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8 October 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm (AEDT)



The MHFA understands the difficult situation faced by the NSW community at this current time. With the extension of lockdown and all of the factors that come with it, it is more important now than ever, that we take care of our mental health.

Therefore, we are introducing virtual options of registration for each of our events in NSW during the month. This means, if you do not feel comfortable attending physically, or if this is not a possibility, you will still be able to participate in the planned events, from the comfort of your home.

Medical professionals face enormous pressures in their work lives, and, as a result, may struggle with high levels of stress, burnout, and mental health issues, which has only been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The MHFA has planned this symposium to bring together medical professionals, Federal, State and Local Government officials, industry associations and mental health organisations to discuss the mental health needs of Australia’s medical professionals.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Join the virtually from anywhere and everywhere! 





Emeritus Professor Bruce J. Tonge   MBBS, MD, DPM, MRC Psych, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psych., RANZCP

Prior to his retirement in 2012, he was the Foundation Head, School of Psychology and Psychiatry and Head of the Discipline of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and also the Senior Clinical Advisor of the Mental Health Program of Monash Health at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  He has a distinguished record of clinical work, teaching and research in child psychiatry. 

He established the internationally recognised Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. He continues to have clinical, research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular focus in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioural and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents with intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders, parent education and skills training public mental health interventions, and treatment outcome studies in childhood anxiety and depressive disorders.



Elizabeth Koff    Secretary, NSW Health

Elizabeth Koff has held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, including Director Clinical Operations South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service and Chief Executive of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

In February 2015, Elizabeth commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where she was responsible for strategic health policy development and system-wide planning of health services.

In May 2016, Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health. As Secretary, Elizabeth is committed to strategically re-shaping health services to provide better value care and improved patient outcomes, ensuring NSW continues to lead the nation in delivering high-quality care to its communities.


Scientia Professor Helen Christensen (AO)     Director and Chief Scientist at the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at UNSW MPsychol, PhD, FASSA, FAAMHS.

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen (AO) is Director and Chief Scientist at the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at UNSW. She is Chief Investigator for the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Elizabeth Blackman Fellow in Public Health, and previously one of only two NHMRC John Cade Research Fellows. She is also on the Million Minds panel, a government initiative that has brought together the most distinguished academics and mental health professionals to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and suicide. 

Professor Christensen is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. Her research also encompasses the prevention of mental health problems in young people through school-based research programs. These programs are aimed at the prevention of depression and suicide risk through eMental Health interventions.



A/Prof Theresa Jacques    Senior Staff Specialist Of Intensive Unit Care at The St George Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales

A/Professor Theresa Jacques is the Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and has recently retired as Director Of Intensive Care at The St George Hospital and a conjoint A/Prof of the St George & Sutherland Clinical School, located on the grounds of St George Hospital; Secretary of NSW MSEC; Member of NSW Ministry of Health ACI ICU Executive, ANZICS National End of Life Expert Working Group. She is also the member of E-Health E-RIC Roadmap Management Group and Community of Practice Group.

Theresa was awarded the Honourable Citation for ICU Design from American Architect’s Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Critical Care Nurses 2019, Top 50 Women in Public Service (NSW) 2018 and 100 Australian Women of Influence (Westpac/AFR) 2015.




Peter is an internationally-recognised Interventional Cardiologist with the Northern and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Victoria and Professor of Medicine with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he completed cardiology training at Austin Health followed by a Master of Public Health with Monash University.

He is internationally renowned for his interventional and imaging academic output, and early development programs for novel therapies in cardiovascular disease. He has maintained connections all over the globe and continues to attract industry support for his research. He runs an active research group in biomedical engineering focused on coronary imaging and computational modelling with an interest in the development of innovative cardiovascular technologies.



Dr Chris Dalton    President, Medical Benevolent Association of NSW

My goal is to provide a comprehensive, innovative pool of ideas for clinical service delivery, encompassing preventive care, integrated patient-centric care and a pro-active clinical governance framework upon which is built a rewarding health system for all stakeholders.






Dr Tony Sara    President at Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation









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