Dr Kathryn Turner, Clinical Director, Mental Health and Special Services, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
Dr Kathryn Turner is a Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services on the Gold Coast. Kathryn has been working within the service for many years, working in a number of clinical and leadership roles over that time, Kathryn has been leading the implementation of the Zero Suicide Framework within Gold Coast Mental Health Service over the past 3 years, including a strong focus on the development of a Restorative Just Culture to support this framework. Kathryn was awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Margaret Tobin Award in 2018 for her contribution to administrative psychiatry.
Ms Rhonda Brighton-Hall
mwah (Making Work Absolutely Human)
CEO and Founder
Ms Rhonda Brighton-Hall, CEO and Founder, mwah (Making Work Absolutely Human)
Rhonda is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI National I&D Reference Panel and Founding Chair of FlexCareers, and is recognised as a game changer in the future design of organisations, HR, leadership and work.
Having worked, lived and lectured in Asia, Europe and the USA, Rhonda is a former HR Leader of the Year and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.
Launched in 2017, mwah. is a ThinkTank, a Community and a business changing the way work works.
A determined optimist, Rhonda’s fundamental belief is that we can design the future of work to work for more of us.
Dr Jennifer Bowers BSc(Hons), PhD, FAICD
Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd
Dr Jennifer Bowers, CEO/MD Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd
Dr Jennifer Bowers is the inaugural CEO and MD of Rural & Remote Mental Health Ltd a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status.
In recognition of the unique circumstances and challenges faced by Australians living and working in rural and remote areas, Jennifer has spearheaded the design and delivery of culturally-tailored, evidence-based mental health awareness-raising, suicide prevention and early intervention programs.
Jennifer has a First Class Honours degree in Science and PhD in Social Psychiatry from the Australian National University. She has held chief executive positions in South Australian and Queensland Mental Health Services and worked in the Department of Health in Canberra.
Prof Tony LaMontagne
Professor of Work Health and Wellbeing
Professor Tony LaMontagne, Professor of Work, Health and Wellbeing, Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University
Professor Tony LaMontagne leads the Work, Health & Wellbeing Unit in the Centre for Population Health Research at Deakin University in Melbourne (Australia). His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. Currently, the Unit’s primary focus is on work and mental health—combining a range of etiologic and intervention research projects.
Mr James Hill
Finalist in AHRI 2018 Allan Fels Mental Health Award and Advocates for Mates in Energy
Mr James Hill, Mental Health Advocate, Energy Queensland
James Hill is a passionate Mental Health Advocate and 2018 LIFE suicide prevention award finalist.
After his own battle with mental illness, James has influenced change at Energy Queensland. Backed by the CEO he has developed the role of Mental Health Advocate. The work done in the first twelve months in this role delivered a top 3 place in the 2018 AHRI Workplace Mental Health awards.
Additionally James is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and studying a bachelor of Counselling at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Outside of work James is a speaker for Beyondblue.
Mr Aaron McCann
Finalist in AHRI 2018 Allan Fels Mental Health Award and Advocates for Mates in Energy
Mr Aaron McCann, Mental Health Advocate, Energy Queensland
Aaron is a mental health advocate at Energy Queensland, and is currently studying a Bsc psychology.
Aaron has experience in a number of industries and has worked in the electrical supply industry for the last 12 years previously as a tradesman, an employee in charge and an ETU delegate.
He is passionate about increasing knowledge of and reducing the negative stigma commonly associated with mental health. Aaron works to achieve this through training, connection, and increasing community within our workplaces and society.
Mr Andrew Douglas
Mr Andrew Douglas
Andrew Douglas is an experienced legal practitioner who works nationally with publicly listed businesses, companies and substantial SMEs across industries including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, government, Not-For- Profit, education, health and financial services.
He practises in numerous areas of workplace law, including employment, health and safety, workers’ compensation, dispute resolution, privacy and investigations.
Andrew is also an accomplished speaker and chair of masterclasses in workplace law, has authored several books on health and safety law, and is a widely published legal practitioner on workplace wellbeing. Andrew had been the National Head of Workplace Relations and Head of Dispute Resolution at other law firms before establishing FCW Lawyers in 2018. A strong following of staff from previous firms reflects his leadership effectiveness, and commitment to his people, their development and their future. It is this special bond of trust, talent and shared values that has fostered FCW’s development into a leading wellbeing, flexible and diverse workplace.
Ms Georgie Drury
Founder and CEO
Ms Georgie Drury, Founder and CEO, SpringDay
Georgie Drury – CEO & founder, Springday.
In 2008, Georgie drew on her background in corporate consulting and entrepreneurial technology to create Springday – a platform designed to help companies improve wellbeing, and increase engagement. Fast forward to 2018, and Springday’s cloud based program is successfully being white-labelled and deployed by many large organisations throughout the Asia Pacific. Springday drives superior member engagement and wellbeing outcomes simultaneously, leveraging the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to Springday, Georgie worked in organisational development with Accenture, designed and built e-learning platforms, and developed mobile commerce solutions. Georgie is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 won Division 2 in the Royal Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and also mentors young women in the Tech Girls are Super Heros competition.
