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 currently a Senior Mental Health Promotion Officer with Hunter New England Local Health District in NSW Australia. Alan is also an Honorary Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education, University of Western Sydney focusing on social ecology and has previously held academic positions in universities in NSW and QLD and taught overseas as well, over a period of 29 years.

Alan has a Doctor of Education from UNE and various undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Economics (UNSW), Health Science (RMIHE - Charles Sturt Uni), Education (UNE, Uni of Wollongong), Family Therapy and Mental Health (NSWIOP). Alan also has various vocational qualifications in nursing, cardiac care, mental health, fitness and personal training, Tai Chi/Qigong, and permaculture.

Alan has published widely including the soon to be published 3rd edition of ABC of Healthy Living and has presented well over 50 conference presentations nationally and internationally. Alan has conducted mixed methods research nationally and internationally focusing largely on mental health promotion, critical thinking and adult and community education and learning over his career. Alan has been on various aged care and wellness network boards, has been a consultant in aged care and health, and an expert witness for aged care in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Alan has significant experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In the mental health care sector, Alan has recently developed in collaboration with ABC Open, mini documentaries with his colleagues focusing on rural and remote communities and positive stories of mental health and stressing less. Alan coordinates mental health promotion projects in areas such as mental health & food security, physical exercise/Tai Chi/Qigong and mindfulness, health and social ecology, family therapy and health counselling. Alan is a member of the NSW Mental Health Association’s Committee for Mental Health Month and a member of the 16th International Mental Health Conference Committee.

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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