Missing Persons Conference - November 2017

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The inaugural National Missing Persons Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, on the 15 and 16 November 2017.

The conference will bring together law enforcement, academics, and professionals in the government, non-government and community sectors to stimulate discussion, and encourage collaboration and best practice in the missing persons sector.

The theme of this year’s conference is Missing People: Challenges and Opportunities, centring around updated research across the missing persons’ sector, new investigative techniques, the experience of grief and loss associated with missing people and their families, and improving responses to missing people and their families.

The conference will feature presentations from researchers, police, social workers, psychologists, and policymakers. International keynote speakers will present on their renowned work in the areas of grief and loss, evidence-based policing, and the future of missing persons’ investigations.

The conference agenda and abstracts are now available, and can be downloaded and viewed via the two links below.



Register for the conference here

The conference is open to law enforcement, government and non-government agencies, and practitioners in the missing persons sector.

Please be advised that to confirm your registration, you will need to send a copy of your workplace identification or professional registration to [email protected] by 1 November 2017.

The conference registration fee of $300 (early bird), $350 (regular price) covers the two-day conference, and the cocktail reception on Wednesday 15 November.


World renowned keynote speakers specialising in approaches to grief and loss, the missing persons sector, and law enforcement practices have been secured for the Missing People: Challenges and Opportunities national conference.

Dr Kenneth J Doka

Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle
Professor of Gerontology

Hospice Foundation of America
Senior Consultant

Dr Darcy L Harris

King's University College
Associate Professor Thanatology Coordinator

Dr Lois Tonkin

University of Canterbury/Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha
Lecturer in Counselling and Specialist Education

Quoc Vo

Thames Valley Police, UK
Detective Sergeant

Dixie Peters

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Center for Human Identification
Technical Leader - Missing Persons Unit

Geoff Newiss

Action Against Abduction, UK
Chief Executive

Kingston University (London)
Visiting Research Fellow

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