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Meet the PoB Governing Committee

 
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Dr Joe Dunn

President

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.

Dr Susan Sumskis

Registered Nurse & Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, PhD (University of Wollongong), BN (Hons) (UOW), BN (Dist) (UOW) CF

Sue is Head of Mental Health at the Nan Tien Institute, a Buddhist inspired higher education institute. Sue combines mindfulness and compassion based practices with mental health education to equip a new generation of mental health professionals to operate in these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times. Sue's PhD on resilience and mental illness enables her to work with people in communities to identify and utilise their natural resilience and strengths to recover from mental health conditions. 

And her dream bike? Any adventure bike that let's me get off the road to immerse myself in the bush and lose the traffic.

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Stephen Davis

Secretary/Treasurer

My career has been in business (insurance and risk), rather than mental health. I have lived and worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Hong Kong and India and retired as CEO Hong Kong/COO Asia of a major global insurance broking and risk consulting firm. I continue to do some consulting in this field.


Interests include motor-cycling, hiking, reading and, obviously mental health and how we might improve people's lives who are affected by mental illness.


What is my dream bike? I think I am there, or as close as I can be. My motor-cycling "dream" is to ride the bike to its optimum; briskly into the corner on a perfect line, the right gear, in control and cleanly, quickly out. So many roads. Such little time. Such a beautiful country.

Graeme Houghton

BSc, MHA (Master of Health Administration)

Graeme is a retired Hospital CEO (Fairfield Hospital, Austin Hospital, Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital), Health Service Board Director.  He now serves on the Boards of a small charitable foundation and a registered training organisation.

What's his dream bike? A V4 Ducati Multistrada! 

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Andrew Adam

Registered Nurse, Mental Health Nurse(Credentialed), MBA, MMHN, FACMHN

Andrew has held senior positions in public mental health services in NSW, QLD & TAS. His current role since November 2019 was a move closer to clinical care to set up and run a therapeutic community Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation service for Odyssey House Victoria in East Gippsland. He joined the first PoB ride from Perth to Sydney riding a Yamaha MT01 and was transformed by the experience. He has subsequently taken his Indian Roadmaster on several PoB rides since 2016.


My dream bike is still in the design stage, I have seen a prototype which rides like a motorcycle and then transforms into a flying bike. If that dream doesn’t come to fruition then maybe a Star Wars speeder will, who knows what the future may bring?

John Cantwell

BA, Psych/Phil

John Cantwell is a psychologist of 25 years,  who has worked in the youth justice and criminal justice field. He has also worked extensively with youth generally, having recently worked for the Australian Childhood Foundation. Currently he works for Headspace, a national mental health service.


Dream bike would be a Honda African Safari Adventure bike, with a dream of becoming better at off road riding. John also has an interest in early scooters.

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Brad Elms

Registered Nurse, 
MIdwifery Certificate, Psychiatric Nursing Certificate, B.Health Management (UNE), Authorised Mental Health Practitioner (Qld)

After completing general nursing training at Royal Brisbane Hospital, midwifery beckoned. Keen for clinical knowledge, psychiatric nursing followed. Brad's career journey took a detour (with wife Lisa, also an RN), arriving at Woorabinda, an indigenous community in Central Qld. The next decades have been filled with adventures into rural and remote, public and private, government and NGO management, board and clinical positions. The single most challenging but rewarding of Brad's career was his role in Managing the redevelopment of Wolston Park Hospital in Brisbane, during a period of great progress and change in the delivery of mental health services.


Brad has recently moved to working between 2 Community Care Units in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Ian Pascoe

Nursing certificates in Psychiatric Nursing, Mental Deficiency Nursing and General Nursing. Dip.App.Sc. (Community Health Nursing). Bachelor of Nursing.

I moved into the community about 28 years ago with 1 year in rural and remote then into the new Mobile Assertive Team in Adelaide’s North. 

The last 8 years of my practice was working within the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program where I worked privately and independently receiving referrals from GPs. I refused to see patients in a GP environment so would visit them at their home. I found this approach highly successful with excellent engagement rates.

My main interest in mental health focuses on human stress. I retired 50 years to the week after commencing training. These days I am the welfare officer for my local Ulysses Branch.

I started out on dirt bikes but graduated to road bikes about 10 years ago currently riding a Suzuki Vstrom adventure bike and a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser. I have a few more in the back shed. My dream bike is an electric motorbike with a decent range (when they make one!)

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Richard Whitton

Position/Role

Coming soon

Deborah Alexander

Position/Role

Coming soon

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