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Mildura Family Violence Community Event

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On the 26th April 2017 (Mildura) and 27th April 2017 (Swan Hill) there will be two significant events occurring across Mallee.  These events are being brought to our community by Community Correctional Services (Loddon Mallee Region), Department of Justice and Regulation and your local Mallee Family Violence Executive.


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These events are two, one-day conferences which will be open to the broad community and will feature prominent identities who will speak about family violence. Each of the events are identical in nature (apart from start/end times) and are being held in both Mildura and Swan Hill so that the event is accessible across the entire Mallee.  The day will discuss and provide strategies and ideas to reduce the prevalence of Family Violence across the Mallee.

These events are free to attend and open to all community members, including sporting clubs, school groups, individuals etc.

Learn about what YOU can do in our community to stop or reduce the prevalence of family violence occurring.

Both conference events are free of charge to attend.  Lunch/Morning Tea is provided at both and you will need to register early to secure a seat as numbers are limited. Bookings must be made via Eventbrite on the below links

Eventbrite Registration Here: –  Mildura – Swan Hill

Facilitator of Days Event


Wei Leng Kwok Low Res WebWei Leng Kwok has extensive experience in programming and evaluation in public health and women’s health. From 2010 to 2016, Wei Leng was the Research Practice Leader, Preventing Violence against Women, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), where she oversaw the design of programs in the primary prevention of violence against women, and contributed to the development of Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, published by Our Watch, VicHealth and ANROWS. In 2016, Wei Leng was awarded the Australasian Evaluation Society’s Award for Excellence (Evaluation Study or Project Award) for Generating Equality and Respect: Preventing violence against women, funded by VicHealth.

Speaker Profiles

Nova Peris OAM


Nova Peris OAM has lived up to her name many times over. She shone on the world stage as an athlete, winning gold three times. She earned her first gold at just 25 years of age, as part of the Australian women’s hockey team in the 1996 Olympics. She had a seven year old daughter at the time, placing her in the extremely rare category of Olympic champion, young mother and the first ever Indigenous Australian gold medalist. Seventeen years later, Nova became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to Australian Federal Parliament. She is a woman of courage and conviction, who continues to shine brightly.

Nova is of the Muran people from Kakadu & Arnhem land. She grew up in Darwin and has strong cultural ties to the Cobourg Peninsula. Her family was greatly affected by the Stolen Generation. During her time in Parliament Nova encouraged her peers and fellow Australians to recognise, acknowledge and move forward from our country’s history. “The past is the past and no matter how hard we try we cannot change that history. But let’s start to undo the wrongs with what is right and just.”

Nova spoke of the lasting repercussions of the forced removal of children in an emotional maiden speech to Parliament. “Over the years, people have said to me that it’s incredible what I have done in sport. I have competed at some of the biggest sporting events on the planet. Accolades, achievements and celebrations have been part of my life. But in my heart, I know that that part of my life is virtually meaningless compared to the ability to survive shown by my grandparents and my mother. I cannot imagine or comprehend how it must have been to live life during those days.”

As a sporting star, Nova often drew on her family experiences to spur her on, “I didn’t just run for me but for everyone who looked up to me, in particular, my family. For all the struggles they have endured in the past, this is how I repay them, for their sacrifices.” Her dedication was clear, having won gold as a hockey player in 1996, and in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, she became a dual gold medalist for track and field (a significant and rare achievement).

But her bright influence extends beyond the sports world. When announcing Nova as the pre-selected Labor candidate in the 2013 Federal election, Julia Gillard called her ‘the captain’s pick’. Months later she was the first Indigenous woman elected to Federal politics.

Nova’s drive and determination is the key to her success and accomplishment, “Being Aboriginal makes you resilient. People will doubt you but it only makes you work hard, for longer. Representing my country Australia was one of the greatest feeling you can ever imagine.”

Nova’s long list of achievements is impressive to say the least, but an activist at heart she has one dream she is determined to fulfill: equality. The equal participation, representation and celebration of all Aboriginal Australians is yet to be recognised in this country, and Nova would give anything to see this future realised.

“I have been fortunate enough to achieve at the Olympic levels of sport in hockey and athletics. I have experienced the total joy of winning gold medals for my country. And I have lived the exciting life of an elite athlete—fussed over and entertained—in more than 50 countries around the world. But I would swap all of that in a heartbeat—I would forgo any number of gold medals—to see Aboriginal Australians be free, healthy and participating fully in all that our great country has to offer.” – Maiden Speech, 13 Nov 2013

Today, Nova Peris works with the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services to encourage more Indigenous young people to join the world of sport. Nova Peris is a fighter who continues to inspire others to reach for the stars.

Shaan Ross-Smith

Shaan Ross has performed in managerial roles within Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) over a period of fifteen years across a comprehensive range of positions including Regional Programs and Training Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Supervisor and Assessment Unit Officer. In 2013 Shaan accepted an Shaan photo (002)opportunity to work with the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre as the Integrated Response Manager. This role required the collaboration of significant Government and non-Government providers to coordinate the management of high risk domestic violence matters. Shaan credits this diverse experience as providing her with a rich professional perspective of the criminal justice system and it’s interface within the broader community.

Upon returning to Queensland Corrective Services in 2014, Shaan has acted in the role of Director, Offender Rehabilitation and Management Services, overseeing three distinct portfolios, namely Offender Intervention, Offender Management and Education and Re-entry. In 2015 Shaan undertook a review of internal processes related to Domestic Violence across Queensland Corrective Services before returning to her substantive position at Southport Probation and Parole to assist with the implementation of the specialist Domestic Violence Court.

