International KeyNote Speaker, Presenters, Panel Clients and Panel Members

Major General Paul Alexander | Ms Jenny Brockie | Dr Stephen Buckley | Mr Ian Campbell | Dr Mark Creamer | Mr Ken Douglas | Mr George Hallwood | Ms Avril Henry | Air Chief Marshal Allan Grant (Angus) Houston, AC, AFC | Professor Sohail Inayatullah | Mr Ed Killesteyn PSM | Dr Graeme Killer AO | Associate Professor Virginia Lewis | Professor Chris Maher | Dr Lynda Matthews | Associate Professor Michael Nicholas | The Hon James Peake MD | Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Ret’d) | Mr Barry Telford | PANEL MEMBERS

Below are short bios for each of the guest speakers that participated in the colloquium. Please note that these bios are current as at 2008, and that some members titles, positions and bios may have changed since this point in time.

Major General Paul Alexander

Commander Joint Health, Surgeon General, Australian Defence Force

MAJGEN Paul Alexander joined the Army in 1976 and completed medical training in 1978.  He commenced regimental appointments as the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) in Victoria followed by several years in Papua New Guinea and then with the Special Air Service Regiment. In 1988 he undertook postgraduate medical training in the UK in the areas of Sports Medicine and Tropical Medicine along with military attachments to UK medical units. He  spent time with the US Army as the Australian Army Exchange Officer to the Army Medical Department employed in the area of Capabilities, Combat and Doctrine Development and was involved in the redevelopment of US Army battlefield hospital systems.  He was Promoted to Colonel and posted as the Senior Medical Officer deployed with the initial peacekeeping force to Bougainville. Transferring to the Army Reserve in 1998 he assumed the position of Director Reserve Health Services for Army (Qld) and was deployed to East Timor as the Public Health Officer to the UN Peace Keeping Force. In 2004 he was promoted to Brigadier, assuming the position of Assistant Surgeon General ADF-Army while continuing to work in clinical practice in Queensland. He has  a Masters in Legal Medicine and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.  He was principal medico-legal adviser in Queensland for Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS). In March 2008 he was promoted to Major General and July 2008 appointed Surgeon General Australian Defence Force Head Defence Health Services. In August 2008 his title changed to Commander Joint Health, Surgeon General Australian Defence Force.

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Ms Jenny Brockie

Journalist, Documentary Maker, Broadcaster and TV/Radio Presenter.

Jenny Brockie is a multi-award winning journalist and documentary maker with more than 20 years experience in quality broadcasting. She is a recipient of the prestigious Gold Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, for her highly acclaimed documentary 'Cop It Sweet' about Sydney's Redfern Police. She has also received two AFI Awards, a Logie, a Human Rights Award, two Law Society Awards and another Walkley Award for her work in television journalism and documentary making. Jenny Brockie's journalistic experience spans television, radio and print. She reported extensively both nationally and internationally for both Nationwide and Four Corners.
In addition, Jenny Brockie has presented her own interview series Speaking Personally on ABC TV, hosted her own morning radio show on 702 ABC Sydney, and produced a variety of quality documentaries.
Jenny Brockie joined the SBS current affairs program Insight as a presenter in 2001.

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Dr Stephen Buckley

President, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Buckley has held senior appointments at the Prince of Wales - Prince Henry hospital group, Mt Wilga Private Hospital and other hospitals.  He currently has senior appointments at the Royal North Shore Hospital, the Brain Injury Unit of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney and is a member of the Councils of the Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales and the Lifetime Care and Support Authority of New South Wales.  He is the President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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Mr Ian Campbell

Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

On 22 September 2008 Ian was appointed the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Prior to this appointment, Ian had an extensive career in the Commonwealth Public Service over a range of portfolios since the early 1970’s. From July 2005 to September 2008 Ian was the Australian Electoral Commissioner and from late 1999 to June 2005 he was the Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission. For eight years prior to that, Ian was in the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. Prior to that, Ian’s career spanned the Departments of the Treasury, Finance, Transport and Communications and Health, Housing and Community Services.

