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Join our speakers in Sydney for the 2017 Summer Forum as we discuss: 

CHOICE AND CONTROL
Personalising the Mental Health System.


Julie Anderson

Session 6: The System and Provision of Choice -

The Authenticity of Choice in a personalised mental health system.

Session 8: Future Steps to Achieving Choice and Control - Panellist.

Julie Anderson

Biography

Julie Anderson is an expert by experience in mental health and has an acclaimed career in the not-for-profit Mental Health sector for 20 years. Julie is an experienced consumer leader with lived experience of recovery, expertise in clinical audits and organisational systems. Currently she holds the role of Executive Officer of the Women’s Mental Health Network Victoria as well as undertaking consultancy work. Julie has a strong track record in internal and external advocacy and is highly skilled in developing strong relationships to influence systems change. Julie has provided advice to Federal and State governments from a lived experience perspective. Recently she sat on the expert reference group for the Federal Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health services and on the writers group for the 5th National Mental Health Plan. In 2015 Julie completed the National Mental Health Commissions Future Leaders in Mental Health program and is a member of MHA National Register of consumer advocates. Julie has completed the Australian Company Directors course and is a previous president of Neami National and currently sits on the Board of directors for Forensicare in Victoria. Julie states the best part of her job is the privilege of meeting and working with consumers and supporting their voice and influence.

Eddie Bartnik

Session 2: Personalisation: Steps to Personalising the System

NDIS 2017: How will personalisation and personal budgets improve peoples’ lives?

 

Eddie Bartnik

Biography

Eddie Bartnik, Independent Consultant and Strategic Adviser to the National Disability Insurance Agency.  Eddie was the inaugural Mental Health Commissioner for Western Australia and, prior to this, had an extensive public service career, particularly in disability services.  Eddie has also worked and published extensively across Australia and overseas in areas of human services reform and individualised funding/personalised support, with 25 years’ direct experience of this approach. He also has extensive experience at a state and national level in disability and mental health policy development, services planning and implementation.  Eddie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Australia and Educational Studies from the University of Tasmania. 

Peggy Brown

Session 7: Building Workforce Capacity - Panellist

Session 8: Future Steps to Achieving Choice and Control - Panellist

Peggy Brown

Biography

Dr Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission and also works part-time as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service in Queensland. She also is a Member of the Agency Management Committee of AHPRA and a Member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. Dr Brown has held clinical and administrative positions in psychiatry, including the roles of Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, and as an NHS International Fellow in the United Kingdom. She has been a leading participant in national mental health policy and planning in Australia for almost two decades. Dr Brown has also held multiple roles within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and in 2013, she was presented with the Margaret Tobin Award by the RANZCP, recognising her significant contribution to administrative psychiatry. From January 2010 to May 2015, Dr Brown was the Director-General of ACT Health, responsible for supporting the ACT Minister for Health and the administration of health services in the ACT, including oversight of the policy, planning, funding and service delivery of all public sector health services in the ACT. She also served as the Chair of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council from 2013-2015, and is a past Director of the National E-Health Transition Authority and the Health Workforce Australia Board.

Jeff Cheverton

Session 6: The System and Provision of Choice

How are PHN’s Personalising the Mental Health System - Case Study 2

Jeff Cheverton

Biography

Executive Director, Commissioning, North Western Melbourne PHN.

Jeff has more than twenty-five years’ experience in health and human services, working in government and non-government agencies with diverse populations such as homeless young people, people with disability, public housing tenants, and people with mental illness.

He was previously Deputy CEO of North Brisbane PHN and, prior to this, served eight years as the CEO of Queensland Alliance for Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Jeff is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has served on many boards including Mental Health Australia and Queensland Council of Social Service. Jeff has a Masters in Social Administration, a Diploma in Social Planning, a Certificate in Business (Nonprofit Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in law and French. He is currently completing a Diploma in Health Economics at Monash University.

