Matt Henry is a Detective with Victoria Police and has had a decorated career receiving the Victoria Police Valor Award along with both personal and workplace commendations for his investigative work. He has been on his children’s primary School Council for 12 years with 7 of those years as the School Council president. Matt has also volunteered for his local CFA and other charities.
Matt is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help. Matt became a beyondblue speaker to share his lived experiences of depression and anxiety, as part of his commitment to encourage and offer hope to those who are afflicted by mental health conditions and their family and friends. Matt’s interests include keeping healthy by training for and competing in triathlons, playing golf and enjoying time with his wife and both furry and non-furry kids.
James Maskey is the National Engagement Manager of the Police and Emergency Services Program at beyondblue, an independent not‐for‐profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
The Police and Emergency Services Program aims to promote the positive mental health of emergency service personnel across Australia and reduce their risk of suicide and mental illness through collaboration between agencies, unions, peak bodies and government departments.
A graduate of the Bond University Law Faculty and Griffith University Department of Humanities, James is also a retired front-line Queensland Police Officer with a service history including General Duties, The Police Citizen’s Youth Club and the highly regarded Child Protection & Investigation Unit. During the course of his duties, James responded to countless critical incidents, murders, suicides, home invasions, domestic violence incidents, fatal traffic crashes and serious sexual assaults.
Constant exposure to these critical incidents negatively impacted James’ mental health and in 2013 James was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2015, James made the difficult but empowering decision to resign from the Queensland Police Service in an effort to reclaim his mental health.
James is incredibly passionate about changing the stigma that surrounds mental health, raising the profile of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and empowering those who suffer from the debilitating mental health challenges to seek the support of professionals who can help them recover.
Emergency Management Victoria
Andrew Crisp APM is Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner. The Emergency Management Commissioner has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies, including the management of consequences of an emergency.
Andrew has almost 40 years’ policing experience in roles focused on community safety across metropolitan and regional Victoria and overseas, including key emergency management leadership positions, such as the Assistant Commissioner of State Emergencies and Security Command. During this time, he has been involved in the response to a number of major incidents, such as the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Christchurch earthquake and Queensland floods.
Prior to his role as the former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Regional Operations, Andrew’s responsibilities included a specialist command that focused on counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management coordination.
Andrew has worked closely with fire agencies and other emergency management agencies and departments for a number of years. He has also been a member of the State Emergency Management Team and the State Coordination Team.
Tony Walker is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He has over 30 years’ experience working in a range of senior clinical governance, education and operational roles and holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University. Tony is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Board member of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level.
New Zealand Fire & Emergency
Australian Federal Police
Dr Katrina Sanders is the Chief Medical Officer, Australian Federal Police (AFP), with over ten years clinical and leadership experience in operational organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with a Masters Degree in Public Health specialising in the health of operational forces.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sanders provides strategic health advice and protection to domestic and international operations for the AFP. She is responsible for holistic health services including occupational health, operational health support and psychological services. Extensive occupational experience makes Dr Sanders current, innovative and challenging in her approach to the health needs of operationally focused organisations
Queensland Ambulance Service
Russell Bowles was appointed Commissioner in June 2011, continuing a distinguished career with the QAS which began in January 1981. As Commissioner, Russell has implemented a number of structural, technical and operational reforms, resulting in significant service delivery improvements across a range of ambulance performance measures.
Russell holds a Master of Business Administration and was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List.
Dr. Julie Devlin obtained her doctorate in psychology in 2010 from the University of New
Brunswick, Canada. Her focus was conceptual model building in complex systems and
questionnaire design and development. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Devlin was the Research and
Program Evaluation Officer at the Operational Stress Injury Clinic (OSIC) in Fredericton, New
Brunswick. While in this position, she conducted operational stress injury research for the
Canadian Forces and the RCMP. From 2014 to present, Dr. Devlin manages the OSIC. Dr. Devlin
has also been managing psychological services within the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) since
2015. In this position, Dr. Devlin has developed a mental health strategy, an implementation
plan, and ongoing evaluation including collecting baseline data on operational stress injuries
and their risk and protective factors. Dr. Devlin is also a Master Trainer with the Mental Health
Commission of Canada and has trained extensively over the past four years with first responder
and civilian organizations in The Road to Mental Readiness and The Working Mind. Most
recently, Dr. Devlin has been working with the police force in Ukraine to support the
development of a mental health strategy. For 10 years before obtaining her doctorate, Dr.
