The Program Committee would like to thank the 2017 keynote speakers
Dr Andrew Campbell is a registered psychologist that has been researching and teaching about Cyberpsychology and eMental Health for more than 20 years. As a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, he is often approached to speak on the topic of communication technology and its impact on health and wellbeing, specifically around online addictions, online culture and digital citizenship.
Dr Campbell has conducted research notably in the development of online therapies for depression and anxiety, AD/HD treatment using bio-feedback videogames and social networking for managing young people’s mental health.
Talitha Cummins describes herself as the modern face of a recovering alcoholic: she’s young, professional, educated and high-functioning.
The journalist first began drinking as a 14-year-old to fight shyness and social discomfort. But the alter ego that emerged when she drank – extrovert, confident, brazen – swiftly began to cause problems.
By her early 30s Cummins was a successful television reporter by day and a binge drinker by night. But it wasn’t until her boss intervened to say her job was at stake that she finally took action.
Today Cummins is four years sober, has a newborn son and is the happiest she’s ever been, but admits she is far from the finish line when it comes to beating her addiction.
In October 2016, Talitha appeared on Australian Story revealing her battle with alcoholism.
Professor Olaf H. Drummer, Dr.h.c.(Antwerp), PhD (Melb), BAppSc(RMIT), FFSC, FRCPA, FACBS, CChem, is a forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist. Currently, he is Deputy Director (Academic Programs) at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, and Professor and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Drummer completed his Applied Chemistry Degree at completed Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1973 and his PhD a few years later from Melbourne University.
He worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit at the University of Melbourne’s Austin Hospital precinct becoming a NH&MRC fellow in 1986. In 1989 he took up a position as an Assistant Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine to form Victoria’s new forensic toxicology laboratories as well as manage other laboratory and research activities within the Institute.
He has received a number of awards besides the TIAFT Alan Curry award in 2016; Jean Servais Stas award from the German Society of Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh) (2013); Excellence in Higher Degree supervision, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (2013); Irving Sunshine award from the International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology (IATDMCT) for Excellence in Clinical Toxicology (2005) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) award for Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Research (2000). He has also received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the University of Antwerp (2016).
He has published extensively in the fields of forensic pharmacology and analytical toxicology, including in over 250 peer reviewed scientific papers in journals, chapters, and has written or co-written 3 books. He has acted as an expert forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist in well over one hundred court cases in Australia and in other parts of the world.
He is a past President (2008-2011) of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) as well as having served as treasurer (1998-2005), and is the past and inaugural President of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australia (FACTA inc; 2010-2016). He is also a member of a number of national and international associations.
He is the editor for toxicology and drug manuscripts for Forensic Science International, and sits on editorial boards of several journals. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), a founding fellow of the Faculty of Science within the RCPA; and a fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists (ACBS).
Professor Michael Farrell is the Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW. He worked in London for over 20 years where he was a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist in the Maudsley Hospital and a Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. His extensive research interests include treatment evaluation, drug dependence in prisons, Evidence Based Practice and Treatment Evaluation, translation of new evidence into practice. He is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He has published over 200 scientific papers.
Dr MacDonald graduated with first class honours from Monash University and with the Geoff Conron Prize in Psychiatry, then trained at The Alfred, Melbourne and St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin. He moved to the Gold Coast in 2014 where he worked as the Northern Community Clinical Lead for Gold Coast HHS. He was an Adjunct Lecturer for Monash University, is now a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University. He is the Unit Director (Dual Diagnosis) at Currumbin Clinic, a Committee Member for the Queensland Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, a cross-border OTP prescriber, and is currently pursing/researching a range of novel biological approaches to the management of addictions.
Dr MacDonald’s curiosity about the interface between medicine and psychiatry led him to initially sub-specialise in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and complete research in the area of Conversion Disorder.
He has received prizes for writing online learning modules for medical students, and is a reviewer or editorial member for numerous local and international medical and psychiatric journals. He is passionate about employing the “recovery” paradigm in his clinical work, as well as tertiary consultation as a way of promoting mental health literacy in the community.
Dr MacDonald was previously a state-level cricket player, runs marathons occasionally despite acquiring numerous injuries, and was a hopeless rugby player.
Associate Professor Sally McCarthy has roles as Clinical Director of the Emergency Care Institute NSW, a body established to network that state’s 184 emergency departments, foster research and innovation and advocate on behalf of emergency care, and senior emergency physician at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. She was recently one of 3 members of the Prime Minister’s Ice Taskforce, producing national recommendations for responding to crystal methamphetamine in Australia. She chairs the Australian Government Medicare Review Clinical Committee for Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Services, was previously President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and holds positions in state, national and international bodies focussed on improving emergency care.
School of Psychology, Deakin University
Associate Professor Staiger is a Senior Academic and Psychologist within the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Her expertise is in the treatment of addiction with a focus on individuals with co-occurring disorders. Her work consists of a mix of: a) theoretical/experimental work which informs our understanding of the mechanisms underlying substance disorders (a focus on impulse control and emotion regulation); b) conducting clinical trials, informing best practise with a strong focus on translation and dissemination of her work into the health service system. She has written over 100 publications and presented at a range of national and international conferences.
Professor Murat Yücel is a trained Clinical Neuropsychologist and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He is currently appointed as a Professorial Fellow within the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University (2013-current) where he is Leader of the Addiction Program within the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and Director of the Brain and Mental Health (BMH) Laboratory.
Professor Yücel is a recognised expert in the area of biological psychiatry and addiction neuroscience. His research crafts innovations in the application of psychological and brain imaging techniques to human populations, and has influenced thinking across three main themes: (i) determining the long-term impact of heavy cannabis use on brain, cognition and mental health; (ii) understanding the neural and psychological basis of reduced self-regulation across as drug and behavioural addictions; and (iii) clarifying the underlying neurobiology of several psychiatric illnesses (including psychosis, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder).
His discoveries have led to increased public and professional awareness on these topics and established his group at the forefront of addiction and psychiatric neuroscience research in Australia. To date, he has helped obtain ~$25 million in research funding (including 16 NHMRC and ARC grants), which has led to >240 peer- reviewed publications and >15,000 citations.