Pre-conference Workshops Speakers






Important Dates

Call for Papers Open:
February 2013

Online Registration Opens:
June 2013

Paper submission deadline extended:
7 August 2013

Authors Acceptance Notification:
1 September 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
15 September 2013

Registration Deadline Date for Authors:
30 September 2013



Deborah ChristieDr. Deborah Christie

Dr. Deborah Christie is a consultant clinical psychologist and honorary reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology. She is the clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychology at the University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Christie has worked at UCLH since 1998 where she developed a passion for working with young people who are searching for ways to live with chronic illness including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and chronic pain syndromes. Dr Christie developed the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) as part of the University College Hospital Weight Management Clinic. HELP was awarded the Association for the Study of Obesity Best Practice award in 2001. Dr Christie was the first Recipient of the SAM/Carlotta Simons Award in Adolescent Health in 2001 and received the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Health Psychology in 2004. Awarded the Adele Hoffman visiting professorship in adolescent health and medicine April 2013.

Dr Christie has published over 90 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of a recently published book Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families. Research interests currently include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness, and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children.

Dr Christie is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies. She particularly enjoys working with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity.


George PattonProfessor George Patton

George Patton is the Professor of Adolescent Health Research with the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council and has a clinical background in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His group has undertaken studies ranging from the sociological to biological with a prime focus on the adolescent and young adult years.  They include the Gatehouse Project, a trial of promoting social inclusion in Victorian schools, the development of large scale surveys to document patterns of child and youth development to guide policy decisions and leading long-term cohort studies of adolescent health and development.    The topics covered include global patterns of health in young people, eating disorders, tobacco and substance use, obesity, common adolescent mental disorders, early psychosis, the effects of puberty on health and development,  and adolescent antecedents of non-communicable diseases in later life.

He has had advisory and consultancy roles with the UN, World Health Organization, USAID, the World Bank and UNICEF around adolescent health and development.  He played a leading role in both the first and second Lancet Series in Adolescent Health. In Australia he has chaired advisory groups producing ‘A Picture of Australia’s Children’ and ‘Australia’s Young People: their health and well-being’ over the course of the past decade.   He has also had advisory roles to the Commonwealth Government around mental health policy, suicide prevention, alcohol and illicit substance abuse and men’s health.


Jonathan CarapetisProfessor Jonathan Carapetis

Professor Carapetis is the Director of The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.  His previous positions include terms as Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, Theme Director at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne and Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is recognised as a leading mind in the Australian health field, with particular expertise in Indigenous child health.
From 2006-2012, Professor Carapetis was Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where he forged new directions in research and training to tackle the big problems in Indigenous health. He also holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBBS), specialist paediatrician (FRACP Paediatrics), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP Infect Dis), and specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), as well as a PhD.
Amongst his many accolades, Professor Carapetis was named as Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2008. He has been named as one of Australia's top 100 brains in Cosmos magazine, selected in the top ten in Medicine and Health in the Bulletin Magazine's "Smart 100" list, and attended the Prime Minister's 20:20 summit in Canberra in 2008.
Professor Carapetis has made an international contribution and commitment to the reduction of rheumatic heart disease. While rare in most developed countries, Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world due to its prevalence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in Northern Australia.


Peter-AzzopardiPete Azzopardi

Pete is an adolescent physician and epidemiologist with a particular interest in the health of socially disadvantaged young people. He co-leads the health design team of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. He is a NHMRC Sidney-Myer PhD candidate at The Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Indigenous Health Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. His PhD focuses on the health of Indigenous youth in Australia. He has clinical experience in East Timor, Solomon Islands and with Australian Indigenous communities in Central Australia and in Melbourne.


Cathy VaughanCathy Vaughan

Cathy Vaughan is a lecturer at the Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society in the Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne.  Since 1996 she has worked as an international health practitioner-researcher in the areas of youth health, HIV, disability, primary health care, and health program design and evaluation in Asia and the Pacific.  Cathy’s doctoral research used Photovoice to explore young people’s perceptions of health and HIV in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and has informed how youth-focused programs in the region are designed and implemented by international NGOs.  She has a particular research interest in the process and impacts of participatory and visual research methodologies.  Current research projects aim to explore the impact of female genital cutting on women and families in Melbourne; assess the impact of World Vision International’s programming on gender equality; examine male involvement in antenatal care in PNG; and improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in Philippines.