Devlin conducted workplace audits and developed and delivered workshops in the areas of
stress management, workplace conflict, and work/home balance across Canada and the United
Todd is the Director of the Queensland Ambulance Staff Support Services, known as “Priority One”. He has spent 25 years working within first responder agencies, firstly within the Queensland Fire Service as a retained Fire Fighter, then the last 20 years as a Paramedic. His lived experience combined with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in counselling has culminated in a passion for staff support within first responder organisations.
He is also a sessional lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology and has spoken nationally and internationally at various conferences.
In 2016 he received the National Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his work in supporting ambulance personnel and their families.
University of New South Wales
Professor Richard Bryant, BA (Hons), M Psychol, PhD, FAPS, FASSA is Group Leader of the Westmead Institute’s Traumatic Stress Group, which is part of its Brain Dynamics Centre. Richard Bryant is Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is also an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital. He has published over 350 articles on trauma, anxiety, and treatment. His work has focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma reactions, as well as the cognitive and biological mechanisms underpinning traumatic stress. He is also studying the effects of complex trauma on clinical presentations, including those of refugees and torture survivors. He currently serves on the committee addressing Complex PTSD for both DSM-5 and ICD11. The Traumatic Stress Clinic provides cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments and undertakes world-class research for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and prolonged grief. The Clinic is an affiliation between a number of researchers, organisations and clinical psychologists, and is directed by Professor Richard Bryant. The Traumatic Stress Clinic is based at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Nicole Sadler is a clinical psychologist and Director Military and High Risk Organisations. Nicole has an in-depth understanding of issues and challenges for individuals working in these organisations, and the systems and services to improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing. At Phoenix Australia, she has worked on several mental health strategic reviews and policy and training development projects for police and other high risk government agencies at Commonwealth and State levels. Prior to joining Phoenix Australia in July 2017, she served in the full-time Army for 23 years as a psychology officer and she held the senior Army psychology position from August 2012 to January 2017. Nicole continues to serve as a Colonel in the Army Reserves. Nicole specialises in policy and service development and strategic planning. She also has considerable experience in psychology service provision, training, research and evaluation, and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
Michael Morgan was appointed Deputy Chief Officer of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in September 2015.
Michael has worked closely in developing wellness, welfare and support programs within the MFS during his career. In 2014 Michael was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his work in these areas. Michael is currently working with key managers in the MFS developing a new Wellness and Safety Department to further enhance employee support and wellbeing.
Michael obtained his Masters in Business Administration, specialising in Human Resource Management in 2010. Michael is a White Ribbon Ambassador and was Executive sponsor for the MFS White Ribbon Accreditation program.
Parliament of Australia
Senator Anne Urquhart was born in Latrobe, Tasmania in 1957 and raised in nearby Ulverstone and Gawler. Married to Graham for over four decades they have two children and four grandchildren. Anne began her working life in the late 1970’s at Simplot, a vegetable processing factory in Ulverstone.
Her involvement with the Union movement began in 1979, and in 2004, Anne was elected to the position of State Secretary of the AMWU, the first female State Secretary in Australia and relocated to Hobart fill the position. After 28 years of representing workers in the fight for fairer pay and conditions, Anne was sworn into the Senate on 1 July 2011 where she continues her stand against discrimination and inequality.
Anne served as Deputy Opposition Whip in the Australian Senate from October 2013 to May 2016. She then became the Chief Opposition Whip on 1 September 2016. Anne is a member of the Environment & Communications References Committee, the Environment & Communications Legislation Committee, the Standing Committee for Selection of Bills and the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network.
