Positive Schools & The National Coalition Against Bullying



The Motion is proposed that:

‘'that incidents of social exclusion
in schools
are better addressed
publicly rather than privately'

Is it better that everyone is made aware that a problem has occurred, to ensure that the community understands what is happening and intervenes in a positive way?


Is it better to talk privately to those involved in incidences of social exclusion and bullying, and steer away from involving others in the wider community, and potentially creating a bigger or more inflated issue?

FOR the motion
(keep things private)
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Sue Cahill
AGAINST the motion
(make things public)
Susan Mclean
Elida Brereton

About Michael

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. In 2015, Michael developed the Certificate of Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing with a team of experts. Delivered as a partnership between the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.

He sits on the Board of the Australian Psychological Society, The Family Peace Foundation, Project Rockit and Smiling Mind; is a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Playgroup Victoria; is a member of the APS committee for the Special Interest group in ePsychology; a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Girlfriend Magazine; and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise and psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW.

About Susan

Susan Mclean is a member of the Federal Government’s Cybersafety Working Group (CWG) on Internet safety issues. She is the only independent member of this group. She has authored the Cyber Safety Policy for AFL Country and the Australian Karting Association as well as the Cybersafety Policy for Netball Victoria and the Western Australia Sports Federation where her template policy is being used as a model for best practice in every sporting code in Western Australia.

She has also provided training for School-based Police Officers in New South Wales. She regularly appears on television in Australia and overseas as one of the most sought-after and influential commentators and acknowledged experts on cyberbullying in the world. She has spoken on Australian and international radio as well as being sought after for print and film articles for Bloomberg, Spanish National News, AlJezeera, 7Days Dubai and NTN24 South America.  She was the featured expert in the Leader Newspapers, ‘Don’t Hurt’ campaign which aimed to raise the awareness of cyberbullying and its devastating effects on the community. She has also been featured in two stories on 60 minutes Australia about the consequences of ‘sexting’ titled, ‘One Click from Disaster’, which is now being used as a valuable teaching resource in High Schools, and recently in a story called ‘Chloe’s Law’ which looked at the sometimes-tragic consequences of cyberbullying. Susan was also featured on the ABC show Catalyst, which looked at the issue of internet gaming addiction and the science behind these games.  She is the commentator of choice for media outlets around the world on the issue of cybersafety, cybercrime and all online abuse.

About Sue

Sue Cahill is the Student Wellbeing Leader at St Charles Borromeo Primary School in Templestowe, a role she has held for 18 years. Sue is a member of the advisory council of The National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB), an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. NCAB is a peak body working to advise and inform the Australian community on the issue of childhood bullying and the creation of safe schools and communities, including the issue of cyber safety.
Sue is also an accredited Values Based Education trainer as a result of her involvement in the Federal Government’s Values Education Good Practice schools program. Sue’s school, St Charles Borromeo Primary, was the first school in Australia to gain eSmart accreditation. eSmart, an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, uses a cultural change approach to improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying. Sue was a member of the Beyond Blue National Education Initiative Technical Advisory Network that worked on the Be You initiative. Sue leads nine schools in the Victorian Government’s Respectful Relationship’s project.

About Elida
Elida Brereton was a teacher and principal in the government school system for 43 years, finishing in January 2010 after 15 years as Principal of Camberwell High School. From June 2010 Elida has worked part time for the Department of Education’s Bastow Institute, mentoring and coaching new and intern principals. She is also sought by schools dealing with bullying and disengagement issues.
Elida was the National President of the Australian College of Educators in 2002-04, was awarded the national Australian College of Educators Medal in 2013, is a Brian Harris Fellow, and was head-hunted by the ABC in 2006 to be Miss Margaret Murray, Principal of Summer Heights High in the TV series.
Elida has worked with NCAB for many years, assisting with national conferences and key issues and has been chosen recently to be a visible advocate in a national campaign against bullying and violence by the Federal Department of Social Services. Elida is a delegate to the National Council of Women Victoria where her educational expertise is used.