 

Kathy Eagar

Session 5: Funding, Methodology & Personalisation

Funding Personalisation – How can funding shape the system for the better?

Kathy Eagar

Biography

Professor and Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong

Kathy has over thirty five years’ experience in the health and community care systems, during which she has divided her time between being a clinician, a senior manager and a health academic.  She has authored over 450 papers on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australia and New Zealand health and community care systems.  Kathy has an established track record of undertaking large and complex health service research projects. She has significant expertise in the design and management of large multidisciplinary research and evaluation projects and a well-established track record in research translation. She has a strong record of achievement in undertaking policy-relevant research projects in partnership with the health system.

Mariam Faraj

Session 6: The System and Provision of Choice.

How are PHN’s Personalising the Mental Health System - Case Study 1

Mariam Faraj

Biography

Mariam Faraj is the General Manager of Clinical Services for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. Mariam has a background in Social Science and Policy, Education and Management with over 20 years’ experience in primary and mental health care. Her work has included the planning, co-design, implementation and management of multiple mental health services and programs . Mariam’s strategic leadership, ability to engage stakeholders, comprehensive understanding of mental health and deep caring nature has seen her champion innovative models of care to support the people in her community living with mental illness.

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Session 3: Changing the System

Disruption as a Force for Change in the UK and Australia

Peter Gianfrancesco

Biography

Peter has worked in the mental health field for 34 years in Australia, the UK and the USA. He is a qualified mental health nurse and holds degrees in Mental Health and Psychotherapy. His roles have included numerous clinical, team leadership and senior management roles within the Australian public mental health system and in the charitable sector in the UK. He has worked at a policy level for NSW Health and led the development of the National Standards for Mental Health Services for the Commonwealth Government. He has also had a Chief Executive role in the NGO sector in the UK and led the transformation of that organisation into the individually purchased care market. Since returning to Australia from the UK in 2014, and prior to commencing his role with Neami, Peter has undertaken numerous consultancy roles assisting the NGO mental health sector in Australia prepare for the NDIS.

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Session 1: Choice and Control – What Does It Mean?

If self-determination is the answer, what would services be spectacular at?

Session 7: Building Workforce Capacity - Panellist

Helen Glover 

Biography

Consultant  and trainer, with professional background in social work and education, as well as lived experience of her own recovery from mental illness

Helen uses her professional background in social work and education, as well as her lived experience of her own recovery from mental illness, to expand and challenge the concepts of recovery-oriented practice within the mental health sector. She provides consultancy and training services nationally and internationally on the opportunities, challenges and tensions of creating recovery-oriented practice within services.

Helen is passionate about the reality of recovery from mental illness/distress.

Sarah Hughes

Session 3: Changing the System

Personalised Services: A first-hand account

Session 7: Building Workforce Capacity - Panellist

Sarah Hughes

Biography

CEO of Mind in Cambridgeshire, UK

Sarah has worked in mental health services for more than 25 years. Originally qualifying as a social worker Sarah has continued her professional development and holds a Masters with the Tavistock Centre having studied organisational dynamics and is currently half way through a professional doctorate exploring the resilience of the leaders of mental health organisations. Sarah is a passionate advocate for recovery and values led services and has over the last decade revolutionised the way in which the voluntary sector provides services locally leading providers to develop more personalised and dynamic opportunities for people needing help. Sarah also writes an ironically titled blog called Don’t Educate the Women and owns a tortoise called Elvis.

Sarah Johnson

Session 5: Funding, Methodology & Personalisation

How is the NDIS different to the past, and what are the funding implications?

Sarah Johnson

Biography

Sarah Johnson is the scheme actuary of the NDIS. Prior to being appointed the Scheme Actuary of the NDIS, she was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sarah has worked within the disability sector and broader health and human services sector for the last ten years. She assisted the Disability Investment Group in costing an NDIS in the Way Forward report, and worked with the Productivity Commission on the Disability Care and Support Inquiry.
She has also undertaken a lot of actuarial work in accident compensation, housing, child protection, health and aged care.