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Dr Mark Creamer

Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Mark Creamer is Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. ACPMH undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Mark is a clinical psychologist and has worked with individuals, groups and communities following trauma and disaster. Mark's research focuses on acute and chronic posttraumatic stress, and he has numerous publications in scientific journals and books. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and has been a member of the DVA Technical Advisory Committee, Rehabilitation since 2004.

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Mr Ken Douglas

General Manager, Service Delivery, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Ken Douglas is the General Manager, Service Delivery for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Division employs some 1,400 people in 26 separate locations across Australia administering 99% of the Department’s budget. Ken has worked with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Employment, Education and Training (and its successors) in a variety of Senior Executive positions supporting the development and delivery of employment programs and services. Ken ran the tender centre for the second Job Network contract (Australia’s largest human services tender) before continuing with a leadership role with Job Network.  His final position at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations was as Group Manager, Employment Analysis and Evaluation. Ken holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Computing Studies from the now University of Canberra. 

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Mr George Hallwood

CEO Effective Australia Pty Ltd, Former President, Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association

George Hallwood has worked with employers and employees within the workers’ rehabilitation and compensation environment for nearly two decades, and is founder and CEO of a national rehabilitation services company. Having served in the role of National President of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association for 5 years, George now Chairs the National Employment Participation sub-committee integrating traditional rehabilitation models with the complex needs of Australia’s skills shortages, ageing population and limited human resource pool. George has presented at numerous conferences and facilitated rehabilitation workshops around Australia. He has been invited to provide input to scheme reviews in New South Wales, South Australia and Nationally and is currently a member of the South Australian WorkCover Rehabilitation Strategy Group and the New South Wales WorkCover Workplace Rehabilitation Provider Reference Group. George is passionate about the value of rehabilitation to workers, employers and the community and believes in the benefits of a supportive focus on recovery and restoration.

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Ms Avril Henry

Business Consultant, Writer, Presenter, Avril Henry Pty Ltd

Avril Henry established a management consulting business in July 2003, focusing on leadership, change management, talent management, diversity, recruitment and retention strategies. Over the last three years, she has delivered numerous addresses to Australian, New Zealand and Asian companies, industries and government departments. These addresses have covered a range of topics from leadership, change management, talent management, managing diversity, women in leadership, recruitment and retention, motivating and managing different generations, conflict resolution, communicating effectively, flexibility, building winning teams, to the workforce of the future.  During 2006, she completed a Ministerial Review for the Minister of Defence, into Recruitment and Retention in the Australian Defence Force. Avril has since been appointed as a Strategic Advisor to the Chief of Navy, and has joined the Navy's Workforce Planning Committee.  Avril is a board member of ‘Hands Across the Water Australia’, a charity for Thai orphans of the 2004 Tsunami.  Avril is the author of “Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Breaking Down Generational Barriers At Work”, “Leadership Revelations: An Australian Perspective”, “The Who What When and Y of Generation Why?”, and is a co-author of the book “Ideas, Original Perspectives from Leading Thinkers”.

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Air Chief Marshal Allan Grant (Angus) Houston, AC, AFC

Chief of the Defence Force

Allan Grant (Angus) Houston joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1970 and spent the early part of his career flying Iroquois helicopters in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. He is a qualified Flight Instructor, completing instructional tours in the late 1970's. He has served on exchange with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and with a helicopter unit from the United States Air Force. Air Chief Marshal Houston's principal command appointments include Number 9 Squadron in 1987, during the introduction of the Blackhawk, the relocation of the unit from Amberley to Townsville and its transfer to Army, 5th Aviation Regiment in 1989 and Number 86 Wing from 1994-1995. He was also Commander Integrated Air Defence System from 1999-2000. He served on the Joint Operations staff at Headquarters Australian Defence during the Gulf crisis of 1990-1991 and was the Director Air Force Policy during 1992-1993. He also served at Headquarters Australian Theatre from 1997-1999 as Chief of Staff, and Head Strategic Command from 2000-2001. He was promoted to Air Chief Marshal and assumed his current appointment as Chief of the Defence Force on 4th July 2005. He is a graduate of the Flying Instructors Course (1975), RAAF Staff College (1985), Joint Services Staff College (1990) and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London (1996).

