Professor Lisa Brophy

Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University

Lisa has a professional background in Social Work and a career long commitment to the mental health field of practice. She has a Masters in Policy and a PhD. She has been involved in local and international collaborations regarding mental health law and its implications for policy, law reform and direct practice. Between January 2011 and August 2018 Lisa held the position of Principal Research Fellow (formerly Director of Research) at Mind Australia. This full time research position was a partnership between the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne and Mind Australia. In that role, Lisa established and led the Recovery and Social Justice Research unit.  In August 2018 Lisa returned to Social Work, taking up the role of Professor and Discipline lead in Social Work at LaTrobe University, while also maintaining a strong link to the Recovery and Social Justice Unit.

Georgie Harman

Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Blue

Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors.

Georgie was appointed as the CEO of Beyond Blue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. Previously, she helped set up and was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on reform.

From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Professor David Kavanagh

School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology

Professor David Kavanagh is a clinical psychology researcher with over 40 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher. Over the last 12 years, he has been developing and testing e-mental health programs and apps, and since 2013 has been leading the Australian Department of Health’s e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) project, which supports the use of digital mental health resources by health workers across Australia. He has more than 300 research publications, including 250 refereed journal papers and 9 books. He currently chairs the Advisory Council for the Queensland Mental Health Commission, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and has won several awards for his research.

Professor Eóin Killackey

Head, Functional Recovery Research in Youth Mental Health at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne

Professor Eóin Killackey completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Deakin University in 2000 and currently practices at headspace. His research is primarily in functional recovery for young people with mental illness. He is also interested in global models of youth mental health care as well as evidence-based interventions in mental health and barriers to their implementation.  He is currently President-elect of IEPA: Early Intervention in Mental Health and the Secretary of the Society for Mental Health Research.

Dr Gregory Smith

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University

Gregory has lectured in the Social Sciences at Southern Cross University since 2008. In 2016 he completed his PhD exploring how adults interpret their childhood experiences after institutional care as children in Australia pre 1974. Gregory continues to research on issues related to out-of-home care in Australia.

Associate Professor Helen Stallman

Clinical Psychology, University of the Sunshine Coast

Associate Professor Helen Stallman is an award-winning Clinical Psychologist and Hospital Research Foundation Fellow.  Helen is a specialist in the development, evaluation, and disseminations of psychological interventions aimed at optimising health and wellbeing and preventing mental illness. Her focus has included suicide prevention, university health and wellbeingparenting, and e-psychology. Helen developed the Coping Planning approach to suicide prevention and the Care · Collaborate · Connect suicide prevention training programs. The quality and impact of Helen’s research has been recognised with a number of awards including Healthy Development Adelaide Women’s Excellence in Research Award for 2019, UniQuest Trailblazer, and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Award for Best Practice/Innovation.