Earlier this year Anne successfully proposed a Senate inquiry to examine the role of
Commonwealth, state and territory Governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers.
The inquiry was referred to the Education and Employment References Committee of which Anne is a member. The Committee is due to report on the inquiry by 14 February 2019.
NSW Department of Family & Community Services
Head of the Workplace Mental Health Program, The Black Dog Institute
Focusing on the media and humanitarian sectors, Erin has over 18 years’ experience in international risk management and strategy development, primarily in psychosocial and security risk, and crisis management. Her experience spans working in conflict and disaster zones in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia and Pacific regions, as well as major events including the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Erin’s previous roles include Director, International Security and Crisis Management for NBCUniversal, and International Programmes Director for Redr UK. Currently Erin manages trauma and psychosocial risk programs for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including trauma risk management, resilience, incident response and early intervention. She is also the Vice Chair of the Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre.
NSW State Emergency Service
Gary Zuiderwyk is currently Manager Safety Health and Wellbeing and has over 30 years’ experience in the public sector across a number of agencies working in a variety of human resource and safety roles.
Gary’s holds a Batchelor Management and Professional Studies, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, APS Practice Certificate in Disaster Support and Diplomas in Safety and Leadership.
Colin is the Director of Safety and Wellbeing, leading safety, risk and wellbeing programs. Colin brings more than 30 years’ career experience delivering a broad range of strategic Human Resource and organisational change initiatives and services within Government Departments, Statutory Authorities, Government-Owned Corporations and the Private Sector. Colin has held his current position with the Queensland Police Service for 10 years and is currently leading a cultural transformation initiative through the groundbreaking Our People Matter strategy. We look forward to hearing Colin’s insights.
Police Veterans Support Victoria
Gerard is the Chairperson of “Police Veterans Support Victoria” Steering Committee looking after the welfare of Victoria Police Employee Veterans and their families.
Gerard retired after 44 years service from Victoria Police in 2014 at the rank of Detective Superintendent at Crime Command managing Purana Task Force, Joint Organised Crime Task Force, Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force (both joint task forces operating out of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Melbourne and Trident Task Force operating out of Australian Border Force, Melbourne. He was responsible for policing the State of Victoria, Nationally and International working with law enforcement agencies around the world relating to organised crime and counter terrorism.
Gerard retired from full time employment with the Australian Football League (AFL) in December 2016, now employed by the AFL Integrity and Security Department as a Compliance and Safety Officer on a casual basis.
He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honours Awards for his service to policing and also recognising his community work outside policing.
In 1990 he was elected to the Sandringham Football Club Board in the Victorian Football League (VFL) becoming President of the club in 2006 the position he held until April 2014, which he relinquished due to a conflict of interest with his role as the AFL Senior Investigator. He is a Life member of both Sandringham Football Club and the Victorian Football League (AFL).
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
Brian is an Operational Firefighter within The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service. Brian rates his life and family as his major accomplishment but most recently the accomplishment of knowing that Brian is making a difference for his service in the Mental Health arena by establishing a Mental Health Program with the assistance of Mental Health Australia including a First Responder Video. This program is being delivered to all operational and non-operational personnel within The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.
Shane is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychology Services Director at Soldier On. Shane joined Soldier On in mid-2016, where he provides a range of clinical services to contemporary service personnel and the families, provides supervision and leadership to the Psychology Services team and is part of the executive providing strategic input and supporting other areas of the organisation.
Prior to joining Soldier On, Shane worked in a specialist interagency child protection unit, a collaboration between NSW Health, NSW Police and Dept of Community Services, providing high level advice and guidance to agency partners, as well as providing frontline support to families. Shane has over a decade of experience working in the Government sector, as well as work in private practice. His work has focused predominantly on child protection, interpersonal violence, trauma and mental health. Clinically, he has a particular interest in working with complex trauma/PTSD, interpersonal difficulties and chronic mental health presentations. He has a passion for trauma-informed service delivery, enjoys people leadership and aims to create a work environment that fosters growth and development in others.