Respect. Prevent. Respond.

Deakin University, Deakin Downtown | February 5-6 2019

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harm in the Tertiary Education Sector

Welcome from Conference Director

This conference is part of Deakin University's Respect. Now. Always (RNA) initiative, with the aim to gather those that have been involved with similar activities within their respective institutions to share ideas, broaden understanding and to create opportunities for sector wide collaboration in the elimination of sexual harm in the Higher Education, VET and TAFE sectors.

Targeted sectors

Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
Student Residential College and Accommodation Services

Ideal audience


Directors and Managers of Student Services

Manager of Counselling and Psychological Services

University, TAFE, RTO and VET sector Psychologists, Counsellors and Social Workers

Campus services and facilities

Equity and Diversity Practitioners

International Student Support Managers

Student’s Right Officers and Advocates

Student Engagement Managers and Officers

Primary Prevention Officers and Practitioners

Respectful Relationships Educators

Residential college or accommodation services staff

Safer Community Advisors and Managers

The conference program will cover the topics of prevention and response to sexual harm over both days of the conference.

This conference is broader than just the RNA initiative, and we hope that it will provide a forum for academics and researchers to showcase their work, reaching audiences that have a keen interest in literature, science or evidence-based practices.

We look forward to welcoming you to Deakin Downtown.

John Devereaux
Executive Director, Student Life 
Deakin University


We are pleased to release the confirmed conference program for the Respect Prevent Respond conference.


Registration for the conference is now open!

Early bird registration (prior to 30 November 2018): $495
Standard registration (after 30 November 2018): $550
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The Conference Committee

The Conference Reference Group

Chair: Professor Ann Taket
Professor Beth Crisp
Associate Professor Michael Flood
Professor Debbie Ollis
Dr Renee Hamilton

Keynote speakers

Professor David Richardson

Title: Vice-Chancellor & President University of East Anglia

Topic: Changing the culture on campus and in university cities: a partnership between the Vice-Chancellor and students

David Richardson is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  He joined UEA in 1991, and has also held positions of Dean of Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014.

His research group is active in the area of bacterial bioenergetics, and his work has shed important light on the mechanism of greenhouse gas production by bacteria and the molecular basis and function of bacterial nanowires.

David is active in a range of national and regional HE bodies. David also holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Queensland and is President of the Aurora Network of Universities 2017-19.

David was a member of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. The recommendations in the report “Changing the Culture” are being adopted widely by UK universities.

Associate Professor Michael Flood

Topics: Engaging male students and staff on campus in violence prevention

Dr Michael Flood is a highly regarded researcher on violence against women and its prevention, with an extensive record of community and professional engagement.

Dr Flood has made significant contributions to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding violence and violence prevention. Dr Flood also is a community educator with a long involvement in advocacy and education focused on men, gender, and violence. He has contributed to social change campaigns, worked with sporting and military organizations, participated in international expert meetings, and shaped national prevention frameworks.

Professor Charlene Senn

Charlene Y. Senn is a Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and Professor of Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. Her research puts feminist and social psychological theories into practice and centres on effective interventions for sexual violence. She developed the EAAA/Flip the Script program which is proven to reduce the sexual violence experienced by women university students. With her colleague, Anne Forrest, she has also worked on another important piece of the campus sexual assault prevention puzzle to institutionalize effective bystander education for men and women on campus and to evaluate its impact.

Dr Jen Drysdale

Title: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Topic: Student wellbeing and safety in the Higher Education Sector

Dr Jen Drysdale joined TEQSA in 2017 as Assistant Director, Admissions Transparency and has since played a pivotal role in the establishment of a team to monitor and support how providers are responding to the challenge of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the higher education sector. She has held both academic and professional positions in the tertiary sector, and completed a PhD on the development of institutions at the ANU.

Dr Drysdale gained experience in institutional design, public policy, project management and stakeholder engagement, working for local, state and federal government, the United Nations, not for profit organisations, and as a consultant.

Catriona Jackson

Title: Chief Executive, Universities Australia

Topic: Respect. Now. Always. The next steps

Catriona Jackson is the Chief Executive at Universities Australia, the peak body for the higher education sector. In this role she leads the team that developed the Respect. Now. Always. initiative to combat sexual assault and harassment universities.

She has carried a life-long commitment to gender equity through a 30-year career in government, universities, advocacy, policy analysis and development, and journalism at the highest levels. Prior to joining UA, Ms Jackson was the Chief Executive Officer of peak lobby group Science & Technology Australia, press secretary and senior adviser to a federal government cabinet minister, director of government relations and communications at the Australian National University and a newspaper and radio journalist.

Professor Ann Taket

Title: Chair in Health & Social Exclusion
Director, Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion
School of Health & Social Development, Faculty of Health. Deakin University

Topic: The value of the bystander approach for primary prevention in the university setting

Professor Ann Taket has over thirty years experience in public health related research. The majority of her academic career has been in the UK, and she re-located to Melbourne, Australia in February 2006.

Currently Professor Taket is leading the development of theatre based education programs that aim to change knowledge, attitudes and promote prosocial behaviour.  You the Man deals with dating violence and sexual assault and highlights how bystanders can interrupt cycles of relationship violence and abuse. Over the past 5 years the program has been successfully delivered in sports clubs, workplaces, secondary schools, universities and communities across Victoria.

This year sees the first season of Being Frank which covers trans and gender diverse issues. Developed in partnership with Transgender Victoria, this program is intended to promote awareness, empathy and discussion, increasing acknowledgement, acceptance and affirmation and valuing of trans and gender diverse people within society.  Both of these programs focus on stimulating prosocial bystander behaviour.

Professor Beth Crisp

Title: Health and Social Development, Deakin University

Topic: Does the curriculum have a place in university efforts to prevent gender-based violence?

Professor Beth Crisp is internationally recognised for her research and leadership in Social Work Education as well as being the Discipline Leader for Social Work at Deakin University.

She is particularly interested in curriculum development and has put her research into practice in development of new qualifying degrees in social work at both the University of Glasgow and at Deakin University. Beth is also co-editor (along with Professor Ann Taket) of the recent volume Eliminating Gender-Based Violence and her keynote paper at this conference brings together her experience in curriculum development with her interest in the prevention of gender-based violence.

Associate Professor Debbie Ollis

Title: Deakin University

Topic: Primary prevention - What can we learn from pre-service teachers’ experience of prevention education?

Debbie is Associate Professor in Education at Deakin University. Her teaching and research intersect in the area of sexuality education, gender and diversity, respectful relationships education (gender-based violence education), and health and student wellbeing.

Debbie has a history in the translation of her own and others research into practice through policy, teacher professional learning, teacher education and school-based curriculum.  She has been the principal author of key sexuality education resources and worked in policy and program development in gender and sexuality education at the state and national level in Australia. She is an active researcher in the field currently researching and writing, independently and collaboratively, on capacity building in sexuality education; the implementation of respectful relationships; pre-service teacher sexuality education programs and the role of student voice and engagement in sexuality education.

Other Keynote Speakers will be announced soon. Please check back later.


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Contact details

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