2017 APA Professional Development Seminar Photos

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2017 Authorised Persons Association Professional Development Seminar Program

Day 1 - Thursday 25th May 2017

8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15

Conference Opening

9:15 – 10:00

John Bishop

Pet Rescue

10:00 – 10:45

Michelle McArthur

University of Adelaide

Compassion Fatigue

10:45 – 10:50

Trade Sponsor

10:50 – 11:10

Morning Tea

11:10 – 11:25

Brenton Thomass

City of Port Adelaide Enfield

Dog behaviourist trial for barking dog complaints

11:25 – 12:00

Tracy Irons

Animal Veterinary Behaviour Services

Chemical restraint and moving aggressive dogs

12:00 - 12:45

Philip Roetman

University of South Australia

Cat Tracker in South Australia

12:45 – 12:50

Trade Sponsor

12:50 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:00

Sharon Prior

Parking Australia

Overview – Parking Australia

2:00 – 3:00

Cimon Burke

KelledyJones Lawers

3:00 – 3:05

Trade Sponsor

3:05 – 3:20

Afternoon Tea

3:20 – 3:35

New Initiative – Council Presentation

3:35 – 4:00

Tony Williams

Environment Protection Authority

Local Litter and Nuisance Control

4:00 – 4:30

Ian Smith

Adelaide Zoo

Restraining large animals safely

4:30 – 4:45

Daily wrap up

Rocky Warren

Day 2 - Friday 26th May 2017

9:00 – 9:15

Rocky Warren

Welcome, Opening and Award Winners

9:15 – 9:45

Kerry Dawson

Street to Home

Homelessness Services

9:45 – 10:25

Steph Jeuken


DACO update

10:25 – 10:30

Trade Sponsor

10:30 – 10:45

Morning Tea

10:45 – 11:45

Paul Kelly

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

11:45 – 12:00

Phil Herrmann

Yorke Peninsula Council

Electronic Burning Permit Process

12:00 – 12:40

Andrew Lamb

Dog and Cat Management Board

Update from the Board

12:40 - 12:45

Trade Sponsor

12:45 – 1:30


1:30 – 1:35

Trade Sponsor

CERT Systems

Award presentation

1:35 – 2:30

Expert Panel

Question & Answer Session:

Authorised Persons’ Association

Dog and Cat Management Board

KelledyJones Lawyers

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

2:30 – 3:30

Senior Constable Merrilyn Millar

SA Police

Business Driver Awareness


Seminar Wrap Up

Drawing the winner of an Apple Ipad

Seminar Presenters

Steph Jeuken


Steph Jeuken is a senior consultant with OzTrain. She has worked in the field of ICT and Consulting for more than 20 years. She has been involved in the Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) project since she authored the first business case in 2015. Since that time she has facilitated workshops with local government and key stakeholders to develop the DACO requirements specification that formulated part of the Request For Proposal documentation that went out to market.

She has recently been engaged by the Dog and Cat Management Board to serve as the Project Manager for the DACO system development and implementation program. She will work with The Board, Local Government and the software vendor to deliver the DACO system in time for the 2018/19 registration period.


Senior Constable Merrilyn Millar

SA Police – Road Safety Section

Merrilyn has have been a police officer for approximately twenty years spending most of her time in the Sturt Local Service Area in various sections including; Sturt Police Station, Sturt Patrols, Adjudication/ Prosecution, Sturt Intelligence Section and also at Recruiting Section, Netley Police Station and Malvern Police Station.

Merrilyn has moved to the Road Safety Section in October 2016 as she saw it as a challenging and ever changing role where communicating with and educating people was the main role.

As a Road Safety Educator, Merrilyn travels the state presenting to groups of all ages including; primary schools, high schools, community groups, sporting clubs and businesses.


John Bishop

Co-Founder & Joint CEO


John oversees all things tech at PetRescue. It’s a big job, given that PetRescue is the most trafficked charity website in Australia, serving around 100 million pages to 4.5 million visitors in 2016 alone.

John has launched several other companies, consulted for some of Australia's largest companies spanning mining, insurance, banking and other industries and has over 20 years experience in the IT industry.

John regularly speaks at animal welfare and digital media conferences around Australia and internationally. He has been awarded the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and three 40 under 40 awards.


