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The 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference Information


Conference Introduction

Welcome From Conference Chair

Keynote Speakers




Social Functions and Optional Activities


Accommodation and Location

General Information

A-Z of everything you need to know



                            The 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference

Critical Conversations

Co-hosted by the APS College of Community Psychologists


and Victoria University



In collaboration with the Institute of Community Psychology Aotearoa and

APA Division 27 - The Society for Community Research and Action

Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April 2017


Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry

29 College Cres, Parkville VIC

Key Conference Dates

Thursday 17 November 2016

Call for Submissions opens

Monday 19 December 2016 (extended)

Call for Submissions closes

End-January 2017

Notification of Acceptance status to abstract submitters

Monday 30 January 2017

Early Bird registration opens

Monday 13 February 2017

Conference program released

Monday 27 February 2017

Early Bird registration closes

Monday 17 April 2017

Online registration closes


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Welcome from the Conference Chair


Heather Gridley, Victoria University

Welcome back to Melbourne for the 13th Trans-Tasman Conference in Community Psychology – the last Trans-Tasman held here was in 2001. And here’s a test – can you name the locations for the previous 12?? Pakatoa, Maralinga, Rotorua, Yarrabah, Toodyay... they get a bit less exotic after that.

The organising committee is busy plotting and planning for the conference, which might just be the biggest ever. The specific focus of the conference is to revisit the critical foundations of community psychology to promote critical reflexivity and identify opportunities for change. The theme of ‘critical conversations’ plays on the definitions of the term ‘critical’ in that the issues we discuss are urgent (time critical) as well as critical in the sense of looking at them through an alternative lens. Presentations include Indigenous sovereignty, multiculturalism and global migration, working with marginalised young people, climate change, gender identity, social determinants of health, psychology and neoliberalism, is community psychology really critical?...

A special edition of the Australian Community Psychologist is planned to emerge from this conference. Following the initial submission and review of abstracts, presenters accepted will have the option of submitting full papers by the end of April for peer review, with provision for authors to revise after the conference in line with their presentation.


The program will include a range of formats in addition to the standard individual papers, keynotes and symposia – roundtables, nuts & bolts practice sessions - and some creativity across the board.


A special feature on the Thursday is an optional tour of several Melbourne agencies, art installations and cultural centres, culminating in a not-to-be-missed Koori Heritage Trust walking tour.


And in the evening, Victoria University will host a reception for all participants, with a special presentation – watch this space for details.


Email enquiries to: TransTasConference@psychology.org.au

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Nicola Gavey MA (Hons) DipClinPsych PhD, University of Auckland


Critical conversations about pornography: A New Zealand social action project

Nicola has wide-ranging interests within a critical psychology of gender. The central focus of her research has been understanding and challenging the ways that normative cultural values and practices support rape and sexual coercion. Her current work looks at the place of pornography within the ‘cultural scaffolding of rape’, and the ways in which critical engagement with the misogyny, sexism and racism within it is defused through the rhetoric of (neo)liberalism and postfeminism.


Professor Dennis McDermott, Flinders University


HAVING THE HARD CONVERSATIONS: Critical thinking, psychological praxis and Indigenous mental health and well-being


Dennis is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, at Flinders University.  He is also the Associate Head of Faculty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.  Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet.  A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW).  

Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery.

In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

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Program (To be advised)

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Call for Submissions (Now Closed)

The organising committee invites submissions for the forthcoming conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia. The specific focus of the conference is to revisit the critical foundations of community psychology to promote critical reflexivity and identify opportunities for change. This plays on the definitions of the term ‘critical’ in that the issues we discuss are urgent (time critical) as well as critical in the sense of looking at them through an alternative lens. Issues might include Indigenous sovereignty, global migration, climate change, gender identity, social determinants of health, psychology and neoliberalism, is community psychology really critical?...

A special edition of the Australian Community Psychologist is planned to emerge from this conference. Following the initial submission and review of abstracts, presenters accepted will have the option of submitting full papers by the end of March for peer review, with provision for authors to revise after the conference in line with their presentation.

We invite submissions in the following formats and encourage presenters to include opportunities for conversation in their abstracts – do not feel constrained to produce conventional presentations.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should contain: Name of presenter(s), Email address of first author/contact person; Abstract title; Organisation (if relevant); and Preferred format (choose one):

  • ROUND TABLE FORUM –debate, discussion, & conversation
  • INDIVIDUAL PAPER OR THEMED SYMPOSIUM of interconnected papers
  • NUTS & BOLTS–how to/practice forum
  • POSTER –maximum size BO (1metre X 1.4 metres portrait orientation)
  • CREATIVE PRESENTATION – art, music, multimedia, interactive…


Submission deadline for abstracts: 19 December 2016 Extended!!

