'Context Matters' Symposium - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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'Context Matters' Symposium


The 'Context Matters' Symposium has been postponed with a new date yet to be confirmed.

Understanding, preventing and responding to sexual violence and abuse

Mooloolaba Surf Club, Mooloolaba

Hosted by the

Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

School of Law and Criminology, USC Australia

There is growing recognition, and a developing evidence base, supporting the contextual dynamics of sexual violence and abuse. Lessons learned from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, for example, drew attention to contextual factors (organisational leadership, policies and practice) that create conditions that might either increase risk, or protect against, sexual abuse. Multidisciplinary research evidence also shows how family, peer, school and neighbourhood settings may also contribute to abusive behaviour. Collectively, this highlights the need to ensure prevention strategies, as well as responses to sexual abuse, are contextualised.

The Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU) will host a one-day symposium, the first of its kind, to bring together national and international experts to discuss the importance of context for preventing sexual violence and abuse and improving community safety. This symposium will be of interest to academics, practitioners and policy professionals, including police, child safety, youth justice, corrections, counselling services, education, law and health.

Tickets are $100 per person. This includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Symposium hosts:

Dr Nadine McKillop, Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh, and Dr Lara Christensen

Symposium contact: svrpu@usc.edu.au


Registration closes Friday 27 March.

Registration will include, tea, coffee, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Registration fees:

  • Registration - $100 per person

Tuesday 7 April 2020, 9am-4.30pm

Mooloolaba Surf Club, Mooloolaba

Time Presenter Details
9am SVRPU Official Welcome

Understand and prevent

Time Presenter Details
9:30am Emeritus Professor Stephen Smallbone Why context matters in the prevention of sexual violence and abuse
10:30am Morning Tea  


Time Presenter Details
11:00am Dr Carlene Firmin Contextual safeguarding: Reframing child protection responses to peer-sexual abuse
12:00pm Dr Tess Patterson Context and gender: Stereotypes and impact
12:50pm Lunch  
1:50pm Dr Kelly Richards Context and effective reintegration
2:30pm Dr Danielle Harris Context of desistance: Implications for practice
3:10pm Afternoon Tea  


Time Presenter Details
3.30pm Professor Daryl Higgins Measuring contextual change
4:20pm SVRPU Summary and close
When and where

'Context Matters' Symposium will be held at the Mooloolaba Surf Club, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 7 April 2020, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

The Sunshine Coast is a fast-growing regional area of South East Queensland approximately 1 hour north of Brisbane; Queensland’s capital and largest city.

How do I get there?
By car

There is free on-street parking throughout Mooloolaba as well as off-street regulated parking. Please see the Sunshine Coast Council map for parking options.

By public transport

Travel to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane can be planned on public transport through Translink, South East Queensland’s public transport provider.

By air

You can fly directly to the Sunshine Coast. Flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland are serviced by the Sunshine Coast Airport. Alternatively, you can fly into Brisbane airport. See Con-X-ion shuttle bus option from Brisbane airport to the Sunshine Coast or Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba.

Where should I stay?

Mooloolaba is a coastal suburb and tourist resort township on the Sunshine Coast, is located 97km north of Brisbane and is just a 10 minute drive to USC Sunshine Coast. There are a number of accommodation options in Mooloolaba which are walking distance to the Mooloolaba Surf Club.