CONFERENCE CONVENOR

Mr Kingsley Bedwell
President, Richmond Fellowship Asia Pacific Forum
CEO, Richmond Fellowship Queensland

Conference Consultants

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck – Queensland Mental Health Commissioner

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner | Conference Partner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Queensland’s first Mental Health Commissioner, was appointed in 2013 to drive reform in Queensland’s mental health and drug and alcohol systems. Under Lesley’s tenure, the Commission developed the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019, delivering …
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Professor Robert King

School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology | Chair Abstract Panel Robert King is an adjunct professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology.  He is a clinical psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. He has had a distinguished …
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Ms Marj Bloor

Executive Officer Mental Health Carers, Arafmi Queensland Inc. Marj Bloor is the CEO of Arafmi Queensland, a position she has held for over fifteen years. Marj is responsible for the overall management and performance of the organisation. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the community sector and …
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Mr Michael Burge OAM

Consumer Advocate, Wellness Warrior Mental Health  Michael Burge was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in June 2014 for his work as a Mental Health Peer Advocate since 1995, giving recognition to his extensive demonstrated understanding and ability to advocate for people with a lived experience of …
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Mr Joseph Calleja

Former CEO, Richmond Wellbeing | Director, Calleja Consulting  Joe Calleja has forty years’ experience in working with the community sector. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Western Australian state government, Principal Social Worker in Child Protection, on the Executive of Anglicare Western …
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Mr Jeff Cheverton

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane North Primary Health Network Jeff Cheverton is the Deputy CEO of Brisbane North PHN and prior to this served eight years as the CEO of Queensland Alliance for Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Jeff was a director …
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Professor David Crompton

Executive Director, Addiction and Mental Health Services Metro South Health | Professor, Griffith University Professor David Crompton was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for development of community based mental health services for veterans, and the development of community Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anxiety and substance …
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Ms Suzanne Dang

Fashion, Beauty and Mental Health Blogger | Mental Health Advocate Suzanne Dang is an Australian-Vietnamese blogger currently residing in Brisbane. Suzanne’s enthusiasm for helping people through her diagnosis with schizophrenia, modelling, travel, photography, fashion, and food can be seen throughout her social media platforms. She strives to reach daily, short-term …
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A/Professor Brett Emmerson

Executive Director, Metro North Mental Health | Associate Professor, University of Queensland

Professor Brenda Happell

Professor of Nursing | Executive Director, SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Professor Brenda Happell is Professor of Nursing and Executive Director of Synergy, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre at University of Canberra and ACT Health. Brenda has published nearly 400 papers in the peer reviewed literature. In …
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Dr Ed Heffernan

Director of Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services | Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Queensland Ed Heffernan is the Director of Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services and an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. He has had a key leadership role in Forensic …
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Ms Jan Kealton

Deputy Chair Queensland Mental Health Commission Jan is an active advocate for people experiencing mental health problems, as well as their families and other natural supports, recognising that the recovery journey is buoyed and reinforced when consumers and their families and carers are given hope. Jan believes strongly …
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Ms Gai Lemon B.Ed; M.A

Director, Healthy Communities Programs, QuAC | Queensland Director, Board of the National LGBTI Health Alliance Currently the Director of Healthy Communities Programs with the Queensland AIDS Council, Gai’s career has spanned several domains including women’s health, disability, sexuality education, blood borne viruses, alcohol and other drugs, and compliance/quality …
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Dr Tom Meehan

Director of Service Evaluation and Research at the Park, Centre for Mental Health | Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland Doctor Tom Meehan is Director of Service Evaluation and Research at the Park, Centre for Mental Health in Brisbane. He also holds …
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Professor John Mendoza

Director, ConNectica | Adj Professor, University of Sunshine Coast, Sydney University  John 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 …
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Mr Noel Muller

President, Queensland Voice Noel is the President of Queensland Voice for Mental Health – the State wide a body for consumers and carers. For over a decade and a half, Noel has been an active executive member of numerous local, state and national organisations that have a focus …
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Dr. Gerry Naughtin B.A., B.S.W. (Hons), PhD.

Chief Executive, Mind Australia Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive of Mind Australia has an extensive background in human service management. He has worked in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors over the last 30 years with a focus on developing innovative, responsive and flexible human services. After many years …
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Mr Frank Quinlan

Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Australia Frank Quinlan is the CEO of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of “better mental health for all Australians”. Frank was previously the Executive Director of Catholic …
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Mr Etienne Roux

General Manager Service Development, Access Community Services Limited Etienne currently holds a number of senior management, advocacy and consultancy positions across the social services industry in Australia. In his role as General Manager, Etienne is responsible for the senior management of over thirty nine government-funded, philanthropic investment and …
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Mr Murray Saylor

Managing Director, Tagai Management Consultants Murray Saylor is the founder and Managing Director of Tagai  Management  Consultants a  dynamic Indigenous management  consultancy  team with  intimate  knowledge  of  supply  chain  and procurement  processes,  Indigenous  community  development,  stakeholder  engagement  and  change  management  processes  to increase revenue  growth, operational  efficiency,  and overall  …
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Mr Frank Tracey

Executive Director, Community, Mental Health and State Wide Services | Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Frank has more than 30 years of experience working in the Health and Mental Health services sector. He holds a nursing qualification and a Masters Degree (honours) in Health Science (MHs). Frank’s extensive background …
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Professor Harvey Whiteford

Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland  Harvey Whiteford is Professor of Population Mental Health at the University of Queensland, Australia and Professor of Global Health at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He …
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