Public Forum

The TTRG is proud to host public forums tackling the big issues in education. Our first takes place on Tuesday 20 July 2021 in the Kelvin Grove E5 function space from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

With COVID restrictions extended,  in-person registrations have been closed.

You can still watch via a zoom webinar.

Zoom webinar passcode: 305255

The topic is:

Consent:  Milkshakes, Misogyny and Masculinity.

Our panel features Kerryann Walsh, Michael Flood and Lisa van Leent (QUT); Hayley Stevenson (DoE); Penny Spalding (QTU); and, Claire Moran (TRUE). It is chaired by Martin Mills.


Kerryann Walsh is a Professor in Education at QUT. She spent a decade working with abused children and youth on a multidisciplinary intervention team at the organisation now known as Act for Kids before moving into higher education determined to build community capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect. Much of Kerryann’s research has focused on school-based prevention of child sexual abuse, which has issues about consent at its very core. Kerryann was an Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and led the research teams for the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and, most recently, Australia’s Best Practice Framework for Online Safety Education.

Penny Spalding is a cis-woman who is Mum to two primary school-aged children. She is passionate about gender equity, publiceducation, workplace rights and being an ally to the LGBTIQ+ community.  Penny has been in her current role as the Women’s Officer at the Queensland Teachers Union since 2012.  Prior to this she was the QTU’s Gold Coast Organiser. Penny started her teaching career as a secondary art teacher in the mid-1990s at Rosedale P-12 Campus in the Wide Bay and upon leaving the classroom to work for the union, was a secondary Arts HOD in Logan.

Michael Flood is an internationally recognised researcher on violence against women, violence prevention, and men, masculinities, and gender. He has made significant contributions to scholarly and public understanding of men’s involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding violence and violence prevention. Dr Flood also is an educator and advocate. He is the author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2018) and the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007).

Lisa van Leent is a senior lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership within the Faculty of Creative Industries,Education and Social Justice. Her research interests concern teachers’ pedagogical practices in relation to diverse genders and sexualities. Dr Lisa van Leent has extensive experience as a primary classroom teacher. She completed her doctoral study, titled “Primary School Teachers’ Conceptions of Pedagogical Responses to Concepts of Diverse Sexualities” at Queensland University of Technology. Her future research interests involve developing socially just pedagogical practices with teachers for and about diverse genders and sexualities.

Hayley Stevenson is the Executive Director, Student Protection and Wellbeing in the Queensland Department of Education. Hayley leads the development and implementation of statewide policy in relation to Student Wellbeing, Respectful Relationships, Supporting Student Diversity (LGBTIQ+), Child Safety, Youth Justice and Suicide Prevention. Hayley started her career working in a clinical mental health setting supporting adolescents with mental health concerns before joining a national Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy focusing on early intervention and building the resilience of young people. This led Hayley to the Education sector where she has worked since 2002 – with much of her career focusing on embedding support for student wellbeing into policy and the everyday work of schools. Hayley is currently leading the Queensland Department of Education’s review of sexual consent education and sexual assault reporting.

Claire Moran holds a PhD in Health Psychology and is a researcher and educator.  Claire has done extensive research and published in the areas of bodies, sexuality and relationships. Claire is currently involved in a number of projects, including developing a framework for sexual consent.  Claire is the Manager of Tertiary and Research at True Relationships and Reproductive Health, holds a lecturing position on the Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence at QUT and holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at the University of Queensland.

Martin Mills is a Research Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at QUT. He convenes the Teachers and Teaching Research Group. He was previously the inaugural Director of the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research at the Institute of Education, University College London. He has long had an interest in gender issues in education. For example, his books include: Boys and schooling: Contexts, issues and practices (2009); Teaching boys: Classroom practices that work (2007); and Challenging violence in schools: An issue of masculinities (2001). His more recent work has focussed on issues related to teachers and social justice. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

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