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The ACMHN 2019 conference brings a range of speakers to explore the concept of integration - what is it, where we are up to, what the barriers and enablers are, and what the vision should be.

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Lucinda Brogden AM 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


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Professor Mike Hazelton



Mike Hazelton RN MA PhD is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle. He is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, a Fellow and Life Member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and an Honorary Fellow of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation of Ghana. Mike has published over 100 journal articles, books, book chapters, abstracts and keynote addresses. He is a past Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, a current member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and was a member of the expert committee that guided the development of the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder. Professor Hazelton’s clinical work has included the delivery of psychosocial interventions such as dialectical behaviour therapy and group-based cognitive behaviour therapy. He is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Principal Master Instructor and has provided mental health first aid training to university students and staff, defence force personnel and community members since 2009. Mike has supervised over 20 PhD students to completion and received various awards for research. A particular area of interest in his work is mental health and human rights. 






Eleanor Longden's 2013 TED talk on voice hearing was named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the ‘20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life’

In its first year online, it was viewed 2.5 million times and translated into 33 languages

Author of acclaimed book, part memoir and part medical argument ‘Learning from the Voices in My Head’

Dr Eleanor Longden is a National Institute of Health Research postdoctoral fellow, based at the Psychosis Research Unit in the UK, who has drawn from her own experiences of trauma and psychosis to promote person-centred and recovery-focused approaches to complex mental health problems. Her TED talk on voice hearing was named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the ‘20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life’ and has since been viewed over 4m times and translated into 37 languages. She is the author of Learning from the Voices in my Head (TED Books, New York: 2013).




Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the new Food & Mood Centre. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She has recently published a book for the general public called ‘Brain Changer’ through Pan Macmillan Press.


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Maree Teesson is Professor and Director of The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at The University of Sydney. Maree was announced as a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a National Mental Health Commissioner and Member, National Health and Medical Research Council. She is also a founding member of TheMHS Management Committee since 1991.

Maree’s vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. She seeks to increase our understanding of substance use and mental health problems, prevent these where possible and improve treatment responses.




Paul McNamara has been a nurse since 1988, a mental health nurse since 1993, a credentialed mental health nurse since 2006, and a fellow of ACMHN since 2008. He works as a consultation liaison CNC at Cairns Hospital. Paul also tinkers online quite a bit; he has a social media portfolio built around the homophone “meta4RN”, which can be read as either “metaphor RN” or “meta for RN”.   

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Dr Cathy Daniel is a Mental Health lecturer and the Coordinator of Post Graduate Mental Health Nursing at The University of Melbourne.

She has completed a Masters Research Degree in minimising mechanical restraint in acute health in 2010.

In 2015 she completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne that explored how the risk of violence can be accurately identified at ED triage. Cathy is the Chair of the CL SIG and has a clinical role in CL  Psychiatry at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and contributes to initiatives to reduce the reliance on coercive interventions in acute health.

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Dr Annette Woodhouse is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with over 40 years’ experience in a range of mental health clinical, therapeutic and academic contexts across New Zealand and Australia.

She is passionate about clinical supervision since her training in New Zealand in the mid-1990s, is  a Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor, with the Australian Association for Family Therapy, Adjunct Faculty member of the Gilead Downs Family Therapy Centre since 2005, and in 2019 in the newly created role of Course Director, Advanced Clinical Training Program in Family Therapy, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

In her spare time, she stand-up paddles and enjoys time with family and friends.

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Caro Swanson has worked in mental health for more than 20 years in consumer and peer roles. For the last 13 years she has worked in a national role co-leading seclusion and restraint elimination projects, leading national peer workforce development, supporting the Equally Well collaborative work. She has developed multiple workshops, resources and frameworks that support changes in the way services and the workforce respond to people experiencing mental health and addiction needs. She is driven by the passionate belief that our responses to people must include compassion and more holistic and joined up options. In 2018 she faced the most serious of physical health challenges partially due to unintegrated services.

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