2018 Featured Speakers

Professor Mark Dadds, Co-Director, Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic, School of Psychology, Principal NHMRC Research Fellow The University of Sydney

Mark Dadds is a Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney Australia.

He is Director of the Child Behaviour Research Clinic which develops state-of-the-art treatments for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems, and has developed and directed several national intervention programs for children, youth, and their families, at risk for mental health problems.

Mark has been National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Director of Research for the Abused Child Trust of Queensland, Professor of Parenting Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and a recipient of several awards including an Early Career Award from the Division of Scientific Affairs of the Australian Psychological Society, the Ian Matthew Campbell Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology, and Distinguished Career Award of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy. He has authored 4 books and over 240 papers on child and family psychology, and has given invited keynote addresses to international audiences throughout the world.

Mark also practices as a clinical child psychologist and his treatment methods were the subject of the 2014 ABC TV documentary ‘Kids on Speed’ for which he was awarded the Inaugural APS Award for Media Engagement with Science.

Mr Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Kevin Allan is the New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner, a position in the Office of the New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner.  He leads the Office’s monitoring and advocacy for improvements to mental health and addiction services, and makes decisions on complaints about services.

In 2016, Kevin developed a framework, in consultation with the sector, for monitoring and reporting publicly on New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services.  The first public report was released in February 2017.

Kevin’s academic background is in law.  Prior to commencing his appointment to HDC in February 2016 Kevin held CE and other senior leadership roles in the health, disability and justice sectors.

Ms Gabrielle Vilic, Director Social Inclusion and Recovery, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health

Ms Gabrielle Vilic joined Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services as the Director for Social Inclusion and Recovery in 2013.

Ms Vilic has worked in mental health for over 22 years, in both the government and non-government sectors, and has won a number of state-wide awards for her achievements in the area of mental health.

Ms Vilic was the consumer representative for the Queensland Mental Health Commission in 2011 and has also worked within the Metro Health Alcohol and Other Drug Branch in senior project officer roles.

She has also worked as a consumer consultant for the Gold Coast Mental Health Service and provided consumer input in all aspect of the service’s planning, delivery and evaluation, and assist in improving the service’s response to consumer needs.

Ms Vilic was also involved in coordinating the implementation of the Mental Illness Education Program into Queensland secondary schools. The program focused on positive lifestyle choices, self-awareness, and early recognition and intervention for potential mental health problems.

Ms Vilic’s areas of interest include the consumer and carer workforce, research, reduction of seclusion and restraint, and metabolic monitoring.

Professor Hector Tsang, Head, Department of Rehabilitation Services, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Tsang has been researching on neuropsychiatric rehabilitation for people with severe mental illness (SMI) over the past two decades. His research on social skills in the workplace and its integration with supported employment attracted worldwide interest. He has altogether secured more than AUD 12 million research grants from Hong Kong, mainland China, Australia and USA. He spent his sabbatical at Yale University School of Medicine in 2007 working with researchers on social cognition and vocational rehabilitation for people with SMI. He has more than 200 publications and is currently Associate Editor for Administration and Policy in Mental Health (APMH) and American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In addition, he is now serving as Editorial Board member of Psychiatry Research and reviewer of more than 100 SCI journals including, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research, and Psychological Medicine. He is also Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Professor of Peking University, Sichuan University, and Kunming Medical University. He currently leads a large-scale consultancy project on the review of rehabilitation programme plan (RPP) in Hong Kong for the Government of the HKSAR.

Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Dr Harry Minas, Head, Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit | Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Carmel Nelson, Director, Clinical Services & Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health & University of Queensland
  • Professor David Crompton, Director, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRP)

2017 Featured Speakers