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ACU lecture to examine what works for children and families

CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), Dr Dianne Jackson, will speak at the fifth and final lecture of the 2015 Blackfriars Lecture Series to be held at Australian Catholic University today. Dr Jackson will present, ‘What works for children and families: Collaboration, Evidence, Prevention’.

Dr Jackson’s lecture will discuss the factors that promote the wellbeing of children and their families, and reflect that the way they work must lie at the heart of policy, research and practice. Dr Jackson will discuss evidence-based ways of building intelligent systems, at micro and macro levels; and will explore collaboration across universal system platforms as a critical element in co-constructing services with the people that use them.

The Blackfriars Lecture Series is a public discussion forum featuring a series of guest speakers, hosted by Associate Professor Patrick McArdle, ACU Canberra Campus Dean. This year’s theme has focused on ‘Children and Families’ and is held in partnership with the Institute of Child Protection Studies, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year.

Associate Professor McArdle said, “In the first quarter of this century the changing nature of families and the priorities around childhood have become central to research, politics and news reports – this lecture series will enable a diverse range of views to be explored by experts in the field who combine research, experience and practice.”

Other speakers presenting at the Blackfriars Lecture Series in 2015 included:

  • CEO St Vincent De Paul Society, Dr John Falzon (lecture held in June 2015)
  • Former Director Australian Institute of Criminology, Prof Adam Tomison (lecture held in July 2015)
  • National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell (lecture held in August 2015)
  • CEO Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan (lecture held in October 2015) 

Event details 

Event: Blackfriars Lecture Series

Date: Tuesday 17 November 2015

Time: 5.30pm for light refreshments; lecture 6pm to 7pm

Where: Australian Catholic University, Ground Floor, Blackfriars Building, 223 Antill Street, Watson

RSVPs: Mary Moran, (02) 6209 1129,

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