Email enquiries and abstracts to: TransTasConference@psychology.org.au

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Conference Registration Dates


Early bird registration opens

Monday 30 January 2017

Early bird registration closes

Monday 27 February 2017

Standard registration closes

Monday 17 April 2017


Full Conference Registration Categories

Date(s): Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April 2017

Full registration includes:

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April
  • Welcome reception on Thursday 20 April

Full Registration

Early bird AUD$

Standard AUD$

APS Community College Member



APS Community College Student



APS Member



APS Student Member



Non-APS Member



Non APS Student /Concession*/ International



 One-day registration details available on request to TransTasConference@psychology.org.au

*Full-time students and concession card holders (including Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Health Card) are eligible for this reduced registration rate. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy / Terms and Conditions

Registration cancellation policy
All cancellations must be provided in writing via email to TransTasConference@psychology.org.au

The Conference Organisers reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel all or any of the arrangements contained in the program. It is a condition of acceptance of registration that an administration cancellation fee AU$120 including GST will be incurred for any cancellations received in writing prior to Friday 31 March 2017. Any cancellations after 31 March 2017 will forfeit 100% of the registration fee. A substitute delegate may be nominated prior to the Conference. If the substitute delegate is not a member, the non-member registration fee will apply.

Social events cancellation policy
The Conference Organisers reserve the right to cancel or vary optional social functions if minimum numbers are not reached. Regrettably, optional social functions and additional tickets cannot be refunded if participants cancel, however you may nominate an alternative attendee(s).

Please note: Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Conference Organisers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.


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Social Functions and Optional Activities

Pre-conference Agency Visits


Thursday 20 April 2017


10am – 5pm


A bus tour to 3 organisations, including walking tours and a visit to two significant public art works across the north of Melbourne.


$50 or $35 students/concession (not including public transport cost to get to the start) - BYO lunch

Places are limited - bookings essential!


Some walking involved – wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing suited to Melbourne autumn


The agency bus tour will provide a group of delegates with an opportunity to visit a range of community agencies in Melbourne and experience first-hand some important local institutions that exemplify community psychology principles. The tour will start at VICSEG New Futures, an organisation that runs programs for families, children, and young people and provides support and training to newly arrived and recently settled migrant communities throughout the northern and western regions of Melbourne. This will be followed by a walking tour and lunch at CERES Community Environment Park, where delegates will be provided with an overview of the history, governance, programs and displays in this distinctive place.

On the way into the city, the bus will stop at two historically and culturally significant public art murals. The first, the Northcote Koori Mural located in St Georges Road Thornbury, represents Victoria's Aboriginal culture and history and contains strong political statements about the incarceration of Aboriginal people. The second is the Smith Street Women’s Mural, representing women in Fitzroy and originally painted in response to the objectification of women in the media. The tour will end in the city at the Koori Heritage Trust in Federation Square, where delegates will undertake the Birrarung Wilam walk to learn more about Melbourne’s Aboriginal history and of sites/events of local significance for Indigenous peoples.


Welcome Reception


Thursday 20 April 2017


5.30 – 7.30pm


Victoria University, Flinders St Campus, Melbourne (https://www.vu.edu.au/campuses/city-flinders-lane)


$40 ($25 Student/Concession) – includes canapes, drinks and a guest speaker

Please note the welcome reception is free if registered for the full conference


Smart Casual


The welcome address at the reception will be presented by Associate Professor Christopher Sonn from Victoria University

Conference Dinner

Always a memorable highlight of any conference and not to be missed!

The dinner is an optional extra and not included in the conference registration fee. It provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to network with friends and colleagues in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Conference delegates are invited to bring a partner to the dinner so everyone can enjoy the social highlight of the 2017 conference. Please note tickets are subject to availability.


Friday 21 April 2017


6.30 – 9 pm


The Brandon Hotel (http://brandonhotel.com.au/)


$30 which includes a 2-course dinner. Drinks are available at bar prices.


Smart Casual

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Conference Venue

Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Cres, Parkville VIC



Venue website: http://ctm.uca.edu.au/contact/


29 College Crescent
Parkville Victoria 3052

Telephone: +61 3 9340 8800
Fax: +61 3 9340 8805
General enquiries: info@ctm.uca.edu.au


Getting to the conference:

The Centre for Theology & Ministry is readily accessible from the city by public transport. Trams run along Royal Parade and Swanston Street. The Centre is located a short walk from either the Trinity College stop in Royal Parade (Stop 13 on Route 19 to Coburg North) or the University of Melbourne tram terminus in Swanston Street.


If travelling by car, a limited number of spaces may be available in the Centre’s car park. To reserve a space in the car park, please contact Reception prior to your visit to ascertain availability. Street parking is available on either side of College Crescent and in Royal Parade. Parking fees in College Crescent apply from 7.30am to 6.30pm on weekdays and from 7.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays, currently at 80 cents per hour.

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Accommodation and Location


A limited amount of accessible budget accommodation may be available at the Conference venue or nearby. Preference will be given to conference delegates with particular needs. Please contact the conference organiser at TransTasConference@psychology.org.au if you would like details of this option. Otherwise, delegates can arrange their own accommodation from a wide range of options within walking distance of the conference venue which are listed below.

