Keynote speakers and presenters

This year, delegates were treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network, some outstanding keynote addresses, panel discussions and other presentations throughout the Anglicare Australia National Conference.

Stay tuned for more details of our keynote speakers as they’re announced.

The Hon Kim Beazley AC is the Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor on 1 May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.

Jane Caro is an author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer and Walkley Award recipient. Her most recent book Accidental Feminists is the story of women over fifty-five. It is a celebration of grit, adaptability, energy and persistence. It is also an examination of the challenges facing ‘boomer women’, and a plea for future generations to keep agitating for a better, fairer world. Jane is a weekly regular on Channel 7’s Sunrise and Channel 9’s Mornings. She also appears regularly on ABC’s Q&A, The Project, The Drum and Playbox.

Associate Professor Tracy Westerman is a trailblazer in Aboriginal mental health, having been named the 2018 Australian of the Year (WA); Inducted into the 2018 WA Women’s Hall of Fame and awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Curtin University amongst many other accolades. She is a recognized leader in Aboriginal mental health, cultural competence and suicide prevention, achieving national and international recognition. In 2005 the Canadian government sent a delegation to Australia to explore her work, resulting in recommendations that the same approaches be adopted for Canadian Aboriginal people. She was recognized by Canadian Health, 2009 for her contribution to Aboriginal youth mental health and has been cited in numerous reports highlighting her work as best practice. She has developed seven unique psychometric tests enabling the identification of Aboriginal people at suicide and mental health risk. She has trained over 25,000 clinicians in these tools and approaches meaning they are then able to reach many thousands more Aboriginal people at risk.

Janet Anderson is the Aged Care Quality Commissioner. Janet is a career public servant who for the last twenty years has held a range of executive positions at Commonwealth, State and regional levels, working in the areas of health and aged care policy, strategy and planning. After stints in the NSW Department of Health, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Commonwealth Department of Health, Janet took up the position of Deputy CEO, and then acting CEO, of the Northern Territory Department of Health. While in the Northern Territory, she was also in charge of leading the government’s response to the Royal Commission into child protection and youth justice. In 2009, Janet was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contributions to health system policy.

Katie Stubley is the Co-Director Social Impact Festival and a design strategist at the Centre of Social Impact. Katie has been an educator, social process designer and community builder for over ten years. For the last six years she has been immersed in the field of social innovation both internationally and locally. She has worked for not-for-profits, social enterprises and for local government. Katie is passionate about developing a strong eco-system to foster social impact.

Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy was made Archbishop of Perth in 2018, becoming the world’s first female Anglican Archbishop. Born in Melbourne, she is a graduate of the Trinity College Theological School within the University of Melbourne and Melbourne College of Divinity. She has served in the Dioceses of Melbourne and Perth in various positions, including as Rector of St David’s Applecross, as a Canon of St George’s Cathedral and a Perth Diocesan Trustee. She served as an Archdeacon and Registrar of the Perth Diocese prior to be being consecrated Bishop in May 2008 by Archbishop Roger Herft, becoming the Anglican Church’s first female Bishop. Archbishop Goldsworthy will preach at the opening service of the conference.