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Leading Reform 2023

22–23 November 2023, Sofitel Brisbane Central

Summit Day 1 - Wednesday 22 November 2023
  Time Item Topic Speaker
  8.00am Registration opens    
  9.00am Welcome to delegates Welcome to Country Tribal Experiences
  9.30am Opening address Opening address (via video) The Hon. Shannon Fentiman
Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services, and Minister for Women 
  9.50am Commissioner address Leading reform in Queensland Ivan Frkovic
Queensland Mental Health Commissioner
  SESSION 1 Lived experience and carer welcome    
  10.10am Address Lived experience address

Jordan Frith
NMHCCF Queensland Representative

  10.20am Address Carer address Cindy Heddle
NMHCCF Queensland Representative
  10.30am Morning tea    
  SESSION 2 Stigma / Implementing reform    
  11.00am Address Ending stigma and discrimination in mental health Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft
Professor of Community Psychiatry
Kings College London
  11.20am Address + audience Q&A The challenge of implementation Professor Harvey Whiteford
Professor of Psychiatry and Population Mental Health
University of Queensland
  11.50am Discussion panel + audience participation Policy implementation challenges and priorities for Queensland

Sector leaders: 

  • A/Prof. John Allan, Queensland Health
  • Jennifer Black, CEO QAMH
  • Emma Kill, CEO QuIVAA
  • Jorgen Gullestrup, CEO MHLEPQ
  • Irene Clelland, CEO Arafmi
  • Bronwen Edwards, CEO RITO
  12.30pm Lunch    
  SESSION 3 Collective action and joint responsibility    
  1.30pm Address The Path to Truth, Healing and Treaty in Queensland

Professor Cindy Shannon AM
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Griffith University
Chair, Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council

  1.50pm Address Leading Healing our Way: The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Strategy 2020-2040

Shannan Dodson
Chief Executive Officer
The Healing Foundation

  2.10pm Discussion panel + audience participation Truth, Treaty and healing in practice—What does collective action look like?
  • Professor Cindy Shannon AM, Griffith University
  • Shannan Dodson, The Healing Foundation
  • Candice Butler, Director Centre of Excellence QATSICPP
  2.30pm Afternoon tea    
  SESSION 4 Collective action and joint responsibility    
  3.00pm Lifetime Achievement Awards + Choral Performance   Upbeat Arts Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir
  3.30pm Address Unit-based pricing for alcohol Dr Erin Lalor
Chief Executive Officer
Alcohol and Drug Foundation
  3.50pm Address Implementing drug diversion in Queensland

Margo Watson
A/Inspector, Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit Queensland Police Service

Helen Taylor
Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy Queensland Health
  4.10pm Discussion panel + audience participation Key harm reduction initiatives for Queensland
  • Dr Erin Lalor, ADF
  • Margo Watson, QPS
  • Helen Taylor, Qld Health
  • Bec Lang, QNADA
  • Emma Kill, QuIVAA
  5.00pm CLOSE DAY 1    
  5.00pm-6.30pm NETWORKING EVENT    



Summit Day 2 - Thursday 23 November 2023
  Time Item Topic Speaker
  8.30am Registration opens    
  SESSION 5 Prevention and getting in early    
  9.00am Address Mental wealth Professor John Buchanan
The Brain and Mind Centre
The University of Sydney
  9.20am Address New Zealand’s mental wellbeing strategy (Kia Manawanui Aotearoa) and its implementation Kiri Richards
Associate Deputy Director-General
Mental Health and Addiction System
Performance and Monitoring
Ministry of Health NZ
  9.40am Address Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership Michael Hogan
Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership
  10.00am Discussion panel + audience participation  
  • Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney
  • Kiri Richards, Ministry of Health NZ
  • Michael Hogan, TQKP
  10.30am Morning tea    
  SESSION 6 Community-based and community-led    
  11.00am Address The future of community psychiatry and community mental health services Professor Patrick McGorry
Executive Director
  11.20am Address New Zealand’s approach to community-based mental health service delivery

Abbe Anderson
National Director, Commissioning
Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand)

Aroha Metcalf
General Manager Oranga Hinengaro
Te Aka Whai Ora (Māori Health Authority)
  11.50am Address Principles and approach to community-led suicide prevention

Marnie Wuele
Executive Manager Service Delivery,

Chenoa Dowling
Regional Coordinator for Queensland and Northern Territory, Thirrili

  12.10pm Discussion panel + audience participation  
  • Professor Patrick McGorry, Orygen
  • Abbe Anderson, Health New Zealand
  • Aroha Metcalf, Māori Health Authority
  • Jennifer Black, QAMH
  • Marnie Wuele, Thirrili
  • Chenoa Dowling, Thirrili
  12.30pm Lunch    
  SESSION 7 Social determinants    
  1.30pm Address How can we protect people’s mental health during cost-of-living pressures?

Greg Jennings
Chief Engagement Officer 
Beyond Blue

  1.50pm Address Unemployment and underemployment: significant drivers of suicide Dr Adam Skinner
Brain and Mind Centre
The University of Sydney
  2.10pm Address The interplay between housing and mental health Dr Nicola Brackertz
Senior Manager, AHURI Professional Services
  2.30pm Discussion panel + audience participation Addressing Queensland’s current socio-economic circumstances
  • Greg Jennings, Beyond Blue
  • Dr Adam Skinner, Brain and Mind Centre
  • Dr Nicola Brackertz, AHURI
  • Karyn Walsh, CEO Micah Projects
  • Neil Willmett, CEO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland
  3.00pm Afternoon tea    
  SESSION 8 Person-first and person-led approaches    
  3.30pm Discussion panel + audience participation Improving our responses to trauma
  • Professor David Forbes, Director Phoenix Australia
  • Dr Lucy Grummitt, The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Dr Elizabeth Hoehn, Medical Director, Queensland Centre for Perinatal Infant Health
  • Nieves Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia
  • Vivianne Kissane, CEO, Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness
  4.30pm Address Closing remarks - Lived experience perspective Jordan Frith
NMHCCF Queensland Representative
  4.40pm Address Closing remarks - Carer perspective Cindy Heddle
NMHCCF Queensland Representative
  4.50pm Address Closing remarks Ivan Frkovic
Queensland Mental Health Commissioner