Association Advisory Committee 2019

Mr Sam Stewart

Sam Stewart has been appointed the new CEO of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. The strategic business experience, innovative mindset, high level of energy and fresh perspective he brings to the team will positively impact the Association in many ways.

Sam is an  active business strategist and seminal thinker across a diverse range of business sectors including online health.

He has been engaged to coach and chair the board of directors meetings for 6 Companies for which he facilitates and offers strategic advice. He is also contracted to give advice to other privately held businesses on an ‘as needed’ basis due to the depth and vast experience he has acquired across many industries.

Sam is passionate and excited to apply his experience and skillsets to assist the Association to grow the membership base, increase member benefits and increase the Association’s engagement with Practitioners, Consumers and Carers.

His aim is to facilitate multiple pathways to provide professionals with infor

Prof Philip LP Morris

Prof 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 both Australia and the USA and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (AmBPN).  Dr Morris is a member of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry and the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP.  Prof Morris is a Distinguished Fellow and Board Director of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry.

Prof Morris is Executive Director of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.  He is Medical Director of the Gold Coast Memory Disorders Clinic.  He is a Past President of the Gold Coast Medical Association.  He has a private psychiatric, psychogeriatric, and medico-legal practice on the Gold Coast.  He is a member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee and is a Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Prof Morris is visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, 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.

Ms Sharlene Chadwick JP

Sharlene 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 Keith Miller

Member 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

Ms Atenai Poa

” ‘Here to serve with an end goal in mind!’ is my mantra when working with clients and business partners alike.

Exposure to and personal experience within the mental wellbeing has been an eye opener of learning and helped me realise the importance of being able to reach out for help.  Resources for the individual experiencing mental health issues are just as important for those providing immediate support.”

Atenai was an NZ Educator in a former life, having worked within the middle school facilitating childrens’ learning in preparation for high school years.

Moving to Australia and with more than 18 years experience in the financial services industry, Atenai brings to the team strong customer service skills applying ethical solutions to meet the complex compliance world we live in. Lending a maternal instinct to the team allows Atenai to get things done on a personable level and with efficiency.

Dr Alex Wilde

Dr 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.

Associate Professor Russell Roberts

Dr 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.

Dr Matthew Berry

Dr 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.

Mr Shane Arnold

Shane’s holistic approach enables him to identify investment strategies that achieve his client’s financial goals. His friendly, no-fuss persona and ability to convey key information in laymen’s terms has resulted in long term trusting partnerships with his clients and business colleagues alike.

Shane has a wide client base including small business owners, families, and some of Australia’s high profile athletes.

Like many Australians Shane is an avid sports fan. Shane has a passion for Rugby Union and has coached at Super Rugby and Junior World Cup levels.

Shane’s other passion is social justice and has lead a number East-African immersion programs, which are aimed at connecting future decision makers in corporate Australia with some of the poorest communities in the world.

Dr Skye Saunders

Dr Skye Saunders is a legal academic from the Australian National University and is an advocate for issues of sexual harassment and bullying in Australia. With a particular interest in gendered harm in rural communities, she is the author of the book, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women.

In collaboration with the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Skye has just recently finished making a short film based on Whispers from the Bush called ‘Grace Under Fire’. Skye is also the Acting Director of the Australian National University’s professional legal education programs and has formerly practised as a solicitor in the area of Employment/ Discrimination Law in Canberra. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Australia and internationally.