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PoB Committee

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Meet the PoB National Committee

2023 PoB National Committee including our State Coordinators

Meet the PoB Committee

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Dr Joe Dunn

President

MBCHB DIPOBST FRNZCGP FRANZCP

Joe is a 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.

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Stephen Davies

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.

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Mike Spitzer

 

BA, Psychology (Honours)

NSW Coordinator

Mike is a provisional Psychologist who completed his Bachelor of Social Science Psychology
Honours degree through Charles Sturt University in 2021. With a keen interest in helping
people, his goal is to assist his clients to live more rewarding, happier and healthier lifestyles.

He has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles, with significant life, people,
and team management experience. Mike also holds qualifications in engineering
(mechanical), commerce (economics and business management), production and inventory
management, and a master’s degree in logistics and supply chain management.

Mike lives and works locally within the Bathurst, NSW community and works with clients
from diverse backgrounds with various presenting issues. Having worked across several
industries in two countries and multiple cities, he is an energetic, motivated and confident
professional. He enjoys the outdoors, fishing and motorbike riding, amongst other
hobbies which occupy his time.

 

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Scott Harris

QLD Coordinator

MPsych(Clin), BSc(Hons), BA, Authorised Mental Health Practitioner (QLD).

Scott is a Clinical Psychologist with a history of work across mental health, disability and employment services. He has worked as a therapist in both public and private sectors, most recently within QLD Health community mental health teams in North Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Scott has special interests in the areas of men’s mental health, substance use, anxiety, and psychosis treatment.

He is a passionate motorcyclist, and rides his BMW R1200RT as much as his work and family lives permit. His next bike will be a BMW S1000RR 

 

 

 

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Susan Jury

VIC Coordinator

NZRCpN, MPH 

Susan is the Vic Psychs on Bikes coordinator.  She’s been on a bike since she was 4 years old (on the back of her dad’s) and with Psychs on Bikes since just a bit older, 2011.  Susan’s aim with Psychs on Bikes is to mix using the teams’ skills to help others while having a great time with members. She does this by participating in a handful of more significant rides involving undertaking health checks and a few local shorter social rides a year - always connecting with community.

 

Photo is from Barky Stock Route 2021 big ride 

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Darren Eger

Chair

BA Applied Psychology

Darren is a Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in clinical, forensic and organisational psychology. 

Darren has a passion for all things sailing and motor biking. When he came across an opportunity to combine his love of bikes with his skills and desire to support the mental wellbeing of others he joined the wonderful team of Psychs on Bikes. 

Not only does Darren bring  a desire to support community health but a strong interest to further support Psychs on Bikes with organisational growth by streamlining processes. 

If you come across Psychs on Bikes out in the community, you won't miss Darren. He is the one with the big friendly grin!

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Richard Whitton

Psychiatric Nurse, General Nurse, Mental Retardation Nurse, Midwifery, Diploma of Teaching

Richard has extensive experience ranging from Assistant Director of Nursing for Corrections Health NSW to Community Mental Health Teams in Blacktown Mt Druitt to Parkes, Forbes & Condobolin as Clinician and Manager.

Richard has been based in Orange NSW for the past 21years, the last 10 being as Nurse Educator in Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol for Western NSW (including Broken Hill, Bourke, Dubbo & Lightning Ridge to Lithgow), ensuring compliance and efficacy of community team members.

Now retired, he is an active member of the Orange Suicide Prevention Network. Richard has been on almost all Psychs on Bikes rides since the first crossing of Australia and has now crossed the country four times and circumnavigated Australia and Tasmania once.

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Dr Sue Sumskis

Mental Health Nurse and Senior Lecturer

Dr Sue Sumskis is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Senior Lecturer whose work has spanned clinical, academic and research settings. Sue rides a BMW adventure bike and has ridden with Psychs on Bikes since 2012.

 

Sue has a particular interest in bringing together western science-based mental health evidence with Eastern wisdom traditions to bring a mind body focus into nursing therapies.

 

Sue is also a member of the Australian Compassion Council and is Chair of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Contemplative Practices special interest group.  Sue’s special interests are resilience, trauma recovery, de-escalation, mindfulness, yoga and riding anything on 2 wheels!

Committee Documents

2021 AGM Minutes

2021 AGM - Presidents Report

2021 AGM - Financial Report

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