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Mental Health Foundation Australia seek to explore lived experience and evidence-based strategies to reduce the prevalence and magnitude of mental health issues amongst our nation’s Defence personnel. In line with the National Mental Health Month's theme this year on 'Mental Health: Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges and Resilience', we have planned this symposium on 'Defence and Mental Health' which will help us reduce the stigma around mental health, so that defence personnel seek early intervention when serving, as well as when transitioning.

If you are a serving or transitioned ADF member, family, or part of an organisation that supports them, please join us at this interactive 2-hour event. You will have the opportunity to pose questions to our panel, which includes people who have served and supported, researchers, and mental health professionals. 

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Grant Edwards APM  Service Ambassador, Soldier On

Grant has recently retired from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) following a 34-year career, holding several key positions at home and overseas including postings to USA, Timor Leste, and Afghanistan.

Grant has also represented Australia as an accomplished sportsperson in multiple sports. He is well known for physically pulling steam trains, planes, boats, and trucks, culminating in a Guinness World Record in 1996 for pulling a 201-tonne steam locomotive. In 2017 he pulled a C-17 US Military Globemaster at Dover Airforce Base Delaware to raise awareness for mental health in the services, following being diagnosed with Unipolar Major Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Fibromyalgia. Grant is a passionate advocate in the field of mental health and works to support and promote the health and wellbeing of those who serve our nation. 



Wing Commander Jonathan McMullan      Detachment Commander, MQ-9B Resident Project Team

WGCDR Jonathan McMullan joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1991. Commissioned in 2001, he has since held five Commands; two domestically, and three in the Middle East conflict zones where he completed seven active service tours.

Awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the 2012 Queens Honours List for leadership at war and meritorious Command, WGCDR McMullan was also awarded the US Bronze Star for meritorious leadership in a war zone and for seamless transition of assets for the United States Army.

WGCDR McMullan’s career saw him graduate with a Masters from the Joint Services Command and Staff Course from Kings College London, before his appointment as Commander of Officers’ Training School in Victoria.

Having led teams in achieving world first initiatives of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, WGCDR McMullan is currently Detachment Commander for the MQ-9B Resident Project Team in California, continuing his work with unmanned aviation vehicle capability aiming to meet the security needs of the Australian Government.




Julieann Keyser     Translational Research Manager, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation

Qualifications: BA Mgt (HRM)

Julieann is the Translational Research Manager, in the arena of veteran mental health, at Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

She has extensive experience supporting not-for-profit organisations to deliver major service projects, including previous projects based in the Middle East for Auckland UniServices, the largest research and development company in Australasia. Julieann is passionate about translating research to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.



Dr Angela Maguire   Clinical Psychologist & Principal Research Fellow, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation

Qualifications: PhD, MPsych(Clin), BA(Hons), MAPS, FCCLP

Dr Angela Maguire leads the Military Families research stream for Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF). She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Research PhD in the field of Psychology, a Master of Clinical Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP). She holds an Adjunct Senior Fellow position with the University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine. Dr Maguire has held research, teaching, clinical, and administrative roles across the university and public health sectors, and has provided consultancy services to the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her academic work has focused on human learning and memory. Her clinical work has focused on evidence-based intervention for complex trauma.




Dr Katelyn Kerr   Lead Clinical Psychologist, Toowong Private Hospital Day Programs | Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention | Clinical Psychologist, Savoir Rooms Specialist Medical Practice 

Qualifications: DPsych (Clin), BPsych(Hons), BBehSci, FCCLP, MAPS

Dr Katelyn Kerr is a clinical psychologist with experience working with adults, police and emergency services, veterans from all three services, and currently serving military personnel. Katelyn’s areas of interest include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, helping people adjust to illness, and performance enhancement for high achievers. Katelyn is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and is an approved supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia.




Steve Turnbull   Regional Manager of Online Services, Mates4Mates

Qualifications: BMin, Grad Dip Min

As the Regional Manager of Online Services at Mates4Mates, Steve focuses on providing support and services to veterans and their families who are unable to access them in person. Steve's program of activity includes trauma sensitive yoga, coffee catch ups and short creative skills courses, allowing likeminded veterans to connect and establish a support network in a safe environment. Prior to joining Mates4Mates, Steve served as a full-time Air Force Chaplain from 2011-2018, which included a deployment to the Middle East.




Jenny Walker   Independent Director, War Widows Qld

Qualifications: BBus, GAICD, FGIA, FAMI, CPM, MIML   

Jenny’s working life includes experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Jenny also served in the Army Reserve for 16 years in the Intelligence Corps. In her not-for-profit executive career, Jenny was the CEO of Legacy Australia Inc. Subsequent to this role she consulted to DVA in the organisation of the Families Forum held during the Invictus Games 2018. She also spent time as interim CEO for a youth services organisation that operated multiple Headspace centres across SE Qld. Jenny is currently an Independent Director for Australian War Widows Queensland and Chair of the Service Personnel Anglican Help Society. She is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and member of the Board of Management for the Queensland Police Service. Jenny chaired the Strategic Governance Board of the Advocacy Training and Development Program and has been a member of the Veterans’ Review Board since 2013.



Tyson Muir   Operations Manager, Sapper Group | Paramedic   

Tyson joined the Australian Army straight from school and had a successful career as a Sapper within the corps of Royal Australian Engineers departing as a Corporal after ten years of service.

Like many veterans, upon discharge Tyson struggled to find his place in a normal society. After operating at such a high tempo whilst on operations, for so long that it became normality, trying to readjust to normal society which in comparison, is somewhat a reduced tempo proved to be a challenge.

Tyson’s passion for helping others and drive to give back to the community saw him become heavily involved with charity organizations and complete his bachelor of Paramedical Science. When not involved with paramedicine Tyson manages the operations side of things at Sapper Group.




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