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De_Gelder_Paul_photoPaul de Gelder

On February 11th, 2009 while Paul was on exercise as a Navy clearance diver in Sydney Harbour, he was attacked by a massive bull shark between Garden Island and Mrs Macquarie's Chair resulting in the loss of his right leg and right hand.

Paul's recovery is an inspirational story of mental and physical courage.

Paul speaks from the heart about overcoming adversity, beating the odds through the combination of physical strength, mental toughness and the sheer will to live.

Improvise...Adapt...Overcome... has become his mantra, echoing that of the US Marines. It is a lesson that we each owe to ourselves to help us make the best of our lives.

An amazing man, an amazing story. Paul will simply inspire you.

peter_pic_2_2013Professor Peter O'SullivanProfessor and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapost, Curtain University WA and Bodylogic Physiotherapy

Peter is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Bodylogic Physiotherapy and Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University.

Recognised internationally as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in Physiotherapy; he has published more than 125 research papers, been keynote speaker at 70 national and international conferences and has taught in 22 countries on the diagnosis and management of persistent pain disorders.

Peter consults three days a week and reviews complex musculoskeletal pain disorders.

JamesJames McAuley
Senior Researcher, Neuroscience Research Australia

Dr James McAuley is a Senior Researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the University of New South Wales. James' research interests lie in the primary care management of musculoskeletal pain, particularly low back pain where he is focused on identifying the factors underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain.

James holds over $1.2M in research funding, has published over 70 papers including the BMJ and the Lancet and his work has been cited over 2000 times in the last 5 years including in clinical guidelines. James supervises 6 PhD students and co-ordinates the research training program for postgraduate students at NeuRA.


TonyH_ACT_2Tony Holland
Chief Executive Officer, OzHelp Foundation Ltd

The OzHelp Foundation Ltd is a not for profit, community based mental health support organisation with a focus on suicide prevention in industry workplaces.
They operate on a national level, with offices in ACT, Regional NSW, Pilbara WA and Darwin NT, with an affiliate office in Tasmania.

Leading the organisation to ensure that OzHelp programs are delivered with excellence, and continually developed to meet the needs of the community. To continue sustainable growth at both a national level and in the ACT community, and perhaps most importantly, to nurture and develop our staff in their roles.
Previous experience and qualifications

Tony has been the CEO of the Arthritis Foundation in the ACT for the past three years. He has spent 10 years working for NSW local government in finance and corporate governance areas.

John_Schumann_head_and_shouldersJohn Schumann
Consultant, Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

South Australian singer-songwriter, John Schumann, is best known, perhaps, for his leadership of the legendary folk-rock band Redgum, and his Vietnam veterans' anthem, "I Was Only". Having received almost every award the industry has to offer – some twice over - he holds a distinguished place in the Australian music industry

Prior to going professional with Redgum, John Schumann taught English, Drama and Outdoor Education at Marion High School in South Australia. John has worked in radio and television and has held senior executive positions in both the state and federal public service. As well as music, writing, performance and public speaking, John runs his own strategic communications consultancy. Today he appears in his role as Senior Consultant for the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

Described recently by rock historian Glenn A. Baker as "…one of the finest songwriters this country has produced…", John Schumann's songs have been paid the ultimate compliment by becoming the property of the people and the country they were written about.

Among his many accolades, John Schumann is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Flinders University. His lyrics are on reading lists in schools, colleges and universities throughout Australia.

Kathryn_PageDr Kathryn PageResearch Fellow, University of Melbourne

Kathryn is a Research Fellow in the VicHealth McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health.  As an organisational psychologist and member Australian Psychological Society, Kathryn's applied research projects are highly practical and applied. Her research interest is workplace mental health, including occupational health psychology and positive psychology. 

Her main research projects involve intervention strategies for increasing employee wellbeing and preventing job stress.  Specific interventions Kathryn has developed and/or applied include positive mental health promotion and a systems approach to job stress prevention, and integrated approaches to workplace mental health.

T_SteinbeckTanya SteinbeckCommunity Presenter, Blackdog Institute

Tanya Steinbeck has worked in marketing, communications and business management roles for over 14 years. Now working as a Marketing Manager for a large property development company, Tanya has also studied human behaviour, social & emotional intelligence, NLP and has coached individuals and teams on developing their behavioural flexibility in the workplace. She is married with two young children, and has personally experienced depression and anxiety both herself and as a carer. Tanya now volunteers for The Black Dog Institute, hoping to raise awareness around mood disorders and encourage others to seek help either for themselves or those that they care about.

marmstrongMark ArmstrongManaging Director, Body Active Consultancy

Mark has attained three qualifications from the University of Western Australia and youngest recipient of a Fellowship from the Australian Association of Exercise and Sports Science.

He is the Owner/Managing Director of Body Active Consultancy (BAC) a company that commenced in Perth, Western Australia in 1990 specializing in provision of Musculo-skeletal rehabilitation to industry and the major insurers.

BAC expanded its service offerings nationally to the oil & gas, mining, construction, transport, and manufacturing industries in 1998 to include innovative prevention strategies targeting musculo-skeletal injuries and its' causal factors – including ergonomics, manual handling task analysis, Warm Up for Work interventions and competency based education and training packages.

DonfordDonford Nicholas
Deputy HSE Manager, Farstad Shipping

Donford Nicholas is an ex Seafarer having started his career with A.P.Moller Maersk and worked on Container ships and tankers. He started working in the offshore industry in 2007 and has worked on FPSO's, PSV's and Anchor Handlers. Donford moved ashore in October last year and took on a HSEQ position for Farstad Shipping and was then seconded to the Australian Shipowners Association for 6 months at the start of 2013. His role at ASA was Manager Industry Operations and Environment. At present he is the Deputy HSE Manager for Farstad Shipping in WA.

Zoe_HoldawayZoe HoldawayDirector, Zone Workplace Health Solutions

Zoe Holdaway graduated as an Occupational Therapist in Perth in 1997 and started her career in Mental Health. Zoe then entered the domain of Workplace Rehabilitation and Injury Management in 2000.

With a solid foundation in Occupational Therapy and an understanding of mental health issues she soon became a sought-after resource for referrers to utilise for not only physical claims, but also psychological / stress claims and multi-faceted, long term claims.

Zoe's expertise in working with injured employees and organisations spans across multiple sectors - including mining, construction, maritime, retail, manufacturing, health and education.

Zoe strives to minimize the physical and psychological impact of an injury on workers; while understanding the specific requirements of the employers involved. Zoe's passion is FACILITATING OPTIMAL OUTCOMES for all parties.

Ben_Buckhurst2Ben Buckhurst
Senior Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan

Ben handles dust disease, maritime workers' compensation and common law injury matters.

Since gaining admission to practice in Victoria in 2005, Ben has worked as a specialist insurance practitioner with a particular focus on personal injury.

Ben assists Peter Leslie in his maritime practice. He regularly advises employers, ship owners, ship managers, P&I Clubs and insurers concerning their obligations under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Cth) and the Navigation Act (Cth). Ben also handles disputed claims under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, appearing frequently before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Ben has conducted litigation in all Victorian State Courts, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Federal Court and the High Court. He qualified as a barrister in the UK before coming to Australia.

Last updated: 14 Aug 2015