Bellevue Hospital, USA
Dr. Abigail Dahan, MD, FAPA, has been a staff psychiatrist at the world renowned Bellevue Hospital’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) in New York City for the past eight years and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. In this capacity, she has evaluated and treated thousands of patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies and has supervised more than a hundred psychiatry residents. Dr. Dahan has authored textbook chapters on “Psychosis in the Emergency Department” and “Evaluating Violence Risk in Psychotic Disorders” and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the fields of both Adult and Forensic Psychiatry.
David Taylor is the Managing Director for Medacs Global Group across the Middle East and Asia. He is the global lead for their eHealth propositions across all geographies under their Litmus Solutions brand.
David has a thorough understanding of international health and staffing markets, gained through several years working in strategic roles at Director level for both Medacs Global Group and Impellam Group PLC, additionally spending over fifteen years working for some of the world’s largest staffing companies. Under his leadership, MGG became the number one provider of healthcare managed services outside of the US and he is now based full time in Dubai driving global growth, with a key strategic focus on developing eHealth solutions for the expanding group.
Gold Coast University Hospital & Robina Hospital
Luke is an experienced credentialed mental health leader with a Postgraduate and Masters qualifications in Mental Health. He has been employed in senior clinical, project, leadership and operational management roles within community, acute and remote psychiatry over the past 15 years. Luke is currently employed as the Clinical Manager of the Acute Care Services for the Gold Coast Mental Health & Specialist Services, leading the Mental Health Triage, Emergency Departments Mental Health and Community Crisis Intervention and Treatment as well as running a small private practice.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Tim is Associate Professor in mental health nursing with the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District. Tim is also a nurse practitioner in mental health liaison, in the Emergency Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Tim’s research interests have centred in the role of the mental health liaison nurse in the Emergency setting and the emerging role of the nurse practitioner. He has published numerous research articles, discussion papers and literature reviews in peer reviewed journals covering a variety of topics such as mental health law, risk assessment and management, aggression management, mental health promotion and solution focused therapy.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Beaver Hudson is the Director of Nursing at the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District in NSW. Beaver has a strong clinical background in Emergency and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He commenced his Nursing career in 1981 in London where he gained his first Nursing qualification as a Registered Nurse (RMN), and then later went on to train as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.
His practice and experience has been broad and has included public and private Acute inpatient and community, Drug and Alcohol and Palliative care but his passion has always been in Acute Psychiatry. As a clinical Nurse Consultant at St Vincent’s hospital Sydney, he was the clinical lead in the Development of emergency psychiatry services. While on secondment to NSW Health in 2002, he and Greg Carter, then Chief Psychiatrist proposed the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre model that is now an integrated element of mental Health care service delivery.
Wentwest, Western Sydney Primary Health Network
William (Bill) Campos is an experienced Clinical and Child Psychologist. He has worked in various settings including non-government sector, education, correctional services and private practice. Bill is presently the Head of Mental Health services at WentWest – the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. The Mental Health team is responsible for the commissioning and delivery of a number of Mental Health Services and programs, including Partners in Recovery, ATAPS, MHNIP and Recovery College, with numerous, support staff, educators and mental health professionals delivering services in the Western Sydney Region.
Bill presently sits as a board member of the Family Drug Support and previously Helplines Australia. He is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society and member of the College of Clinical Psychologists at the APS.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Jay Jones works as the Project Coordinator within the Hunter New England Local Health District across a number of mental health projects.
Recently, Jay coordinated the the Northern NSW mental health emergency consultation- rural access program. The program provides Telehealth assessment to rural and remote Mental health consumers throughout the Northern region of NSW, encompassing three local health districts, MNC, FNC and HNE.
Jay also worked as the coordinator for the Police Ambulance Early Access to Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth project. The project is for Police and Ambulance during their early point of contact with a client, to initiate and gain fast, reliable access to specialised clinical mental health triage.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Liz brings 16 years of professional experience and 43 of personal experience to the Mental Health conversation. Her focus within the public system is on co-design and co-production of services, with a particular interest in Trauma Informed Service delivery. Her focus within the private sector and broader community is on opening hearts and minds to new ideas within the world of mental health care and treatment.
