Partnering for System Change in the Early Years

Wed Sep 27 2023 at 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Napier G04 lecture theatre, ground floor, Napier building, North Terrace, University of Adelaide | Adelaide

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)
Publisher/HostHealthy Development Adelaide (HDA)
Partnering for System Change in the Early Years
Join us for Partnering for System Change in the Early Years – how can we better support children and families in South Australia.
About this Event

This forum is held in conjunction with our partner organisation Wellbeing SA.

It is well known that the early years of life lay the foundations for future health and wellbeing. Positive health and wellbeing behaviours established across early childhood can have a lasting effect across the lifetime and can play a critical role in primary prevention.

Partnerships are a strategic enabler for Wellbeing SA. To optimise the health, development and social outcomes of children, partnerships are essential in recognising the diversity of touchpoints and transition points that children and families encounter in the early years.

Our speakers will provide insights into the roles and responsibilities of four key agencies who participate in South Australia’s Early Years system and how they are working collaboratively to achieve action in the early years.


Laurianne Reinsborough, Director, Health Promotion Branch, Wellbeing SA

Wellbeing SA – who we are and the importance of partnerships

Laurianne is currently the Director of Wellbeing SA’s Health Promotion Branch. Laurianne has over 20 years’ experience working in prevention and health promotion in New Zealand and now Australia, and has held senior positions in health, injury prevention and volunteer sectors. Laurianne has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of health-related policies, programs and campaigns and brings experience in capacity building and developing stakeholder relationships. Laurianne also sits on the Executive Committee, Global Network Health in All Policies and is a board member of the e-Mental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) and joined as a Director of AHPA in November 2022.

Professor Rebecca Golley, Matthew Flinders Professor, Deputy Director of the Flinders Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University

Caring Futures Institute: Cross sector collaboration to support a Healthy Start to Life

Professor Rebecca Golley is Deputy Director of the Flinders Caring Futures Institute and leads a program of public health nutrition research with a strong focus on supporting children and families. Professor Rebecca Golley is an internationally recognized expert in child obesity prevention and nutrition promotion interventions and dietary assessment. She has a strong track record in nutritional epidemiology, behavioral nutrition, food parenting, intervention development and evaluation as well as research translation. In her role within the Flinders Caring Futures Institute, she leads a strategic platform on building research areas of focus and team-based research capacity building.

Lynne Kurtzer, Co-Director, Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS), Primary and Population Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Network

CaFHS partnerships across the early years

The Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) supports families in South Australia with children aged 0–5 years by responding early in life to children’s health, development, and wellbeing needs. CaFHS work with families to support the best health and development outcomes for infants, children and families, with referrals made to other healthcare and community services as required.

Lynne Kurtzer has over 25 years’ experience in the field of child and family health nursing. Lynne been a manager of multiple areas across CaFHS and now holds the position of Co-Director. Lynne will explain the important role that CaFHS plays in the South Australian Early Years system and touch on some of their current collaborative partnerships that aim to support children and their families in the Early Years.

Natalie Atkinson, Head, Office for the Early Years, Department for Education

South Australia’s Office for the Early Years – Early Childhood Development System

Natalie is an experienced public sector executive and holds a first-class honours degree in Politics (BA). Natalie has worked across a range of public portfolios including energy, workers compensation, education – across early years and wellbeing and inclusion, as well as central agency strategic policy. Most recently Natalie has led the South Australian Office for the Early Years within the Department for Education. The Office for the Early Years provides strategic leadership of early childhood policy and services for South Australia and is responsible for delivery of public preschool, child care, OSHC, playgroups and other early childhood programs. The Office for the Early Years is leading implementation of the South Australian Early Learning Strategy to improve the proportion of children developmentally on track when starting school, including expansion of the child development screening system. The Office for the Early Years has also been leading engagement with, and planning for the implementation of recommendations of, the South Australian Royal Commission into Early Childhood Education and Care.


Dr Natasha Schranz, Manager, Early Years Children and Young People, Wellbeing SA

Dr Natasha Schranz is currently the Manager of the Early Years, Children and Young People team within Wellbeing SAs Health Promotion Branch. Through working in partnership, the Early Years Children and Young People team support the creation and connection of quality environments for families, children and young people that are equitable, accessible and culturally and support: the formation of strong connections with others; access to services when they are needed; and healthy behaviours.

Other event information:

Open to the public, everyone is welcome. Networking and light refreshments will follow the session and panel discussion from 7.30pm.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Napier G04 lecture theatre, ground floor, Napier building, North Terrace, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia


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