Confirmed Featured Speakers 2018

Mrs Lucy Brogden, Chair, National Mental Health Commission

Lucinda Brogden B.Comm., M.Psych.

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 evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience 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.

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 Annette Beautrais, Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator, South Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand

Dr Annette Beautrais has worked in suicide research, prevention, and education, in New Zealand and internationally, since 1991. She has developed and implemented widely a skills-based suicide prevention programme designed for primary care and social service providers in rural New Zealand. She has also conducted research about farmer suicide. Her current interests include mental health and suicide prevention in rural regions, suicide prevention in men, and longitudinal studies of suicidal behaviour.

Dr Aaron Groves, Chief Psychiatrist, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania

Dr Groves is the Chief Psychiatrist for Tasmania, a role he commenced in November 2017. Prior to this he was the Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health Policy with the Department of Health and Ageing in South Australia. He has extensive experience in the mental health sector, having led Mental Health programs in Queensland and Western Australia as well as undertaking the statutory role of Chief Psychiatrist in Western Australia, Queensland.

Dr Groves is committed to contributing his knowledge and expertise to shaping mental health policy and clinical practice in Tasmania and working on the implementation of initiatives under the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Ms Samantha Wild, Director, Awakening Cultural Ways
Samantha is a proud Wakka Wakka and South Sea Islander woman and draws from her own personal experiences of disadvantage health outcomes to influence and inspire change. She is also Director for her consultancy business Awakening Cultural Ways, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and program development in relation to social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and cultural healing frameworks.

Samantha is a member of the Queensland Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council and Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health.  Samantha has a strong interest in improving the health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and advocating for trauma informed and cultural designed mental health care.  She has been committed to working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and affairs for the past decade.

Ms Elida Meadows, Deputy Carer Co-chair, National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum

Elida is from southern Italian descent and identifies as a mental health carer and a consumer. She is a carer advocate. Elida has worked in the community services sector in Hobart for 13 years, primarily in sector development, policy and research.

Elida is the Tasmanian carer representative on and Deputy Carer Co-Chair on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum. She currently works in Policy and Research at the Drug Education Network, Tasmania.

Elida’s main areas of interest are matters related to mental health, including the reform agenda, PPEI and the importance of diversity in the approach to complex issues including co-occurring disorders.

Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra

Prof Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 40 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health, suicide prevention, education, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development.

He is an Ambassador for Suicide Prevention Australia, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health Group, Senior Consultant National Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention and Patron of the National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference 2018 and World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference 2018.

Prof Calma was appointed National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking in March 2010 to lead the fight against tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Prof Calma was appointed a Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School from 1 January 2015 to perform the role of Chair and Patron of the Poche Indigenous Health Network.

Professor Tim Carey, Director, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University

Professor Tim Carey is Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a scientist-practitioner who has worked as a clinical psychologist in rural Scotland and remote Australia. A central focus of his work is the importance of control to health and wellbeing. He has pioneered clinical innovations such as patient-led appointment scheduling and patient-perspective care. He is a Fulbright Scholar who has over 100 publications including books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed publications. He has a blog on Psychology Today where he writes about promoting robust mental health. He has also developed a smartphone app called MindSurf.

Dr Ross Kirkman, Consultant Psychiatrist, PSYCH2U powered by GP2U

Dr Ross Kirkman (Consultant Psychiatrist) is a considerate and effective psychiatrist with many years experience. He is an adult general psychiatrist and treats the full range of psychiatric disorders seen in the adult population.

He is particularly interested in, and has extensive experience in:

  • Pharmacological interventions – prescribing/modifying medications so they work for patients with minimal side effects
  • Mood Disorders – including Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Holistic approaches to mental health

Mr Robert Waterman, CEO of Rural Health Tasmania

Robert Waterman is the Chief Executive Officer of Rural Health Tasmania, the president of Family Based Care Association North West and Family Based Care Australia Inc.  Robert has extensive experience in Community Mental Health and  Drug & Alcohol prevention, treatment and residential and community recovery and rehabilitation, with a special interest in Social Determinants of Health.  Robert is also a dedicated researcher and passionate advocate for prevention, promotion and early intervention with a particular focus on mental health, suicide prevention and AOD dependence.  Robert has a long history in hosting workshops and presentations on AOD and mental health and has presented to conferences at the National level.  Robert sits on the N/W Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and hosted Tasmania’s first major Methamphetamine Ice Forum. Robert has Participated in Parliamentary Joint Committees on law enforcement into crystal methamphetamine “Ice” and Senate Select Committee enquiries into health.  Robert is currently responsible for the Rural Primary Health Services which includes Mental Health across the North West, West Coast, Central Coast and King Island covering more than 29,000 square KMs of Tasmania.

Charles Anderson, Organisational Trainer, Wellways

Charlie has 30+ years of experience navigating mental health challenges, mental health systems and caring roles. He is currently an organisational trainer with Wellways Australia, and has also worked in community education, peerwork, and project management with Wellways.

Charlie is passionate about building inclusive communities that celebrate diversity and are open to having hard conversations about full participation, well-being and suicide.

Charlie is on the NW Tasmania Suicide Prevention Trial Site Working Group, Chair NW Tasmania LGBTI Suicide Prevention Working Group, COmmunity Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) facilitator and a member of the NW Tasmanian TSPCN Community Action Plan committee.

Monday 15 October – Suicide Prevention Pre Symposium Education Day

Challenges for Rural & Remote Suicide Panel

  • Ms Tracey Martin Cole, Director, Psychology CAFFE
  • Mr Robert Waterman, CEO of Rural Health Tasmania
  • Charles Anderson, Organisational Trainer, Wellways
  • Moderator: Mr Ian McMichael, Chair, Rural Alive & Well (RAW)

Implementing evidence-based integrated approaches to suicide prevention in remote locations


  • Ms Sue Hackeney, Suicide Prevention Manager, Western NSW Primary Health Network
  • Ms Chez Curnow,  Mental Health and AOD Manager, Country South Australia Primary Health Network
  • Ms Jenna Roberts, Suicide Prevention Manager, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network
  • Ms Jacki Ward, Suicide Prevention Manager, Western Australia Primary Health Alliance
  • Moderator: Ms Steffanie von Helle, Senior Implementation Manager, Black Dog Institute

Suicide Prevention Workshops

There will be 3 workshops with the following facilitators:

  • Dr Annette Beautrais, Adjunct Professor, School of Health Services, University of Canterbury
  • Professor David Perkins, Professor of Rural Health Research, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, The University of Newcastle
  • Facilitator TBA, Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Workshop