Featured Speakers

Professor Brian McKenna, Professor in Forensic Mental Health, Auckland University of Technology

Brian is a Registered Nurse and Professor of Forensic Mental Health, which is a joint appointment between Auckland University of Technology and the Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services in New Zealand. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia.

Brian has published widely on research in forensic mental health, and mental health law. A commitment to joint appointments has seen partnerships driving his research agenda towards service and clinical practice improvements.

Ms Jenny Valentish, Author

Journalist Jenny Valentish’s third book is Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, which blends research and memoir. It received major media coverage in Australia and the UK and was nominated for a Walkley Award. Her book is on the recommended reading list for modules of Monash University’s Addiction Studies and RMIT’s Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology, and Valentish herself has a graduate certificate in AOD from Turning Point. She is a board member of SMART Recovery Australia, an ambassador for Monash University’s BrainLab, a consultant for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and a core member of AOD Media Watch.

Professor Amanda Baker, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Professor Amanda Baker (PhD) is a clinical psychologist and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow located at the University of Newcastle. She leads an internationally renowned program of clinical research trialing novel interventions that target co-existing mental health and substance use problems. Amanda has a special interest in the treatment of smoking and improving physical and mental health among people attending alcohol, other drug and mental health services. Amanda has been a Chief Investigator on 20 NHMRC grants. She has over 270 publications including over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers 2019

  • Ms Linda Hipper, Director of Addiction Services, Academic Clinic Unit, Queensland Government, Metro South Health
  • Ms Paula Snowden, Chief Executive Officer, PGF Services, New Zealand
  • Mr Tony Trimingham, CEO, Family Drug Support Australia

Invited Featured Speakers 2019

  •  Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra
  • Mr Garth Popple, Executive Director, WHOS