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Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Visiting Academic/Research Associate, Queensland University of Technology (Centre for Social Change Research).  Professor , Tamkang University Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Taipei

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist/futurist associated with Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He teaches an annual course on futures thinking at Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education. In 1999 he held the Unesco Chair at the University of Trier. He is the editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. He has authored/edited twenty books and cdroms with titles such as Questioning the Future; Macrohistory and Macrohistorians; Alternative educational futures; and the University in Transformation... In the past year, among other groups, he has addressed to the Australian Federal Police, the World Congress of Health Professionals, Queensland Health Nursing Conference, the National Medical Boards, the Centre for Military and Veterans' Health think tank, Australia Bio-security, the Global Knowledge Conference in Malaysia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Office of the Prime Minister, Singapore.

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Mr Ed Killesteyn PSM

Deputy President Repatriation Commission

Mr Killesteyn is a career public servant, having worked in the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs before joining the Repatriation Commission in August 2005. Mr Killesteyn joined the ATO in 1972, having graduated from Macquarie University with 1st Class Honours in Accounting.  Mr Killesteyn has held a number of senior positions within the ATO and DIMIA.  He was appointed the inaugural Chief Finance Officer in the ATO in 1993.  .  In 1994 he transferred to DIMIA as First Assistant Secretary. Mr Killesteyn was appointed to the position of DIMIA Deputy Secretary in 2002.  In August 2005, Mr Killesteyn took up the position of Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission, which oversees the administration of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 in the provision of compensation and health entitlements to Australian veterans of wars, conflicts and peace operations dating back to World War I.  Mr Killesteyn also serves as a member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, administering the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, which covers entitlements for Australian Defence Force members for service on or after 1 July 2004.Mr  Killesteyn is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

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Dr Graeme Killer AO

Principal Medical Adviser, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Dr Graeme Killer AO is the Principal Medical Adviser to the Repatriation Commission. He trained as an Occupational Physician and served for 23 years in the Royal Australia Airforce including overseas postings to Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He served in Malaysia during the Vietnam War and was involved in aeromedical evacuation. On this retirement from full-time Defence service in 1990, he was Director of Environment Health for the Australian Defence Force. He has been Principal Medical Adviser to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs since 1991 and has broad health care interest including occupational and public health and aged care. He maintains part-time clinical practice and has been personal physician to Prime Ministers since 1991 has a similar post with Government House, Canberra. Dr Killer is a member of DVA’s Technical Advisory Committee Rehabilitation.

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Associate Professor Virginia Lewis

Principal Research Fellow, , Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

Dr Lewis entered the field of public health in 1987, working for the Victorian Health Department in the Health Promotion Unit Evaluation section. During the 1990s Virginia completed a PhD in the area of social psychology exploring the links between attitudes and behaviour. Prior to joining ACPMH in 2006 Virginia worked at the Australian Institute for Primary Care (AIPC), La Trobe University. During this time she developed particular expertise in evaluating National programs and initiatives, especially those targeting mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Virginia is Director of Research at ACPMH. She is leading a three-year strategic evaluation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Initiatives, and is involved in a range of other projects with the ADF and DVA.

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Professor Chris Maher

Director Musculoskeletal Division, The George Institute of International Health

Professor Chris Maher is the Director of the Musculoskeletal Division of the George Institute for International Health and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Chris is a physiotherapist with additional postgraduate qualifications in exercise and sports science and manipulative physiotherapy. His research interests are in the assessment and management of spinal pain and the promotion of evidence-based practice. His research has been published in leading journals such as Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, and Pain. Chris holds an NHMRC senior research fellowship and is a member of the advisory panel of the Cochrane Back Review Group. He is on the editorial board of four international journals and he chairs the Physiotherapy Research Foundation’s Grants Review Committee. Chris is a founding Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy; the Centre maintains PEDro, the first database of physiotherapy randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. PEDro is translated into eight languages.

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Dr Lynda Matthews

Head, Rehabilitation Counselling Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Dr Lynda Matthews is a qualified rehabilitation counsellor who specialises in the rehabilitation of people with posttraumatic mental health conditions. She is Manager of the Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, a member of the University’s Mental Health and Occupational Performance Research Teams, and an affiliate of the International Disability Management Research Network. Dr Matthews has been appointed to a number of State and National government bodies responsible for the development and review of mental health and rehabilitation policies and guidelines. She is a Past President of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is Secretary of the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia and has been a member of DVA’s Technical Advisory Committee, Rehabilitation since 2004.

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Associate Professor Michael Nicholas

Director, ADAPT Pain Management Program, Pain Management Research Institute

Michael is a Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and Director of the ADAPT Pain Management Program at the Pain Management & Research Centre (PMRC), Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney). The PMRC is recognized internationally as a leader in clinical pain research. His main research interests are the psychological assessment and management of persisting pain. He has over 80 publications on pain and its management, including the best-selling book “Manage Your Pain” for pain sufferers. He has provided expert advice to workers compensation authorities in NSW, Victoria, WA, and New Zealand, as well as insurance companies, on the management of people with painful injuries. He has also conducted numerous courses for healthcare providers and insurance company staff throughout Australia and New Zealand on the management of pain in people with soft tissue injuries.

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The Hon James Peake MD

Secretary of Veterans Affairs United States of America

James Peake, M.D., was confirmed by the US Senate to the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) in December 2007. Dr. Peake is the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directs the nation’s second largest Cabinet Department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and dependents. VA employs more than 250,000 people at hundreds of medical centres, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. VA’s budget for fiscal year 2007 is $77.3 billion. Dr Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster. Dr Peake graduated from Cornell University medical school in New York and was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972. He began his Army medical career as a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Centre, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He retired from the Army in 2004, following service as a cardiac surgeon and commander in several medical posts culminating in his appointment as U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, Peake commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Centre and School, the largest medical training facility in the world with more than 30,000 students annually. After retiring as a Lieutenant General, Peake served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project Hope, a non-profit international health foundation operating in more than 30 countries. Prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Peake served as a member of the Board of Directors for QTC, one of the largest private providers of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services in the nation. Dr. Peake is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology. He has been honoured with the Order of Military Merit; the “A” Professional Designator; and the Medallion, Surgeon General of the United States.

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Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Ret’d)

Commissioner, Repatriation Commission and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

A former career officer in the Australian Army, Brigadier William (Bill) Rolfe (Ret’d), is the current Services member of the Repatriation Commission, the statutory body responsible for delivering pensions, health care and other benefits to the veteran community. Brigadier Rolfe graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1968 and served in Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. He retrained as a legal officer and retired from the Army in 1992 after rising to the position of Director General, Defence Force Legal Services. He subsequently worked in the Attorney-General’s Department before being appointed as the Principal Member of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) in April 1997. Brigadier Rolfe, is also a member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

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Mr Barry Telford

General Manager, Policy and Development, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Barry Telford is a Senior Executive in the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) where he has been responsible for the development and implementation of a range of complex policies and programs for veterans and their families. He is the Chair of DVA’s Technical Advisory Committee, Rehabilitation. At present as General Manager, Policy and Development Division Barry is responsible for developing compensation and income support and health policies and procedures for the portfolio and advising the Government and the Repatriation Commission on compensation, income support health and rehabilitation matters. He has oversight of the full range of policies for programs across the Department and the development of new initiatives and strategic directions and the forging of stronger links with the Australian Department of Defence, undertaking veterans’ health and mortality studies and enhancing consultative relationships with the Australian veteran and defence communities. As a member of overseas Australian delegations, and also on occasions as leader, Barry has represented Australia in the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, Africa, New Zealand and Asia. Barry has extensive experience in the Australian Public Service where he has held various senior executive positions in the areas of health, aged care, human services and veterans’ affairs. Barry has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and political science, and postgraduate qualifications in public policy and administration.

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Steve Harrington
Managing Director, Personnel Placement Consultancies, South Australia

Dr Robyn Horsley
Occupational Physician, Director, HAD Medical Group Pty Ltd Victoria

Dr Ev Innes
Senior Lecturer, School of Occupational and Leisure Sciences, The University of Sydney

Commodore Robyn Walker
Director General, Garrison Health Support

Ms Sandy Bell
National Manager, Military Reahabilitation and Compensation

Hon Graham Edwards
Member, Prime Ministerial Advisory Council

Brigadier Tony Gill
Head of Corps, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Director General Health Services