Dr. John Crawshaw

Dr Crawshaw took up the position of Director and Chief Advisor of Mental Health in November 2011. He is the Government’s principal advisor on Mental Health and is responsible for fulfilling several key statutory functions. He has extensive experience in a range of Mental Health services gained from working in the health system in both Australia and New Zealand.

Previous to this role John was CEO of Statewide and Mental Health Services in Tasmania, Australia where his responsibilities included overseeing Tasmania’s state-run Mental Health Services, Forensic Health Services (incorporating Forensic Mental Health and Correctional Primary Health Services), Alcohol and Drug Services and the Health and Well Being Services (Oral Health Services and Cancer Screening and Control). He was also the Chief Forensic Psychiatrist at the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.

John has also held various senior management roles at Capital Coast Health including Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, General Manager (Mental Health Elderly & Disability Services) and Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive.

He is a graduate of Otago Medical School and his academic background has included being a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Wellington School of Medicine and Senior Psychiatric Registrar at Otago University Medical School. He is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists General Council and has served on a number of boards, councils and committee of professional bodies. His current activities include being chair of the RANZCP Board of Education.

Liz Hosking

Liz’s background is as a Registered Nurse. Liz has worked in Mental Health mainly specialising in Child and Adolescent work for the last 7 years.

In the past Liz has worked as the child and youth postvention coordinator and the clinical lead of the child and youth crisis team within Counties Manukau DHB.

A recent addition to the Homecare Medical Family, Liz has been working on a new project with Police and Ambulance that aims to provide special mental health teletriage care to calls that come via 111.

“I have a real interest in suicide prevention and postvention work and how this can be delivered better to meet the diverse needs of the New Zealand population.”

Annie Overton

Annie is a Ministry of Education Manager of a Learning Support team. She also manages the Auckland Traumatic Incident team providing trauma management support to schools and early childhood centres.

Annie has worked in a variety of roles in the education sector for more than thirty years.

Assisting educational facilities to provide fully inclusive educational environments that support student wellbeing, is at the heart of her work.

Virginia Brooks

Virginia Brooks is a health promoter for the Mental Health Foundation. She coordinates the suicide bereavement service and works with those directly assisting suicide bereaved to expand support for bereaved. She also contributes to MHF’s work in the area of suicide prevention.

Virginia comes to this work with lived experience, having lost close family members to suicide. Through this, she has learnt (a) the value of peer support and (b) postvention is prevention. Virginia was the project lead for the development of the guidelines ‘Support Groups for Suicide Loss, a Handbook for Aotearoa New Zealand’.

Virginia has a background in education, teaching and counselling and likes reading academic research on suicide prevention, bereavement and postvention, finding out what works and why and advocating for practical ways to use these learnings.

She holds a MA (hons) in Anthropology from Auckland University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland College of Education.

Abba Fidow

Abba is one of two Senior Managers reporting directly to the Le Va Chief Executive, with a focus on Quality – particularly in the planning and delivery of Le Va’s projects, programmes or engagements. He has been intimately involved in establishing Le Va’s two national suicide prevention programmes funded by the Ministry of Health:

– FLO: Pasifika for Life – which is New Zealand’s first national Pasifika suicide prevention programme
– LifeKeepers – the soon to be launched New Zealand national suicide prevention training programme

Abba has worked in policy and strategy roles across central and local government for more than 15 years; rising to become a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Pacific Peoples), and the Strategic Social Policy Unit within the Ministry of Social Development. He then moved to Auckland to manage community and social policy teams within Auckland City Council, as well as in Auckland Council. Abba is Samoan, and having been born and bred in Christchurch, has degrees in Commerce and Arts, including First Class Honours in Political Science, from the University of Canterbury.

Dr. Steve Duffy

Steve works as a practicing psychiatrist as well as his Clinical Director role in Canterbury.

He trained in medicine in the University of Otago and specialised in Psychiatry while practicing in Christchurch. He previously held an appointment as Clinical Director of community psychiatric services before his inpatient role.

Steve has taken a keen interest in service development and organisation and completed an MBA at the University of Canterbury in 2014 with a focus on Zero Suicide and The Henry Ford Perfect Care Programme. He has led projects on information service upgrades and is a sponsor of the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) benchmarking forum. He is a strong advocate for improving patient experiences and outcomes with information and evidence led service development.

Maria Baker, (Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa)

Maori mental health nursing background, Maria’s experience in suicide prevention extends to Northland, where Kai Hapai a prevention-intervention-postvention initiative was implemented in the Far North. She was involved in NZGG Self Harm & Suicide Collaborative between mental health, emergency dept and Maori health. Most recently a member on the Health Quality Safety Commission Suicide Mortality Committee and Manager for Waka Hourua- National Maori Suicide Prevention programme.

Roger Shave

Roger is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and part of the senior leadership team at Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA).

Roger is Clinical Manager for the Ministry of Health funded Coronial Suspected Suicide Data Sharing Service (CDS) and Community Postvention Response Service (CPRS).

In his career Roger has worked in Justice, Health and private practice settings, working particularly in trauma management and recovery.   As a Clinical Psychologist Roger’s drive is to apply psychological knowledge to benefit others and to work with individuals and communities to enhance their autonomy, wellbeing and connectedness.

Roger’s work highlights to him the taonga that is whānau and friends.

Speakers National Zero Suicide Forum 2017 - Glenda Schnell

Glenda Schnell

Glenda Schnell is the Executive Director of Lifeline who operate a 24/7 Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO (828 865), provide counselling services and also have a suicide prevention education department, that run suicide intervention skills workshops for Schools, counsellors, and community groups.

Prior to this role Glenda has held senior roles in healthcare and youth services.

Speakers National Zero Suicide Forum 2017 - Kathryn Turner

Dr. Kathryn Turner

Kathryn is a Psychiatrist and currently Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services in the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Kathryn has an interest in service development and continuous improvement in safety and quality in the public health system. She was involved in leading the development of the Early Psychosis Service on the Gold Coast, and was part of the team that won a state-wide award for involvement of consumers in that service development process.

In 2015, Kathryn was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, in recognition of her collaborative work with Rotary in providing an annual forum on Youth Mental Health on the Gold Coast.

Kathryn is leading the team introducing a Zero Suicide approach to reduce the incidence of suicide and are changing the mindset to prevent suicide.