Ms Gina Carlon-Tozer
MindFit at Work
Ms Gina Carlon-Tozer, Director, MindFit at Work
Gina Carlon-Tozer is the Founding Director of MindFit at Work. MindFit at Work is one of APAC’s leading Corporate Wellbeing Consultancies operating out of Australia and Singapore. Gina has spent the last twenty years delivering wellbeing and culture change programs for global leaders including Chubb APAC, Ogilvy, Dulux, UBank, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, World Vision, ANZ, Cadbury, Vegemite, NAB, Afterpay, Visy, Bayer, The Department Human Services, Parliament of Australia, The Department of Education, NBN, AstraZeneca, Wilmar, Abbott, eftpos, Heinz, SunRice, and Westpac amongst many others. Prior to founding MindFit at Work, Gina enjoyed a successful career at several top consulting firms including PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Gina studied at Monash University and has qualifications in Sociology and Business (Management), as well as qualifications in MBTI and Neurolinguistic Programming. She is a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of the corporate world and, as a much sought-after keynote speaker, brings an exceptional and uncommon blend of business acumen and passion for all things wellbeing to her sessions.
Professor David Kavanagh, Leads e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac), Queensland University of Technology
Professor David Kavanagh is a clinical psychology researcher at Queensland University of Technology and chairs the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council.
Over the last 12 years, he has been developing and testing e-mental health programs and apps, and since 2013 has been leading the Australian Department of Health’s e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) project, which helps health workers across Australia to use digital resources and services in their sessions.
Symposium Ambassador: Camille Wilson
Director, Grow Together Now
Camille Wilson, Director of Grow Together Now
Camille is no stranger to the world of mental health. From a young age, Camille has been exposed to the severity of what mental health can impose onto an individual’s life after working through her own lived experience of severe mental illness.
Camille has studied a Bachelor in Psychology and is studying postgraduate Brain and Mind Science, learning to understand how our brains translate into behaviour and thinking. Alongside this, Camille has also worked within human resources for several years, where she has gained insight into how we currently handle mental health in the workplace. Bringing these together, with her own lived experience of mental illness as a patient and as an employee, Camille provides a unique triage of experience that offers a perspective unlike many others.
In 2017, Camille founded Grow Together Now, a social enterprise that is driven by the mission to change the way we see mental health in Australian workplaces and schools. Camille runs perspective-changing workshops aimed at educating and training individuals on three core skills: being aware, being courageous and being real, that work to shift a workplace culture to a mentally safe place to work.
In addition to this work, Camille uses her love of writing and her unique perspective to connect others with something that everyone can relate to. The Hard Truth series are popular pieces of writing that bring out the core human values and reconnect what mental health means outside of the narrow clinical view. Camille is also soon to launch her next series, The Unspoken Stories, that showcase different stories of individuals and provides an unspoken insight into what it is like to manage mental health in a workplace as an employee.
Missy Robinson is an Australian publicist, creative, speaker, author and mental health advocate whose mission is to reduce the stigma around mental health and how even living with a complex mental illness, you can still set out and achieve all your dreams and goals.
Having since fostered a successful career in both the fashion industry as a blogger and fashion stylist, and in the world of PR working with both small local businesses and national brands, Missy’s life changed forever when she was first diagnosed with a Complex Mental Illness in 2008.
To assist with overcoming her adversity and decades-long battle with Bipolar Affective Disorder and Psychosis, Missy penned her experiences in The Book of Amazing People, published by Kizzi Nkwocha in the UK and available internationally. She also shared her lived experiences in a raw and open blog.
Missy’s mental health battle and her ensuing weight loss of over 50kg sparked a passion for raising awareness of mental health and she is currently working with various mental health charities and organisations as well as delivering inspiring keynote talks at schools and corporate events around the country covering topics such as living with a CMI, spirituality, healthy living and the joys and complexities managing your mental health as a business owner. With a unique insight into the human condition and having lived an incredibly interesting life , Missy makes for an engaging and somewhat savage speaker.
Missy has been featured in many national media outlets including Cosmopolitan Health, Elle Magazine, Body & Soul plus various online blogs.
In addition to her mental health advocacy work, Missy is also a business owner of a thriving Public Relations agency called The Rebel Collective, that focuses on building community, connecting people and creating out of the box campaigns for clients. She is also currently an ambassador for SANE Australia as well as the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health , and hopes to educate Australians on how you can live with a complex mental illness and have a happy, successful and fulfilling life.
Missy continues to foster a love for fashion and entertainment, a career which has seen her as a Contributor and Editor for a number of both print and online magazines interviewing talent, both here and overseas and is still involved with many fashion festivals and events.