NCAB Conference 2016

Towards Bullying Solutions – Theory and Practice

NCAB Conference 2016

NCAB's seventh biennial conference, Towards Bullying Solutions – Theory and Practice, was held on 28 and 29 of July 2016 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne.

The conference brought together academics, policymakers, practitioners, educators, principals, leadership teams and young people from around the world, to explore how bullying affects people of all ages, and to share the latest research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyberbullying.

Hosted by NCAB Chairman the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

More than 50 specialist presenters, including Professor Helen McGrath, Professor Toni Noble, Ken Rigby, Barbara Spears, Karyn Healy and Susan McLean touched on ground-breaking bullying research theories from across the globe. 

A youth advisory panel also discussed bullying issues and solutions, providing an essential voice from teenagers and young adults. 

See the resolutions from the 2016 NCAB Conference.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dorothy Espelage (US)

A professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and an international expert in bullying, youth aggression, and teen dating violence.

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Professor Wendy Craig (Canada)

A co-director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), a national initiative that provides youth and adults with knowledge, strategies and tools to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships. Dr. Craig is a leading expert on bullying and its effects.

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Professor Helen McGrath (Australia)

Adjunct Professor, Deakin University. An educator and psychologist with a goal to support children and adults to develop a stronger sense of wellbeing and to be more resilient, confident and successful. Co-creator of Bounce Back and co-developer of the National Safe Schools Framework.

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Professor Toni Noble (Australia)

Adjunct Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University. Co-creator of Bounce Back and co-developer of the National Safe Schools Framework.

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Other Speakers Include

Barbara Spears

Dr Barbara Spears (University of South Australia), a former primary school teacher, and current Research Leader of the Wellbeing Research Group in the Centre for Research in Education at UniSA and the Hawke Research Institute, is well recognised for her work on youth voice, cyberbullying, covert bullying, mental health and wellbeing and bystander behaviour.

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Karyn Healy

Karyn Healy is a psychologist with extensive experience working with schools, parents and children to manage conflict and bullying and promote wellbeing. She has ongoing roles in staff wellbeing for Queensland Department of Education and program development at the University of Queensland.

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Susan McLean

Susan is Australia’s leading expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. She was the first Victorian Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people and is the most highly qualified of all the Federal Government’s certified eSafety providers.

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Dr Kenneth Rigby

Over the last 25 years Professor Ken Rigby has been a national consultant for schools and a leading international authority in bullying and victimisation in schools with more than 100 peer refereed papers and other publications.

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Photos from NCAB 2016

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