Keynote Speakers

Dr. Daniel B. Fisher – United States of America

Dr. Fisher obtained a PhD in biochemistry, to discover the so called chemical basis of mental health conditions. While carrying out neurochemical research at NIMH, Dan was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Upon recovery, he became a psychiatrist. He has worked for 35 years as a community psychiatrist, co-founder and …
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Dr Manaan Kar Ray – United Kingdom

Dr Manaan Kar Ray is Clinical Director for Adult Mental Health in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. He trained as a Psychiatrist in Oxford and works as a Consultant in Cambridge. Changing the power balance between patients and professionals is close to his heart. He co-founded PROMISE …
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Professor John Mendoza – Australia

Professor Mendoza has played a lead role over past 10 years in the political strategies to engage all Australian governments to commit to the reform of mental health services. His efforts contributed to the 2006 $5.5billion COAG National Action Plan and $2.2b 2011 plan of the Gillard Government. …
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Dr. Laura Hayes – Australia

Dr. Laura Hayes is a psychologist and Research Specialist at the Parenting Research Centre, with experience in evidence-based interventions for recovery, family-inclusive practice and child and adolescent mental health. She has interests in all aspects of the evidence system including program evaluation, evidence synthesis, dissemination and implementation. Dr. …
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Sarah Ferguson – Q&A Panel Facilitator

Sarah Ferguson is a Nigerian born Australian journalist currently working with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She is a reporter and presenter on ABC’s Four Corners, and on 10 February 2014, took over as the host of The 7.30 Report while Leigh Sales was on six months’ maternity …
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Dr Deborah Setterlund OAM

Deborah held an academic position in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland for 25 years and is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School, involved in guest lecturing in the area of community development, and supervising PhD students. Deborah has …
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Dr Sue Gillieatt

Senior Lecturer & Social Worker, Curtin University Dr Sue Gillieatt is a social worker conducting mixed-method research and evaluation projects with colleagues in recovery-oriented mental health services in Western Australia. Sue and her colleagues are committed to working with and alongside consumers, families and service providers to build and …
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Dr Angela White

Deputy Director, eMHPrac (QUT) | eMHPrac – E-Mental Health in Practice, Queensland University of Technology, Centre for Children’s Health Research Dr Angela White is the Deputy Director of eMHPrac (e-Mental Health in Practice), a Commonwealth funded program rolling out e-mental health training to GPs, Allied Health practitioners and service providers working …
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Dr Melissa Connell

Research Fellow, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research Melissa Connell is a Clinical Psychologist working in the area of psychosis research and treatment. Melissa is an honorary research fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research working with Associate Professor James Scott on understanding psychotic like …
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Margaret Doherty

Margaret Doherty has a lived experience of supporting two close family members with long-term co-occurring psychosis, problematic alcohol and other drug use and possible criminal justice involvement. Her professional background includes roles as the coordinator of an alternative high school based on student-centred principles; Case Manager and Senior …
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Dr Cheung (Tim) Fung

Director, Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong Dr Fung is the Director of Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience in social work, particularly in serving a wide range of marginalised groups such as youth at risk, people with HIV/AIDS, ex-offenders, people who misuse substances, …
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Dr Stephen Stathis

Medical Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Children’s Heath Qld Hospital Service Associate Professor Stephen Stathis has obtained a dual fellowship in paediatrics and psychiatry.He is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane. Associate Professor Stathis is …
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