Symposium 2019 speakers
Dr John Allan MBBS, FRANZCP, PhD completed his medical training and PhD in Queensland and his psychiatry training in Adelaide.
John is the Executive Director of Mental Health Alcohol and other Drugs Branch in Queensland Health. He has been Chief Psychiatrist in both Queensland and New South Wales and led clinical services in North Queensland for 20years. He is a leader in national mental health reform, and is particularly interested smoking and mental illness. He is the President Elect of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is the chair of the Safety and Quality Partnerships Standing Committee.
Andy Bell has been with the Centre for Mental Health UK since 2002. Previously working for the King’s Fund, he began as Director of Communications, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2009.
He is a member of the Mental Health Policy Group and was chair of the Mental Health Alliance between 2006 and 2008.
Andy has carried out research on the implementation of national mental health policies and on local mental health needs assessments. He writes a regular blog on mental health policy for the Huffington Post.
Wanda has a background in education and a lived experience of mental health services.
She has worked in a variety of consumer perspective roles since 2000, mostly at a systemic level. The roles have included Consumer Consultant, consumer researcher, educator, senior advisor, freelance worker and Senior Policy Advisor – consumer portfolio holder at DHHS.
Wanda is passionate about:
• Wanting to positively influence mental health systems
• Consumer perspective education & training for clinicians, professionals and consumers
• Advance Directives
• Progressing and supporting the consumer workforce
Wanda’s current roles are Senior Consumer Consultant for Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and casual consumer academic for the CPN.
Professor Jenny Bowman is a health psychologist and researcher at the University of Newcastle. Jenny is passionate about understanding and addressing physical health disparities among people with a mental health condition, and leads the Physical Health in Mental Illness (PHiMI) research team, which addresses preventive care for smoking, nutrition, alcohol use, and physical activity risk factors for people with a mental health condition.
Jenny and the PHIMI research team are undertaking a program of work focusing on strategies to increase the capacity of mental health services and community agencies to provide best practice preventive health care for people with a mental health condition. In partnership with key policy agencies, end-user organisations and consumers, this program of work strives for both scientific value and relevance to health policy and practice.
Lucy has more than 25 years commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs. In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.
Dr Peggy Brown is a psychiatrist who works part-time as the Director of Quality, Safety and Leadership at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) 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.
With lived experience as a Mental Health Carer, Debbie is a passionate advocate within the sector. She currently holds seats on several committees and groups. In addition to this, over the last four years, Debbie has been an active member of the steering committee developing the new national guide: “A Practical Guide for working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness”.
Debbie brings a wealth of experience both in the leadership of smaller ventures and larger corporate enterprises as well as extensive experience as a Board Director with both not for profit and commercial businesses.
Dr Lynne Coulson Barr is Victoria’s first Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. The office was established under the Mental Health Act 2014 as a key part of the safeguards, oversight and service improvement provisions of the Act. Dr Coulson Barr is committed to working with consumers, families, carers and services to ensure complaints are seen as an opportunity to improve public mental health services, and to use the information from complaints to drive positive changes in the mental health system for all Victorians.
Sarah has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 27 years. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services, most recently at Mind in Cambridgeshire.
In recent years, Sarah has led Mind in Cambridgeshire (among other organisations) which is known for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess.
Sarah is passionate about the mental health of the nation and believes it is possible to achieve parity of esteem by drawing on the amazing work already being undertaken across the country.
Mandy is an accredited practising dietitian with Richmond Fellowship Queensland. She delivers the nutrition component of the Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds program (HBHM) – an eight-week group-based exercise physiology and dietetics program for people with mental illness. Mandy is also a verified Health at Every Size® (HAES®) provider and advocate for evidence-based health care.
Mandy is passionate about reducing weight bias in health care settings that can compound the stigma experienced by people with mental health conditions.