Advisory Board

Prof Philip LP Morris

PmorrisProf Morris has medical qualifications MBBS (Hons), BSc(med) (Hons), and PhD. He is qualified in psychiatry and addiction medicine in Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) and a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

He is qualified in general adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry in the USA and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) with the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME). Prof Morris is Vice President and a Distinguished Fellow and Board Director of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry.

Prof Morris is Medical Director of Mirikai, a young adult drug and alcohol rehabilitation program on the Gold Coast, and is Medical Director of the Gold Coast – Tweed Memory Disorders Clinic. He has a private psychiatric and medico-legal practice on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and is a member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee.

Prof Morris is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Excellence, Bond University. Prof 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. At the University of Melbourne he was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry Research Committee. He has been Medical Superintendent of Macquarie Psychiatric Hospital, North Ryde NSW and Director of Mental Health for the Gold Coast District Health Service. He was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. He has been a member of the Queensland Compensation Commission (Q-Comp) Medical Assessment Tribunal – Psychiatric and was chairman of the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Subcommittee.

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. Prof Morris undertook post-graduate research and clinical training in the USA. 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. He is an external assessor for the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Prof Morris has extensive experience in medico-legal assessment for a range of legal jurisdictions. Prof Morris is trained in the application of the American Medical Association Guides for the Assessment of Permanent Impairment, the Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS), the Comcare Permanent Impairment Guides and the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veteran Pensions (GARP).

Associate Professor Russell Roberts – Chair, Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

rrobertsDr Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at Charles Sturt University, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Department of Rural Health and the Director of Mental Health Consulting Australia. Living in Orange, has previously served as Director of Mental Health in Western NSW (encompassing an area of over 550,000 square kilometres with over 1,000 staff), on the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, as Director of Clinical Training at Griffith University, Queensland, as Head of School Health at Flinders University and as a Clinical Psychologist in rural South Australia. He has an Executive Masters of Public Administration, a PhD in research and a Masters of Clinical Psychology. He is a board member of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association and Chair of the National Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health. His current research interests are mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, models of primary mental health care, integration and leadership.

Between 2005 and 2012 he led the commissioning of $71 million of mental health capital development, including the workforce planning, recruitment and training of over 400 health staff in rural NSW. He has also led the development of a number of innovative, award winning initiatives such as the Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, the Mental Health Rural Outreach Service, and the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program. At the national level, Russell has conducted projects for the National Mental Health Commission and the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Ms Sharlene Chadwick JP – Chair, No 2 Bullying Conference

Sharlene-ChadwickSharlene has published a book, they can’t hurt me – a peer-led approach to bullying, about prevention strategies for dealing with bullying which was part of her 2nd Masters degree. Sharlene has been featured in a range of print and radio media and presented at conferences, provided submissions, and presented evidence, to Senate Inquiry Committees regarding anti-bullying, conducted workshops in schools for teachers and parents and has an engaging and relaxed presentation style.

She is PhD candidate, has been a member on the Wellbeing Advisory Group and is currently a member of the Young and Well Network, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People and is an Associate of the National Speakers Association.

Dr Matthew Berry – Chair, Addiction Conference

MatthewBerryDr Matthew Berry is a clinical psychologist specialising in addiction as well as substance use and related compulsive appetitive behaviours including sexual behaviour. He is currently in private practice, providing consultancy, supervision and training in Melbourne and across Australia and New Zealand. His career to date has primarily been in the alcohol and other drug sector, working in voluntary and forensic, private and public, community and residential settings.

For the past 13 years he has taught post-graduate addiction counselling and is an experienced trainer having developed and delivered more than 100 workshops on a range of topics including Addiction, Motivation, Supervision Skills, and Managing Challenging Behaviours. Consultancy roles have included the Victorian Department of Health and Anglicare Victoria developing both voluntary and forensic drug and alcohol treatment guidelines, as well as training for both the Australian and New Zealand Psychological Societies in the areas of Addiction and Motivation. Matthew is finishing off his first textbook about the management and treatment of addiction and associated disorders.

Dr Keith Miller

keithmillerMember of the Rural Community Engagement Reference Group with the SA Farmers’ Federation, member of the National Board of Suicide Prevention Australia, and a member of the Complex Trauma Assessment Committee with the Noarlunga Health Service.

Keith has extensive community engagement roles including:

  • Suicide Prevention Australia, Board Member
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health, Organising Committee Member
  • Complex Trauma Advisory Group Member
  • Rural Community Engagement Reference Group Member
  • Living Beyond Suicide, Advisory Group Member
  • Families SA Refugee Services, Advisory Group Member
  • Guest speaker at a number of conferences and professional development seminars

Dr Alex Wilde

alexwildeDr 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 Heath 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.

Peter Sugg

peterSPeter is an experienced “Not for Profit” board member and is the Association’s honorary CEO. He has served on it’s conference committees since 2000 and has an extensive background in program and education delivery, print and online 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.

He serves on the advisory boards of the:

  • Sustainability in Business Association Inc
  • Healthy Cities
  • Urban Design Australia
  • The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Committee