In 2016 Sarah was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute in recognition for her significant contributions to the success of the NDIS and the introduction of actuarial techniques into new areas of social policy.

Helen Killaspy

Session 4:
Personalisation: Evidence Check

What helps recovery for people with complex psychosis; what's the evidence?

Helen Killaspy 

Biography

Professor and honorary consultant in rehabilitation psychiatry at University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Helen is the immediate past Chair of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  She leads national and international programmes of research that focus on the assessment of quality of care for people with complex mental health needs and the evaluation of complex interventions for this group. She is the National Professional Adviser for mental health rehabilitation services for the hospital registration authority in England and Wales, the Care Quality Commission.

Ed Mantler

Session 2Steps to Personalising the System. 

Canada's Approach to Personalising the Mental Health System

 

Ed Mantler

Biography
A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, fostering stakeholder engagement and aligning strategic objectives, Ed has led innovation and improvement in health care for over two decades.
As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health in Canada and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses. By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way to change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigmas and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, Suicide Prevention, and the Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.

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Session 2: Steps to Personalising the System

UK National Policies on Personalisation – how can they be implemented across 140 sites?

Session 8: Future Steps to Achieving Choice and Control - Panellist

Karen Mellanby

Biography

Director of Networks and Communities at Mind, UK

Karen is responsible for the direction, management and development of the Networks and Communities Department at Mind. This includes undertaking work with the nationally affiliated network of 140 local Mind organisations across England and Wales and overseeing a range of programmes that promote good mental health services in communities. This includes programmes supporting leadership and social participation of people with lived experience of mental health problems and the design and development of personalised services and support.

Karen holds an Master Degree in Applied Social Studies and Diploma’s in Social Work and Management, and with over 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, has direct experience of providing services and support for older and disabled people and users of mental health services. Prior to joining Mind in 2013, Karen managed a range of high profile national programmes in England supporting effective community led development and enterprise. Before that she was actively involved in promoting and supporting the provision of independent advocacy for users of health and social care services.

Frank Quinlan

Session 4: Personalisation: Evidence Check

Australia’s Big Picture for the Future of the Mental Health System

Frank Quinlan

Biography

Public policy advocate, father of 3, husband of 1.

Frank Quinlan is the CEO of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of "better mental health for all Australians".

Frank was previously the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, a peak national body for social services organisations providing social and community services to over a million people each year. Frank has a long history of working in the not-for-profit sector, having previously worked at Grassmere Youth Services, Tranmere Street Youth Refuge and the Australian Drug Foundation. He has also held senior positions with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia and the Australian Medical Association.

Frank is an energetic advocate for disadvantaged Australians and for the community and not-for-profit sector, and has represented the interests of both his members and the sector on numerous government consultative panels and committees. Frank completed tertiary studies at both Monash University and Melbourne University and has been a guest lecturer in public policy programs at the Australian National University. Frank is the father of three daughters and is a recently qualified recreational pilot.

Ken Thompson

Session 1: Choice and Control – What Does It Mean?

The tendency of “Mental Health Systems” to remove choice

Session 8: Future Steps to Achieving Citizenship

Concluding Thoughts on Choice and Control: Personalising the Mental Health System

Ken Thompson

Biography

Public service psychiatrist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

Ken is a public service psychiatrist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania who has focused his career on community/population health and improving psychiatric services. He has worked in a clinical and leadership capacity across the spectrum of community behavioral health and primary care settings and has an extensive background in behavioral health services research, psychiatric pedagogy, psychiatric administration and health policy advocacy. Currently he is the Chief Medical Officer for Recovery Innovations, a US organization that is leading efforts internationally to put recovery into practice. Prior to this he served as the Medical Director of the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he provided expert psychiatric consultation to public policy formation and implementation.