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2023 LENEEN FORDE PUBLIC ADDRESS – Tuesday 5 September 2023




The prevalence and impact of child maltreatment in Australia: Findings from the Australian Child Maltreatment Study

Please join us for this special annual event named in honour of Ms Leneen Forde AO who led the 1999 Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.

This is an opportunity to hear from two of the Chief Investigators of the Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS). ACMS measured experiences of child maltreatment in 8500 Australians and examined their association with mental illness, health risk behaviours and health service use. ACMS demonstrates that child maltreatment is endemic in Australia and although it has changed over time, child maltreatment remains strongly associated with mental illness, substance use, self harm and suicidality. The results of ACMS are of immense importance to the Australian community and critical to anyone who values the safety and wellbeing of children.

The Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland.

Guest speakers:

Professor Ben Mathews

Ben Mathews is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology, and is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA.  He was a Professorial Fellow to the Australian Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and has served on two World Health Organization Guideline Development Groups on Health Sector Responses to Child Maltreatment.  His work has influenced major socio-legal reforms in Australia and overseas, especially in relation to improving methods to prevent, identify, and respond to child sexual abuse. He is the Lead Investigator of the Australian Child Maltreatment Study.

Dr Hannah Thomas

Dr Thomas is a practicing clinical psychologist and researcher with special interest in child, adolescent and family mental health. For over 10 years she has conducted applied clinical and epidemiological research in the area of child and adolescent bullying. Since 2019 she has been a chief investigator on the Australian Child Maltreatment Study – the most comprehensive study of the prevalence, health, and economic burden of child maltreatment in Australia. Her research has been highly cited, recognised by peak professional bodies and attracted public interest through the media. She also regularly delivers seminars to health and education professionals working with children and families. Overall, her research aims to firstly, raise the profile of the harms of adverse childhood experiences on lifelong mental health and secondy, contribute to the enhancement of prevention and intervention efforts.

Chair: James Scott

Professor James Scott is a Child and Youth Psychiatrist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Child and Youth Mental Health Service and the University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre. He leads a programme of research investigating modifiable risk factors for mental illness in children and youth and conducts clinical studies to improve the mental health of young people.  James is a chief investigator on the Australian Child Maltreatment Study.

DATE: Tuesday 5 September 2023

VENUE:   Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, 415 George Street, Brisbane

REGISTRATION        5.00 – 5.30 PM

ADDRESS                 5.30 – 6.30 PM

RECEPTION              6.30 – 7.30 PM

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