Gold Coast University Hospital
Kim Lappin has been a Mental Health nurse for 27 years, she has worked in all facets of Mental Health, including private practice. In this time, she has witnessed a lot of positive changes in mental Health from de-institutionalization and introduction of new medications and treatment. Kim still feels there is a long way to go to keep challenging the stigma attached to mental health and explore more effective treatment modalities.
Kim is currently employed in a brand-new innovative and exciting position, being the Mental health Nurse Navigator for Queensland Health for frequent presenters to the emergency departments (ED). This is an advanced clinical nursing position with the aim of coordination of patient centred care, creating partnerships, improving outcomes and facilitating systems improvement. It is recognised through the fourth Australian National Mental Health Plan (2009-2014) that ED are often the first point of connection that people have with mental health services. Health services need to look at working in a collaborative manner to provide supportive integrated and responsive models of care instead of working in silos. It is essential that health services implement these models to assist mental health patients presenting to ED and support the ED staff.
Kim’s career highlights are,; The implementation of an adventure therapy program, that was fully evaluated and published in the American journal of psychiatry, implementation of mental health standards in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, lead role in implementation of rotation of psychiatry registrars from Queensland heath through a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, delivery of education to staff at Ba Ria mental health hospital in Vietnam and the implementation of mental health nurse navigators within Queensland health.
University of the Sunshine Coast
Marc Broadbent commenced working as an academic in 2005 following a career in critical care and emergency nursing. He has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator and nurse manager in emergency departments (ED) within Australia and overseas.
Marc has published and presented both nationally and internationally in the area of emergency mental health triage and has completed his PhD that examined the factors that affect the relationship between emergency department and mental health triage nurses. The management of vulnerable populations in the ED, particularly those with a mental illness, is his research focus. Marc’s work has been cited as the best available evidence for the triage of clients with mental illness in the Australian National Emergency Triage Training Kit.
Marc is a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and Associate Editor – Mental Health for Australasian Emergency Care and a member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia research committee. Marc is currently an expert member of the Mental Health Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in HealthCare and is contributing to the development of national standards of care for mental health services.
Data Capture Experts
As the Co-founder and CTO of Data Capture Experts, Nalaka is responsible for the company’s product strategy and customer success. His team builds DC2Vue® platform for hospitals and community care providers which provides clinical, operational and financial efficiencies across the care continuum. It’s presently enjoying a fine run as; the comprehensive source of amalgamated Triage, Residential, and Community care harmonisation, making it one of the Australia’s most renowned digital mental health care coordination solution within the field.
Nalaka has 15 years of experience in helping organisations to digitalise, optimise and automate information-intensive business processes. He is passionate about delivering Data-driven digital solutions to empower mental health service providers to improve quality of care, reduce costs and compliance risks.
Gold Coast University Hospital
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Rachael Mujuru is the Nursing Unit Manager (NUM) of Triage and Assessment Centre (TAC) since its opening in February 2017, she has lead the service through its commissioning and full implementation.
She has an extensive nursing history dating from 1999 when she started her nurse training in Zimbabwe. After completion of her training, she worked in Operating Theatres as a clinician until 2003 when she moved to Sydney with her family. In Sydney, she has practiced in numerous clinical specialities. In 2013, she undertook a position as NUM at St Vincent’s Hospital in Homeless Health Service then NUM of Drug and Alcohol Service.
Rachael completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Management and Grad Certificate in Addiction Studies with the University of Tasmania-2012. She has also completed a Master of Mental Health Nursing with the University Newcastle-2017.
Gold Coast University Hospital
Hi, my name is Annette Stewart. I have been working as a nurse in Queensland Health for just over thirty years, the last eight of these have been as a mental health clinician in community mental health, both in Goondiwindi and Gold Coast. Prior to this I have been working in rural Queensland, covering many areas of nursing, including general theatre, emergency departments, general surgical and medical units, aged care rehabilitation, palliative care, paediatrics, maternity, outpatients to name a few.
Mental health and primary health care have always been my passion and to incorporate both into this exciting and innovative position is incredible. The Mental Health Nurse Navigator Service supports consumers whom are frequent presenters to the Emergency Departments, as well as Emergency Department staff. I have had the opportunity to implement this brand-new position from the beginning as an evidence based service.
