National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland)
Professor and Chief Scientist, School of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health & National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Ireland, WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance and Research in Suicide Prevention, International Association for Suicide Prevention.
Professor Ella Arensman is Research Professor with the School of Public Health, University College Cork and Chief Scientist with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), Ireland. She is Vice President of the European Alliance Against Depression and past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She is Visiting Professor with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, and an expert advisor for WHO.
Prof Arensman has been involved in research and prevention into suicide, self-harm and related mental health and social issues for more than 30 years and she leads a multidisciplinary research team. Her interests and expertise represent multiple research areas, including risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm, real-time surveillance of suicide and self-harm, effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programmes, and clustering and contagion of suicidal behaviour with a particular focus on young people. In Ireland, she played a key role in developing the first and second National Suicide Prevention Programme: Reach Out, 2005-2014, and Connecting for Life, 2015-2020. She has published over 160 papers in peer review journals as well as reports for government departments and policy makers.
Department of Health WA
Warwick Smith is the Director Youth Mental Health ( NMHS) in Western Australia.
Warwick has over 30 years of developing high quality innovative and accessible mental health services.
He has involved the consumer voice in service planning and reform
Warwick was the joint winner of the 2018 Exceptional Contribution Award at the Mental Health Service Awards (TheMHS) for Australia and New Zealand.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Brown is a psychiatrist who works part-time in Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) in Brisbane and is a Senior Clinical Advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on a project on digital mental health services. She also is a Member of the Agency Management Committee of AHPRA and a Member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Dr Brown has held numerous clinical and administrative positions in psychiatry, including Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission, Chief Psychiatrist in three jurisdictions, and as an NHS International Fellow.
She was the Director-General of ACT Health for over five years, and served as the Chair of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council (AHMAC) from 2013-2015. In January 2018, she was admitted as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and in May 2019, was awarded the RANZCP College Citation for services to psychiatry.
David is the headspace Schools National Clinical Advisor for the Be You framework. He has extensive experience as a clinician working with children, youth and families. David has worked in regional, remote and metropolitan services, across government and non-government education and mental health services, inclusive of programs specifically supporting young people and their families from refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. Be You offers schools nationally the tools, resources and advice to implement a whole-school approach to growing Australia’s most mentally healthy generation. David leads the clinical aspects of the Be You framework’s national implementation.
Roses in the Ocean
Layne Stretton lost his 21 year old brother Nathan to suicide. This lived experience of suicide has ignited a drive to work in suicide prevention, with particular focus on lived experience and the power of collective and individual narrative. As a Director and Lead Facilitator of Roses in the Ocean, he works across the country, delivering lived-experience informed, designed and delivered capacity building training programs and workshops to assist people gain a deeper understanding of their lived experience, the insights that can help others and inform, influence and enhance suicide prevention activity. In conjunction with this, he assists to develop the skills required to contribute in Reference Groups, research projects, advocate for change, participate in community suicide prevention networks, building a capable and supported, lived experience of suicide workforce.
Layne is also a Director and Presenter for SALT (Sport and Life Training), a Melbourne based NFP with a vision to Transform Australian Culture Through Sport. This grassroots organisation deliver quality education, culture and leadership sessions into sporting clubs, with particular focus on preventing behaviours and decisions that may have adverse impacts for young people. In delivering over 750 presentations this year, SALT will have a significant impact on sporting club environments across Victoria, developing welfare structures, positive parenting and coaching processes and the delivery of engaging, empowering and challenging mental health and suicide prevention education.
Naraja Clay is an Aboriginal woman from the Kalkadoon (Mt Isa) and Bwgcolman (Palm Island) nations. Naraja has spent the last 5 years working in the advocacy space, she started off in youth mental health by joining her local councils youth advisory group and has worked her way to being on the 2017-2019 headspace Youth National Reference Group.
Last year she was appointed to the Queensland Premiers Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce which was developed to create an anti-cyberbullying framework for Queensland and advise the government about the development of programs under the new framework. The framework will cover cyberbullying affecting young people in Queensland.
In April 2019 she was ministerially appointed to the Queensland Mental Health Commissions Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council.
Naraja currently works for a National Peak Body for children in out of home care, she is a strong advocate particularly for reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Child Safety and Youth Justice systems.
