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
As Commissioner, Russell Bowles ASM provides leadership for the QAS in providing emergency and non-urgent ambulance response services for the Queensland community. The QAS also supports community safety by providing services such as first aid education, research and injury/illness prevention education.
Russell joined the QAS in January 1981 as a Cadet Ambulance Officer and was appointed Commissioner in June 2011. Russell’s career progression has encompassed a diversity of front-line operational roles at a range of locations around Queensland, including Paramedic, Station Officer, Communications Centre Supervisor, Area Manager, Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
Since his appointment as Commissioner, Russell has implemented the QAS Structural Reform Program which has resulted in significant service delivery improvements across a range of ambulance performance measures. Russell brings over 37 years of ambulance experience to the role including extensive experience in high-level leadership and strategic planning in the ambulance sector.
Russell 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
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.
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
NSW Department of Family & Community Services
Head of the Workplace Mental Health Program, The Black Dog Institute
NSW State Emergency Service
Victoria Police Retired Peer Support Officer Program
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service