Symposium 2019 speakers

Please note: list is subject to change.

Indigo Daya Indigo Daya

Indigo Daya has held consumer leadership roles across the mental health sector for more than fourteen years, including community and clinical sectors, academia and government. Indigo has lived experience as a survivor of childhood trauma, madness and coercive mental health services. She is passionate about consumer-led change that puts human rights first.
Indigo is currently Human Rights Advisor at VMIAC and Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne.

Indigo Daya Brenda Happell

Brenda is Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. Brenda has developed a strong track record in supervision of higher degree students, obtaining competitive research funding and publication in refereed journals.
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.

Helen Lockett Helen Lockett

Helen is an experienced researcher, innovator and critical thinker. She is the strategic policy advisor for the Wise Group, a non-government organisation in New Zealand and also works as a senior advisor to the OECD and the New Zealand government.
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.

Anna LoveAnna Love

Anna commenced her career in Scotland in the early 80’s and moved to Australia in 1989.
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.

Chris MayleaChris Maylea

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 PetersDave Peters

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 WatkinsAndrew Watkins

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.