Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Tim Bavinton

Tim Bavinton will be presenting at the Safeguarding the Future conference. His presentation is called Helping relationships flourish.

Portrait of Tim Bavinton

Tim Bavinton is a proud Canberra local and has lived in the nation’s capital for his whole life. After a K-12 public education, he studied languages and history at the Australian National University before earning a teaching degree at the University of Canberra. He is a strong advocate for accessible education and lifelong learning for everyone.

Tim has devoted his career to community work. He was involved in setting up youth health education programs and services in Canberra, including the Junction Youth Health Service. He later established the Sexual Assault Men’s Support Service Australia (SAMSSA) at the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. For almost two decades, he worked as an educator, trainer, and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights at Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

Tim is now bringing his community experience and a strong vision for an inclusive Canberra into local government.

Tim and his family, including two teenagers, live in Canberra’s north.

Helping relationships flourish

Most people find it easy to form friendships. We rarely stop to think about the complexity of the process, the skills required, and when and how long it took us to learn these skills.

For many reasons, people with disability may not have had the same opportunities to learn and practise the skills necessary to find and keep close friends. As a result, many people with disability don’t have a rich social life and close connections typical of other people their age.

Tim Bavinton’s session will explore what can be done to help people with disability develop and maintain friendships. He’ll discuss ways to provide the social support that might be needed at each phase of relationship-building and what families can do to help relationships flourish.

About this session

  • Tim will be speaking at 1:00 pm on Friday, 24 May in conference room 2
  • The conference runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024

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About the Safeguarding the Future conference

  • Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
  • Hotel Realm in Canberra
  • Optional networking event on Thursday evening
  • Three pre-conference webinars included in the main conference ticket
  • Pre-conference webinar-only tickets are also available if you can’t attend the main event
  • Flexible pricing is available for people with disability and their families from $0.00 to $225.00
  • People with disability, their families, friends, and allies, support workers, education professionals, health professionals, and everyone interested in safeguarding the future of people with disability are welcome to attend.
  • Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

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