Meet the Experts
Family Planning Victoria
Genevieve is a Senior Nurse Educator at Family Planning Victoria (FPV) where she has worked within the clinical and education sector since 2007. Genevieve has designed, delivered and evaluated a range of education and training courses in reproductive and sexual health. She delivers training to nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and the general community. In her role at Family Planning Victoria, Genevieve also works as a nurse at the Action Centre, a sexual health clinic for people under the age of 25, located in Melbourne’s CBD. Genevieve is passionate about the rights of young people and her work ensures their access to safe, confidential health care, options and information. Genevieve feels strongly that sexual health needs to be normalised, “put on the agenda” and discussed across a range of settings.
Hugh Martin is a family therapist and advocate for men who want to live a life free of pornography. Never before pornography been more available, affordable and anonymous and its accessibility is having a detrimental impact on how men and boys relate to women and girls. As a result, Hugh is one of a small number of therapists helping men to repair relationships and redefine their sexuality after of the long-term influence of pornography.
Melbourne City Mission
Clare graduated from RMIT University in 2012 completing a double degree in social work and psychology. She completed a social work placement at Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) within the Eastern Drug and Alcohol Service (EDAS) presenting psycho-education workshops to young people in high school about alcohol and other drugs. Clare has also worked with Berry Street Victoria in Shepparton. There she assisted young people in out of home care and families impacted by drug abuse. She’s assisted with the Transport Accident Commission’s ‘Vanessa’ program engaging young people in conversations about the dangers of drink/drug driving. Clare currently works with Melbourne City Mission in their Springboard program. The program aims to support young people in out of home care to re-engage in education, employment and/or training.
BA, BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), PhD
Dr Marie Yap is a Senior Research Fellow and Psychologist at Monash University. She is the co-founder and lead researcher of the Parenting Strategies program, www.parentingstrategies.net, which was first launched in 2010. Parenting Strategies aims to translate research evidence into resources for parents to protect and promote their child’s mental health, and recently won the Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination award. The www.parentingstrategies.net website provides parenting guidelines for preventing alcohol misuse, depression and anxiety in teenagers, as well as parenting guidelines for preventing depression and anxiety in primary-school aged children. On the website, parents can also receive personalised tips about what they can do to reduce their child’s risk of such problems.
Kristen is mental health social worker who has worked in the public mental health sector for 21 years. For the past 5 years she has been the Manager of headspace Elsternwick. Headspace Elsternwick is part of the National Youth Mental Health Initiative providing a “one stop shop” of mental health, primary care, drug and alcohol and educational/vocational support to young people aged 12-25. Headspace was established to provide a model of early intervention to young people and their family and friends and see young people with social and family issues, mental health concerns as well as difficulties with school or work and drug and alcohol misuse/abuse.
Willams Rd Family Therapy Centre
Paula is a practising psychologist and holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology. She has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 20 years in hospital, community and private settings and has extensive experience in clinical practice, research, teaching and training and supervision. Paula has particular interest and experience in working with individuals, couples and families with issues of substance use and addiction and completed her Masters’ thesis on therapists’ perspectives on engaging family members in alcohol and drug counselling. She maintains a private practice, is a senior consultant with LeeJenn, and is on the advisory committee of Family Drug Help at the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC).
Recovering Drug Addict
Travis is a recovering drug addict. For the past three years he has been clean and sober after more than a decade in active addiction, resulting in job losses, relationship break downs and health risks, Travis finally sort help for his addiction, checking himself into rehab at the end of 2012. It is there that he became heavily involved in a program that promotes abstinent lifestyles. Today Travis lives a happy drug-free life and reaps the rewards of hard work — he is a project manager for an up-and-coming boutique builder — and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, friends and family. He offers his time and his experience with addiction freely, in an effort to help other suffering addicts and their loved ones.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Fiona is a researcher and trainer employed by Monash University and based at Turning Point. She manages a NHMRC-funded randomised control trial that is looking at the efficacy of a health education program that aims to enhance the help-seeking skills of secondary school students. Fiona completed a Masters degree in Public Health in 2010 at La Trobe University, where she undertook action research into how to engage youth in school-based mental health promotion. She has previously worked in sexual health promotion, mental health promotion and as a trainer with young people.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
An eminent psychologist currently the managing director of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Michael is committed to exploring and understanding the role of new and emerging technologies in the lives of young people. He believes that the risk of the online environment can be managed and that technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Social Media Expert
Australian Red Cross
Social media expert who has worked as a journalist at Reuters, Dow Jones and the Herald Sun. She has been the social media editor for News Corp nationally and currently is the Head of Social Media at the Australian Red Cross.
Author, Speaker & Coach
In 2007 Sue Anderson developed the award winning approach to bullying: ‘Unbullyable’. Based in Ballarat, Sue has worked with hundreds of children to help them move from bullied to Unbullyable. She promotes a positive, preventative approach to bullying, and is especially passionate about empowering bullies to choose to stop bullying.
IT & Social Media Researcher
Greg has presented to staff, students and parents of Firbank, several times and is recognised globally for his research and knowledge of IT and Social Media. He is currently consulting to ‘The office of the children’s eSafety Commissioner.’ Greg has delivered presentations to over ½ million children, parents and students.
Senior Sgt Shane Cashman
Shane has been with Victoria police for 25 years. During this time has performed duties at a variance of 24 hour inner city and suburban stations, performed duties as a full time undercover operative, suburban Crime Investigation Units, local Drug Investigation Units, Drug Task Force, Echo Task Force investigating Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs and has been the Senior Sergeant in charge of Caulfield and Bayside Police Stations for the past 12 months. Has recently undertaken a leading role in educating the public of Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston on the effects and community harms resulting from methylamphetamine use.