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Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie has been a professional comedian, writer and actor since 1994.  Meshel is currently the co-host of Brisbane’s top rating Nova 106.9 breakfast show and continues to appear regularly on television programs such as Spicks and Specks and Stand Up on ABC 1, and Rove and Good News Week on Network 10.  
In 2008 Meshel narrated Roller Girls, a documentary about roller derby for ABC 1, and made her feature film acting debut in Subdivision. She was also a judge for the 2008 Brisbane International Film Festival.

Meshel has performed seasons of various one-woman shows at the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and has performed in the last 14 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals.

Meshel Laurie was born in Toowoomba, Queensland.



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Freda Briggs AO

Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs is Australia's best-known expert on child protection.  In her roles as educator, author, scholar and ambassador, Freda has ceaselessly and passionately worked towards her vision to provide a safer and more caring world for children and continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare of our nation.


Freda is Emeritus Professor of Child Development at the University of South Australia and has been conducting pioneering research in dealing with victims and perpetrators of child abuse for decades. She has taken many approaches to further her cause to protect children including research, education and publications. Since the age of 60, Freda has published more than a book a year and continues to publish extensively in international journals


Freda has been awarded 'Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)' and in 2000 Freda was voted Senior Australian of the Year.  She is the recipient of the Inaugural Australian Humanitarian Award, the ANZAC Fellowship Award, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship and the Carsick Fellowship Award for her work with disadvantaged children.



Bev Patterson

Bev Patterson is a social worker who has a strong commitment to preventative services for the safety and well being of children and families and support of those persons who tirelessly contribute to the care of children and young people.

Over the past twenty years Bev has worked within the Catholic Education system to prevent harm to children and young people.  She was the first person in Catholic Education to develop and implement the role of Child Protection Officer.  In the past 10 years Bev has worked for the Christian Brothers in Edmund Rice Education schools and with victims of historical abuse.  Through her work with people who have experienced historical abuse she has become even more committed to strive for education and programs that assist in providing safe practices to limit the risk of harm to children and young people.

In 2003 Bev was awarded the Queensland Child Protection Week State Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the prevention of child harm in the Curriculum in Schools Category for Child Protection Policy in Edmund Rice schools in Queensland. In 2006 she was deputy chair of the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee and in 2007 she was chair of that committee.


Trisha Kendall

 Trisha Kendall is a psychologist and manages her own business, Changecorp. She specialises in providing organisational consulting services that enhance performance while maintaining satisfaction and well-being in the workplace. Trisha also facilitates the personal and professional development and is passionate about assisting individuals and teams to achieve their goals and reach their potential. She loves inspiring people to feel great about themselves, their worth and their work.


Kym Dann

Kym Dann is a Koori Woman with a diverse background of over 16 years specialising in management, psychotherapy and training where she has worked within Indigenous communities throughout Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and currently North Queensland.    


Kym’s drive and ambition to work in the field of human services derives from a dysfunctional background, including sexual abuse, alcoholism, low self esteem, suicidal tendencies, unemployment and homelessness.

Kym is active in her community where upon she advocates to change perceptions and the stigma that has surrounded Indigenous communities through education and the media.  She seeks to highlight and address the lack of opportunity available to Indigenous people within remote regions.

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