20 & 21 June 2019

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Grey Street, South Brisbane 4101

Early bird closes

23 April 2019

Submissions opening soon!

Welcome / Trauma Aware Schooling

After the success of the 2017 inaugural event, the Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will be returning in 2019 – bigger and better! Join us for the 2nd Trauma Aware Schooling Conference from 20-21 June 2019 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The 2019 conference promises to bring back all the things you loved about our inaugural event – incredible keynote speakers, an exciting and interactive program and opportunities to engage and network with like-minded colleagues and inspiring leaders in the field.

The conference will again be hosted by the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Southern Queensland and the Behaviour Support Service of the Metropolitan Region of the Queensland Department of Education and Training and will bring together a range of enthusiastic professionals at all stages of their career to discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools.

A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect,  violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators.

To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents.

To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system.

There is an increasing interest in Queensland, across Australia – and internationally – for this to occur.

For further information:


Conference Chairs

Dr. Kay Ayre                                                 Dr. Judith Howard                                      Beverley Turner
University of Southern Queensland        Queensland University of Technology  Metropolitan Behaviour Support Services










Conference Organisers

Queensland University of Technology

Metropolitan Behaviour Support Service, DET


University of Southern Queensland

Venue - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre