Alan Woodward has worked in the fields of mental health, crisis support and suicide prevention for 20 years as an executive leader, a service and program developer, a researcher and as an expert advisor to governments and peak bodies.
He has extensive experience in the commissioning, design and use of research and evaluation to inform policy and service improvements.
Now working independently, Alan worked for Lifeline Australia in various executive roles for 14 years; he established and grew the Lifeline Research Foundation function to inform service improvement and contribute new knowledge to Lifeline’s pursuit of an Australia free of suicide. He overhauled the Lifeline Accreditation and Standards Program governing the network of Lifeline Centres. He led Lifeline’s contributions to policy reform on mental health and suicide prevention.Read more
Alan has made sector-wide contributions: he has been a Board Director with Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) since 2009. He sits on the NSW Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Council. He is a co-convenor of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Helplines Special Interest Group and has participated in the steering committee for the World Alliance of Crisis Helplines.
He is a Past President of the Australian Evaluation Society; he has conducted numerous evaluations of services and programs in government roles and as an independent consultant. He has taught evaluation design and practice across a range of organisations and community settings.
Alan holds a Masters Degree in Social Science and Policy, a Business Degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Arts/Communications. Alan is a PhD Candidate through the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, undertaking research on the experience and impact of Lifeline telephone crisis line on callers using a longitudinal study of a cohort of callers.
Professor Pat Dudgeon
Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Pat is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia.
Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a former Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (completed 5 year term July 2017), deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health, co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and member of NHMRC Mental Health Research Advisory Committee.Read more
Pat is also the executive director of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention.
Professor Darlene Oxenham
Professor Darlene Oxenham is a Malgana woman whose country is in the Shark Bay/Denham area of Western Australia. Darlene holds the position of Deputy Dean, School of Indigenous Studies, at the University of Western Australia.
Darlene has experience in curriculum development, evaluation and review at undergraduate and honours levels; as well as a track record in Indigenous research and development through her directorship of a national key research centre from 2001 – 2005.
Darlene joined the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in February 2006 as Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning.
Previously, Darlene held concurrent positions at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Deputy Head of Centre, Director of the Curtin Indigenous Research Centre and Coordinator of the Honours and Postgraduate Programs.Read more
Darlene has been involved in Indigenous Higher Education for twenty years and has experience in curriculum development; policy formation and development in higher education, evaluation and research in Indigenous contexts. Darlene’s discipline background in Anthropology gives her a strong comparative interest, both in the varied dimensions of Indigenous Australia, and in other socio-cultural traditions of other Indigenous peoples
Dr Graham Gee
Dr Graham Gee is an Aboriginal man, also with Celtic heritage, who was born and raised in Darwin. His grandfather was born near Belyuen, an Aboriginal community just outside of Darwin, and his great-grandmother was originally from the Barkly Tablelands. He has been a registered psychologist since 2008, and has worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) in Melbourne for 10 years.
In 2016, Graham completed his PhD on resilience and recovery from trauma among Aboriginal help-seeking clients, and he holds a combined Masters (Clinical) and PhD degree in psychology. Graham continues to work as a senior psychologist and clinical coordinator at VAHS, while also conducting research in the areas of resilience, trauma recovery, and Aboriginal mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. Graham has been a past steering committee member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, and was a founding board member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.
Professor Ian Ring AO
Professor Ian Ring AO, is a Honorary Professorial Fellow at Wollongong University, and was previously Foundation Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at the Australian National University, Head of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, and Principal Medical Epidemiologist and Executive Director, Health Information Branch, at Queensland Health.
He is a Professorial Visiting Fellow, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales and Adjunct Professor in the Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University.Read more
He is a member of the AMA Taskforce on Indigenous Health, an Expert Advisor to the Close the Gap Steering Committee and is a member of the International Indigenous Health Measurement Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Demographic Statistics Expert Advisory Group, and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Advisory Board.
Dr Kahu McClintock
Dr Kahu McClintock is an example of Māori leadership that provides direction and also a source of strength and inspiration. With almost 45 years of experience working with Māori whānau, communities, and iwi, Kahu shows what can be achieved through a commitment to helping others, hard work, and courage.
Kahu’s approach to leadership is the result of multiple strands of knowledge woven together; cultural, clinical, and academic. One of her strongest influences is her whānau (family). She was born the sixth of eight children raised in the small provincial town of Piopio in the King Country, by a strong Ngāti Porou mother and humble Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Mutunga father. Kahu was nurtured in a working class Māori whānau that valued education and connections to each other.Read more
At 17, Kahu entered a career in mental health as a trainee mental health nurse at Porirua Psychiatric Hospital in Wellington. Guided by a passion for Māori culture and supporting Māori communities, Kahu would go on to become qualified as a mental health nurse, a primary school teacher, and advisor in special education, and working in kaupapa Māori Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). While working full time in CAMHS and raising two children by herself, Kahu completed a Masters of Philosophy in Māori studies. After her Masters, she began her career in health research. While working as a researcher, Kahu went on to complete a Doctorate and Post Doctorate in Psychiatry, with a special focus on culturally appropriate CAMHS for Māori. All of these experiences and skills serve Kahu well in her current work in Māori health research and evaluation.
As Research Manager of Te Kīwai Rangahau, Te Rau Matatini’s research and evaluation unit, Kahu leads and collaborates on multiple projects that work toward improving the wellbeing of Māori. In 2014 – 2017 she led the evaluation of 47 suicide prevention projects under the National Waka Hourua Suicide Prevention Programme in Aotearoa http://wakahourua.co.nz/community-fund
Kahu currently sits on the Waikato District Health Board Iwi Māori Council, the Waikato District Health Board Monitoring Performance Committee representing her tribe, is the Māori member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee, is the Managing editor of the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing Te Mauri-Pimatisiwin, and recently finished a nine-year run of representing her marae on Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (Waikato-Tainui tribal council). While carrying out roles of leadership at multiple levels of society, Kahu is always clear that leadership is about a responsibility to make life better for the whānau she serves.
