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
Bronwen lost her brother Mark to suicide in 2008 after supporting him for a number of years. In 2011, she founded ‘Roses in the Ocean’, a lead organisation for lived experience, which exists to save lives and reduce emotional pain by informing, influencing and enhancing suicide prevention through the lived experience and supporting organisations to effectively and meaningfully engage lived experience expertise.
Bronwen has been a key advocate and driving force for the inclusion of lived experience in all aspects of suicide prevention since 2011, and is passionately advocating for non-clinical alternatives to the regular mental health system, greater support for families and supporters, and the inclusion of lived experience peers in historically medicalised service models.
Bronwen represents lived experience and Roses in the Ocean in a number of local, state and national positions:
- Co-Chair of the Queensland Suicide Prevention in Health Taskforce (2016-2020)
- 5th Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Plan Implementation Reference Committee
- Black Dog Institute – LifeSpan Research & Advisory Committee
- IASP SIG Chair – Lived Experience
- IASP SIG Member – Development of effective National Suicide Prevention strategy and practice
- Qld Forensic Mental Health Services Steering Committee – Partners in Prevention project 2017-2019
- Brisbane North PHN Strategic Partnership Group
- CRESP (Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention) Lived Experience Advisory Group
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
Dr Wei Du is a public health physician and biostatistician currently working on service use and outcome in vulnerable populations with complex needs as well as pattern recognition and machine learning to facilitate systematic interventions. Dr Du is a member of the Editorial Board for the International Health (Oxford) and BMC Health Services Research (Springer). He participates in a number of research programs as well as research to practice translation in both high and low-income regions.
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
Sara Bartlett is the Project Lead, Suicide Prevention at Everymind. Sara has been with Everymind since 2009.
Since joining Everymind, Sara has been involved in a number of projects areas including the development of a framework for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, the prevention of mental ill-health; child and youth mental health and for the last three years has been leading the Mindframe project team and national suicide prevention activities.
Sara has previously held research and policy positions in health at both the state and federal government levels.
University of Newcastle
Gregory Carter, Department of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Professor Carter is Senior Staff Specialist and Acting Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, Waratah; and Conjoint Professor in Psychiatry in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle. He leads the Psycho-Oncology Service at the Calvary Mater Newcastle and he is a Principal Researcher in the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research Priority Research Centre at the University of Newcastle.
He is a chief investigator member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP – II). He is the Chair for the RANZCP Working Group for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Deliberate Self-Harm.
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
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
Ben Abbatangelo is the Deputy CEO at Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (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.
VACCHO - Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc
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
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.
Alfred Psychiatry & Monash University
Iain trained in Medicine in the UK at Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital, London. He worked in General Medicine before specialising in Psychiatry. He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Early Intervention in Psychosis and Youth Mental Health since 2003.
Iain has worked in Western Australia, New South Wales, where he was Clinical Director of the Black Dog Institute, and Victoria, where he was Medical Director of Orygen Youth Health, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
He worked in the UK as Consultant to the Early Intervention services, in the 3rd largest NHS Mental Health Trust in the UK. He was Regional Early Intervention Clinical Lead for Psychiatry for NHS England (North) from 2015-2017.
Iain returned to Victoria in 2017, and is Head of Youth Mental Health for Peninsula Health, and Consultant for the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, based in Frankston.
Iain has been involved in numerous research projects investigating subjects including MRI changes in Bipolar Disorders, psychosocial interventions in Early Psychosis, early identification of mood disorders, and autoimmune causes of Psychosis.
Rupert is the headspace Schools National Clinical Senior Project Officer supporting the Be You framework. He is a registered psychologist who is experienced in working with young people, their families and school communities. Rupert has worked in government and non-government the disability, forensic, mental health and education sectors where he provided assessment and therapeutic support to young people and their families.
More recently he has provided strategic consultation and advice to school communities recovering from trauma impacting the social and emotional wellbeing of school 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. Rupert supports the clinical aspects of the Be You Framework’s national implementation.
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.