Youth Affairs Council Victoria’s Connecting the Dots conference will bring the rural youth sector together across two days and one night to explore the latest research, trends and best practice from the field in the areas of youth health, wellbeing and safety.
Designed by rural youth workers for youth sector professionals who are working or volunteering with young people in country Victoria, the conference offers an opportunity for the rural youth sector to strengthen networks, develop new connections, hear from a range of passionate presenters and attend thought-provoking workshops.
Save the date
The conference will be held across multiple venues in Ballarat’s CBD on 12 to 13 February 2019. Ticket prices are inclusive of the conference dinner at the Forge Pizzeria.
To accommodate attendees travel to and from the venue, and recognising that many youth sector professionals work part-time, the conference will commence at 1pm on Tuesday 12 February and conclude by 1pm on Wednesday 13 Feb. Scholarships are available that cover both conference registration and travel costs.
Dr. Ani Wierenga – University of Melbourne and the Centre for Adolescent Health
Liana Buchanan - Victoria's Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
Justin Mohamed – Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Dr Catherine Orr – Gateway Health Wodonga on behalf of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health
Deb Tsorbaris - Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
Conference dinner and networking event
This event will be held at Forge Pizzeria’s Housey Housey venue.
Tickets and registrations
Tickets for the Connecting the Dots conference are available now. Please book online here.
For a teaser of the conference program please see below. Otherwise you can download the full conference program here as a PDF.
Tuesday 12 February 2019 — Day 1
1pm – Registration
1.15pm – Welcome to Country
1.15pm — Conference opening
1.45pm – Guest speakers
Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People
Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
2.15pm – Keynote address
Dr. Ani Wierenga, University of Melbourne and Centre for Adolescent Health
3pm – Afternoon tea/registration continued
3.30pm – Small group workshops
The workshops will focus on youth mental health, child safety and cultural safety
5pm – Break
6.30pm – Sector consultation and networking session
7.30pm – Dinner
9pm – Official close of Day 1
Wednesday 13 February 2019 — Day 2
9am — Opening address
The Hon, Minister for Youth Affairs, Gabrielle Williams, MLC
9.30am — Guest speaker
Deb Tsorbaris, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
10am — Guest speaker
Dr. Catherine Orr, Gateway Health Wodonga
10.30am — Morning tea
11am — Small group workshops
These workshops will focus on tackling domestic violence, sexual health promotion and resourcing the youth sector to support our most vulnerable young people. The workshops will be presented by the Youth Disability Advocacy Service, HEY grant partners, Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Melbourne University's Centre for Excellence in Rural Health.
12.45pm — Conference close
1pm — Official close of Day 2
Post conference event
1.30pm — 4.30pm
CERSH sexual health skill development training, Ballarat