OUR COMMITTE MEMBERS
PRESIDENT. Dr Joe Dunn
MBCHB DIPOBST FRNZCGP FRANZCP
Psychiatrist in general adult and medicolegal practice - Medical Superintendent of Northside Cremorne Clinic for 23 years - Fellow of the Royal NZ College of GPs - Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney University - Author of three books, one of which sold 40,000 copies in seven languages - Honorary Lifetime Member, Warringah District Medical Association
Founder of Pyschs on Bikes.
VICE PRESIDENT. Dr Susan Sumskis
PhD (University of Wollongong), BN (Hons) (UOW), BN (Dist) (UOW) CF
Susan is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Health Academic at the Nan Tien Institute, Honourary Senior Fellow at the University of Wollongong and a member of the Australian Compassion Council. Sue has a strong commitment to education being an essential component of recovery from mental health conditions and has extensive professional experience in a variety of mental health settings and within tertiary education. Sue has ridden over 50,000 kms with Psychs on her BMW adventure bike carrying out men’s health checks and providing education to the community and fellow professionals
Secretary. Mr Stephen Davies
Stephen has over 40 years experience in insurance broking, in Australia, PNG, Singapore and Hong Kong. From 1997 to 2005 Managing Director Global & Risk Managed Accounts, Asia and 2005 to 2008 as CEO Aon Hong Kong & COO Aon Asia. Since that time, has continued to consult in Australia and Asia whilst active in mental health charities, including as Secretary/Treasurer of PoB for the last several years
Membership Officer. Mr Andrew Adam
MMHN, MBA, FACMHN, RN.
Andrew is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with over 25 years management experience in public and private mental health services, plus clinical work in community and hospital settings across NSW, QLD & TAS during his 36 years nursing. He served on the Board of Care Employment as member, Secretary and Chair.
Committee member. Mr Richard Whitton (NSW)
MACMHN. Dip Teach (Adult & Vocational Ed). RN.
Richard has been a Mental Health Nurse in NSW for 44years with extensive experience in Community, Acute and Rehabilitation Mental Health services throughout NSW, as well as Forensic Mental Health, Developmental Disability, General Nursing (Accident and Emergency) and Midwifery. He is District Nurse Educator – Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol, Western NSW Local Health District.
Richard has a particular interest in promoting the Recovery Model of Care and ensuring that front line clinicians in remote areas remain professionally prepared and well supported . He frequently fills clinical roles in remote sites. Richard is an avid motorcycle restorer and rider with an interest in keeping Classic Motorcycles on the road.
Committee member. Mr Tony Connell (QLD)
Tony is a Queenslander with a lived experience of suicide in the family. With formal education of Masters in both Nursing and Nursing (Mental Health), he has worked in Qld Health as a Mental Health Nurse for twenty years with experience in inpatient units, tertiary care, intake and acute care, community case management, team leading, and older persons mental health. Tony is currently working with a Step Up Step Down service in partnership with Mind Australia with a strong recovery focus
Committee member. Mr Graeme Houghton (VIC)
BSc MHA FCHSE FAICD.
Graeme has been CEO of three metropolitan teaching hospitals in Victoria and South Australia. For most of his career he has been a surveyor with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards. Most recently he was "common chair" for the three Tasmanian Health Organisations. He was Hospital Standards and Accreditation Adviser to the PNG National Department of Health for two years and continues to do voluntary work in health care in PNG
Committee member. Mr John Cantwell (VIC)
John Cantwell is a psychologist who has worked in the youth and criminal justice field for over 20 years. Both with adults, youth and intellectually disabled people. He is currently employed by the Australian Childhood Foundation primarily working with child survives of sexual abuse, and with children who have engaged in such behaviours towards others. The Australian Childhood Foundation is a charitable organisation that seeks to address the trauma young people are exposed to during their developmental years
Committee member. Mr Ian Pascoe (SA)
Ian is a retired Credentialed Mental Health Nurse who worked under the MHNIP.
Committee member. Mr Greg Pankhurst (NSW)
BA MA Dip Ind Coup FamTher MAPS
Greg Pankhurst is a psychologist with over 20 years experience. Greg’s work has included assisting war veterans, victims of crime, emergency services personnel, as well as couples, individuals, families and teenagers. Greg has a special interest in mens’ mental health.
From 2009 until 2019 Greg worked as a Police Psychologist with the NSW Police Force. Greg also works as a Clinical Consultant to the NSW Rural Fire Service and as a Privately Practicing Clinical Psychologist in the Blue Mountains.