12.00pm —Welcome, Acknowledgement of Country, Acknowledgement of Lived Experience


Ingrid Ozols AM, Master of Ceremonies

Ingrid Ozols AM is Chair of Mental Health Victoria's Lived Experience Advisory Group. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the suicide prevention sector, and is the founder of MH@Work, which provides a full spectrum of mental health services for workplaces and the community in Australia.

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12.10pm — Opening address


Kris O'Brien

Kris O'Brien is Statewide Coordinator of MHV’s Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program. He was recently awarded a National Emergency Medal for his work for Disaster Relief Australia during the Black Summer bushfire season. He previously worked with Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling as a community and peer advisor.

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12.25pm — Panel: Bushfire recovery and mental health


Carmel Flynn (pictured) — CEO Bushfire Recovery Victoria

Dr Rob Gordon — Clinical psychologist, expert in post disaster mental health

Anastasia Bougesis — Chief Development Officer, Disaster Relief Australia

Kylie Williams — Head of Practice and Impact Management, Save the Children

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1.00pm — Panel: COVID-19 and mental health


Belinda Caldwell (pictured) — CEO Eating Disorders Victoria

Belinda McGregor — Adolescent Mental Health Nurse, South Eastern Health

Dr Dave Carmody — Child And Adolescent Psychiatrist, Call to Mind

Dure De Winter Program Manager Youth Leadership, Centre for Multicultural Youth​

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1.35pm — Closing remarks


Ingrid Ozols AM, Master of Ceremonies


Ingrid's closing summation and reflection will conclude at 1.45pm. We will then invite members to take a short break before reconvening at 2pm for Mental Health Victoria's Annual General Meeting.