EIRD Research Forum

Join Early Intervention Research Directorate (EIRD) and our External Expert Consortium of researchers as we share overarching key findings from child abuse/neglect prevention & early intervention research to date. You will hear directly from our research partners and have the opportunity to ask questions in a facilitated panel discussion.

In particular you will hear about findings from:

  • population level administrative data analysis 
  • case file reviews
  • desktop evaluations

These findings will impact how individuals, organisations and systems respond to vulnerable children and families.

This Forum will challenge you to think about new ways of approaching the complex area of child abuse/neglect prevention & early intervention.

You will have the opportunity to hear from,

  • The Hon Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection
  • Professor John Lynch, BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Fiona Arney, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
  • Professor Leah Bromfield, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
  • Associate Professor Alwin Chong, Positive Futures Research Collaboration, University of South Australia
  • Stephen Zidek,Manager of Business Intelligence and Change, Office for Data Analytics, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Daniel Cox, Executive Director of SA’s Early Intervention Research Directorate, will emcee the forum.

This event is brought to you by:

Speaker Biographies:


The Hon Rachel Sanderson MP


The Hon Rachel Sanderson MP has been the member for Adelaide since 2010 and prior to her appointment as Minister for Child Protection served as Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection; Social Housing; Volunteers; Youth; and Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy.
During her time as Shadow Minister she established the Adelaide chapter of Operation Flinders and was instrumental in raising community support and funds for the project. She maintains strong connections with the children, young people and community she serves.
Throughout her political life she has spent countless hours meeting with officials, individual constituents, government agencies and community organisations to learn about the issues affecting real people.
She also undertook an overseas study tour meeting officials, agencies and community members to broaden her understanding of global cultural issues so she could apply that learning back home in South Australia.
Before entering into politics Rachel was a small business owner, successfully owning and managing Rachel’s Model Management & Training. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting).
Rachel has been actively involved in a range of volunteering activities in the community including delivering Meals on Wheels, Friends of Prospect Library, Walkerville Historical Society, The North Adelaide Society and Prospect Blair Athol Lions Club.
As the Minister for Child Protection, Rachel Sanderson will continue to work assiduously to deliver reformist legislation and implement positive policy to ensure that our most vulnerable children have a voice in the decisions about their own lives.


John Lynch



Prof Lynch, the lead of the EIRD Data Analytics Project, is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Adelaide. He is a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Population Health Sciences at the University of Bristol in the UK. He spent 20 years working in North America and before returning to Australia in 2009 he held professorial positions at the University of Michigan in the USA, and at McGill University in Canada. He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health with over 350 academic publications. He was awarded world’s high cite scientist status in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 which places him in the top 1% in his field. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. ____________________________________________

Fiona Arney





Prof Arney was awarded her PhD in the field of Psychiatry. She is an internationally renowned child protection researcher, leading major child protection research concentrations across Australia. She is the Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, and is a mixed-method researcher with experience in incidence and prevalence studies, experimental trials, measure development, administrative data analysis, and grounded theory. She has won numerous awards for community engagement, contributions to child health and for women in leadership. She has more than twenty years’ research experience in the fields of parenting support, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, and child protection research. Fiona has provided support to numerous child protection inquiries, led significant committees and has guided system reform efforts. Fiona is the lead for the EIRD Case File Review projects.

Leah Bromfield




Prof Bromfield is Co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at UniSA and is the lead for the EIRD Desktop Evaluations. Leah is the 2017 Telstra Australian Public Sector and Academia Award winner. Between 2013-2017, she was The Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and led its significant research agenda.  One of Australia's leading child protection researchers, Leah is highly regarded for both her research expertise in child abuse and neglect and issues affecting child protection systems, and her strong methodological skills in research and evaluation design. She has worked closely with state, national and international governments on establishing and implementing child welfare reforms, including the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children and various Inquiries.  ____________________________________________

Associate Professor
Alwin Chong



A/Prof Chong is a Wakamin man and a respected Aboriginal leader and advocate for Aboriginal health research that is culturally equitable.  He has worked in academia and higher education, in non-government organisations, and with many Aboriginal communities. In his career he has held many senior and strategic roles with a focus on Aboriginal Health and has sat as a member on a large number of ethics and advisory councils. Alwin is Director of Positive Futures Research Collaboration at the University of South Australia and has collaborated with the ACCP on a number of Centre projects. He has a special interest in Aboriginal fatherhood research. Alwin is the lead of the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Project for EIRD. He is well connected to a range of organisations and representatives key to Centre projects, and assists the content and approach of combining Indigenous governance, research excellence, policy development and practice support.

Stephen Zidek


S.C. Zidek currently serves as the Manager of the Business Intelligence and Change within the Office for Data Analytics in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to his role in state government, Mr. Zidek was an Assistant Professor at Mercyhurst University where he taught a number of intelligence methods and analysis and strategic intelligence courses while concurrently managing an number of strategic intelligence projects for government, business and non-government entities. Prior to joining Mercyhurst University, he co-founded a cyber intelligence and strategic business company called GenuFi, and earlier served as Vice President and Director of the Anti-Piracy Intelligence Center at the Motion Picture Association in Los Angeles, CA. Before entering into the private sector, Mr. Zidek worked as an Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Government in a number of analytical and policy positions in various agencies. Mr. Zidek also served in the United States Marine Corps active and reserve duty, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.  



Events Details

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

9:30 am (registration)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ballrooms B&C, Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000



Registration is essential - please secure your seat via the below link.