Australasian Universities Safer Communities Symposium (AUSCS) 2022

Promising Practice: Prevention and Response

Thursday 3 November, 9am-3pm (Brisbane local time)

Friday 4 November, 9am-2pm (Brisbane local time)



What is the AUSCS?

In partnership with ATEM, the AUSCS 2022 will be hosted by Southern Cross University online and in-person at university hubs in each State. The University of Queensland is honoured to be the host for all Queensland attendees at the UQ Hub, in the Mod-West Building.

With the release of the National Student Safety results in early 2022, the safety of students and staff is still a key priority for all Australasian universities. This symposium will provide a space for universities to share and observe both emerging and leading practice through insights from research studies, industry practice and real-life experiences.

Attending the AUSCS at the UQ Hub

Join us at the UQ Hub on both days for the opportunity to connect with UQ and Queensland-based staff. Facilitated by the UQ Respect Team, attendees will be free to ask questions and learn from other passionate colleagues within the Safer Communities/Respect University sector.

Along with the highlight of this year’s keynote speakers, Sarah and Matt Brown of She Is Not Your Rehab, there will also be in-person presentations on the Thursday (Nov 3) by Queensland presenters Shaan Ross Smith (Griffith University) of Griffith MATE Program, and Erin Field (University of Southern Queensland) and Matt Kennelly (Symplicity) presenting ‘Closing the Loop For a Single Point of Truth in Prevention and Response Strategies’.

For both days, morning tea and lunch will be provided, with an afternoon tea networking event from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on Thursday, 3rd November.

Program details

(NB: Displayed times have been converted to local Brisbane time and will differ from the official program schedule)

Thursday, 3rd November 2022 (Day 1)

9:00am - Official Opening by the AUSCS Committee

9:10am - Supporting sexual assault survivors through a culturally-aware collaborative partnership between the health and tertiary education sectors by Lucy Stirton (University of Sydney) and Dr. Neeraja Sanmuhanathan (Sydney Local Health District)

9:40am - Evidence-based strategies for safer university research communities by Indira Samarawickrema (Canberra University)

10:10am - 10 minutes break for morning tea at UQ Hub

10:20am - Cultural Wellbeing and Safety: The student perspective on community engagement (Initiative of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team at Western Sydney University) by Sela Siale, Kimberley Massey, Marie Abdeilmaseh, Elizabeth Ta, and Sanu Tamang (Western Sydney University)

11:20am - Understanding and acknowledgement as an ethical response to gendered violence on campus by Dr. Kelly Lewer (University of Wollongong)

11:50am - 40 minutes break for lunch at UQ Hub

12:30pm - Griffith MATE Program by Shaan Ross Smith (Griffith University)

1:00pm - Co-designing Safer Campuses by Deanna Riach | Deputy Registrar (Griffith University)

1:30pm - University of Southern Queensland and Symplicity Advocate: Cloding the loop for a single point of truth in prevention and response strategies by Erin Field | Safer Communities Coordinator (University of Southern Queensland) and Matt Kneelly | Client and Implementation Manager (Symplicity)

2:00pm - Closing of Day 1 and Start of the UQ Hub Afternoon Tea Networking Event

3:00pm - End of UQ Hub Networking Event

Friday, 4th November 2022 (Day 2)

9:00am - Official Opening by the AUSCS Committee

9:10am - (Keynote Speech) She Is Not Your Rehab by Matt and Sarah Brown

10:40am - 10 minutes break for morning tea at UQ Hub

10:50am - STOP Campaign by Camille Schloeffel | The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship Recipient (Western Sydney University)

11:20am - Innovation in Prevention and Response Strategies and Creating Cultural Safety for students and staff online and on campus by Laura Burge (Deakin University), Leonie Burnham (eSafety Women Program), Kimberley Babic (Western Sydney University) and Rameeza Barnes, Universities Australia)

11:50am - 40 minutes break for lunch at UQ Hub

12:30pm - Innovatively moving beyond institutional boundaries to enhance prevention programming by Fiona Marshall (Monash University), Trina Howley (RMIT University) and Laura Burge (Deakin University)

1:00pm - Supporting safer communities through online training by Catherine Pruscino (University of Technology Sydney) and Lucy Cook (Epigeum)

1:30pm - Teaching and Learning for Equality by Georgia Killick and Nicole Bechard (Our Watch)

2:00pm - Minors on campus: Regulating the sexual safety and wellbeing of under-18s who attend Australian universities by Tobia Fattore, Kate Gleeson, Rebecca Sheehan and Alison Pullen (Macquarie University)

2:30pm - Closing of Day 2

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The AUSCS Organising Committee is thankful to Symplicity and Epigeum - Part of Oxford University Press for their sponsorship of this event