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, St Vincents Hospital
Silvana is a health and wellbeing practitioner and a somatic psychotherapist working in the field of complex and relational trauma in both clinical and community settings. She is trained in Occupational Therapy, Family and Systems Therapy and Somatic Experiencing, a body based psychotherapy.
As an Education and Service Development Consultant with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), she provides workforce development, planning and strategic support across the Victorian Specialist Mental Health System, promoting inclusive, culturally safe and culturally responsive mental health care. Recent projects with VTMH include LGBTIQIntersect, an online resource co designed with LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural, spiritual and faith based communities, that supports families, community leaders and elders and service providers to promote the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural, spiritual and faith based communities, as well as participation in the commissioning process of the National Suicide Prevention Trial (LGBTI focus). In addition to her VTMH role, she has recently designed the state’s first trauma focused mental health program in a community setting; delivering a stepped model of care to young people experiencing and/or at risk of homelessness.
Silvana is interested in exploring and co constructing ways of providing mental health and wellbeing supports that are informed by diverse explanatory models and meaning making. She practices from a social justice framework informed by an intersectional understanding of identity and belonging; advocating for approaches that move beyond trauma informed towards community centred and healing oriented models of care.
Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
Michelle Graeber has had over 28 years of experience working in the private and not for profit sectors, predominantly in disability and mental health. Michelle has a strong background in management, community development, and training and development. Michelle has been actively involved in training volunteers, students, health and mental health professionals, schools and educators throughout her career.
Michelle is passionate about providing quality community education and service delivery for everyone. Michelle believes that we all have a responsibility to work better together to provide a more inclusive, responsive and sensitive community service system.
Australian National University
Sha Sha is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with clinical background working at the Research School of Population Health, the Australian National University. Her research projects include youth mental health, machine learning, and psychosocial interventions. She adepts well at pattern recognition in various healthcare settings to quantify potential disparities among vulnerable populations, and identify optimal healthcare pathways and strategies for people with complex needs. Her current research focuses on understanding hospital-to-community transitions in youth experiencing self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney
Tracey Davenport is the Director of Research, Ethics, Governance & Analytics on Project Synergy as well as Researcher on the Youth Mental Health Research Team at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. She has over 20 year’s experience working with different research methodologies pertaining to mental health projects in the Australian community, primary care and more recently technology-enabled solutions for mental health services reform. Tracey has also been involved in several large-scale public health and government initiatives including beyondblue, headspace, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and now InnoWell (a joint venture between The University of Sydney and PricewaterhouseCoopers [PwC]).
CLIC Counselling and Consultancy
Marisca Seinen is a qualified counsellor and has a background in training/education, management, case management, and has volunteered her time as a telephone counsellor at Lifeline for 5 years.
Her biggest aim in her role as a trainer/facilitatorhas always been to give people the confidence to recognise signs, to know what to say to start the initial conversation, and to take away the fear of doing the wrong thing and therefore maybe not do anything at all.
She sees herself as a true facilitator, is a people person, engaging, and inclusive and has over 10 years experience. Apart from the Mental Health First Aid training, she is an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) master trainer.
Marisca’s passion is contagious and she is sure to leave individuals feeling energised and inspired to put their new learning and knowledge into practice.
Queensland University of Technology
Dr Marilyn Campbell MAPS MCEDP, Professor, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Marilyn Campbell is a professor in the school of Cultural and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. She currently lectures in the Masters of Education program preparing teachers for school counselling and in the Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology preparing psychologists to work in a range of educational and developmental positions. Marilyn has worked as a teacher and psychologist in early childhood and primary and secondary schools. She has also been a teacher-librarian, school counsellor and supervisor of school counsellors.
Her research interests are in behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents. Her recent work has included research into anxiety prevention and the effects of bullying and especially cyberbullying in schools. She has authored over 100 publications, is the recipient of a number of professional awards, as well as over a million dollars in grants. She is a practising psychologist and psychology supervisor. She is the author of the Worrybusters series of books for anxious children.
Australian Institute for Suicide Prevention, Griffith University
Dr Kairi Kõlves is Associate Professor at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention and Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University. Prior to joining the AISRAP team in 2008, she worked at the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute for 10 years. Dr Kõlves has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and numerous book chapters and reports. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Australian LIFE Award in Emerging Research category, in 2017 the Griffith Health Pro Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award as Mid-Career Researcher.
Ben Abbatangelo is the Deputy CEO at AIME.
