The University of Queensland will play host to a lecture and panel discussion called "Struggling through hard times; issues for men".
The Brisbane International Men's Day event will feature Professor Patrick Parkinson, Dean of Law, who will talk about "separated fathers and young children". Professor Parkinson will be joined by the psychologist Dr Clive Williams, whose talk will focus on "everyday challenges to men's mental health".
Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (4th ed, 2010), Australian Family Law in Context (4th ed, 2009), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003).
Professor Parkinson served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-14.
Professor Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection issues.
Dr Williams has 30 years of experience as a practicing psychologist and a PhD in the gender identity of adolescent males. He has been invited to work with individuals, couples, and groups in organisations both large and small, government and community-based. His work covers a wide variety of mental health issues, including men's health.
For more information see the Brisbane International Men's Day website.