Professor Komla Tsey
Professor Komla Tsey is Tropical Leader and Research Professor in Education for Social Sustainability within the School and The Cairns Institute. He is a highly qualified research professor with more than 25 years experience who provides leadership as part of transdisciplinary teams across the School of Education, The Cairns Institute and beyond to; undertake developmental research in the field of education for social sustainability; build a longer-term education for social sustainability collaborative research agenda; and mentor and support emerging researchers to become independent competitive researchers.
Professor Tsey is passionately committed to the ethical conduct of research, and to ensuring that research that he leads demonstrates tangible benefits for the research participants.Read more
Professor Tsey was Head of the Central Australian Unit Menzies School of Health Research (1995-99) and contributed significantly towards the setting up of Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (now Lowitja Institute) and was one of the CRC’s 5 inaugural Research Program Leaders. Over the past decade, Komla has led a research team at JCU and The University of Queensland to operationalise and build research evidence-base for Aboriginal-developed community empowerment programs.
He is an expert in leading diverse research programs into politically sensitive and contemporary health, education, welfare and other social issues concerning Australia’s Indigenous and rural Ghanaian communities and beyond. He utilises original and collaborative empowerment and participatory approaches to improving understanding of social circumstances and the relationship between these and government policies, thereby improving and sustaining health and wellbeing in population subsets.
Lisa Hillan is a Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable communities in program design and delivery. She has been the Chair of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia and Chair of the Child Protection Committee in Queensland. In 2006 Lisa completed a Churchill fellowship to study effective models of residential care.
For over 10 years, Lisa worked in Queensland and the Northern Territory in partnership with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to build their children and families sector. Since 2010 Lisa has been Programs Director at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. Lisa is responsible for supporting the development of healing and training initiatives with a culturally strong program design creating positive change to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.[/read]
Adj. Associate Professor Learne Durrington
Chief Executive Officer, WA Primary Health Alliance Limited.
Adj. Associate Professor Learne Durrington has a long held professional and personal interest in, and commitment to improving, mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable communities. As the CEO of the WA Primary Health Alliance she influences the design and implementation of the range of suicide prevention activities undertaken by the PHNs in WA. Learne has held senior roles in mental health with responsibility for statewide public mental health services along with a range policy and funding roles. Learne is an Adjunct Associate Professor in health services, a social work and post graduate management qualifications.
Barbara Ahmat is a Noongar woman descendant of the Wagyl Kaip people from the South West of Western Australia.
Barb has spent the majority of her working life devoted and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Barb’s experience stems from administration, human resources, policy and research, project management, and leadership. Barb started her career in child protection, and worked in other various government departments in Western Australia. Through her career she has been able to influence government programs and policies that were developed and implemented to reflect the current needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.Read more
This is when she realised her passion in Aboriginal mental health and suicide prevention. Barb has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Health) and has spent the past ten years in mental health in a clinical role and leadership in acute mental health. Barb was the Service Coordinator of the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service and Graylands Hospital North Metro Adult Mental Health for the past 6 years.
Currently Barb is a member of the Suicide Prevention Australia Hub Expert Advisory Group and the National Suicide Prevention Trial Evaluation Steering Committee which are both national focus.
Barbara Ahmat recently was appointed project manager within the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Western Australia, Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Project.
Michelle Kwan is a Knowledge Exchange Manager, project lead developing the Suicide Prevention Hub: Best Practice Programs and Services, and facilitating knowledge sharing and communications for this body of work.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Public Communications and Masters of International Public Health and has worked in corporate public relations, NGO communications, marketing and fundraising.
Michelle joined Suicide Prevention Australia in 2015 and has managed a range of corporate and community partnerships and events including World Suicide Prevention Day campaigns and activities, the National Suicide Prevention Conference Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary program, the Anytime Fitness 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge, and The Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge for Suicide Prevention Australia (PPP4SPA).
Sally Bishop is currently an Assistant Director with the Department of Health, working in the area of mental health. She has worked in the allied health area for over 20 years, previously in the regional and metropolitan rehabilitation services settings. Sally has also been a member of Rotary for a number of years, and has a strong interest in supporting the work undertaken in the community sector.
Sally joined Pegasus 12 months ago, as she was keen to support an organisation that provides such valuable services and programs to help individuals grow and reach their potential.
Associate Professor Roz Walker
Associate Professor Walker has been involved in research, evaluation and education with Aboriginal communities building local capacity within both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations for thirty years. Roz is a senior researcher with both the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and a Principal Investigator on the Institute Faculty. She is a Chief Investigator in several national ARC grants as well as in the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Grant, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the Institute. Roz also serves on a number of high level steering committees and national Indigenous networks.Read more
Her key areas of interest include developing transformative and decolonising strategies at individual, organisational and community levels as well as promoting system level change. She has worked in Aboriginal education in teaching, curriculum development, academic coordination, research and evaluation. She has extensive experience in translating research into policy and practice and community-based participatory action research methods and ethics to achieve health related outcomes. Roz has taught extensively at undergraduate and graduate levels in Aboriginal community management and development and early years education in remote areas.
Roz co-edited both the first and second editions of the Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice and led the highly effective communication and dissemination strategy for the book which saw over 50,000 hard copies and 50,000 downloads of the first edition disseminated to mental health practitioners and students throughout Australia. Roz has published widely in Aboriginal maternal and child health and mental health and wellbeing and co-led the Close the Gap paper examining Effective Strategies for Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing.