Optus Stadium
3rd & 4th July 2023


With the growing needs and pressure on care services across Western Australian our conference aims to connect and support chaplains as they continue to care for the mental health and wellbeing of our society.

Our professionally acclaimed speakers will inspire and guide you through critical but delicate topics that ensure your organisation's real-world challenges are addressed professionally and sensitively.

Addressing community needs across three distinct conference streams during the 2023 State Chaplaincy Conference, you will be provided industry-leading insights into the topics of Trauma and Resilience, Gender and Sexuality, and Cultural Capabilities.

By choosing 5 unique conference sessions across the 2-day conference, our guest speaker sessions will provide you with the professional development needed to care for your workforce and wider community, even in the most trying of circumstances.

Our guest speakers have given great consideration to the sensitivities of the Western Australian community, to ensure you return to work ready to implement new learnings, that enhance your workplace and create greater opportunities to respond to needs of your community.


Trauma & Resilience

These sessions will focus on key understandings around the clinical effects of trauma on the brain, mental health first aid and more.

Gender & Sexuality

These sessions will provide a compassionate and evidence-based understanding of the current research and best practice in supporting people who are exploring gender and sexuality from qualified psychologists, youth advocates, and authors.

Cultural Capability

These sessions will deepen understanding of the diverse and multicultural social landscape of Western Australia – with sessions focused on our varied Indigenous cultures, the migrant experience, mainstream religious and secular world views.

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The Speakers

Rory Shiner
Senior Pastor

Rory studied Arts at UWA, theology at Moore College, and completed a PhD in Australian Church History at Macquarie University. He is the senior pastor of  Providence City Church  in Perth, where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their four boys. His most recent book, The World Next Door: A Short Guide to the Christian Faith, is out now.

Daniel Principe
Advocate and Educator

Daniel is a youth advocate and educator with Collective Shout. Presenting in hundreds of schools to tens of thousands of students to help parents and communities raise healthy, resilient and empathetic young people. Daniel hosts Collective Shout's podcast 'Reimagining Masculinity' and is a regular on TV and radio programs.

Rochelle Masters
Founder and CEO

Rochelle Masters is the Founder and CEO of Masters Psychology, a bustling private practice boasting a number of operational multi-location clinics across Perth, WA. As Principal Clinical Psychologist, her clinics provide fresh approaches to mental health care to see people thrive. Rochelle demonstrates entrepreneurial and leadership experience, within the clinical psychology framework.

Erin Fuery
Recovery Project Manager

Erin leads the disaster recovery team at the Department of Communities working with individuals and communities impacted by large and complex disasters. Erin and her team are currently supporting communities impacted by the Wooroloo / Gidgegannup bushfire, Tropical Cyclone Seroja and the Kimberley floods.

Jody Sisley
State Director of Chaplaincy Australia

Jody moved to Perth with her family just over 11 years ago following a call of God to the West. She came from a flourishing Pastoral role at LifeUC Canberra. She has been a Pastor for over 17 years and a Community Chaplain for the last 15 years. Jody is currently involved in training the Chaplaincy Courses for Alphacrucis College and works as a FIFO Chaplain in the mines. She also equips and develops the Chaplains in our State as the WA State Director of Chaplaincy Australia.

Patrick Thomas
Cyber Safety Educator

Patrick is the National Education Manager at ySafe, Australia's leading team of Social Media & Cyber Safety Experts. With a Computer Science Degree and extensive experience in technology integration within school environments, Patrick gained his Graduate Diploma in teaching and worked as a high school teacher before joining the ySafe team.

Jordan Thyer

Jordan grew up in the Perth hills and worked as a Chemical Engineer before moving to Oxford to study apologetics, and then back to Perth to study theology. He has previously worked as a youth minister, then itinerant evangelist and apologist, and is now senior pastor at Providence Midland. He and his wife Rachel have 3 kids, and a kelpie Bandit.

Gracia Mukiibi

Gracia Mukiibi is a Congolese-born Australian freelance journalist, author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, human rights advocate, pastor, wife  and mother of three beautiful children. She arrived in Australia in July 2005 under the Humanitarian Visas Program at the age of 13. She currently works as the Principal Consultant to the Office of the Director General supporting the Director General and Senior Executives to implementing key government initiatives.

Brittany Beros
Mental Health Consultant

Brittany was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She has spent her career working with young people in a variety of settings, beginning her career as a school chaplain, social worker and clinical consultant. For the last 7 years she has been working at YouthLink, a specialist youth mental health service working with young people presenting with complex trauma who are also marginalised (homeless, difficult to engage, drug and alcohol use, unable to access mainstream services).

Stella Rodgers
Teacher and Psychologist

Stella Rodgers is a registered teacher and psychologist and has worked in a range of roles specialising in behaviour consultancy, systemic behaviour therapy, and mental health across Western Australia. She is a trained facilitator in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), Gatekeeper and Circle of Security (COS). Stella received the Infant Observation Scholarship to explore reflective practice between infants and parents and more recently received the Anika Foundation Scholarship.

Karen Walker
Research Consultant

Karen Walker is a successful professional, inspirational, and highly respected National and International Education Researcher, Facilitator and Learning and Development Consultant providing a valued service in the Social Justice and Human Service arena– based in Western Australia. Providing an innovative Professional Workforce and Community Development Service across Australia and beyond - as Founder and Director of Pass the WORD Consultancy.

Danny Ford OAM
Cultural Awareness Trainer

Danny is a Noongar man with connections to Whadjak, Ballardong, Wilman and Yuat clans. Danny has tertiary qualifications in teaching and social work, and has worked in the public sector for 29 years in child protection, family support, Aboriginal affairs, housing and training. During the last few years, Danny has developed a consultancy business, Kambarang Services. Danny’s work has always focused on addressing the disadvantage of Aboriginal people and the provision of appropriate services.



Event Details

3-4th July
8:30am – 4:30pm
Optus Stadium

Exhibitors & Supporters

A Message From The Host

We are so excited to welcome you and your team to the State Chaplaincy Conference for 2023.

As WA’s largest chaplaincy provider, with over 50 years of experience supporting the wellbeing of WA school communities, YouthCARE is ideally placed to share our connections and expertise in the field to curate industry specific training, networking and resourcing opportunities. With support from other attending pastoral care providers, chaplains will be better informed and equipped to meet the future needs of staff and community.

Never before, have the chaplains of our home state gathered together in such numbers to grow in development and gain valuable insights into how to help serve our community together.

State Chaplaincy Conference will bring together chaplains from industries such as aged care, defence, education, emergency services, health, maritime & the resources sector.

We can't wait to see you at our conference and together continue to support our communities by Caring Through Connection.