The Vice-Chancellor has established an Advisory Committee to drive the implementation of the University’s response to the Change the Course report recommendations, as well as appointing a dedicated project manager to oversee and evaluate progress.
The first official meeting was held in November 2017, and regular meetings have continued into 2018. Members of the Advisory Committee represent a diverse cross-section of staff, students and community members including the president of UNE Student Association, International students, Academic Staff, Professional Staff, UNE Senior Counsellor and Psychologist and the Acting Health Service Manager - Child, Young People, Family Team, Armidale Community Health Service. A representative from the local sexual assault service has been added as a member to the Advisory Committee.
Since commencing his studies with the University of New England in 2014, with a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws, Koady has been an active member of the UNE community. Koady has been an advocate of the student voice from within student groups such as UNE Student Association and a number of University governance committees and workings groups, and continues this representation as a member of the Respect Now Always Vice Chancellors Advisory Committee. Koady brings to the committee concepts and strategies to facilitate greater student communication and engagement around the topical area, as well as informed advice on planned strategies to implement the recommendations provided by Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities.
Areti Metuamate is Deputy Master and Director of Student Relations at St Albert's College. He is passionate about enhancing the student experience for students from all backgrounds, and he has a strong focus on equity and diversity. Having worked in four different university colleges in Australia, Areti is committed to building a culture of respect in the UNE colleges so that all students and staff feel safe, valued, and empowered to achieve their full potential.
Annette Stevenson is Manager of the UNE Student Support Counselling Service which comprises a team of 4 registered psychologists. Annette has been with the Service off and on since 1992 and full time since 2004. She came to that role having previously coordinated the Armidale Sexual Assault Service for 3 years in the early 90s. Annette was also a supervisor within the former Armidale Child Sexual Assault Service for over 10 years. She piloted the Sex and Ethics Program at UNE in 2007 and 2008 – a program developed by Moira Carmody who, with Karen Willis, are founders of the Full Stop Foundation which aims to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. The Sex and Ethics program taught skills in how to negotiate safe and ethical relationships. Annette also coordinated the former UNE SHAPES program – a Sexual Harassment and Assault Peer Education and Support program supported by the UNE Residential System for over 10 years, but which unfortunately ceased end of 2011. She was also Secretary on the Armidale Women’s Shelter Management Committee for 6 years until end of 2015. Annette’s qualifications are BBSc (Hons) La Trobe, M. Psych (Couns) Monash, and the thesis for her Masters (conferred in 1992) looked specifically at post-traumatic stress disorder in children.