Join these insightful women and more at the 2017 Women's Policy Forum, Hosted by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Power to Persuade.

2017 Women's Policy Forum Speakers

Join these insightful women and more at the 2017 Women's Policy Forum, Hosted by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Power to Persuade. 

Celeste Liddle
Indigenous Feminist and Trade Unionist

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne. She is a union organiser, a social commentator and freelance writer and a noted activist who, in 2017, was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. In 2012, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist which has since led to a fulfilling career in opinion and public speaking. Celeste has lived in Melbourne for the past 24 years and continues to be inspired by the active and creative environment it provides.

Shen Narayanasamy 
Human Rights Campaign Director, GetUp!

Shen Narayanasamy is the Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp! She leads the No Business in Abuse campaign which targets corporate involvement in mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and #LetThemStay which aims to prevent the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers to Nauru. Shen's background is as human rights lawyer and advocate working in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific on issues of economic justice and land rights.

Julie Edwards
CEO, Jesuit Social Services

Julie Edwards joined Jesuit Social Services in 2001. She was the Program Director prior to her appointment as CEO in June 2004.  Julie has over 35 years experience engaging with marginalised people and families experiencing breakdown and trauma. She is a social worker, family therapist and a grief and loss counsellor. Julie has a Masters in Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in this discipline. In January 2010 Julie became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Adele Murdolo
Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Adele is a committed advocate and researcher for immigrant and refugee women’s rights and wellbeing and she has led the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as the Executive Director for 17 years. Adele is from an Italian migrant background. She has a PhD in history and women’s studies, specialising in immigrant and refugee women’s feminist activism and thinking in Australia. She has published in the areas of women’s health, violence against women and feminist history, adopting an intersectional framework.

Dr Kay Cook
Associate Professor, Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Dr Kay Cook's research focuses on subjective responses to social policies, how institutionalised political ideologies manifest in welfare-to-work, child support and child care policies. Her work is aligned with the Centre for Social Action Research and the Global Cities Research, and engages with an impressive array of non-government social support agencies and the federal Social Inclusion Agenda.

Erika Martino
Research Officer (Built Environment), Australian Catholic University

Erika Martino has a Master of Urban Planning (University of Melbourne) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, analysing the quality of participation and deliberative nature of the women’s housing network system in Victorian. She is also a research officer at the Australian Catholic University where she works with health researchers to quantify exposure to environmental attributes using GPS and GIS data. She has previously worked, both in Australia and overseas, as a designer and urban planner.

Sarah Pollock
Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Mind Australia

Sarah has worked at the executive level in the social care and mental health sectors for more than ten years. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles in the vocational and higher education sectors, and has substantial experience in teaching and curriculum development. Sarah combines strengths in research and evaluation, policy analysis and strategy development, and has specific expertise in socially inclusive approaches to research and service development. Currently, Sarah is leading the development of Mind’s new integrated research and policy advocacy program.

Keryn Curtis
Adviser, Policy & Advocacy - Ageing, Benevolent Society

Keryn Curtis is a campaigner and policy adviser on ageing issues at The Benevolent Society. She is a passionate advocate on the rights of older people and is part of a fledgling ‘seniors’ co-housing project in Sydney’s inner west called The AGEncy Project. Keryn has a background as a writer and journalist and was founding editor of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine and website. She also spent a decade in strategic communications roles, including heading the healthcare division of a large international public relations agency. Keryn serves on the board of social enterprise organisation, The Arts Health Institute and is a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology. 

Julie Reilly
CEO, Australian Women Donors Network

Julie is passionate about sharing the benefits of investing in women and girls through philanthropy and social investment, and was recognised for her impact in this work in Pro Bono’s inaugural IMPACT 25 Awards. Prior to leading the Australian Women Donors Network, Julie’s diverse experience spanned government, corporate, NFP, university and media roles. She has coordinated international OECD conferences, won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne, and was recently named in the Herald Sun’s 50 Women in Victoria You Should Know. She currently holds board roles with Perpetual Foundation, G(irls)20, and MECCA. 

Jo Pallant
Community Mental Health Practitioner, Mind Australia 

Jo Pallant has been employed by Mind Australia since February 2016. She is currently employed as a Peer Mentor, Family and Support worker and holds the Carer Champion portfolio for Bendigo region. Jo also has caring responsibilities for her husband and eldest daughter who have mental health issues.