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Professor Margaret Carter

Discipline Chair for Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology

Professor Margaret Carter commenced with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in 2019. Before coming to ACAP, Margaret was employed at James Cook University where she lectured since 2010, first in Singapore as a Senior Lecturer in Education (2010-2013), then Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Education, and then Associate Professor (2017-2018). Margaret's motivation and challenge has been leading and sustaining meaningful environments that enhance learning and engagement within higher education. Her main areas of research and educational consultancy include mental health and wellness, preventing cyberbullying, and young children’s social behaviour.

Margaret has intentionally intertwined research, teaching and community engagement in all aspects of her work, a process that led to her receiving a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2017 for leading a transformative and ethical community of inquiry approach in the guidance and counselling program.

Margaret's scholarship and research in cyber safety and mental health is grounded in her understanding and advocacy that mental health is everyone’s business. Currently, she is leading an internal Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement project that seeks to rethink how the curriculum can better support guidance, counselling, and career development students’ mental health, and how promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies can be integrated into the culture of higher education institutions.

Professor Margaret Carter is AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.

Associate Professor Abraham Francis

Social Work and Human Services, James Cook University

Associate Professor Abraham Francis a researches and lectures in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University. He is also a research associate in the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and an Adjunct Faculty at Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal University, India.

Abraham is passionate about working in and researching strengths-based practice in mental health. He has contributed extensively to the literature on Social Work practice in mental health through his publications, convening conferences, establishing research networks, and by developing consortiums.

Abraham's excellence in teaching has been recognised on a number of occasions. In 2010, he was a recipient of JCU's Inclusive Practice Award for 'exceptional support for students with a disability'. More recently, in 2016, he received a JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 'leadership and expertise in social work education in mental health that inspires and nurtures students to be competent, confident and compassionate practitioners'.

Associate Professor Abraham Francis is an AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.

Associate Professor David Lindsay

College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University

Associate Professor David Lindsay is a Registered Nurse and an experienced nurse academic and researcher within the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research at James Cook University. He has long-standing interest and involvement in rural nursing and rural nurse education in Australia, and nursing education and practice in low-resource settings across the Western Pacific, particularly Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice roles. His research interests currently include long-term condition self-management by health professionals, bullying within nursing, and tuberculosis management in low-resource settings in the Western Pacific.

Associate Professor David Lindsay is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and a Friend of the National Rural Health Alliance and an AMHHEC 2020 Committee Leader.

Jeremy Audas

Mental Health Consultant

Jeremy Audas has worked in human and community services for many years, both in public service roles and recently as the CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland. Currently he is working as Executive Manager North Queensland for the Richmond Fellowship Queensland.

Jeremy's interests lie in community mental health, community development and building individual and organisational capacity to support better mental health. He is also a past member of the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, Chair of the Townsville Intercultural Centre, and President of the Townsville Community Legal Service.

Dr Beryl Buckby

Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University

Dr Beryl Buckby is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the undergraduate and postgraduate Master of Psychology (Clinical) programs in the College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University. Her teaching and research encompass clinical supervision and psychopathology, young-age onset dementia, mental health (particularly interventions), stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as suicide and suicide prevention in North Queensland communities.

Beryl's current focus is inter-professional education and communication and the role psychologists play in enhancing person-centered care. Over her 25 years as a psychologist, she has worked in Forensic Mental Health with adolescents and adults, older persons’ mental health in residential-care settings, and in a small private practice for adults with complex mental health issues.

In collaboration with JCU's Professor Ed Helmes, Dr Buckby established a memory and carer support clinic in 2008 within the JCU Psychology Clinic. She was also a partner in the establishment and conduct of a 12-week group PTSD program designed especially for non-military members of the community, which was delivered eight times in the years 2010 to 2015 at the JCU Psychology Clinic.

Claire Ovaska

Senior Liaison Librarian, James Cook University Library

Claire Ovaska is Senior Liaison Librarian for the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University. She is dedicated to improving learning and teaching outcomes for students and supporting academic staff research.

Claire completed Mental Health First Aid training in 2016 and was (naively) surprised at how often she has since drawn on this training. Claire has assimilated that ‘mental health is everyone’s business’ and wants to see improved mental health outcomes for staff and students in higher education.

Simone Ross

College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

Simone Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (MBBS) program and Master of Health Professional Education within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. Her research and teaching encompass socially accountable health professional education, supporting the student transition to university and beyond, and the development of leadership skills training for medical students.

Simone holds a BPsych and MDR from James Cook University, has several years' experience in international research and program management, and is currently enrolled in a PhD investigating medical student leadership needs for the Australian health system.

Dr Sandra Wallace

Associate Dean - Graduates Program, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University

Dr Sandra Wallace is a Senior Lecturer at JCU's College of Business, Law and Governance. Her appreciation and understanding of the personal challenges and mental health issues facing university students stems from 25 years' experience as an academic. Prior to moving to Townsville in 2014, Sandra worked at QUT, the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.

Sandra has a Bachelor of Business (QUT), Master of Financial Management and PhD (UQ) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. She is actively involved with the local community as secretary of the NQ CPA Australia Branch, and Townsville Yacht Club member and sailor.