Department of Home Affairs
Stephen Hayward is the First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division in the Department of Home Affairs. He is also the Department’s Mental Health Advocate with a passion for helping those suffering from mental health issues through a lived experience.
Stephen joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in December 2013 as the National Manager of Security, Risk and Assurance with responsibilities for the agency’s security, risk and assurance planning and activities. Stephen has held Assistant Commissioner Positions in the Australian Border Force with responsibility for the Air and Marine Capabilities and Business Services. Prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Stephen was the Executive Director of Operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), responsible for the investigation, intelligence and operational support arms of the Commission.
In 2009, Stephen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service, where he served as the National Manager, Fraud and Intelligence in Centrelink.
Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen holds a Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) from the Australian Institute of Police Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Married with three adult children, outside of work Stephen enjoys four wheel driving, scuba diving and camping.
South Australian Mental Health Commission
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns CSC is a passionate advocate for strengthening the mental wellbeing of his fellow South Australians. Chris is involved with people from all walks of life and organisations ranging from government to private enterprise as he spreads the message that good mental health starts with strong, inclusive communities and early intervention, promotion and prevention rather than acute care and emergency departments.
He prioritised and incorporated the views of South Australians as he led the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022. Chris and his team are now implementing the Strategic Plan.
Sue Weston PSM was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Comcare in April 2019.
Before joining Comcare Sue was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science working across many areas and providing policy advice and support to portfolio Ministers. Most recently this included working with the portfolio’s science groups and the Corporate Division. Sue has held the role of Head of the Office of Small Business and has had an extensive career in the Australian Taxation Office covering a broad range of areas including business education and training in implementing the Goods and Services Tax and Pay As You Go reforms.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a post graduate diploma in accounting, is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant.
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.
Department of Finance
CEO of Lifeline Canberra, Carrie is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and GAICD with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Strong business development professional with a Marketing focus in Public and Government Relations, Psychology, and Applied Communication from University of Natal, South Africa.
Department of Family & Community Services NSW
Catherine Carvolth is a Director in the NSW public sector leading industrial relations, work health safety, reform implementation, injury management and wellbeing programs for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Catherine has an extensive public sector background centred in human service agencies and has completed the Executive Masters in Public Administration program.
Catherine has led wellbeing initiatives in the former Department of Family and Community Services. These initiatives bridge the gap between work health safety instruction and professional practice direction so that staff have tools to look after themselves whilst working in challenging and emotionally charged situations.
Metro Trains Melbourne
24 years of global experience in the Health space to now managing the preventative wellness portfolio for Metro Trains Melbourne for the past 6 years. Currently leading a team of 100 volunteers who champion a dynamic results-driven wellbeing program that reduces the health risk of over 6000 employees at Metro.
Always keeping abreast of innovation as the wellness industry undergoes tremendous growth and transformation and currently implementing research based studies to empower individuals through the science of Positive Psychology. Certified as a Corporate Wellness Specialist, a Mental Health Advocate, certified Mental Health First Aider and Family Violence contact.
Andrew has a background in the social sector focused on disadvantaged communities, supporting people with a disability and the promotion of wellbeing. Andrew is experienced in community engagement and strategic planning and was instrumental in establishing The Collective NSW. Andrew was involved in the development of the NSW Mental Health Commission’s approach to promoting wellbeing and is a member of the NSW Mental Health Network. Andrew enjoys playing guitar and walking (often at the same time) to support his mental health and wellbeing.
Aaron McCann is a mental health advocate with Energy Queensland. Aaron began in the electrical industry in 2003 as a trades assistant on construction sites across Brisbane and the Gold Coast before becoming an electrical fitter mechanic (EFM) and linesman with Energex in 2006.
During his time as a linesman Aaron found his passion for mental health after overcoming his own challenges. He is, suicide first aid qualified, a trainer with the mates and living works programs, currently psychology student and a member of the Australian psychological society. Aaron has a lived experience with suicide and a genuine passion around improving awareness and understanding of mental health in our workplaces and our homes.
