September 9, 2019

OPEN and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 2019 OPEN Symposium.


Professor Eileen Munro, our international keynote speaker, is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Professor Munro has written extensively on how best to combine intuitive and analytic reasoning in child protection risk assessment and decision-making, and on the importance of understanding how systems factors influence workers’ actions. In 2011, she completed the Munro Review of the English Child Protection System. Returning to her roots in philosophy, Eileen is also working on a 5-year philosophy of social technology project that is exploring the implications of complex causality for using research findings in a new location and how this challenges traditional evidence-based practice.


Our local keynote speaker is Dr Wendy Bunston, of Latrobe University and WB Training & Consultancy. Dr Bunston has worked in the child and family welfare sector for 30 years. She previously managed the multi award-winning Addressing Family Violence Programs in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Service, and as a senior infant mental health clinician and consultant family therapist. Wendy’s PhD on the experience of infants in women’s refuges won the prestigious ‘Nancy Millis’ award in 2016, and in 2019 she was selected as a finalist in the highly prestigious Victorian Premier’s Health and Medical Research Awards. Wendy is the author of multiple international articles, chapters and her international book, Helping Babies and Children to heal after Family Violence was published by UK publishers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2017. Her current book, Supporting Vulnerable Babies and Young Children, co-edited with Sarah J Jones, includes an array of international contributors and had just been released.

OPEN is very excited to host these two fantastic speakers at our 2019 Symposium. Early bird tickets are on sale for a limited time, so get in quick to secure your spot.