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Dr James Cockayne

The New South Wales anti-slavery commissioner and a modern slavery survivor will address Catholic Health Australia’s annual conference, to be held in Perth in August.

Dr James Cockayne began his five-year term as NSW’s inaugural Anti-slavery Commissioner in August 2022 after spending two decades promoting human rights and responsible business practices around the world. 

He was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council for Equity and Social Justice and chaired the US Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Human Trafficking, having also founded Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking. 

Dr Cockayne will be speaking on a panel alongside representatives from two Catholic anti-slavery groups, Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). 

He will also be joined by Sarah, a nurse who has rebuilt her life after experiencing modern slavery. Sarah is now the “lived experience adviser” in the commissioner’s team and is at the cutting edge of efforts to give people with lived experience voice and influence in anti-slavery efforts. 

The CHA conference on the final weekend of August is themed Encounter 2023 and will host up to 300 board directors, chief executive officers and senior executives from CHA’s hospital, aged and community care providers. 

Attendees will also hear from leading social commentator and corporate communicator Bernard Salt, whose expertise in demographics is especially relevant to the aged care and health sectors, which are facing an ageing population with complex health challenges. 

CHA chief executive Pat Garcia said the speakers will provide fascinating insights at the conference in Perth. 


 Anti-slavery commissioner and noted demographer lined up to address Catholic Health Australia conference (CHA)