Maggie Dent
Keynote Speaker


About Maggie

Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with an interest in the early years and adolescence.

Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and Teachers Matter magazine and appears regularly on ABC and commercial radio including Nova FM. She has also appeared on TV programs such as Today Extra, The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today and news.

Maggie is the author of nine books, several e-books and a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators, and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Her books include Saving Our Adolescents, Real Kids in an Unreal World and her 2014 release, 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8.

She is the proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother.


Keynote Topic 
Exploring Children’s Anxiety

The landscape of childhood and childhood stress is changing, and anxiety is now much more prevalent for our children.
In this keynote, Maggie Dent explores what anxiety is and what we as educators can do to help reduce anxiety and fear in today’s children. 
As well as helping you better understand anxiety, Maggie shares many highly practical, helpful and simple strategies to support a calmer early learning environment and, ultimately, calmer, happier children.

 (NQS- Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)