I have always been proactive in systems changes within my work place constantly executing evidence based decisions. I have completed my Masters in Mental Health Nursing and a post graduate certificate in Diabetes Education and Management, to ensure my own personal growth continues, that I am delivering a high standard of care to my consumers and to support my colleagues to facilitate a safe and quality service.
NSW Police Force
He has been a member of the NSW Police Force since 1983. He performed general duties at No. 4 Division before transferring to the Prosecuting Branch tilll 2001 when he commenced duty at Lower Hunter and later Port Stephens Local Area Command as a Supervising Sergeant and Acting Duty Officer. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector as the Operations Manager for the Northern Region. He performed that duty till August 2013 when he transferred to Port Stephens Local Area Command as a Duty Officer. Prior to joining the NSW Police Force he worked as Field Engineer in the Royal Australian Army.
During his career he has had experience in both Metropolitan and Country Locations. He has had the privelege of working with and learning from some very capable officers gaining great benefit from their knowledge and wisdom. He was awarded the Police Credit Union for his Initial Training Class and after taking up Prosecuting Duties he was the Dux of his class. He has prosecuted a number of high profile and complex cases and has been awarded a Management Services Commendation. At Lower Hunter he was involved in the response to a number of major emergencies including the Cessnock Bush Fires of 2002 and the Hunter Floods of 2007. As the Northern Region Operations Manager he had key roles number major operations including 2010 Camp for Climate and Strike Force Durkin. He has a Diploma in Law and has been admitted as a Legal Practitioner. He has a Bachelor of Policing, an Advance Diploma in Policing and completed the Police Management Development Program. Since returning to Port Stephens he has attended and managed a number of significant incidents including Commanding and being the Local Emergency Controller to the Emergency Response to the April 2015 Storms that impacted Port Stephens and in particular Dungog.
Tony resides his wife Sharon and has 2 teenage daughters. He has had a long involvement playing Rugby League including 1st Grade with both St George and Newcastle. After his football days he took up competitive kayaking at a state and national level. He has competed as a fence post cutter, cricketer and golfer. He has worked overseas in Sudan and the USA. He is currently recovering from Leukemina and a Bone Marrow Transport and is happy to be back at work after spending nearly 12 months in hospital. He is a country person and has a long involvement in farming, timber cutting and a number of sporting clubs and organisations in the Dungog area.
Luke Wiseman is an Duty Operations Manager / Inspector with NSW Ambulance in the Hunter New England Region.
Luke has 18 years Registered Nursing experience in Emergency Departments and Acute Mental Health facilities. Luke is also Qualified Paramedic with NSW Ambulance.
Luke is currently undertaking studies in Masters of Emergency Management through Charles Sturt University, with a passion in Patient Flow streams, and pre hospital care management. Mental Health Programs implemented in the Hunter New England Sector – Straight Through Processing of Ambulance Presentation into the PECC, and PAEAMHATH.
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Fran is the DON for St Vincent’s Health Melbourne Mental Health service and has been a mental health nurse for 40 years and worked in NSW, the UK and now settled in Melbourne. She has worked in a variety of positions from a direct care nurse to commissioning hospitals and holds the Safe Haven Café concept up as the most rewarding and joyful experience of her career.
Simon is a psychiatrist. He has worked in Victoria’s public mental health system and in private practice for over 25 years.
In his current position at Alfred Health as Program Director of Mental & Addiction Health, Simon is responsible for the delivery of clinical mental health services at 13 locations across southern metropolitan Melbourne and a research centre managed in partnership with Monash University. This includes child, youth, adult and aged programs, and a large liaison psychiatry and addiction service in the general hospital and emergency department at The Alfred, in Melbourne’s inner south.
Simon is passionate about leading the kind of service he would want members of his family to be treated in- one that is welcoming; treats people with dignity; provides safe & effective care; promotes clinical & social recovery; engages families & friends; and is valued by the local community. He has a long-term commitment to improving mental health services in partnership with the community and people with lived experience, and is a member of the boards of Mental Health Victoria & Tandem Victoria, Chair of the Community Collaboration Committee of the RANZCP & a community member of the Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership.