Invited speakers, panellists and chairs

Innovative individual and community based refugee trauma recovery interventions will be showcased by invited presenters from around Australia, New Zealand and the world, in plenary sessions, expert panels, and pre-conference workshops.

International Plenary Speakers

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Victor Madrigal-Borloz
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Denmark

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Suzanne Jabbour
Director, Restart Center (Refugee Trauma), Lebanon

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Dr Stuart Turner
Consultant Psychiatrist, Trauma Centre, London, UK

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Dr Alison Strang
Research Fellow, Queen Margaret University Scotland

Australia and New Zealand Plenary Speakers

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Paris Aristotle AM
CEO, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, VIC

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Susan Elliott
Long Time Refugee Practitioner and Lecturer, NZ

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Prof Derrick Silove AM
University of NSW Professor of Psychiatry

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Dr Angela Nickerson
Senior Lecturer, Director Masters of Psych (Clinical), UNSW


Prof Zachary Steel
St John of God Professorial Chair of Trauma and MH NSW


Tracy Worrall
Chief Executive Officer, QPASTT

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Jorge Aroche
Chief Executive Officer, STARTTS NSW

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Adjunct Assoc Prof Eileen Pittaway
Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW

Invited Panellists

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Dr Jessica Carlsson
Head of Research, Transcultural Competence Centre for Psychiatry, Denmark

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Prof Richard Bryant
Director, Traumatic Stress Clinic, NSW Westmead Millennnium Institute

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Violet Roumeliotis
CEO, Settlement Services International NSW

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Mary Willems
Program Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Services, Anglicare NT

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Dr Andrea Northwood
Director of Client Services, Centre for Victims of Torture (CVT), USA

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Jamila Padhee
Deputy CEO, MDA, Queensland

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Mariano Coello
Clinical Services and Research Coordinator, STARTTS NSW

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Om Dhungel
Association of Bhutanese in Australia

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Dr Mitchell Smith
Director, NSW Refugee Health Service

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Joseph Szwarc
Research and Policy Manager, VFST, VIC

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Jasmina Bajraktarevic
Community Services Coordinator, STARTTS, NSW

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Thomas Albrecht
UNHCR Regional Representative Canberra

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Adbullah Alikhil
Executive Producer, SBS Pashto Radio Program

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Shukufa Tahiri
Afghan Hazara Community, Refugee Council of Australia, RCAN

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Raphael Manirakiza
Burundian Community, Clinical Psychologist

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Bernadette McGrath
CEO, OSSTT, Manus Island and Nauru

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April Pearman
Manager Professional Standards and Research, ASeTTS

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David Manne
Human Rights Lawyer, Executive Director, Refugee Legal

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Fernanda Torresi
Community Relationships Manager, QPASTT

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Rev John Jegasothy
Tamil Community, Vaucluse and Sydney Tamil Uniting Church

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Dr Christine Phillips
Medical Director, Companion House Medical Service, ACT

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Kim De Deckker
Refugee Student Support Team, NSW Department of Education

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Dr Ida Kaplan
Direct Services Manager, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST)

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Dr Fatin Shabbar
Research and Teaching Academic, University of South Australia

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Dr Belinda Liddell
Neuroimaging Program Director, Refugee Trauma Recovery Program, UNSW

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Sejla Murdoch
Neurofeedback Counsellor, Psychologist, STARTTS NSW

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Carmen Lazar
Centre Manager, Assyrian Resource Centre NSW

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A/Prof Roger Gurr
Clinical Director, Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, Western Sydney

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Priscilla Bul
Australian National University, South Sudanese Community

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Stephen Said
Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care, Sydney Catholic Schools

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Elisabeth Pickering
School Counsellor, Cabramatta High School English Intensive Centre

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Mikhail Kallon
Sierra Leonean Community, School Learning Support Off, NSW Dept. Educ.

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Felix Ryna
Director, Training for Change

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Esta Paschalides-Chilas
Government and Member Relations Manager, SSI NSW

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Dr Martin Cohen
Deputy Commissioner, NSW Mental Health Commission

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Naomi Brown
Child and Youth Coordinator, QPASTT