Sophie Scott ABC

Sophie Scott

Master of Ceremonies

Sophie Scott is the National Medical Reporter for the ABC, in addition to being a prominent public speaker. Sophie has won numerous awards for excellence in medical and health journalism, including an Australian Museum Eureka award and multiple awards from various professional medical colleges. Sophie's reports appear on ABC TV news, radio and online, as well as 7.30 and the ABC News Channel.

Katherine Whetton

Katherine Whetton

Opening address

Katherine Whetton is Deputy Secretary for Mental Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. She is a former Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Performance Group and Executive Director, Education State Policy and Design, where she was responsible for leading development and policy coherence of the overarching Education State agenda across the Department’s three portfolios: early childhood development, schools, and training and skills.

Robyn Mildon

Dr Robyn Mildon

Keynote speaker

Dr Robyn Mildon is an internationally recognised figure in the field of implementation science, evidence synthesis and knowledge translation, and program and policy evaluations in health, education and human services. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI, a global social purpose organisation whose work now spans seven countries.


Adam Fennessy PSM

Keynote speaker

Adam Fennessy PSM is the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner. The Victorian Public Sector Commission works to strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector and maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity. Adam has over 20 years of public sector experience at state and federal levels, including four years as Secretary (CEO) of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

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Lesley Cook

Keynote speaker

Lesley Cook established Partners in Practice as the health and welfare arm of Blackboro Associates Pty Ltd consulting services in 2007. Partners in Practice is a Sydney based consulting service that supports capacity building for community organisations. It works with clients to strengthen their collaborative capacity and improve the impact of the organisation’s activities.


Panelists: Implementation in practice 

Panel #1

Dr Andrew Milat is Director, Evidence and Evaluation at the NSW Ministry of Health. His PhD focused on implementation science, scale up of health interventions and research impact assessment.

Mary O’Hagan is a New Zealand innovator, thinker and writer. She has used her lived experience of mental health problems and her extensive work experience to develop straight answers to the curly questions in mental health. 

Mary Roberts is Director, Children and Families Support and Safeguarding at the Department of Health.

Margaret Augerinos is CEO of the Centre for Non-Violence (based in Bendigo, Vic.) She is a social worker who has been working in the not-for-profit community services sector for the last 32 years.

Panelists: Coproduction in practice

Panel #2

Fiona Browning is a member of Mental Health Victoria's Lived Experience Advisory Group. In her consultancy work she combines the perspectives of over 30 years personal lived experience and 20 years working in clinical and community health roles.

Kerry Hawkins is a Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission and President of Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

Cath Roper holds a pioneering consumer academic role at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. She is co-author of the manual 'Co-production: putting principles into practice in mental health contexts'.

Jacqui Gibson-Roos, an Aboriginal woman of the Wongatha country, is a community consumer advocate who has been involved in a number of boards and committees as a member, chair and co-chair, including the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and the Council of Education.

Panelists: Putting reform into practice in the Victorian mental health sector 

Panel #3

Dr Tricia Szirom is External Stakeholder Liaison and Royal Commission Lead Advisor at Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Inc. She is former General Manager of Children, Youth and Families at Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Marie Piu is CEO at Tandem Inc. She was previously Senior Manager Population Health at Nillumbik Health and a Service & Professional Development Consultant at Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit.

A/Prof Ravi Bhat is Divisional Clinical Director at Goulburn Valley Health. His academic interests include Delirium, Suicide in Older Adults, Migrant/Refugee Mental Health, Mental Health Service Delivery.

Jayne Nelson is CEO of IPC Health, one of the largest providers of community health services in Victoria. Her expertise is in developing strategies and leading complex teams to deliver a service-oriented, high performance work culture.