Keynote Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers will talk to the central theme of our conference – “Building the Future Together”
talking on allied health topics for children and how we can assist families “Beyond the Gate”. With a key focus on building resilience for you, your team, your parents and your community.

Professor Booy, Carryn Walsh & Nathan Wallis are well known experts of their respective fields, and will talk extensively
about what this means for you in a day-to-day context and for our sector as a whole.

They are not to be missed !

Nathan Wallis

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management.

He is responsible for the dissemination of neuroscientific research to professionals.
He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic come to life.

Nathan’s presentations explore how the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform our day to day interactions with children and young people. 

Nathan is an unambiguous engaging speaker – one not to be missed ! Hear Nathan’s Keynote Friday 18th March 2022.

> Read More about Nathan here.


Professor Robert Booy

Robert Booy is a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney Clinical School, Children’s Hospital at Westmead and is a paediatrician, epidemiologist and vaccinologist with over 300 publications.

In the 1990s he helped to form the Oxford Vaccine Group before being appointed Professor of Child Health at the University of London in 1999.

He is a former co-director of NCIRS and has supervised 25 doctoral students. In the past 2 years, he has given over 2000 interviews on COVID and is the former chair of the Immunization Coalition.

Hear Robert’s Keynote Thursday 17th March 2022.

> Read More about Dr Booy here.


Caryn Walsh

Learn how to have effective “Courageous Conversations” in the workplace and why we dread them in this life (and work-life) changing Keynote presentation.

Caryn is a psychologist, specialist in leadership and people development, business advisor, international motivational speaker, executive coach and she’s passionate about women. She strives to build high performing leaders, teams and people.

She’s Australia’s answer to Oprah Winfrey’. 
Natalie Welch, Manager, Challenge Community Services

Audiences, clients, colleagues and friends describe Caryn as very funny, with endless energy and optimism, and an incredible joy for living and helping those around her become all they want to be.

She is, quite simply, one of those dynamos who greatly impacts those she meets in the most positive ways.

Hear Caryn’s Keynote Thursday 17th March 2022.

> Read more about Caryn Here


Forum Speakers

Dr Kaylene Henderson

Dr Kaylene Henderson (MBBS (Qld) FRANZCP Cert C&A Psych) is a medically trained child health specialist and one of Australia’s leading parenting experts.

Dr Henderson has become a highly regarded professional development provider for the early childhood care and education sector and her online training has become an acclaimed professional learning resource within the sector.

As a mother of three herself, she is passionate about sharing research based, practical information and advice with those living and working with 0-12’s,
doing so with warmth and humour.

Hear Dr Henderson speak to the Educators Stream on Friday 18th March 2022.
Teaching Young Children To Identify and Manage Their Feelings in Early Education and Care Settings

> Read more about Dr Henderson here.


Dr Jane Warren

Jane trained as an early childhood teacher and worked for ten years in a preschool where she practiced inclusion, with a focus on the rights of all children and families.  She became more passionate about the role of the first five years in developing positive attitudes toward diversity within all children; authentic inclusion of children with disabilities; and the importance of partnerships between parents, educators and other community organisations to meet the needs of all children. 

Her research interests centre on including families’ voices in decisions about their children, as well as how to support educators to include children with disabilities in Early Childhood Education and Care services. 

Jane works with children and families in a supported playgroup environment as a stepping stone to further inclusion, and enjoys inspiring students to be passionate, inclusive educators in her role as a Senior Lecturer at University of Wollongong.

Hear Dr Warren speak to the Educators Stream on Friday 18th March 2022.
Disability and Inclusion programs at your service


Dr Jane Delaney

Senior Advisor Early Childhood and Education – Speech Pathology Australia
Jane is responsible for leading and managing identified projects and opportunities in the areas of early childhood and school years education of children in her position for Speech Pathology Australia.

Jane provides information and advice to enable members to support the provision of high quality supports across these sectors. Her role includes developing and updating resources, including existing position statements, clinical guidelines and additional Association practice documents.

Jane supports the progression of strategic activities, including submissions, to enhance access to speech pathology services across early childhood educational settings.

Hear Dr Delaney speak to the Educators Stream on Thursday 17th March 2022.
Embedding literacy and language in education programs



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