Wimmera Leading Change Breakfast

GENRE | Special Event

Registrations for this event are now closed.

If you seek additional seating or dietary requirements please speak to the event organiser Melissa Morris, see details listed below.

On average there are 42 reported incidents of family violence in Horsham, every month^

Wimmera Leading Change Breakfast provides an opportunity to hear from passionate speakers on the ways in which we can all assist in preventing violence against women and children.

Our guest speakers will discuss the prevalence and impact of violence against women and the role of local leadership in reshaping our communities.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the underlying causes of violence against women: gender inequality, discrimination and sexism, and how to address them.

We need leaders who can create safe, equitable and respectful communities and workplaces. As the incidence of violence against women continues to increase in our region, we all need to consider what role we can play in preventing violence before it occurs.

We hope you can join us at this exciting event and be part of leading change in our community.

Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Phil Cleary, Commentator and Advocate
Simone O’Brien , Local Survivor and Advocate

Followed by a Panel Discussion

For further information please contact Melissa Morris at Women’s Health Grampians on 0419 1855 777 or email

Special note:
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General admission event, no table allocations or reserved seating.


Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins became Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2016. Kate is leading a number of projects at the Australian Human Rights Commission, including conducting a national survey on sexual harassment and sexual assault at university and continuing the Commission’s collaborative project on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force.

Kate is the convener of the Victorian Male Champions of Change group, and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a joint project between human rights agencies and sports commissions to make grass roots sports safe, fair and inclusive.

Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. In that role she held an Independent Review into Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, including Predatory Behaviour, in Victoria Police. She was also the Co-Chair of the Victorian Commission’s Disability Reference Group and a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum.

Kate spent 20 years as lead partner with Herbert Smith Freehills’ and 15 years on the board of Berry Street Victoria. Kate is on the boards of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Carlton Football Club.  Kate was recognised in the 2015 AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for her work in public policy.

Phil Cleary

Phil Cleary grew up in Coburg in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, where he studied politics and sociology at La Trobe University.

He is a former teacher and Independent member of the federal parliament – winning Bob Hawke’s seat of Wills in 1992/93 – and has had a long association with football as a premiership player and dual premiership coach with the Coburg Football Club. Between 1987 and 2014 he provided special commentator on the ABC’s telecast of VFA/VFL football, and now coaches and mentors at West Coburg in the Essendon District Football League.

Phil is the author of three books and numerous opinion pieces in the national media over the past 30 years. Since the murder of his 25-year-old sister, Vicki, in 1987 he has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women. He is a currently a member of the state government’s Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council and speaks regularly at schools, football clubs and workplaces about how we can bring an end to violence against women.

Simone O’Brien

Simone was born in Dimboola. Simone’s dedication and caring personality has seen her face and meet many challenges.

Simone is a very generous lady, who has always put her family first, but on the night of 25th September 2012, Simone was dealt a very cruel act, when she was beaten with a baseball bat – survival from this incident did not look bright. To somehow get through this and try and make the best recovery possible, Simone for the first time in her life had to put herself as number one priority. Simone needed every little bit of strength she could muster to be able to get through, hour by hour as this was a real fight nobody knew if she could even survive, let alone win.

Where Simone is today, is a real credit to her strength, dedication, commitment, positiveness and hard work. Without all of these factors, Simone definitely would not have recovered and look as fantastic as she does today and to be such a strong advocate for prevention of domestic violence.

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Event Information


22 August 2017 -
22 August 2017


7.15am for a 7.30am start
Concludes 9am


Horsham Town Hall | Flat Floor Space


1.5 hours


$30 per head
Includes breakfast