Tracy Irons

Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour Services

Tracy started working at the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter in 2002 for 6 years. Whilst working at the RSPCA Tracy was involved in behavioural assessments of adopted dogs, and had many hours of hands on training with the dogs. During her time at the RSPCA Tracy developed a strong passion to also help the dogs on the ‘other side’ and to try and prevent them from ending up at the shelter.

Tracy started at Willunga Veterinary Services in 2008 to work alongside Tracey Henderson with behavioural consultations. Since then she has also become a veterinary nurse at Willunga Veterinary Services, which Tracy will continue to do part time. Tracy is actively involved in updating and teaching puppy preschool at Willunga Veterinary Services and will also continue to do so.

In 2009 Tracey and Tracy became accredited by the dog and cat management board to consult with all dogs that are put under a ‘Dangerous Dog Order’.

In 2010 Tracy received her Certificate 4 in Companion animal training and became a nationally accredited Delta Dog Behaviour Trainer. Tracy is a member of the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia.

Tracy has attended numerous workshops and seminars to continue to update her knowledge.


Dr Philip Roetman

University of South Australia

Dr Philip Roetman has been involved in running innovative citizen science projects and events since 2007. These projects have engaged thousands of citizen scientists in activities like counting koalas, tracking cats, spotlighting in rockpools, and recording bat calls. The data collected have been useful in understanding the distributions of species, the home-ranges of domestic pets, the management of abundant species, and the locations of threatened species. Since 2013, Philip has been running the Discovery Circle (www.discoverycircle.org.au).

This initiative is running citizen science projects, interactive workshops and generating online content to promote connection with local natural environments and to make valuable contributions to scientific research. Current citizen science projects include BioBlitz events, the Great Koala Count 2Cat TrackerBirding the ‘burbsLittle CorellasEdible GardensFlukerPosts and Goanna Watch.


Cimon Burke

KelledyJones Lawyers

Cimon has close to 10 years experience advising and representing councils on a diverse range of matters, with particular expertise in regulatory services, property and corporate governance. Cimon prides herself on delivering high-quality, timely and practical legal solutions consistent with the KelledyJones Client Undertaking.

Always active in delivering training sessions, seminars and papers, Cimon is a leader in her field with a reputation for being a first rate lawyer and an excellent and informative presenter and educator.


Paul Kelly

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia. Paul also leads the NW Credit Management team, a specialist debt recovery service tailored exclusively for local government in South Australia. Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. Representing client councils in contested matters in the Magistrates Court, the Liquor Licensing Court and Tribunal, the District Court, the Supreme Court and the Environment, Resources and Development Court, is a principal area of Paul’s practice.

Paul’s experience in the South Australian Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution gives him a unique insight into the Criminal Justice System.

Paul has recently successfully represented a council client in the High Court of Australia. 


Dr Michelle McArthur

University of Adelaide

Dr. Michelle McArthur, BA (Psych) Hons, D(Clin)Psych, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a Senior Lecturer of Communication and Professional Skills in the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Adelaide. She developed as well as implements the clinical communication skills and wellbeing program in the School. Her research interests include clinical communication as well as veterinarian and veterinary student wellbeing including compassion fatigue and resilience. Dr. McArthur is called upon nationally to provide skills-based communication workshops as well as mental health and wellbeing seminars in veterinary practices and Schools. She has presented her work at multiple national and international conferences and symposia.


Kerry landed at Street to Home in 2006 after an extensive career in general nursing, midwifery and drug and alcohol services. Amazingly she landed on her feet and found where she says she was truly meant to be…. how lucky! Kerry’s work as Clinical Services Coordinator is split between managing the service and working on the ground with Street to Home’s experienced team of health professionals. Kerry says it is a great feeling to be working alongside such an inspiring team with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of others in the community.

Street to Home (STH) is an SA Govt funded service that strives to achieve housing outcomes for people who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in Adelaide.  Working assertively and in partnership with broader homeless sector, STH provides the support that is needed for people to make the transition from homelessness, into secure and stable housing.

The aim is for service provision to address the needs of people sleeping rough in Adelaide and the surrounding metropolitan area contributing to demonstrable high quality housing outcomes.

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