Day 1 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Catherine McGregor AM - Keynote
Freelance Writer. Broadcaster. Author.
Catherine has written widely on politics, global security issues and cricket for Fairfax and News Limited. She has appeared as a regular guest on The Drum, 7.30 and Lateline. She serves on the Boards of Grassroots Cricket and Stand Tall4 PTSD.
Catherine received the Order of Australia (Military Division) in 2012.
The 2018 Sydney Theatre Company stage production, Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story, canvasses her story of courage and authenticity.
Andrew Dempster - Keynote
Economic Analyst. Mental Health Advisory Consultant. Advocate.
Andrew led the development of the seminal ‘Investing to Save’ report commissioned by Mental Health Australia. The report provides compelling and evidence-based recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing and create a positive economic return on investment.
Andrew is passionate about improving health and wellbeing and is dedicated to realising an Australian community that is at the forefront of providing innovative, high quality, world leading mental health services.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing, and Bachelor of Nursing.
Madonna King - Facilitator
Journalist. Broadcaster. Author.
A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism. In 2018, Madonna chaired the Queensland Government’s Anti-Cyber Bullying Taskforce.
Her website www.madonnaking.com.au provides further detail.
Day 2 - Friday 8 November 2019
Carmel Tebbutt - Keynote
Leader. Campaigner. Advocate.
Currently, the CEO of the Mental Health Coordinating Council, the peak body for community managed mental health organisations in NSW, Carmel is a successful campaigner who creates a space for service providers and service users to achieve real reform.
Carmel was a Member of the NSW Parliament for 17 years serving in both the Legislative Council and as the Member for Marrickville. She has a Bachelor of Economics.
Professor Patrick McGorry AO - Keynote
Advocate. Researcher. Psychiatrist.
Professor McGorry has published extensively in specialist literature and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.
His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments for, and innovative research into, the needs of young people with mental disorders. He has been instrumental in leading transformational reform of youth mental health services. He currently chairs the Expert Advisory Committee to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
Professor McGorry was the 2010 Australian of the Year.
Bri Lee - Panellist
Author. Campaigner. Lawyer.
Bri has appeared on Radio National, Late Night Live with Phillip Adams, and been published in Griffith Review. She was the inaugural recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship in 2016, and one of the 2017 Griffith Review Fellows. Her second book will be released in November 2019.
Bri has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Arts (Mandarin) and is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing.
Hetty Johnston - Panellist
Leader. Advocate. Campaigner.
Hetty has successfully campaigned for law reform at state and federal levels, authored national awareness campaigns and education materials, and created safe places for families and children to seek counselling and support. A skilled communicator and successful businesswoman, Hetty is a trusted community advocate and respected campaigner.
Hetty was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014, for service to the community through a range of organisations promoting the welfare and rights of children. In 2015 she was named the Queensland Australian of the Year.
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