Professional Futures Conference:  Challenges and opportunities for 21st Century professions

Program and sponsors

 Tuesday 5 February 2019 - Level 7, Webb Centre, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University South Bank campus


 6.00pm – 7.30pm

 Welcome Drinks and Conference Launch


The conference will be formally opened by incoming Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans

Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University will introduce Professor Evans

Wednesday 6 February 2019 - Queensland Conservatorium of Music



8.15am – 9.00am


Tea and coffee on arrival

9.00am – 9.15am

Welcome and Overview

Chair: Professor Don Anton, Griffith University


Welcome: Professor Don Anton, Director, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University

Conference Overview by the Conference Convenor: Professor Charles Sampford, Foundation Dean of law and Director of the Institute for Ethics Governance and Law

9.15am – 10.00am


Chair: Professor Julian Webb, University of Melbourne


 Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, University of California Irvine School of Law

10.00am – 10.30am

Morning tea

10.30am – 12.00pm

Regulation of the Professions

Chair: Associate Professor Therese Wilson, Griffith University


 Dr Roxanne Marcelle-Shaw, Professional Standards Council

Chris Robertson, AHPRA

Honourable Trish White, President, Engineers Australia

12.00pm – 1.00pm



1.00pm – 2.30pm

New Professions 1

Chair: Professor Matthew Ricketson, Deakin University

Angst, Algorithms and AI: Threats and Disruptions?

Chair: Ms Stacey Rawlings, Engineers Australia Qld Division

Emerging and Converging Professions

Chair: Associate Professor Kylie Burns, Griffith University

Panel on Challenges of Human Rights to professions

Chair: Mr John Briton


Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University

Professor Donna McAuliffe, Griffith University

The Hon. Matt Foley, Barrister, Adjunct Professor University of Queensland


Dr Jennifer Dickfos, Griffith University

Geraldine Magarey, Chartered Accountants ANZ

Karen McWilliams, Chartered Accountants ANZ


Steve Healey, RSM

Conrad Gilbert, Cooper Reeves

Helen Christensen, University of Technology Sydney



Professor Sarah Joseph, Monash University

Dr Neeraj Gill, Queensland Health

Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Griffith University

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.00pm – 4.30pm

Ideals and Realities of professions and professional life

Chair: The Honourable Matt Foley, Barrister & University of Queensland

 Professions and the Use of Force

Chair: Dr Hugh Breakey, Griffith University



Professor Kim Economides, Flinders University

Dr Anita Bamford-Wade, Griffith University/Gold Coast University Hospital

Stacey Rawlings, Engineers Australia Queensland Division

Major General Michael G Smith AO (Retd)

Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service

5.00pm – 6.30pm

Twilight Session: Challenges to the professionalisation of Journalism

Chair: Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University


Cathy van Extel, ABC

Madonna King, Journalist, author and commentator

Professor Stan Grant, Griffith University

Professor Matthew Ricketson, Deakin University


 Thursday 7 February 2019 - Queensland Conservatorium of Music


8.45am – 9.15am


Tea and coffee on arrival

9.15am – 10.15am

Technology and the Professions 1

Chair: Professor Cheryl Desha, Griffith University


Luke Menzel, Efficiency Energy Council (EEC)

Christine Williams, Former Chief Scientist, Queensland Government

10.15am – 10.45am

 Morning tea

10.45am – 12.15pm

Ethics, Integrity and Public Trust

Chair: Assistant Commissioner Cowden, Queensland Police Service

New Professions 2

Chair: Professor Cheryl Desha, Griffith University

Professional Education 1

Chair: Professor Kim Economides, Flinders University

Changing Institutional Contexts of Professional Life

Chair: Dr Zoe Rathus, Griffith University


Jim Schirmer – University of Queensland

Professor Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University, Associate Professor Richard Matthews, Bond School of Medicine, Dr Jenny Jones, Metro South - Clinical Ethicist

Melissa Georgiou,  Stephanie Scheimer,  & Robyn Cameron, Griffith University



Dr Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Dr Brue Hurst, University of Melbourne, Kylie Brannelly, Queensland Children’s Activities Network (QCAN)

David Provan, Drew Rae & Sidney Dekker, Griffith University

Professor Paul Burton, Griffith University

Professor Mark Pearson, Griffith University

Professor David Ellwood, Dean of Medicine, Griffith University and President of the Australian Medical Council

Professor Anne-Marie Hennessy, Western Sydney University


John Ioannou, Deloitte Private

Professor Julian Webb, University of Melbourne

Stephanie Short, Nikhil Hawal, Nasser Sai Albusaidi, & Farah Purwaningrum, University of Sydney


12.15pm – 1.15pm


1.15pm – 2.45pm

Professions emerging from other professions

Chair: Mr John Ioannou, Deloitte Private

Technology and the Professions 2

Chair: Professor Julian Webb, University of Melbourne

Professional Education 2

Chair: Professor Brett Freudenberg, Griffith University

Challenging Institutional Contexts of Professional Life

Chair: Ms Stacey Rawlings, Enginners Australia Qld Division


Professor Christopher Symes, Adelaide University

Michael Murray, Murrays Legal

Helena Roennfeldt, Griffith University



Dr Adrian McCullagh, & Professor John Flood, Griffith University

Lance Meikle, Generational

Anna Mortimore & Ann Kayis-Kumar, Griffith University



Associate Professor Cheryl Desha, Griffith University

Victoria Stewart, Griffith University

Susan Robinson, Juliet Tan & Shanthy Thuraisingham, Kaplan Business School

Dr Kim Ball, Glenda Strachan & Malcolm Alexander, Griffith University

Professor Christine Craik, RMIT

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Architect, Queensland Government


2.45pm – 3.15pm


Afternoon tea

3.15pm – 4.30pm

Changing Institutional Contexts of Professional Life 3

Chair: Professor Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University


Greg Lewis, Acting Chair of the Tax Practitioners Board

Geoff Rowe, ADA Australia

4.30pm – 4.45pm

Closing Remarks and scene setting for Friday’s research roundtables


Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University

5.00pm – 6.30pm

Twilight Session: Can (re) professionalisation help restore Banking Integrity

Chair: Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University


Professor Graeme Samuel, Monash University and former executive director of Macquarie Bank and ACCC Chair

Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith, University of New South Wales

Stephen Glenfield, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Ltd (FASEA)

Christine Cupitt, Executive Director, Policy, Australian Banking Association (ABA)

7.00pm for 7.30pm

 Dinner - The Queensland Club, 19 George Street, Brisbane City


Friday 8 February 2019

Research Roundtables (program TBA)

Confirmed program as at 16 January 2019


Griffith University's Law Futures Centre is hosting the Future of the Professions Conference in conjunction with: the Professional Standards Conference (PSC), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Griffith Schools of Law, Medicine, Engineer and built environment, Nursing and Midwifery and the Griffith Disciplines of Accounting, Architecture, Business Law, Financial Planning, Occupational Therapy and Social Work as well as the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (IEGL).

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