Work Health and Safety Queensland
Samantha Sellwood is a registered psychologist with a passion for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. In addition to significant experience providing individual counselling and therapy to adults, Sam has worked in organisational roles delivering interventions promoting mental health at work, including approximately 8 years within the public sector (state and Commonwealth). Since joining Workplace Health and Safety Queensland as Chief Advisor in the Psychological Health Unit, Sam has contributed to projects focussing on building awareness of the importance of a mentally healthy workplace, and adding to Workplace Healthy and Safety Queensland’s suite of practical and relevant tools for promoting and supporting psychological health at work.
Stephen Whittaker is the Manager Health, Wellbeing and Peer Support for Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital and NorthWestern Mental Health). Stephen’s role incorporates strategic delivery of health and wellbeing programs, initiatives and services for Melbourne Health’s 10,000 staff. This includes the management, promotion and analysis of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Peer Support Program. Stephen’s background is psychology and counselling as well as critical incident/trauma response. He regularly provides one on one support/debriefing for staff involved in challenging work situations as well as proactive education sessions and workshops across Melbourne Health.
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Damon has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on staff and as a senior psychologist consultant since 2004. Prior to DFAT Damon held psychologist appointments in Defence, a drug rehabilitation clinic, psychiatric hospitals, community and forensic settings. He established a private practice in 2008 focusing on clinical and organisational assessments, crisis interventions and community based referrals. Damon has expertise and professional interests in grief, addiction, motivation, stress, managing performance and adjustment.
Black Dog Institute & UNSW Workplace Mental Health Research Program
Aimee is a registered psychologist with experience working in the research, professional education and clinical settings across mental health and criminological domains. Aimee joined the Workplace Mental Health Team in late 2015 to commence a PhD with the Well@Work project. Through her PhD, Aimee will be developing and evaluating the effectiveness of an integrated manager training app aimed at improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and enhancing manager’s confidence in discussing mental health matters with their staff within male dominated workplaces.
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Karen Olver has over 30 years’ experience working across health and human services, justice, planning, policy, social research and social science in both the private and public sector. She is known for her commitment to employee wellbeing, and has an in-depth understanding of implementing employee support programs. Karen is known for her work leading the implementation of a new employee wellbeing and support program as Manager Employee Wellbeing and Support in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. This included reshaping the employee ‘wellbeing’ narrative in the context of complex organisational change using systems psychodynamic theories and methods.
Catherine is a Workplace Engagement Manager at Beyond Blue, a national not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
Drawing on her extensive experience in OHS, wellbeing and personal injury management across a diverse range of work environments, Catherine strives to influence, support and develop capability in workplace leaders to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces.
Geri Sumpter is the Workplace Engagement Lead at Beyond Blue; an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
Through her role, Geri drives Beyond Blue’s engagement activities with a diverse range of stakeholders to drive the momentum to improve mental health across all Australian workplaces.
With 20 years background as a certified health, safety and wellbeing professional, Geri has a detailed understanding of the theory and practical application of effective workplace programs that promote positive health, prevent ill-health, and support those who have a mental or physical health condition at both an individual and organisational level.
Department of The Treasury
Australian Taxation Office
With both an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Law, Dom Sheil has 30 years’ experience with the Commonwealth Government.
He started his career with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in 2000 as an in-house lawyer with the General Counsel. In 2016 he became Assistant Commissioner of Working Well a branch of Human Resources specialising in services focused on health, conflict, conduct and performance.
During his time as Assistant Commissioner, Dom has championed a supportive and restorative approach to managing underperformance. He has been instrumental in establishing the ATO’s first Mental Health Strategy and his branch is leading its implementation.
YES Psychology & Consulting
Kash is a Psychologist with over 20 years of diverse experience in the fields of mental health and business psychology – including training, leadership development, organisational consulting, counselling and critical incident management. This includes designing and delivering significant mental health leadership programs in public and private organisations.
Kash has reviewed large-scale counselling, peer-support and Critical Incident Management programs. He is a trusted professional in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) field. Kash has been on the ground helping leaders support their people through critical incidents, change, grief and loss and next-of-kin notifications. Kash regularly contributes to communities of practice in the area of “wellbeing and mental health in the workplace”.