interventions across programmes at Centacare.

Rachel Reid (she/her) 

Child and Family Health Nurse, Rainbow Families, RM, RN (CFHN), MHSM, MPH

Rachel is a midwife and child and family health nurse with more than 20 years experience in clinical practice, research, health promotion and education. She is an academic at the University of Technology, Sydney and is passionate about families and the first 2000 days. Rachel is a Rainbow Families community member, co-teaches antenatal parenting classes in partnership with Rainbow Families, co-facilitates LGBTQ+ postnatal baby groups and has presented at conferences and education sessions for Rainbow Families in midwifery and Child and Family Health. She lives in Sydney with her wife and three children. 

Alysha-Leigh Fameli

Psychologist and PhD researcher 

Alysha is a mother, Psychologist and PhD researcher at the University of Sydney researching the impact of psychological birth trauma on the unfolding mother-infant relationship. In her clinical work, Alysha works with children, families and women in the perinatal period and hopes to add research that can be meaningfully applied to practice.

Ivapene Seiuli (she/her)

Multicultural Liaison Officer  (Health Care Consumers Association)

Ivapene is a proud Canberran of Samoan heritage, wife, and mother of 3. She joined Health Care Consumers Association (HCCA) in September 2021 as the Multicultural Liaison Officer and is the current Chair for the Active Beginnings Project – a collaboration between The University of Canberra, Multicultural Hub and HCCA. With a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of International Social Development, Ivapene brings over 20 years of community development experience to her role, including working and living across cultures in the Pacific and Africa. Ivapene is committed to advocating for the healthcare needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the ACT and region.

Dr Mary-Ellen Hooper

Mental Health Nurse, University of Canberra

Dr Mary-Ellen Hooper is a Mental Health Nurse and has clinical expertise in Acute Mental Health Assessment and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, with a special interest in women’s health, perinatal mental health, and health systems and culture. She has completed several qualifications in nursing and mental health, including a Doctor in Philosophy exploring the new nurses experience of culture in acute mental health services. Dr Hooper is currently working with the University of Canberra as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, and is a member of the Brighter Beginnings research strength: maternal wellness and the first 2000 days. This research strength is aimed at optimising health and wellbeing so that mothers and babies have the best possible start to life/parenthood. This is through promoting health, building capacity for good health, informed decision making, positive parents, strong relationships, social connectedness, and healthy lifestyles.

Zakia Patel

Regional Managing Director, Multicultural Hub, Canberra

Zakia Patel has a passion for using her skills to support marginalised communities, with a particular passion for young people. Zakia is the Regional Managing Director of the Multicultural Hub Canberra, with responsibilities for Multicultural Centres in Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Bega and Cooma. Zakia has over a decade of experience working in the community sector, and holds a Bachelor of Law/Economics. In addition to her professional work in the community, Zakia has been a volunteer with the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) for almost 14 years and is the Unit Commander for the Queanbeyan SES Unit with over 100 volunteers. Zakia is passionate about encouraging and empowering migrant women to volunteer in a predominately male dominated industry. Zakia has been recognised for her contributions to the community both in her volunteering role and through her professional work and Zakia received:

• Highly Commended in Outstanding Youth Work (YOGIE) 2019
• Monaro Service Award for extraordinary contribution to the Monaro 2020
• Finalist in Women’s Agenda Leadership Award 2021
• YOGIE – Youth Work Champion 2021
• 2022 Community Hero Award

Paul Dutton

First 2000 Days Programs Manager | Tresillian

My name is Paul Dutton, I am a Barkindji man from far western NSW belonging to the Baaka (Darling) River.
I am a member of the Stolen Generation. I grew up in Sydney, reunited with family as an 18-year-old. Worked in various Commonwealth and State Public Service roles after leaving school as well as several NGO agencies in a social service context. I was employed as a First 2000 Days Co-Ordinator from April 2022 and then to my current position as First 2000 Days Programs Manager from December 2022. I am excited to work with Bundjalung, Gumbaingirr and Yaegl Communities, Indigenous families off Country and all our Clarence Valley Community in First 2000 Days Program to provide whole of person connected support in the lives of our children through promoting an approach of ‘It Takes a Community To Raise a Child’ approach to service delivery.

Dr Shamaruh Mirza

(ACT Hero of the Year)

Dr Shamaruh Mirza is a senior scientist working for the Department of Health and Aged Care, Australian Government. In addition to her professional role, Shamaruh is the co-founder of the not-for-profit organisation SiTara’s Story. Dedicated to the mental well-being of the Canberra community, Shamaruh supports women and children, especially from CALD communities, to participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life. SiTara’s Story also runs mental health programs for underprivileged children, parents and teachers in Bangladesh. She has been awarded the 2021 ACT Mental Health Month Award, was a finalist for the Canberra Community Spirits Award 2021 and ACT Multicultural Champion Award 2022, and was awarded 2023 ACT Local Hero, for this work.

Dr Phil Keightley

Perinatal and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist

Dr Phil Keightley works as a Perinatal and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist for Canberra Health Service, and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University. Dr Keightley and his colleagues at the ACT Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Consultation Service are in the process of piloting a Mother-Infant Dialectical Behavioural Therapy program.

Brooke Dyason

Social Worker and Project Manager  ( Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Division at ACT Health)

Brooke is a Social Worker and Project Manager in the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Division at ACT Health. Brooke has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Master of Social Work Studies from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Project Management from the Australian National University (ANU). Brooke has worked across community-based and tertiary health settings in disability and developmental delay, acute inpatient mental health, suicide prevention, childhood trauma and disaster recovery. Brooke is leading the implementation of Head to Health Kids in the ACT, a new community-based multidisciplinary mental health service for children 0-12 years with mild to moderate and emerging mental health concerns. In addition to this role, Brooke maintains her clinical skills as an after-hours Social Worker at the Canberra Hospital, is a sessional academic at the ANU College of Business and Economics Research School of Management and is training to obtain her Private Pilot Licence.

Silje Andersen-Cooke

Director of the Australian Multiple Birth Association

Silje Andersen-Cooke is a mum of a 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old spontaneous fraternal triplets. She is also a volunteer Director of the Australian Multiple Birth Association and a lawyer. Silje, on behalf of the Australian Multiple Birth Association, is advocating for better support for multiple birth families in Australia. 

Renee Bogatko

The First 1000 Days Conference MC

Senior Journalist – amplifyCBR

Renee Bogatko’s media career spans more than 16 years, with experience in print, television and radio. Having worked at Amplify CBR for 10 years, her heart is in all things radio! She currently works as a Senior Journalist in the newsroom and has a lot of fun co-hosting the MIX106.3 Real Estate Show and the Cam and Renee Show on Saturday mornings! When she’s not in front of the mic, Renee is engaged in all things mum life! She has two daughters aged 10 and 2 (and a third on the way), who keep her on her toes. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.