Orations

The Winston Rickards Memorial Oration commemorates the life and work of Winston Selby Rickards (1920-2007) who was the inaugural President of MHYFVic.
The annual oration, organised by MHYFVic with the assistance of associated organisations, is a presentation on a topic of importance to child and family wellbeing.

2019
2019
Professor Field Rickards, Dr Lisa McKay-Brown, Associate Professor Peggy Kern
The Educational Challenge
2018
2018
Dr Allan Mawdsley OAM
2017
2017
Dr Patricia Brown, Director, Children’s Court Clinic
Three quarters of a Century of the Children’s Court Clinic of Victoria
2016
2016
Reverend Dr Francis Macnab AM OM PhD DD
2015
2015
Bernie Geary, Principal Commissioner, Victorian Commission for Children and Young Persons
The voice of the vulnerable child reverberates in everything we do, in all walks of life. To hear the voice of the sick child, or the overwhelmed child, or the frightened child, we must lean in and listen hard. They must all feel genuinely special.
2014
2014
Professor Louise Newman AM
As Director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, and Professor of Child Psychiatry at Monash, Professor Newman has had a longstanding interest in the mental health and wellbeing of child refugees and their families.

Dr. Winston Rickards AM

A life of advocacy for the young (1920 - 2007)
Inaugural President