ACT Senior Practitioner Seminar
31 May 2019
The Senior Practitioner Act 2018 (the Act) came into effect in the ACT on 1 September 2018. The Act reaffirms and strengthens the rights and responsibilities of vulnerable people and recognises that this requires training and support across the government sector and within the community. Mandy Donley is ACT’s inaugural Senior Practitioner. This is the third of the seminar series continuing to showcase evidence based practices for the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices.
Ms Dannii Lane
Dannii Lane is a survivor with a lifelong history of mental illness, complex trauma, and a lived experience of restraint and seclusion that goes back to the 1960s. Since 2005, Dannii has been an active mental health human rights advocate and consumer consultant to the Tasmanian Mental Health Service. Between 2007 and 2010, Dannii was the Tasmanian Consumer Representative on the National Mental Health Seclusion and Restraint Project. In 2011 Dannii was seconded to the National Mental Health Commission researching best practice for reducing/eliminating restrictive practices in mental health settings.
Currently, Dannii is a consumer consultant to restrictive intervention panels/ committees for:
- the Mental Health Services’ Hobart based Department of Psychiatry;
- the Wilfred Lopes Secure Mental Health Centre; and,
- the Tasmanian Mental Health Services
Dr Dinesh Arya
Arya is currently ACT Health’s Chief Medical Officer.
Dinesh is a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and Fellow of Australian College of Health Service Executives.
Dinesh retains a keen interest in health systems leadership, change, innovation and improvement, ethics, health law and health policy reform. He has published significant opinion pieces in peer-reviewed journals on clinical governance, leadership, facility design, health reform, shared service arrangements, compulsory treatment in mental health, etc. In the past, Dinesh has held a variety of senior executive roles in the health sector in New Zealand, Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and the Middle East, including Clinical Lead in Innovation and Reform, Executive Director of Mental Health Services, Health Service Chief Medical Officer and jurisdictional Chief Medical Officer. Previously, Dinesh has also been an accreditation surveyor with the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS) and Quality Health New Zealand. He has held statutory roles as Member of Mental Health Review Tribunals in New Zealand and in New South Wales.
Dr Paul Nguyen
Paul Nguyen is a General Practitioner, Medical Educator for Eastern Victoria General Practitioner Training and a Senior Medical Officer at The Centre for Developmental and Disability Health at Monash Health in Victoria.
He has co-authored educational material for check, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner’s (RACGP) monthly magazine, on the topic of Down Syndrome and works as an Objective Structured Clinical examiner for the RACGP.
Paul has a strong interest in education and a passion for the care of people with disabilities thanks to his twin boys who were both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 4.
Dr Angela Livingstone
Angela Livingstone is a psychiatrist born and bred in Melbourne but will travel when asked nicely. She has been interested in restrictive practices since doing her Dissertation on seclusion practices in Victoria and has been commissioned to complete research in this area for the Victorian Office of the Senior Practitioner.
When not involved in various symposia, Angela works at St Vincent’s in the Victorian Dual Disability Service. At a state-wide level, the VDDS is responsible for:
- developing a model of best practice;
- providing assessment and consultation services to staff within the Victorian Area Mental Health Services;
- promoting access to Victorian Area Mental Health Services for consumers with a dual disability facilitating partnerships; and, collaborative treatment planning through consultation and liaison.
Prof Julian Trollor
Julian Trollor is a neuropsychiatrist and holds the inaugural Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He also heads the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry within the School of Psychiatry at UNSW.
Julian is involved in diverse research programs including ageing and cognitive decline in intellectual disability, intellectual disability in the criminal justice system, human rights and healthcare in intellectual disability, and ageing studies in the general population. Julian is also developing and delivering courses in mental health and intellectual disability and works with Government Departments at both State and Federal level to improve capacity to deliver psychiatric services to people with an intellectual disability.
Dr Gerry Naughtin
Gerry Naughtin is the Strategic Adviser, Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability in the Strategic Advice, Research and Inclusion Division of the NDIA. He brings extensive experience in the community mental health sector to this position.
Prior to taking up his position with the Agency, he was the Chief Executive of Mind Australia and brings nine years of sector and policy experience to his position. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Council to the Agency. He has been a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Mental Health Service Planning Group and was a member of the VICSERV Board for five years.
Gerry has an extensive career in human services in the disability and aged care sectors and has a strong history of engagement on consumer and carer participation.
Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla
Luis Salvador-Carulla is the head of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University. He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation.
Luis’ research has been focused in developing decision support systems in health and social policy, including tools for analysis of technical efficiency and benchmarking, indicators for health policy analysis and priority setting in mental health and in disability. He has coordinated the Integrated Atlas of Mental Health Project for mapping mental health services in over 30 local areas around the World.