David Baker is the Research Director at The Australia Institute. The Australia Institute is the country’s most influential progressive think tank. Based in Canberra, it conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process. David has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Latrobe University and is currently studying for a Masters in Criminology. He has been a research officer with the Victorian Parliament and in a former life worked as an automotive designer.
Emily McDonald is a mental health social worker with a Masters in Family Therapy, and a clinical background working with individuals, couples and families in therapeutic, case management and project roles over the last 20 years. Emily has experience in senior clinical roles in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) and adult mental health in the primary mental health sector, and has also worked in community health, non-government organisations, and child protection. In addition to her Practice Leader, Counselling position at Relationships Australia Victoria, Emily has supervised and lectured in child and adolescent mental health and family therapy at the following institutions; Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health; Centre for Grief Education; La Trobe University in the Masters of Social Work, and in the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling at Relationships Australia. In the past, Emily has coordinated programs in the area of violence prevention and mental health. In particular, Emily coordinated the ‘Getting Along’ program, a whole school approach to violence prevention and conflict resolution in schools project at Berry Street. Emily also coordinated a Young Women’s Project on safe relationships, a FaCSIA funded project at Berry Street.