The Larwill Studio

48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052


(03) 9032 9111


The Parkville Hotel

43 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052


(03) 9347 2255


Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053


(03) 9347 7811


City Edge Apartment Hotel-North Melbourne

188 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051


1300 248 933


IBIS Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

609 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053


(03) 9347 3027


Vibe Hotel Carlton

441 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052


(03) 9380 9222


The Best Western Plus Travel Hotel

225 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053


(03) 9347 7922

Accommodation accounts

All accommodation accounts must be settled upon check out. The Conference Organisation Committee and/or the Conference managers will not be responsible in any way for accommodation accounts.

Check-in and check-out times

Check-in time for most hotels is 3.00 pm and check-out time is 10.00 am. Should you wish to guarantee your check-in before 3.00 pm, you will need to pre-book and pay for the previous night. If you wish to guarantee a late check-out, you will need to book for the next night.

Daily incidental charges

Please note the daily incidental charges that the hotel holds on your credit card may vary across the listed hotels. Should you wish to confirm the amount that will be held against your card, please enquire with your hotel during check-in.

Getting to Melbourne

By Air

Getting to and from the airport

The venue is conveniently located about 20km from Melbourne Airport. Delegates can use a number of different options to travel from the airport to the venue including, Car hire, Taxi, and the Sky Bus to the City Centre.

Car Hire

There are lots of car hire options all across Melbourne (e.g. Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty). You can call them directly or book online.


Taxis can be flagged down at the airport or on the street. Alternatively, you can call a company directly for pick up (e.g. 13Cabs, Silver Top).

Public Transport

Delegates will have the opportunity to purchase a 3 day Myki Pass which will enable them to travel on all Melbourne metro public transport (buses, trains and trams).

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FAQ / General Information

About the APS

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, currently representing over 22,000 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives, through improving scientific knowledge and community wellbeing. APS members form a dynamic group that advocate for psychologists at all levels of government. They are constantly promoting the contributions psychology makes to people's health and wellbeing, and to understanding important social issues facing Australian society.

Visit the APS website to find out more about the society and how to become a member.

The APS College of Community Psychologists

The APS College of Community Psychologists is the homeplace of community psychology as a specialised area of practice within psychology in Australia. The College has sections in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. Community psychologists have specific training and experience in understanding and supporting the needs of people in their communities. They focus less on ‘problems’ and more on the strengths and competencies of community members. They value human differences and are committed to core principles of flexibility, equity and respect for cultural diversity in meeting the needs of different communities.

Visit the College website to find out more https://groups.psychology.org.au/ccom/

Community Psychology at Victoria University

Community psychology is at the heart of the psychology discipline at Victoria University. The Community Psychology Masters program has been offered since 1994, and is currently the only APAC-accredited community psychology degree taught in Australia.

To find out more go to http://www.communitypsychologyaustralia.com.au/

Conference Registration enquiries

Member Groups
Australian Psychological Society
Level 8, 257 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 8662 3300
Toll free: 1800 333 497
Fax: +61 3 9663 6177
Email: colleges@psychology.org.au

General Conference enquiries

Email: TransTasConference@psychology.org.au

Privacy policy

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Collecting your personal information

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Using your personal information

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The conference organiser does not give your personal information to anyone else unless one of the following applies:

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The conference organiser may collect and analyse non-identifiable website traffic data to improve our services.

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A-Z of everything you need to know

Continuing Professional Development
Since the APS has aligned its continuing professional development (CPD) requirements with the mandatory CPD requirements set down by the Psychologists Board of Australia (PsyBA), members are responsible for making their own decisions as to which sessions attended at the APS College of Community Psychologists Conference conform to the APS Board's CPD requirements.

Members are also responsible for keeping their own record of which conference sessions they have attended, the number of hours and the type of CPD activity. This can most easily be achieved by marking the sessions in which you have participated on your conference program so that you can enter the relevant details into the APS CPD logging system.

More information about APS CPD requirements is available on the APS website.

Dietary requirements
Those who have indicated special dietary requirements should speak to a venue staff member. If you have not already done so, please advise the Conference managers of any special dietary requests (including vegetarian requirements). All attempts will be made to meet your requests.

Delegates are expected to wear 'smart casual' attire for the conference sessions. Please see the social function program information for appropriate dress codes for the evening functions.


The closest hospital is:

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

300 Grattan St

Parkville VIC 3050

+61 3 9342 7000

Delegate registration fees do not provide insurance coverage of any kind. The Conference Organising Committee and Conference managers accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.

Mobile phones
As a courtesy to fellow delegates and speakers, please ensure your mobile phones are switched to silent during all conference sessions.

Mobility needs
All function rooms at the venue are wheelchair friendly. Please advise the conference managers if you have any specific needs with mobility prior to the session commencing.

By registering to attend the 2017 APS College of Community Psychologists Conference, you grant the APS permission to photograph you during conference activities to support the promotion, publicity and reporting of this event and future conferences. If you have any objection to being photographed during the conference, please speak to the conference managers located at the registration desk.

Privacy statement
The Australian Psychological Society Ltd are the conference managers for this event and are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. The conference managers are bound by relevant Australian privacy legislation.

The venue will maintain security. Whilst every reasonable precaution is taken, the Conference managers and the venue accept no responsibility for any loss or damage occurring to persons or property at the conference.

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