National Council of Women Victoria

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May 2018

NCW Victoria May Forum 2018, focus - Families: Support for Children

Thursday 3 May 2018,
Time - 9.30 for 10am start, with 11.30am finish
Level 4 Room 4.1 Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne

9.30 Venue opens, sign-in, registration kits
10.00 Opening and Introductions, followed by Panel presentations (10 mins X 3)
10.45 Questions and comments, to be addressed by Panel Members
11.20 Sum up and Thanks. Evaluation form to be completed.
11.30 Close. Light refreshments to follow.

Forum Chair: May Hu JP OAM, Coordinator of NCWV Standing Committee
Moderator: Elida Brereton, Executive NCWV, Board Member of Hester Hornbrook Academy

Following on from the successful 2017 May Forum on the Care Delivery system, in the light of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2016-7 Elder Abuse Review, this year’s focus is on one vital issue to do with ‘Families: Supporting Children’, particularly those in difficult circumstances and/or in Out of Home Care. Panel members will provide background to the issues around supporting children, from the perspective of practitioners, policy makers and care givers. We are delighted to have the following eminent people as panel members:

Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People: ‘Human rights in the home: Children's rights to safety, care and protection’;

Anne McLeish, CEO Grandparents Victoria: ‘Family Rights are being forgotten and need protection’;

Allison Cox, Berry Street: Take Two program.

Registrants will be supplied with a folder with program, speaker bios, and relevant background material.

It is time to … renew your membership of NCW Victoria.  

Membership means you can

Download 2017-18 Individual and Organisational Membership Form here

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to NCWV Executive member May Hu OAM 'For service to the broadcast media, to women, and to the multicultural community of Victoria'. Visit the NCWA Facebook page for more details.

Mission Statement

National Council of Women of Victoria, NCWV, is a non-party-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, umbrella organisation with broadly humanitarian and educational objectives. It seeks to raise the awareness of women as to their rights and responsibilities as citizens and encourages their participation in all aspects of community life.


Work for the empowerment of women and families and to promote equal status for women in law and fact.
Develop policies and responses on behalf of women on a state-wide basis.
Act as a voice on issues and concerns of women at state and regional levels.
Link with the women of Australia and the International Council of Women through the National Council of Women of Australia and contribute to the implementation of their plans of action and policies.


Our 2015 theme is 'Working together'

Who’s under our Umbrella?

National Council of Women of Victoria membership comprises organisations (affiliates), eligible organizations of women or men and women, and individual members approved by the Council.

>> List of organisations (affiliates)

NCWV Office Bearers and Committee 2017-18


Elisabeth Newman

Vice President A

Freda Kaufman

Vice President B

Janet Park

Vice President C (Regional)

Janice Latham

Hon. Secretary / Public Officer

Pam Hammond

State Coordinator of Standing Committees


Individual Members Group Convenor

Eleanor Holden

Ordinary Members of Executive (5 places)

Elida Brereton
Guosheng Chen
Barbara Latham
Benjie Perryman
Diya John

Immediate Past President 2016-May17:

Janene Blanchfield Brown

Central Gippsland Branch President

Jan Baxter

Geelong Branch President

Janice Latham