Australian Council on Children and the Media

ACCM Conferences

Presented by Australian Council on Children and the Media in partnership
with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University

Monday 18 July 2016
9am - 4.45pm 
Parliament of New South Wales
Macquarie St, Sydney

This one-day conference focuses on:

  • Unpacking the myths and presenting the scientific facts about violence in the media
  • The role industry plays in shaping public perceptions on this topic
  • The reporting of violence in the media and how this might impact further violence at an individual and societal level
  • How media violence and reporting of violence impact on attitudes toward women and domestic violence
  • The issue of developing effective evidence-based policy in these key areas.

The Chairperson for the day is Professor Alan Hayes AM, Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle.

The opening address will be given by Andrew P Scipione APM,  Commissioner, NSW Police Force

The conference line-up features a range of international scholars:

Download a list of speakers' topics and abstracts

This conference will be of specific interest to those whose work or interests fall in several key areas: those working with children (educators, counsellors, psychologists, paediatricians, GPs, community workers etc), those working with victims of violence or domestic violence, or with an interest in the status of women, policy makers and journalists.  

Download the program

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Full price $195
Early bird (extended to 15 May) $175
ACCM members  $165 (apply to ACCM for booking code)
Concessions available for seniors and students (apply to ACCM for booking code)

There is metered parking on Macquarie Street and Hospital Road or covered parking in Sydney Hospital car park.

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For more information contact ACCM

Previous conferences


  This conference took place on Friday November 20, 2015
    at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, 400 George St,  Sydney (Map)

    It was attended by a varied audience of education, health, law and
    business professionalswith an interest in children's rights, children
    as consumers and the process of marketing to children.

   The principal speakers (with papers linked if received) were:  


Quality Play and Media 2014

Care and education in childhood

Adelaide July 8th  2014, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Venue: Salvation Army Ingle Farm, cnr Bridge Rd and Maxwell Rd, Ingle Farm

Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Highfield, Professor Margaret Sims and Dr C Glenn Cupit

This event is being held in conjunction with Children Communities Connections Learning Network

More details of keynote speakers and concurrent sessions

Conference video snapshot on the Communities for Children website

Presentations now available on the Communities for Children website

For more information about this conference, contact ACCM 

Fourth Australian Conference on Children and the Media

Media, minds and neuroscience: The developing brain in a media-rich environment.

Sydney October 2013

Keynote speaker: Baroness Susan Greenfield: 'New media and young brains'

Chair: Prof Elizabeth Handsley    Guest facilitator: Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National All in the Mind)

This event was sponsored by the Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC from the Parliament of New South Wales and was a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University and the Australian Council for Children and the Media.

Parents want their children to have a healthy lifestyle with healthy food, exercise and a wide range of valuable experiences, but often forget that healthy neural development must take into account screen time and the impacts on the wiring of developing brains in response. This conference will offer cutting edge research and information on neural development and the way that media can play a role in both positive and negative brain development.  It features prominent researchers and clinicians including:

  • Dr Kate Highfield: Upwardly mobile: Young children's use of mobile technologies as a tool for learning
  • Assoc Professor Mike Nagel: What makes them tick? Understanding the developing adolescent brain
  • Dr Philip Tam: Problematic Internet use in young people: Evolution of a 21st Century disorder
  • Professor Graham Vimpani AM: What does it all mean for parents and those from whom they seek advice?
  • Dr  Wayne  Warburton: Screen in the machine: What   brain  imaging  studies  tell  us  about   the  impact  of violent media

More details of speakers, including abstracts


Where: Parliament of NSW Theatrette, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW

When: Friday 4 October 2013

Read our news item about the conference

Please see seminars for more events.

Past Topics

  • Growing Up Fast and Furious: Reviewing the Impacts of violent and sexualised media on children
  • Scared Sleepless and Hostile: Children, Violent/frightening media and public policy
  • The Corporate Takeover of Childhood: Who’s Paying the Price