Program Advisory Committee

Mr Russell Evans, Principal Policy Officer, Queensland Mental Health Commission

Russell Evans is a Principal Policy Officer with the Queensland Mental Health Commission, advising on mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention and suicide prevention. He has held research, evaluation and policy advisory roles with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Queensland University School or Population Health, Queensland Family and Child Commission, and the Queensland Department of Education. Russell’s current work focuses on translating evidence into sound policy and practice.

Professor Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association. (Conference Chair)

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.

Dr Lyn O'Grady, Manager, Strategic Projects, The Australian Psychological Society

Lyn O’Grady is an experienced Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. This interest has extended in recent times to understanding suicidality and she has recently graduated with the Master of Suicidology from Griffith University.

Lyn’s work history has included roles within the education, health and community sectors. She has worked with parents in parenting programs, individually at the community level and in schools for over 20 years.

Lyn has also worked as a school psychologist in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. At a more systemic level, she currently works as Manager, Strategic Projects at the Australian Psychological Society.

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

Ms Gabrielle Vilic is a well-respected leader in the mental health sector with over 24 years’ experience, working across government and government sectors. She joined Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services as the Director for Social Inclusion and Recovery in 2013. Gabrielle has developed the lived experience workforce to over 50 positions in the last 4 years in MSAMHS.

Gabrielle has won a number of state-wide awards for her achievements in the area of mental health. She has and continues to be involved in research and has published a number of abstracts around consumer and carer participation.

Gabrielle is actively involved on a range of committees, including as the newly appointed Deputy Chair of the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council. Gabrielle is the Chairperson for the State-wide Consumer and Carer Network meeting.

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

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

Gabrielle’s areas of interest include the development of consumer and carer workforce, consumer led research, reduction of seclusion and restraint, and consumer feedback.

Mr Philip Williams, Manager headspace Southport Enhanced Program, Lives Lived Well

Philip Williams is the Operations and Performance Manager for the headspace Southport and the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program Southport.  Philip is a registered Occupational Therapist who has worked within multiple mental health settings both in the public and non-government sector.

Philip has established early psychosis services both within the state mental health and non-government sectors.  Over his career Philip has engaged actively with research and has worked on a range of quantitative and qualitative clinical evaluation studies.  Philip’s interests remain focussed on the mental health care and functional recovery of young people living with or at risk of developing a major mental illness.