Symposium 2019 speakers
Please note: list is subject to change.
Indigo is currently Human Rights Advisor at VMIAC and Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne.
She is a Fellow and Board Director of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and former Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Brenda is the lead Chief Investigator of a NHMRC grant: Improving the cardiometabolic health of people with psychosis: The Physical Health Nurse Consultant service, a nurse-led initiative. She was the proud recipient of the inaugural VMIAC lifetime ally award.
The focus of Helen’s work is on how to influence and bring together policy, research and practice to address inequities and to improve outcomes for individuals and families/whānau.
Helen has a national leadership role forEqually Well New Zealand, an award-winning collaboration of people and organisations committed to taking action to improve physical health outcomes for people who experience mental health conditions and addiction. Since 2014, Helen has been on Pegasus Health’s Community Board, and now sits on the Pegasus Population Health Advisory Board.
Prior to emigrating to NZ in 2010, Helen was director of programmes at the UK’s Centre for Mental Health.
She worked in both Inpatient and Community settings as a clinician and as a manager and as a Director of Nursing both in Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services.
During the early 90’s Anna was involved in the decommissioning of the North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Services (NEMPS) which gave Anna her first experience of managing service change and reform and it has been an area of interest since.
Anna’s vision is to ensure we have a skilled Mental Health Nursing workforce for the future which is flexible, responsive and works collaboratively with consumers and carers encouraging self-determination and self-management of mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Chris Maylea (BSW (Hons), MSHMP, JD, DSW) is a mental health social worker, mental health lawyer and a lecturer at RMIT University. Dr Maylea is the Manager – External relationships and consumer engagement and participation, for the Equally Well Initiative. He has practice experience in mental health services as a social worker and manager and regularly appears before the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal as a legal representative. Dr Maylea is informed in research and practice by his own lived experience of mental health diagnosis and is Chair of VMIAC’s Human Rights Subcommittee.
Dave has a Lived Experience of Mental Illness and Recovery, and has been working on various projects to improve available services and outcomes for consumers engaging with supports. In working with these types of projects, Dave has become increasingly aware of the poor physical health outcomes for people living with mental illness, and has been very motivated to advocate for improved services to address this issue. In his own supports, Dave has encountered problems with gaining support to address his physical health within the NDIS funded system, and has been passionate in advocating for this to be improved, both for himself and others like him.
Andrew Watkins is the co-developer and lead of the Keeping the Body in Mind (KBIM) across South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). Andrew is a qualified Nurse Practitioner and is also a PhD candidate completing a thesis on physical health care in people experiencing severe mental illness. Andrew has a longstanding interest in the physical health of people with severe mental illness. He has done extensive training privately and through multiple education facilities including the Australian College of Nursing, UTS and UNSW.
Andrew has published over 25 articles, a book chapter and evidence guides. His clinical research has had strong practical translation implications, influencing clinical practice, health service delivery, policy and guidelines in mental health services locally, nationally and internationally.