Featured Speakers

Ms Susan Anderson, Deputy CEO, Beyond Blue

Susan Anderson is Deputy CEO of Beyond Blue. She oversees a range of program areas including suicide prevention, community support services, digital and telehealth, peer programs and service innovation.

Previously Susan has held senior management roles across a range of industries in injury management, workplace mental health and leadership.

Susan has an MBA and is a Registered Psychologist. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of New South Wales, Australian Graduate School of Management and was also a member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Academic Board from 2010 – 2013. Susan holds a Masters of Business Administration Exec, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology and a Bachelor of Education.

Ms Lucy Brogden, Chair, National Mental Health Commission

Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing women and girls and mental health and wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidence based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Lucy has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs. In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

Her current roles include:

  • Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
  • Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
  • Chair, Australian Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention
  • Patron, Partners in Depression
  • Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches
  • Friend, Carers NSW
  • Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach
  • Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund

Dr Barbara Disley, Chief Executive, Emerge Aotearoa

Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors.  She has held a number of senior public positions including chair of the first Mental Health Commission and Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for special education.  Barbara has worked in a number of non government organisation Chief Executive roles including the Mental Health Foundation, Richmond Fellowship and now Emerge Aotearoa.   She has been involved in a number of Government reviews including chairing the review of the ACC Sensitive Claims pathway and as a panel member of the current Mental Health Inquiry.

Barbara was also a panel member for the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service which heard the stories of over 1000 people who had experienced abuse or neglect while in state care.  She is currently the Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa, a large non government mental health, disability and social housing provider. Barbara has a doctorate in education and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to mental health.

Dr Justin Feinstein, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director, Float Clinic and Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Dr. Justin Feinstein is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of the Float Clinic and Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. His laboratory investigates the effects of Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) on both the body and the brain, while also exploring its potential as a therapeutic treatment for promoting mental health and healing in patients who suffer from anxiety and stress-related disorders. Dr. Feinstein joined the faculty of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and the University of Tulsa in December of 2013, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his clinical internship at the San Diego VA hospital with a focus on the treatment of veterans with PTSD using Prolonged Exposure therapy. His research has been published in a number of top scientific journals and has been featured in the popular press including the New York Times, TIME magazine, and Australia’s Sunday Night.

Mr Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission

Ivan Frkovic is the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner and brings substantial policy, academic and patient-centred experience to the role, having worked extensively within the mental health system in Queensland for more than 20 years.

With a focus on strengthening partnerships and collaboration, he oversees delivery and implementation of the state’s new strategic plan for Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs, Shifting Minds.

Ivan has held senior positions across the system, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Operations for Aftercare, one of Australia’s oldest non-government mental health organisations.

Previously, Ivan was Director of the Community Mental Health Branch, Department of Communities with responsibility for policy development, funding and reform of the non-government mental health sector in Queensland. He was also Director in the Mental Health Branch, Queensland Health, where he led public sector policy, funding and services reform.

With a strong belief in the power of human connection, Ivan is a family man with four grown children, and has a great love of music and culture.

Mr Craig Hamilton, Mental Health Advocate, Broadcaster, Author, ANZMHA Ambassador

Craig Hamilton was a high-profile sports broadcaster for the ABC when, in September 2000, on the eve of his assignment for the Sydney Olympic Games, he experienced a major psychotic episode in public that led to him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Craig spent 12 days in hospital and once he recovered, set out to create awareness of mental health and also break down the stigma that surrounds those that suffer from mental health issues. He has since become one of Australia’s most high profile and most sought-after speakers on mental health awareness, lifestyle, overcoming adversity and work/life balance.

Today Craig leads a very busy and fulfilling life. As well his role as the presenter of Saturday Morning Breakfast for ABC Newcastle Radio, he travels widely, telling his story in the hope that others will open up and tell theirs. He has made around 400 appearances as a mental health advocate in front of audiences from big city executives to desperate rural survivors in dusty townships. In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.
Craig is just one of the 800,000 Australians who each year suffers from the insidious illness, depression. His goal is to encourage sufferers (particularly men) and their families to break the conspiracy of silence, step forward and seek help.

Craig’s acclaimed memoir Broken Open published in 2004 gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder and was chosen by SANE Australia as its 2005 book of the year.

In July 2012, Craig’s second book, A Better Life, co-written with Will Swanton, was published. It acknowledges his own illness and how he manages it, but also tells how other public figures like Andrew Johns, Garry McDonald, Jessica Rowe and Wally Lewis are dealing with mental illness to live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.

Craig Hamilton has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and cricket at international level as a commentator. He is a well-known member of the Grandstand Rugby League commentary and has worked on the past 17 Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.

Commissioner Scott McDougall, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland

Scott McDougall commenced as Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on 8 October 2018 and will become the inaugural Queensland Human Rights Commissioner on 1 July 2019.  Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane.

Since admission to legal practice in 1993 Scott worked with and advocated on behalf of diverse marginalised communities.  Scott conducted major litigation and led program and policy development in a number of areas including discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology.

Mr Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Shaun is a father, partner, musician, gardener, sometimes surfer and organisational leader. His professional passion is developing organisations to deliver social good and social change, particularly from a public health perspective.

Shaun has worked in social and health services for over 30 years. With degrees in business and community work, he has held four other CEO positions in not-for-profit organisations, addressing issues from child wellbeing to HIV and AIDS. He has been a management consultant to public hospitals, and a policy advisor to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. He has served on commercial and not-for-profit boards and on a range of government working parties and advisory groups.

Professor Chris Stapelberg, Professor of Mental Health, Bond University and Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Chris Stapelberg is the Professor of Mental Health at Bond University and Gold Coast Health in Queensland, Australia, where he also works clinically as a senior consultation liaison psychiatrist. Chris leads evaluation and research for the Gold Coast Health Suicide Prevention Strategy, the largest implementation of the Zero Suicide Framework in Australia and is leading research examining the efficacy of brief psychological interventions after a suicide attempt. He also researches the physiology of stress and major depression and is an Invited Expert on depression for the Global Burden of Disease Project with the World Health Organisation.

Mr Levi-Joel Tamou, Founder, Heart Futures

Levi-Joel Tamou is a Kuku Yalanji man and founder of Heart Futures Limited an Indigenous non-profit organisation dedicated to uniting Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to change our world by doing meaningful things together – like providing educational opportunities and fighting poverty.

After a traumatic experience in 2017 which almost ended in him taking his own life, he is passionate about leading and developing initiatives that build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work through shame.

He imagines our country reconciled, where Indigenous & non-Indigenous Australians are culturally strong, creatively significant & commercially savvy.