Program Overview

Day One: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

1.30-2.00pm                Registration and Afternoon Tea

2.00-3.00pm                 Welcome and Opening Liturgy – Smoking Ceremony

3.00-3.15pm                Conference Introduction

3.15-4.30pm                 Keynote Address: Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv

                                   – What makes us human? What is essential to flourish?

4.30-5.30pm            Panel Discussion:

                                   – Unlocking our shared DNA: Reflections from Major Church Providers

                                   Ms Kasy Chambers (Executive Director, Anglicare Australia)
                                   Dr Robyn Sampson (Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Care Australia)
                                   Ms Claerwen Little (National Director, UnitingCare Australia)
Moderator: Ms Monique Earsman (Executive Director, Catholic Social Services

Responder: Archbishop Peter Andrew Comensoli (Archbishop of Melbourne)

6.30pm       Conference Dinner and Mary MacKillop Oration: Ms Claire Victory

                                  – Going back to our roots – what grounds us today in our shared work?

Day Two: Thursday, 22 February 2024

9.00-9.20am                Welcome

9.20-10.25am               Keynote Address: Dr Julie Edwards OAM, CEO Jesuit Social Services

                                   – The role of social services and their work on the commons

10.25-10.50am              Morning break

10.50-11.45am             Panel Discussion
Reflections on the Australia we want to be

                                   Sr Brigid Arthur AO (Coordinator, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project)
                                   Assoc Prof. Ben Phillips (Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian
National University)
                                   Prof. John Wiseman (Senior Research Fellow – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute)
                                   Moderator: The Hon James Merlino (Former Deputy Premier, Victoria)

11.50am- 12.45pm        Panel Discussion
Responding to changing times: The possibilities of leading and collaborating across sectors

                                    Ms Marcelle Mogg (CEO, Mental Health Victoria)
                                    Mr Matthew Cassin (CEO, Catholic Development Fund)
                                   Dr Edward Simons (Executive Director, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools)
                                    Mr Craig Arthur (National Administrator, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Catholic Council)
Moderator: Ms Anita Veivers (Executive Director, Centacare FNQ)

12.45-1.30pm             Lunch

1.30-3.00pm                 Interactive workshop sessions 

3.00-3.30pm               Afternoon Tea

3.00-5.00pm                 Interactive workshop sessions

5.30-6.30pm                 Conference Mass

Day Three: Friday, 23 February 2024
‘Common Good’

7.30-9.00am               Breakfast DiscussionReconciliation: the path forward for Australia?

                                   Aunty Esme Bamblett (Co-Chair Elders Voice, First Nations Assembly of Victoria)
                                   Erica Bernard (Community Liaison Officer, Catholic Education WA, Broome Office)
                                   Aunty Colleen Harney (Truth Receiver, Yoorrook Justice Commission)
Moderator: Ms Vicky Gonzalez Burrows (Executive Director of Mission & Ethos, MercyCare)

9.15-10.30am             Keynote Address: Professor Mark Considine AM

                                   – Service Systems for the Common Good: Where are we headed?

10.30-11.00am             Morning break

11.00-12.00pm           Panel Discussion

                                   – Services and Programs for the common good

                                   Ms Stella Avramopoulos (CEO, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand)
                                   Ms Jayne Lloyd OAM (Director, CatholicCare Northern Territory)
                                   The Hon. Graham West (CEO, Amelie Housing)
Moderator: Mr Peter Selwood (Executive Director, Centacare Brisbane)          

12:00–12:30pm            Closing Reflections and Liturgy

12.30-1.30pm             Lunch

The Conference program is subject to change and will be updated as details are confirmed.