Late 2016 Shaan commenced at Griffith University as the Director of the MATE violence prevention program. The MATE program uses a bystander approach to prevention that empowers leaders to think more critically and personally about intimate partner and sexual violence as well as attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that nurture and support those issues at a foundational level.

Shaan holds a degree and postgraduate degree in Psychology.

Andrew Broad

Andrew Broad is the Federal Member for the Electorate of Mallee, the largest electorate in Victoria.

As a member of the National Party, Andrew is a part of the Federal Coalition Government and he is the current Chair of the Government’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Committee and the Chair of the House of Representatives’ Environment and Energy committee.

Andrew is also a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, the Joint Standing Committee for the NBN, the House Standing Committee for Communications and the Arts and he is a founding member of Parliamentarians Against Family Violence.

With a background in agriculture and small business, Andrew possesses a thorough understanding of the challenges facing farmers and regional communities. Andrew also has an extensive global understanding and has been a strong advocate for expanded foreign trade agreements and for Australia to play a leading role in development across the Asia-Pacific region.

Deeply committed to supporting regional Australia, Andrew is the former President of the Victorian Farmers Federation and former Director of the National Farmers Federation. He has also sat on the board of Australian Made.

As the Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew is working to ensure country people are recognised for their contribution to Australia. When he’s not in Canberra, Andrew spends much of his time touring around the electorate, meeting the people he represents, across the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura region.

Alan Thorpe  – (Swan Hill)

alan thorpeAlan has over 25 years experience working with the Aboriginal Community in Victoria and since 2004 has been funded by Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to deliver approximately 20 leadership programs to vulnerable Aboriginal men. Alan qualifications in Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Men’s Behaviour Programs), Diploma in Community Development and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Narelle Kolpin

NarelleKolpinNarelle Kolpin is the Victoria Police representative who has the role of Family Violence Advisor for the North West Region of Victoria.  Narelle is committed to reducing the incidence of Family Violence across the Mallee and she has responsibility for oversighting Victoria Police’s Family Violence Units in both Swan Hill and Mildura.


Marnie Jewell

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Marnie Jewell is a Health Promotion Coordinator at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. She has a background in public health/health promotion, with specialised skills in program planning and evaluation. Since 2012, she has implemented a range of evidence based projects to prevent violence against women across settings including workplaces, sporting clubs and the media. Marnie led the implementation of the Take a Stand Program, using whole of organisation approaches to prevent violence against women. Twelve organisations participated in the program, reaching over 2000 people. Marnie will be sharing key learnings from this program with delegates of the World Public Health Congress in April 2017.

Tricia Currie

Tricia_CurrieTricia is the Executive Officer Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and brings to the role 16 years of Executive experience in Health Services in the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria.   Tricia is a rural women who enjoys connection to communities and is keen to champion the opportunities of partnership to build on the health and wellbeing of women. The focus of this work has included extensive experience in community development, Service and program planning, together with strategic leadership and capacity building in rural areas to address access and equity issues.  Tricia chairs the Loddon Mallee Stewardship group giving oversight to the regional action plan for the prevention violence against women. Tricia has guest lectured at Melbourne University on Gender Equity,  been a recipient of the Victorian Women’s Diversity scholarship and holds a number of governance positions in the region and state-wide including as a Board member Women’s Health Association of Victoria, Chair of North Central Local Learning and Employment Network and Deputy Chair Gowrie Victoria. Tricia loves the Mallee and has spent many hours monitoring the iconic mallee fowl.


Mildura Venue
Benetook Room
Alfred Deakin Centre
Deakin Avenue, Mildura

0900 Registration, tea/coffee

0930 Opening of event by Dept. Of Justice representative and introduction of facilitator and housekeeping issues.

0940 Welcome to Country by aboriginal elder, Janine Wilson.

0945 Outline of days program and theme by facilitator

1000 Victim/Survivor Story and discussion ‘Anj Barker – Love Me, Love Me Not’

1030 Morning Tea

1100 Introduction of Shaan Ross-Smith (Griffith University) who will deliver the acclaimed MATE (Mentors in Violence Prevention) Program

1245 Lunch

1330 Nova Peris – Gender Equity issues

1350 Andrew Broad – Parliamentary Committee on Family Violence/COAG

1405 Marnie Jewel – Women’s Health Loddon Mallee – Gender Equality

1420 Panel Group facilitated discussion comprising Shaan Ross-Smith, Nova Peris, Narelle Kolpin, Andrew Broad and Tricia Currie.

1530 Close of event – approx

Swan Hill Venue
Swan Hill Town Hall & Entertainment Centre
Swan Hill

0930 Registration, tea/coffee

1000 Opening of event by Department of Justice Representative and introduction of facilitator and housekeeping issues.

1010 Welcome to Country by invited aboriginal elder, Deb Chaplain

1015 Outline of days program and theme by facilitator

1030 Victim/Survivor Story and discussion ‘Anj Barker’

1100 Morning Tea

1130 Address by Nova Peris

1200 Introduction of Shaan Ross-Smith (Griffith University) who will deliver the acclaimed MATE (Mentors in Violence Prevention) Program

1345 Lunch

1430 Andrew Broad – Parliamentary Committee on Family Violence/COAG

1445 Marnie Jewel – Women’s Health Loddon Mallee – Gender Equality

1500  Panel Group facilitated discussion comprising Narelle Kolpin, Andrew Broad, Alan Thorpe and Marnie Jewell

1600 Close of event – approx

Further Details and Contact Information

Mildura Event

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Norm Tink / Metaxia Tsoukatos
Mallee Domestic Violence Services, 146 Lime Avenue, Mildura.
Phone: (03) 50212130

Swan Hill Event

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Eden Templeton
Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership
Phone: (03) 50330902