Professor Philip Morris


Professor Philip Morris is President of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association and Medical Director of the Gold Coast Memory Disorders Clinic.  He has a private psychiatric, psychogeriatric and medico-legal practice on the Gold Coast. 

Philip is Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Excellence, Faculty of Law, Bond University.  Professor Morris has held professor positions in psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland, and at the School of Health Sciences at Bond University.

His clinical and research interests include the psychiatric care of adult patients, medical and surgical patients (consultation–liaison psychiatry), neuropsychiatry/psycho geriatrics, post-trauma syndromes, clinical drug trials, and co morbid drug and alcohol and psychiatric conditions. He has published many scientific articles and reports and has won a number of competitive government research grants as well as pharmaceutical industry support for drug trials.

Dr Alan Avery

Alan AveryDr Alan Avery is a Senior Mental Health Promotion Officer and Head of the Mental Health Promotion & Prevention Service of Hunter New England Local Health Network based in Tamworth, NSW, Australia. Alan is also a conjoint Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle Australia.

Alan is a Registered Nurse, with postgraduate qualifications in mental health, research, family therapy and adult education. Alan is also a Personal Trainer and Tai Chi/Qigong instructor and researcher.

Alan has had teaching and clinical experience in other cultures within Australia and overseas and has experience living and working in Indigenous communities in Australia.

Alan has published and has presented papers at national and international conferences around the world across various fields related to health ecology, nursing, mental health, aged care, intellectual disabilities and adult education.

 Alan is active in clinical facilitation of undergraduate and postgraduate students for UNE and University of Newcastle. Alan coordinates research and mental health promotion projects in areas such as mental health & food security, physical exercise/Tai Chi/Qigong and mindfulness, health ecology, family therapy and health counselling. Alan is a member of the NSW Mental Health Association’s Committee for Mental Health Month.

Professor Vaughan Carr

CarrVaughan Carr graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1972 and received his training in psychiatry at the University of Rochester (1974-78) and Yale University (1978-80) in the USA.   After 8 years as an academic psychiatrist at the University of Adelaide, he took up the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle in 1989 and Director, Hunter New England Mental Health Services from 1997 to 2005. He was Founding Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in Newcastle from 1992 to 1997, and President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) in 1997-98. In 1999 he became Founding Director of Newcastle’s Centre for Mental Health Studies, a multi-disciplinary organisation for research, education and service evaluation in mental health, which in 2006 merged with neurosciences under his leadership to become a Priority Research Centre of the University of Newcastle, the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research.

He was appointed Scientific Director of the Schizophrenia Research Institute in 2004 and the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer in 2007, positions that he continues to hold. Vaughan Carr is a recipient of the ASPR Organon Research Award (1987), the ASPR Novartis Oration (2003), and the ASPR Founders’ Medal (2006). He is the lead investigator of a national schizophrenia research bio-bank involving collaborators in four states and lead investigator on a population-based longitudinal study of children. He has publications in the areas of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, early psychosis, depression, post-traumatic stress, mental health care delivery in general practice, child psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, genetics, mental health service evaluation, alcohol and drug abuse, psychotherapy and health economics. He is currently Professor of Schizophrenia Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of New South Wales.

Dr Alex Wilde

WildeDr Alex Wilde has a PhD in psychiatry, MA, and BSc (Hons). She has expertise in e-mental health and the use of e-technology to reduce the risk of affective disorders in adolescents and young adults.

Dr Wilde has an experience in the psychosocial implications of psychiatric genetics and a strong interest in consumer education about the aetiology of affective disorders. She is currently a senior researcher at Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network where her research interests include preventive intervention of affective disorders in adolescents in the juvenile justice setting, evaluation of mental health screening instruments, and psychodynamic intervention in schizophrenia in the forensic setting.

Dr Wilde was a research fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) where she developed a web-based depression preventive program for youth and is currently a conjoint senior lecturer at UNSW. She won the UNSW Dean’s List award in 2009 and the UNSW McConaghy Prize for excellence in postgraduate research in psychiatry. She publishes in national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents regularly at mental health conferences.

Dr Wilde is also a research consultant and professional writer, including research consultations for the Australian Mental Health Commission and the Therapeutic Goods Association. She has also published regularly in the mainstream and medical press on health issues and won a 2005 National Press Club Award for a series of articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald on mental health. Dr Wilde is a member of the Community Genetics Network (Netherlands) and the Australian Society of Psychiatric Research.

Professor Kuruvilla George

georgeKuruvilla George was born in Singapore and did his schooling in Singapore. He completed his medical education in India and his post-graduation as a psychiatrist in UK. He currently lives in Melbourne Australia, where he is the Director of Aged Person's Mental Health and Director of Medical Services at Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health. He is also the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for the state of Victoria in Australia. KG as he is fondly known is a Clinical Professor at Deakin University, Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University Of Notre Dame. He was recently appointed to the board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Rights Commission.

Mr Hugh Norriss

NorrissHugh is an experienced director, CEO and leader of public policy development, health and social services delivery, and community and organisational development in the public and not-for-profit sector. He has particular interest and expertise in wellbeing and resilience research and practical application, at individual and population levels.

Hugh's role as Director Development & Policy includes synthesising the wide range of recent international research data on population and personal wellbeing, resilience and positive mental health into accessible concepts and summaries. This knowledge is then applied to policy position and advocacy documents, health promotion programmes, workplace support initiatives, national advertising campaigns and research projects.

A career highlight has been establishing Working Well, a social business for the MHF. This provides workplace wellbeing workshops and seminars.

In leadership roles as CEO of Welllink Trust for 8 years, and a Senior Manager at Capital and Coast District Health Board for 3 years, Hugh has managed over 400 professional and administrative staff, with budgets of up to 65 million dollars.

Mr Peter Sugg

SuggPeter is an experienced "Not for Profit" board member and is the Association's honorary CEO. He has served on its conference committees since 2000. He has an extensive background in program and education delivery, print and on-line publications and e-learning.

He is s a regular contributor to industry publications on CSR, Health Administration, Education Delivery, Governance and the 'Not for Profit" Sector.


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