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.

Claire Canavan

A Village for Every Child

A Village for Every Child (Village) brings families, community members, child and family support organisations, education providers and government agencies together to improve:

  1. Awareness about early years development
  2. Connections between families and early years services
  3. The transition between early childhood education, preschools, and schools

By working together, the community is stronger, the early years sector is more connected, and therefore the system is better able to meet the needs of the children and families.