Associate Professor Sam Harvey, Black Dog Institute

Sam Harvey is the Chief Psychiatrist at the Black Dog Institute and an Associate Professor at UNSW.  As well as running the Black Dog Institute’s clinical services, Sam also runs a program of research focused on the links between work and mental health.  Sam has advised many organisations, governments and the World Health Organisation in how the best available research can be used to create more mentally healthy workplaces. Sam’s current line of research is investigating the role that new technology can play in preventing mental health problems amongst workers and the issues faced by high risk workforces, such as emergency service workers and medical staff. Further information about his program of research can be found at https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research-areas/workplace/

Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, Commissioner of Resilience NSW

Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years. In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) for a period of 12 months.

From September 2007 – April 2020 he was Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, and was also the Chair of the NSW RFS Bushfire Coordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council. Shane was also a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW State Rescue Board (SRB) and was Chair of SRB from 2008 to November 2015.

In July 2012, Shane was appointed a Board Member of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority. He was appointed a Director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in March 2008 and was the Chair of the NAFC Board from 2009 to 2013. He was a Director on the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre from 2009 to 2014. He was a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council from 2007 and was a member of its Board from
November 2016 to November 2019 and held the position of Deputy President upon retirement from the Board.

In January 2016 Shane was appointed as a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. Commissioner Fitzsimmons was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2001.

Brigadier Craig Schramm CSC, Director General Garrison Health, Director General Army Health Services Joint Health Command

Brigadier Craig Schramm was born in Brisbane where he completed his secondary schooling and tertiary education in medicine. He joined the Army in August 1989 as an undergraduate Medical Officer allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

During his military career, Brigadier Schramm has held a number of postings, particularly in Aviation Medicine, and Health Capability roles. He has deployed on a number of occasions, including to Rwanda, East Timor, Banda Aceh, and Afghanistan. He completed Army pilot training in 2004. He is currently posted as Director General Garrison Health and Director General Army Health Services in Joint Health Command for the Australian Defence Force.

Brigadier Schramm is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Kings College London, Edith Cowan University and the Southern California Safety Institute, and holds post-graduate qualifications in Aviation Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Workplace Health and Safety and Aircraft Accident Investigation. He holds Fellowships of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, and the Faculty of Travel Medicine, an Associate Fellowship of the Aerospace Medical Association, and is an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. He is the Immediate Past President of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, and the Vice President of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine

Brigadier Schramm is married with 2 children and enjoys outdoor pursuits and rugby. He is also a keen private pilot, who enjoys aerobatics and flying historic aircraft.

Professor David Forbes, Director, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

David Forbes PhD is Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. He is a clinical psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in trauma survivors, with a particular focus on military, veteran and frontline worker populations.  He led the development of the inaugural Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Vice Chair of the International PTSD Guidelines and lead editor on the seminal Effective Treatments for PTSD 3rd edition (2020).

He has a strong track record in the conduct of research in the areas of anger and trauma-related mental health across the lifespan, the provision of policy and service development advice to government and agencies responsible for the care of those occupationally exposed to trauma, community members exposed to trauma and disaster and the provision of training in evidence based treatments for trauma-related disorders.

He has published over 180 scientific papers and invited book chapters in the international literature and sits on many Commonwealth government policy and scientific advisory panels and academic journal editorial boards

Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Queensland Police

Katarina Carroll APM was sworn in as the 20th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) on 8 July 2019. Commissioner Carroll is the Chair of the QPS Board of Management.

During her policing career, which began in 1983, Commissioner Carroll worked in various roles including time in Criminal Investigation Branches, a Commission of Inquiry, the Joint Crime Task Force, and the covert unit. Such was the respect held for Commissioner Carroll, she was requested to be a member of the Queensland University of Technology School of Justice Advisory Panel. In 2012 she was made the Operations Commander for G20 planning in what is still Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.

In December 2014, the then Assistant Commissioner Carroll was hand-picked by the government of the day to lead the newly formed Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). As a transformational leader, Commissioner Carroll influenced the sector through her involvement as the Vice President on the Board of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) and a member of the AFAC Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee (CCOSC).

At a national level, Commissioner Carroll was a member of the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC), the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management – Senior Official Group (MCPEM SOG), the National Risk Reduction Steering Committee and her key position as an assisting official on the Queensland Disaster Management Committee.

Throughout her career, Commissioner Carroll has been the recipient of numerous international, national and state awards – including the Australian Police Medal. Notably, she was awarded the National Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia in 2015 and later that year named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s “100 Women of Influence”.

Commissioner Carroll believes in a life of continual study and holds several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. Commissioner Carroll has been the recipient of the Sir Vincent Fairfax Scholarship in Ethical Leadership and the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship, to study at the prestigious Kennedy Business School, Harvard University.

Ian Snape, CEO, Frontline Mind

Ian has over 30 years of experience leading and managing teams in strategy, innovation and adventure. He is the co-founder of two related companies, The Coaching Space Pty Ltd, a niche coaching company based in Hobart; and Frontline Mind, a global training company based in Hobart (Aus), Boulder (US) and Bristol (UK).


For nearly two decades Ian was a Principal Research Scientist, leading an international network of scientists, policy makers, regulators and industry professionals who collaborate on pollution issues in cold regions. He served on multiple science advisory boards at several universities and with his Frontline Mind team he is currently creating and delivering innovative digital training into several universities across Australia.

Dr Stephen Parnis, MBBS DipSurgAnat FACEM FAICD FAMA

Dr Parnis is an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Werribee Mercy Hospital in Melbourne. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1992, and obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2007, serving on the Trainee Selection and Public Health Committees of ACEM.

