Featured Speakers

Griefologist, Rosemary is a proud South Australian Aboriginal woman who founded the Sacred Site Within Healing Centre (1993) preceded by Australian Institute for Loss and Grief (2005).   Her peer reviewed, published Seven Phases to Integrating Loss & Grief model developed between 1987-1992 engaged auto-ethnographic and reflexive processes.   Phenomenology gave her model the ability to reflect on her experiences without any shame or blame and loss and grief is a human experience that doesn’t discriminate.

Her proudest moments:

  • Based on ‘industry experience’ accepted into Adelaide University, Master in Philosophy.
  • Presenting to Psychiatric trainees of the SA Psychiatry Board Committee in 2016 & July 2018
  • SA Health – A Finalist in Mental Health Excellence Awards (2016)
  • Winner: Outstanding Health Project/Program – Aboriginal Health Council (SA) NAIDOC Health Awards 2016

Ms Christine Morgan is currently the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. She is also the National Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. Prior to her appointment at the National Mental Health Commission, Christine was CEO of The Butterfly Foundation.

In the not for profit sector, Ms Morgan was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development. Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Ms Morgan was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra.

After completing medical school at the University of Western Australia Ernest trained in adult, child and cross cultural psychiatry, and public health, in the United States. Returning to Australia in the mid-1980s he undertook doctoral research in the Kimberley which was published as Aborigial health and history: Power and prejudice in remote Australia (Cambridge UP, 1993) and worked as a clinician and academic in Cape York and the Torres Strait for a quarter-century to 2016.

He remains an adjunct professor with the Cairns Institute of James Cook University through which he has continued to lead a now decade-long initiative in developing leadership in mental health with participants from the western Pacific. He remains passionate about north Queensland and has recently published a fusion of personal, professional and paddling interests in a historical novel – Vicarious dreaming: With Jack Idriess on Madman’s Island (ETT, 2019).

Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in Law at the Australian National University, an Employment/ Discrimination Solicitor and is the Vice President of the YWCA Canberra. Skye pioneered the first research in Australia on sexual harassment in rural workplaces which is contained in her book ‘Whispers from the Bush- The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women.’ In 2017 the Victorian Women’s Trust produced a short documentary film called ‘Grace Under Fire’ which is based on Skye’s research on workplace sexual harassment in rural Australia. In her work, Skye strives to ignite the inherent empathy and perception in both men and women as a central part of her mission to disrupt sex discrimination in the workplace.

Skye was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62 and CSW63) in New York with the YWCA Australia. Skye was also recently awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (University of Canberra). She is currently researching for her new book project, ‘Defying Gravity- Rising Above Sex Discrimination in the Workplace’.

 Other Confirmed

Mr Tony Vaughan, CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations
Dr Marshall Watson,
Clinical Lead, SA Forensic CAMHS Services
Mr John Brayley, Chief Psychiatrist of South Australia, Office of Chief Psychiatrist
Mr Chris Burns, Commissioner, SA Mental Health Commission