Parents Victoria 2019 conference

The Parents Victoria conference will be held on 18-19 November 2019, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing

This year's Parents Victoria conference will be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park over two days (18 and 19 November). The conference will be opened by the Hon. James Merlino, Minister for Education and Deputy Premier of Victoria.

This year's keynote speaker is Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and developer of the concept 'The Resilient Mindset'. Over the two days, he will discuss a range of contemporary educational wellbeing issues, including:

  • identifying and building learning strengths
  • promoting mental health in young people
  • reducing violence and bullying in schools.

The conference follows last year's successful event, which received strong positive feedback from attendees, who said they appreciated 'the opportunity for parents, teachers and people in the Department to come together' at a 'wonderful, connecting conference' where 'the speakers get better and better every year'.

Guest speakers

This year, sessions will focus on the ways parents and schools can support mental health and wellbeing in schools. The 2019 speakers include:

  • Sue Karzis, CEO of State Schools Relief, a Victorian charity that supports underprivileged children in attending school
  • John Hendry OAM, an educational consultant
  • Monique Toohey, a psychologist and lecturer at ACU in Multicultural Counselling
  • Wayne Bradshaw, CEO of the Fathering Project, a program that promotes engagement between children and their fathers
  • Jac Van Velsen, founder of national non-profit Wellbeing in Schools Australia that works with schools to promote good health and wellbeing
  • Justin McDonnell, acting Executive Director of the Wellbeing Health and Engagement Division at the Department of Education and Training.


View the Parents Victoria conference brochure to register.
Registration is essential