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Program – Defence and Veteran Suicide: Prevention through Understanding symposium

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Day 1 – Wednesday 10 March

Registration 7:30am-8:30am

Morning Session 8:30am-10:30am

  • Welcome to Country (10 min)
  • Symposium Opening by interim Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, Dr Bernadette Boss CSC (20 min)
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister.
    • TOPIC: The National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan: the importance of family engagement (60 min)
  • SPEAKER: Gwen Cherne, Commissioner for Veteran Family Advocacy
    • TOPIC: Veteran and Family Response (30 min)

Morning Break 10:30am-11am

Mid-Morning Session 11am-12pm

  • SPEAKER: Geoff Evans, CEO Disaster Relief Australia and veteran
    • TOPIC: Vulnerability and Risk: a model of intervention on curves (60 min)

Lunch 12pm-1pm

Afternoon Session 1pm-4:15pm

  • SPEAKER: Scientia Professor Richard Bryant, School of Psychology, UNSW
    • TOPIC: The complexity of assessing and treating post-concussion syndrome (traumatic brain injury) as against post-traumatic stress disorder (60 min)
  • SPEAKER: Professor Sharon Lawn, Flinders University
    • TOPIC: Veteran Wellbeing and Support (60 min)
  • SPEAKER: Dr David Caldicott, Emergency Consultant & Senior Clinical Lecturer, College of Health & Medicine, ANU
    • TOPIC: Swords into Ploughshares- The Medicalization of Illicit Drugs(60 min)
  • Commissioner's day one close (15 min)

Networking 4:30pm-6:30pm

  • Complimentary networking drinks and canapes – Level 15, QT Hotel (limited numbers)

Day 2 – Thursday 11 March

Registration 7:30am-8:30am

Morning Session 8:30am-10:30am

  • SPEAKER: Coroner Jacqui Hawkins, Coroners Court of Victoria
    • TOPIC: Case study – Jesse Bird inquest (30 min)
  • SPEAKER: Dr Kay Danes OAM, alumni of Southern Cross University School of Law & Justice, Researcher & Policy Analyst
    • TOPIC: Pleading Positive Reform: An analysis of suicide risk, self-harm and reputational peril impacting serving members of the Australian Defence Force (shared 60 min session)
  • SPEAKER: Nikki Jamieson, PhD candidate, School of Health, UNE, and veteran mental health advocate
    • TOPIC: Moral trauma and veteran mental health (shared 60 min session)

Morning Break 10:30am-11am

Mid-Morning Session 11am-12pm

  • SPEAKER: Professor Sandy McFarlane AO University of Adelaide
    • TOPIC: Investigating suicide by ADF members and ex-serving personnel (60 min)

Lunch 12pm-1pm

Afternoon Session 1pm-4:15pm

  • SPEAKER: Madeline Romaniuk, Associate Director of Mental Health Research, Gallipoli Medical Research Institute
    • TOPIC: The Impact of Transition out of the ADF on Mental Health(60 min)
  • SPEAKER: Dr Katelyn Kerr, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Toowong Private Hospital, Trauma Recovery Programs & Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
    • TOPIC: Predictors of Suicide in Veterans (60 min)
  • Commissioner's event close (15 min)

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