This section highlights the professional development activities undertaken by staff at WESTIR Limited. It includes summaries of conferences, seminars and workshops attended throughout the year.

Attended by Barbara Beard (Social Research & Information Officer, WESTIR Ltd) 

The Australian Institute of Family Studies conference is held in Melbourne bi-annually. This year’s theme was Research to Results – Using evidence to improve outcomes for families.

Day 1
Keynote address – Two generation programs: Can 1 + 1 be more than 2? – Professor Greg Duncan

Day 2
Keynote address – Believing in magic: what can early interventions really achieve, and how will we know – Professor John Lynch

Day 3
Keynote Address – Research to recommendations: Royal Commission’s approach to making research relevant in protecting children from child sexual abuse – Justice Jennifer Coates


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