KEYNOTE PRESENTERS

Confirmed

Ms Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist Digital Nutrition and University of Sydney

Dr Justin Coulson, Founder, Happy Families

Mr Samuel Hockey, Youth Mental Health Ambassador, National Mental Health Commission

Prof Christel Middledorp, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CYMHS Queensland Health

A/Prof Maree Toombs, Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School University of Queensland

Prof John Toumbourou, Chair In Health Psychology, Deakin University

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler,  Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Psychologist, Black Dog Institute

 

Invited

Ms Christine Morgan, CEO National Mental Health Commission

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Senior Research Fellow Black Dog Institute

Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute.

Dr Werner-Seidler’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety in young people, the implementation of psychological therapies in schools, the use of e-health technology to improve the reach and uptake of interventions and the role of poor sleep in mental illness.

She completed her Masters and PhD at UNSW (2012) before undertaking postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. She took up her role at the Black Dog Institute in 2014.

A/Prof Maree Toombs, Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School University of Queensland

Associate Professor Toombs is a proud a Kamilaroi/Kooma woman from north-western New South Wales and is the Associate Dean Indigenous Engagement at the Faculty of Medicine, UQ.  Associate Professor Toombs is recognised nationally and internationally for her work in Indigenous health perspectives in medicine and her research efforts devoted to improving mental health and wellbeing for Indigenous Australians, in particular managing chronic physical illness and mental health including suicide intervention.

Associate Professor Tombs’ has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of her research excellence, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, a Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholarship (current), Outstanding Alumni of the year and Outstanding Indigenous engagement Alumni of the year (2015 University of Southern Queensland) and a Churchill Fellowship (2014). Associate Professor Toombs is the co-author of ‘Indigenous Australians and Health’ published by Oxford Press.

Ms Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist Digital Nutrition and University of Sydney

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based psychologist with 16 years’ experience in public schools as both a teacher and counsellor.

She created Digital Nutrition in 2013 as a positive framework for addressing digital wellbeing issues and our love-hate relationship with technology. Jocelyn is part of Australia’s first formal cyber-psychology research group at the University of Sydney where is completing Masters research on the relationship between parenting styles and young people’s smartphone habits.

Prof Christel Middledorp, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CYMHS Queensland Health

Prof Christel Middeldorp has a conjoint appointment with the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC), UQ, and Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services (CHQ HHS). She is also affiliated with the Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Christel is the PI of CAPICE: Childhood and Adolescence Psychopathology, unravelling the complex etiology by a large Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Europe, funded by an EU Marie Curie grant, coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

In 2019, Christel was appointed by the federal government as Co-Chair of the Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Working Party. The working group is developing a strategy which will provide a framework that embeds protective skills in early childhood, creates mentally healthy home environments, supports parents, and prevents or treats early childhood trauma.

Professor John Toumbourou, Chair In Health Psychology, Deakin University

Professor Toumbourou is based at Deakin University. He is the Chair in Health Psychology within the School of Psychology and the Co-Leader in Translation Sciences within the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED: www.deakin.edu.au/seed).

As part of his Deakin roles he serves as a voluntary Director of the not for profit company Communities That Care Ltd (www.communitiesthatcare.org.au). He is a prominent researcher and social advocate in areas related to child and adolescent mental health promotion and the prevention of alcohol and drug problems.

Ms Christine Morgan, CEO National Mental Health Commission

Ms Christine Morgan is the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Ms Morgan is a passionate leader in mental health care reform, committed to listening and responding to the voice and needs of those with lived experience.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms Morgan was CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders and Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. As former CEO of the Butterfly Foundation, she led a collaborative advocacy strategy that included amplification of eating disorders as a serious mental and physical health issue. This is now being replicated internationally. In the not for profit sector, Ms Morgan was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development. Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Ms Morgan was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra.

Ms Morgan brings connection and passion to mental health reform, built on the networks she established in the corporate world, her broad legal expertise, her extensive not-for-profit experience and her strong ability to demonstrate to people how their contribution can make a real difference.

Dr Justin Coulson, Founder, Happy Families

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’. Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.

Dr Coulson has written 5 books, and is a three-time bestselling author. He is an occasional columnist for the New York Times and appears regularly in all of Australia’s major news outlets for television, radio, and print. He’s a TEDx speaker and has worked with many of Australia’s biggest brands including the Commonwealth Bank, Intel Security, ANZ, IHG, and many, many more. He has also served as a consultant to the Australian Government’s Raising Children Network, and the Office of the e-Safety Commissioner, Life Education and others.

Justin not only brings credibility and experience. He is at the coalface of family life. He and his wife Kylie are the parents of six daughters, all of whom have successfully mastered sleeping all night in their own beds, using the bathroom unassisted, eating most of the food on their plates most of the time, and always speaking kindly to one another no matter the circumstances. (Well, maybe there’s still some work to do on that last one.) Justin and his family live in Brisbane, Queensland.

Mr Samuel Hockey, Youth Mental Health Ambassador, National Mental Health Commission

Samuel is a Youth Mental Health Ambassador specialising in communications of mental health and wellbeing to the everyday person. He works at Sydney University as an Associate Researcher, with InnoWell advising as part of the Lived Experience Advisory Function, and is a former National Mental Health Commissioner. Samuel’s background is in communication design but realised his true passion is using his lived experience to systematically change the mental healthcare. He endeavours to always amplify the voice of real people and their experiences of mental health, to aid the building of the right solutions.