A former professional cricketer for Melbourne Stars and a keen advocate for Indigenous resilience, Ben became Co-CEO of AIME in 2017.
AIME is driven to unlock the limitless potential of children who have been left behind and they do that by building mentoring bridges between universities and high schools, between the powerful and the powerless, the haves and the have nots. Their fiery and intuitive brand of mentoring ends the cycle of disadvantage by permanently changing mindsets. Based in Redfern, Australia, their operation runs across campuses worldwide.
Telethon Kids Institute
Associate Professor Ashleigh Lin is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Program Head of Mental Health and Youth at the Telethon Kids Institute. She is also the Co-Director of Embrace, Western Australia’s first centre for mental health research of children and young people from birth to age 25.
Ashleigh research is focused on the mental health of young people, with a specific emphasis on vulnerable populations, such as LGBTQIA+ and Aboriginal young people, and those with a chronic condition. Her team conducts mixed methods to identify those at highest risk of poor mental health, test novel interventions for young people, and improve access to safe and appropriate mental health care. She is the senior author of Trans Pathways, the largest study of the mental health and care pathways for trans and gender diverse young people ever conducted in Australia. Her team are now dedicated to developing interventions that meet the needs of this group of young people.
Independent Community Living Australia
Rachel joined ICLA in 2018 and has a decade of experience in mental health and suicide prevention policy reform, evidence-based practice and service delivery. Rachel was previously the Director of LifeSpan, the Black Dog Institute’s Systems Approach to Suicide Prevention program, Rachel led establishment and implementation of this world-first program across Australia.
Rachel brings to each role a personal commitment to mental health, disability support and suicide prevention as well as a passion for meaningful engagement with people who have a lived experience, mental health consumers, families and carers.
Dr Scott is the Strategic Lead for Population Health Research at Turning Point and a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. She is a public health researcher with a nursing background and has collaborated with The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) on data quality issues and surveillance methodologies.
Debbie has published more than 100 peer review papers, reports, a text book and a number of book chapters. She been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops.
Debbie is a member of the Executive Committee for the Australian Vital Statistics Interest Group and the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Executive, and the Chair of the AIPN Subcommittee on Intentional Injury.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Associate Professor Morton Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and immediate past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. Morton is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years. Morton previously has held positions as Chair of RACGP Victoria Faculty, Founding Chair of the RACGP Faculty of Specific Interests and a RACGP Board Member, among others. Morton has extensive experience in medical education in general practice at all levels. His research and teaching interests are in standards and teaching in general practice, dermatology and mental health.
Ingrid has worked in the community managed mental health sector since 1996, across various programs – such as housing and support, homelessness, employment and suicide prevention.
Ingrid has worked with programs such as the Housing, Accommodation and Support Initiative (HASI), Partners in Recovery (PIR) Homelessness, and IPS Employment services.
Ingrid has qualifications in mental health, BA psychology and Advance Diploma in Community Sector Management.
Ingrid’s work history has included direct service delivery, management and leadership, working in service development. She has recently been involved in the implementation and management of the SP Connect program, funded by the PHN in partnership with Vincent’s, Royal Prince Alfred, and Prince of Wales Hospitals. SP Connect provide 1-1 care coordination to people who have attempted suicide and have been discharged from an emergency department, acute setting or following admission to hospital, to introduce primary health care and support programs in the community within the CESPHN region.
National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project
Gerry Georgatos is the national coordinator of the National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project, a majorly outreach focused 24/7 response effort. Prior to establishing this Project, Gerry championed the need for the postvention focused National Indigenous Critical Response Service, and helped established it and served as the founding national coordinator of its response team for two and half years.
Gerry also helped establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention and Evaluation Project. Gerry has dedicated the last decade as a poverty and suicide prevention researcher and advocate.
Gerry has helped establish successful prison post-release training to employment programs and believes in radical empathy and radical transformation.
More recently he has dedicated himself to mentoring youth and older individuals affected by unaddressed child sexual abuse.
National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project
Megan Krakouer is the Director of the National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project. Megan works alongside our nation’s most vulnerable. Megan’s working life includes the postvention National Indigenous Critical Response Service, the Knowmore Legal Centre. Megan also worked with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visiting 27 prisons. Megan is the 2018 recipient of the Dr Yunupingu Human Rights Award. Megan is also a lawyer.