Below you'll see the latest program for the day. When you arrive you'll receive your registration details and a copy of the final program. To find out more about these speakers go to our Forum Speakers page

Each Speaker will talk for around 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes audience question time. 


 Time Topic Speaker
 8.30 - 9.00  Arrival  
 9.00 - 9.15  Introduction and welcome to country  Francis Leach
 9.15 - 9.40 Left Right Out - Barriers to children engaging in sport
Commissioner Mitchell's talk will touch on how, through a human
rights lens, sporting organisations can be welcoming and inclusive
for all children, including LGBTI children, children with disabilities, 
and children from diverse backgrounds.
 Megan Mitchell
 9.40 - 10.05  Promoting cultural harmony through Indigenous inclusion
Sean will speak about his recent Indigenous Past Players 
report which looked at the welfare of retired AFL Indigenous players. 
He will discuss what the issues are, the report findings 
and where to now for athlete well-being.
 Dr Sean Gorman
 10.05 - 10.30 Cultural Intelligence
Tavale shares his story from the Pacific Islands, to New Zealand to California
to Melbourne and the intersection between culture, religion and sport in between.

 Tavale Ilalio

 10.30 - 11.00  Morning tea  
 11.00 - 11.25 The right thing to do
Jo will take you on a journey of more than twenty years of working in
a sport traditionally dominated by males – from being the sole employee
at a state association, to managing a World Cup venue in Russia this year.
Whilst acknowledging there have been missed opportunities to progress
females’ involvement in football, Jo’s view is that there have been more
positives than negatives overall. Gender equality in all areas
of sport has now moved beyond the why’s – it is clearly time to move ahead, more rapidly.

 Jo Fernandes
 11.25 - 11.50 Having the balls – why inclusion matters
Wayne challenges some common myths about disability and sexuality. 
He explores the power of social labels and how they can affect one's life
in both positive and negative ways in sport and recreation.
Wayne knows why inclusion matters.

 Wayne Herbert
 11.50 - 12.30  Grass roots sports panel  
 12.30 - 13.30  Lunch  
 13.30 - 13.55 Cultural diversity in womens sport
Julia was a recipient of a 2017 Churchill Fellowship investigating cultural diversity
in elite women’s sport. She will share her broader observations on her
Fellowship travels this year to NZ, USA and the UK meeting world
experts in diversity and inclusion in sport
.
 Julia Symons
 13.55 - 14.20

Saints Play - Adapting sport to include less active people
St Kilda will showcase their approach to developing more inclusive environments and improving 
the experiences of children with development challenges and disabilities when participating in structured sport

 Lisa Laing
 14.20 - 14.45 Sport and Development: Agent of change
This presentation reports on lessons from a state sports organisations perspective 
in engaging with LGBTI+ diversity, which also draws upon a piece 
of commissioned research into the current level of inclusion of cricket in Australia.
 Emma Staples
 14.45 - 15.15  Afternoon Tea   
 15.15 - 15.40 Inclusion is good for business
Too frequently, inclusion is characterised as a social obligation supporting
desired community outcomes yet incapable of financial viability. Historically,
attempts to promote inclusion have relied on funding from government,
charity or philanthropic sources; but often funding is not recurrent, consigning
programs to a boom-bust cycle leading to disappointment for those already marginalised.
Belgravia Leisure has broken this nexus through a community engagement
approach underpinned by evidence-based practice that prioritises financial
viability and outcomes desired by participants, their families and communities.
 Dr Jeff Walkley
 15.40 - 16.05 Cultural change and gender equity through sport
Following her integral role in the AFL Women’s League journey
from concept to universal success, Chyloe will talk about Golf Australia's 
story on the path to gender equality and how she 
is tackling this formidable social change challenge.

 Chyloe Kurdas
 16.05 - 16.30  Wrap up and close  Francis Leach