Glenn PearsonGlenn Pearson

Glenn Pearson, a Nyoongar from Western Australia and father of five, is the Manager Aboriginal Health Research at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research located in Perth, Western Australia. A trained primary school teacher, he has 15 years of experience in senior positions within the Australian and State Governments in a range of areas including health, education and welfare.

He is one of eight Aboriginal chief investigators within the Institute’s Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing (CREAHW. The program is a unique validation of Aboriginal knowledge and demonstration of Indigenous methodology, culture and ways of thinking.

He is also completing a Doctorate at the University of Western Australia (UWA) that has explored how delivery of child protection, child health and educational services to Aboriginal people in the Perth Metropolitan and Geraldton Regions by Non Aboriginal Government workers is mediated by the relationships between these two groups. 


Lauchlan cookLachlan Cooke

ICEA Founder

Lachlan’s purpose is to inspire young people to be united by respect. He founded the ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education Awareness) foundation in 2006 when he was in Year 11 and is proud to have led the rapid organic growth of the organisation into what it is today – young people driving reconciliation. In 2011, he was an Australian delegate at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland and a member of the Commonwealth Youth Forum for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. These experiences reinforced the importance of empowering young people as the drivers of change. To make reconciliation a reality, ICEA must continue to be youth driven.


Meredith TurnbullMeredith Turbull

Meredith has over 17 years experience in the community, health and social change sectors of Australia. In the recent past, she has worked nationally as the Executive Director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Director of GetUp! In Sydney she was the Executive Officer for the state-based Twenty Ten Association. Meredith began her career in
Perth, working as the Executive Officer of the Youth Affairs Council of WA, the Coordinator of the Freedom Centre and a Project Officer with the WA AIDS Council. She has also held executive positions on the boards of many small and large social sector organisations, including currently sitting on the Board of The Social Outfit, a social enterprise in NSW working with refugee communities.

In 2008 Meredith established the consulting company, Adaptive Projects, in order to strengthen the leadership capacities and resilience of people, groups and their organisations in the social sector. She holds tertiary qualifications in Master of Business Administration, a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Science. Meredith also completed The Benevolent Society's Sydney Leadership Program.


Kerrie BuhagiarDr Kerrie Buhagiar

The Inspire Foundation is the organisation behind the leading online youth mental health service Kerrie has been the Director of Service Delivery at the Inspire Foundation since January 2012. Having begun her scientific career through completing a BSc (Biomedical Science) at UTS and PhD at the University of Sydney, Kerrie spent the subsequent 10 years working for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. Kerrie led and managed a number of key strategic projects across NHS Lothian, including managing a national mental health improvement programme, leading a range projects focused on capacity building and service quality across primary care, community and acute hospital settings, and consulting on a range of service modernisation initiatives.

Kerrie has a keen interest in health care reform and modernising services to meet the changing needs of the evolving community. She brings expertise in program management, change management, healthcare improvement and modernisation, and translation of research and knowledge into practice.


Aram HosieAram Hosie

Aram Hosie is the Director of Research & Public Affairs at the Inspire Foundation and was a co-author of the 2012 report Counting the Cost: The Impact of Young Men's Mental Health on the Australian Economy.

Prior to working for Inspire, Aram held a number of senior policy roles within the West Australian public service, including within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Indigenous Affairs.

Aram came to this policy work from a strong clinical practice background. An experienced counsellor and qualified Occupational Therapist, Aram commenced his working life on the acute adult inpatient wards at Bentley Hospital in WA, and, subsequently, worked for the Drug and Alcohol Office overseeing West Australia's metropolitan drug diversion and counselling program for juvenile offenders.

Aram has a Masters in Politics and Policy, a passion for social justice, and a bit of an addiction to technology and the gym.


Carmen GarrettCarmen Garrett

Carmen is the clinical coordinator of eheadspace, headspace’s national online and telephone youth mental health service. She joined headspace in 2010 to coordinate the clinical projects run out of headspace National Office including the pilot project of eheadspace

Carmen Garrett has over 8 years experience working with young people as a social worker.  Carmen is passionate about youth mental health, particularly increasing young people’s access to quality services.  Carmen has extensive experience in clinical service delivery to young people with eating disorders.