SPEAKERS

Professor Daniel Howard SC, Commissioner, The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

 

Professor Dan Howard SC was the Commissioner of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, and delivered his final Report to the Governor and Premier of NSW in January 2020.

A former President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and a former Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW,  Dan is a Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar, a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the School of Law at the University of Wollongong, and a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW where he teaches ‘Psychiatry and the Criminal Law’ in the Masters of Forensic Mental Health Program. He is a former NSW Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and is the co-author of the textbook Crime and Mental Health Law in New South Wales and the author of R v Milat – a case study in cross-examination.

Ms Pesio Ah-Honi, National Director Pacific Services – Mapu Maia, Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand

I am of Samoan and Chinese descent. Born in Samoa and educated and raised in Auckland.

As the National Director Pacific Services, Mapu Maia, I lead a team of experienced and qualified Pacific clinicians, social workers and public health promoters in problem gambling, other addictions and co-existing issues.   Prior to this role I was the National Public Health Manager of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF)

I first worked in the problem gambling sector in 2001  as project lead for Pacific Care Trust, developing New Zealand’s first Pacific public health strategy in Manukau City before going on to develop and lead the Pacific national public health plan.  I joined PGF in 2004 and have worked on the development of the Pacific service, Mapu Maia, since 2010.

For the past 24 years I have worked extensively within the Pacific Island community in the areas of problem gambling, public health, tertiary education and community development.  From 2006 to 2009, I was an elected Board member for the New Zealand Health Promotion Forum and currently I represent the Pacific sector on the NGO Health and Disability Council of New Zealand and elected deputy Chair of DRUA, National Network of Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Practitioners of NZ.

I have considerable experience in an integrated model of service delivery, combining public health with a clinical framework to bring about a connected and cohesive approach for the delivery of service to Pacific people and their families.

Associate Professor James Martin, Discipline Convener, Criminology, Faculty of Health, Arts & Design, Swinburne University of Technology

 

Dr James Martin is Associate Professor and Criminology Discipline Convener at the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Martin is an expert on cryptomarkets and the darknet trade in illicit drugs. His first book, Drugs on the Darknet: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs, helped define this emerging area of research and was cited in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, administrator of the infamous cryptomarket Silk Road. Dr Martin is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, an international and multidisciplinary research network focused on the online illicit drugs trade.

A/Prof Samantha Thomas, Associate Professor of Public Health, Deakin University

 

Dr James Martin is Associate Professor and Criminology Discipline Convener at the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Martin is an expert on cryptomarkets and the darknet trade in illicit drugs. His first book, Drugs on the Darknet: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs, helped define this emerging area of research and was cited in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, administrator of the infamous cryptomarket Silk Road. Dr Martin is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, an international and multidisciplinary research network focused on the online illicit drugs trade.

Ms Mary Fenech, Nurse Practitioner, Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN)

 

Mary has worked in the field of Hepatology and Blood Borne Viruses and Sexual Health for more than twenty years and graduated as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007.  During this time, Mary has been involved in clinical trials involving new treatments for chronic hepatitis C and has seen treatment emerge from one of  limited success and significant side effects to a user friendly and highly efficacious treatment that is now appropriate for all consumer groups.

Mary left a large tertiary centre Liver Clinic in 2018 to work as an NP with Queensland Injectors Health Network where she operates outreach clinics over several locations around south east Queensland serving a variety of marginalised populations.  Mary’s past experience in the tertiary setting has enabled strong links to be established between QuIHN and the broader healthcare field, ensuring access along the continuum of care for clients with viral hepatitis and for those with  complications from these diseases.  Mary was one of the founding members and early Presidents of the Australasian Hepatology Association (AHA) and a co author of the original AHA Practice Standards for  the Hepatology Nurse and AHA consensus Guidelines for the Care of People living with Advanced Liver Disease and Hepato Cellular Carcinoma.

In her spare time, Mary concentrates on completing her PhD.

Dr Roby Abeles, CEO/Managing Director, Brainspotting Australia Pacific & Abeles Consulting

Roby Abeles, is an accomplished integrative, somatic, neuro-psychotherapist, with 30+ years of international experience in diverse clinical, academic, government, & human services environments in Australia & USA.

Dr Abeles has 35 years sobriety and received her early addictions training at the Betty Ford Center in California (1989). She is also:

– Co-developer of the MATES Brain Regulation Program.

– International Brainspotting (BSP) trainer, & developer of the BSP/Narrative therapy “Crocodile” process, to stop addiction cravings & relapse

– Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)

– PACFA Supervisor

– Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California, USA

Degrees

– PsyD Clinical Psychology

– MA Counselling & Spiritual Psychology

– BA Chemical Dependency Counselling

Dr Gabriele Byrne, Senior Advisor, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Dr. Gabriele Byrne is a Senior Advisor at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. She is often referred to as an effective ‘Change Agent’, having spent the last 20 years assisting individuals, organisations and communities to modify their perception and attitude about gambling related harm. Gabriele is a best-selling author and completed her PhD at the end of 2019. Gabriele’s unique way of telling her story, from having had ‘a hot, passionate affair with the pokies’, to now working for the Victorian government is remarkable. Her excellent communication skills and great sense of humour make her a truly motivational and inspiring speaker.

Professor Leanne Hides, The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland

 
Professor Leanne Hides holds an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship and the industry-supported Lives Lived Well Chair in Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health at the University of Queensland, Australia. She co-leads the Federal Government funded grant for the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), the only youth focused substance use research centre in Australia. Leanne is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical and research experience in the development and testing of treatments for primary substance use and comorbid mental disorders in young people, including web and mobile based programs.

Dr Huu Kim Le, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, CGI Clinic

 

Dr Huu Kim Le is an Australian Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, specialising in video game addiction or “gaming disorder”. He based in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr Le founded CGI Clinic, a website to increase Internet awareness in the community. Kim spent 3 years working as a consultant psychiatrist in the Women’s and Children’s Health Network in Southern Adelaide. He now focuses on providing a bulk-billed Telepsychiatry service for residents anywhere in Australia, including assessments and management plans for gaming disorder.

In 2015, Dr Le was awarded a NSW Institute of Psychiatry Training Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He conducted an investigation at the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore on Internet Gaming Disorder. That same year, he gave a TEDx Talk titled “The Spell of Digital Immersion” at Adelaide Town Hall.

“I am fascinated by the Internet gaming world and I have a passion for helping others enjoy gaming in a healthy way.” -Dr Le

Mr Todd Sellwood, AOD Nurse Navigator, Princess Alexandra Hospital

 

Todd Sellwood is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in emergency, oncology, surgery and medicine in various roles. He has worked in the Addiction field for a number of years and has been employed as the Alcohol and Other Drug Nurse Navigator at Princess Alexandra Hospital for the last 18 months. He has completed a Master’s in Nursing: Leadership and Management at JCU and Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies at USQ.

Todd is a passionate advocate for the collaborative management for those presenting for care and supports empathetic and holistic management of those seeking guidance and support for Drug and Alcohol use disorders. He is also a fervent supporter of dispelling myths and quashing stigmatisation of patients accessing healthcare services.