Dr Parnis served as the President of AMA Victoria from 2012-14, and was a member of the AMA Federal Council from 2011 to 2016. Dr Parnis was the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association from 2014 to 2016.

Dr Parnis has been prominent nationally in progressing public health, ethical and professional matters. In late 2017, Dr Parnis led the campaign against the parliamentary bill which subsequently legalised assisted suicide and euthanasia in Victoria. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, Dr Parnis’ perspectives have been sought by political & public health leaders, and in the media.

Dr Parnis is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Board Member of The Medical Insurance Group of Australia (MIGA) since 2019.

Dr Parnis was honoured with Fellowship of the AMA in 2014, is engaged to Dr Fiona Reilly, a Brisbane Emergency Physician, and is the proud father of three children.

Major Danielle Bell, Senior Psychologist & Officer in Charge, 1st Psychology Unit – Brisbane Detachment, Department of Defence

Major Danielle Bell is the Senior Psychologist for the Brisbane Detachment, 1st Psychology Unit. She commissioned into the Australian Army Psychology Corps in 2005, a career that has encompassed diverse roles across research, clinical, organisational and staff positions. Her roles have exposed her to training, single Service, Joint, garrison, and operational environments, and included; Psychology Research and Technology Group, Mental Health and Psychology Sections, Psychology Support Team 1st Combat Service Support Battalion and Headquarters Forces Command within Aviation Psychology.

Major Bell has provided specialist advice and support to ADF garrison and operational environments, including deploying overseas as the Senior Psychologist for the Middle Eastern Region. Whilst deployed, Major Bell was instrumental in the planning and implementation of psycho-education activities across a number of topics in response to challenges in the deployed environment.

Major Bell is a graduate of Griffith University, completing a Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Forensic Mental Health, and holds post-graduate qualifications in Safety and Accident Investigation (Air Transport) with Cranfield University, UK.

Major Bell is passionate about the implementation of evidence-based practice and has a keen interest in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in the military population. She is married with four children and enjoys travel and socialising with friends and family.

Lieutenant Colonel Jacqueline Costello, Commanding Officer 1st Psychology Unit

Lieutenant Colonel Costello was commissioned into the Australian Army Reserve in 2002 while completing her Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology. Upon promotion to Captain she transferred to the Australian Regular Army in 2003. Lieutenant Colonel Costello has undertaken a range of clinical, organisational, operational, instructional and staff appointments which has included postings to 1 Psych Unit, the Mental Health & Psychology Sections within Joint Health Command (JHC), the Royal Military College, the Directorate of Psychology and JHC Headquarters. She has recently served as the OIC of the ADF Centre for Mental Health and the SO1 Psychology in the Command Advisory Group on Headquarters Forces Command. Lieutenant Colonel Costello was appointed to Commanding Officer 1st Psychology Unit in August 2020.

Lieutenant Colonel Costello has been awarded the Psychology Corps E.F. Campbell Medal (2006) for her work managing organisational change in the Directorate of Psychology, the W.H Hall Award (2019) for her “contribution to the promotion, values, ethos, professional standing and reputation of military psychology” and a Chief of Joint Capabilities Gold Commendation for her leadership of the ADF Centre for Mental Health. She has deployed in support of operations in the Middle East and the ADF’s contribution to Australian Antarctic Expeditions.

Lieutenant Colonel Costello is married to Geoff, a serving Army Officer and together with their children Audrey and Henry they enjoy the lifestyle afforded by Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Dr Alexandra West, Senior Psychologist Victoria Police

Dr West is the Senior Psychologist for Victoria Police, and the clinical lead in Wellbeing Services, which includes a range of wellbeing support units, and has a background in clinical, forensic and organisational psychology. Her role involves the oversight of psychology and mental health within the organisation and the provision of psychological services. She was the internal lead of the Victoria Police Mental Health Review 2016, and the clinical lead on the implementation of its recommendations. She was also the primary author of the first Victoria Police Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Assistant Commissioner Joanne Greenfield, Emergency Management and Community Capability, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Joanne joined QFES in July 2019 with over twenty years senior executive leadership experience. Joanne started her career in the United Kingdom, National Health Service, working across emergency departments, intensive care units and helicopter emergency services and was involved in several large-scale casualty and disaster events in the UK.

Joanne headed overseas working in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe leading the response to pandemics, epidemics and natural and manmade disasters for the UK Government and the United Nations.  Joanne has been the UN Cluster lead or UN Coordinator for events across hazards ranging from earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, civil unrest and cholera, HIV/AIDs, SARs and H1N1 pandemics as well as national recovery operations in Kosovo and Pakistan.

Joanne has worked for AusAID/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently worked at Queensland Health.

As the AC EMCC, Joanne’s team leads on disaster risk assessment and mitigation, predictive services capabilities, community engagement, implementation of the QFES Volunteer Strategy, supporting other volunteer services such as Surf Life Saving, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coast Guard, and oversees the QFES State Operations Centre and the Queensland State Disaster Coordination Centre. Joanne works across Government with key stakeholders to manage and mitigate disaster risk and manages our relationship with key Commonwealth agencies and organisations.

Joanne is one of the three Chairs of the Queensland State Disaster Coordinator Group and recently headed up the QFES COVID-19 task force. During the last bushfire season, alongside other QFES AC’s, Joanne undertook the role of Commander State Operations.

Joanne is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science majoring in infectious disease epidemiology, policy, planning and economics.