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2017 Speakers

keynote speakers

Jill Lane

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Dr Arthur C Evans

Psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association and assumes the post 20 March 2017. Prior to that, Dr Evans was the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Service (DBHIDS) – a $1 billion healthcare agency.  Click here to read more

Thursday Presentation

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Friday Presentation

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Jeanette Grace

Jeanette Grace of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Koata, is currently Dean of Te Wananga Māori at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. She has a background in Mental Health and Addictions and Indigenous Training and Education and has served on a number of Boards, including past Chair of Ngāti Koata Trust, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Wānanga o Raukawa and is currently on the Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation.

Jeanette was key in the establishment of the Toa Waka ama Club and is currently Club President. She is grateful for the support of her children, grandchildren and wider whanau members.

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Harry Tam

Harry Tam is a co-director of H2R Research & Consulting Ltd, a company established to facilitate the engagement and mobilisation of hard to reach Māori communities for social change.  For over forty years Harry has worked with indigenous ethnic gangs and other hard to reach communities throughout the country and in the prisons.  In 1990, Harry was awarded the 1990 Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand. Harry has also worked as a senior public servant for nearly twenty years, providing policy advice to the government on a range of portfolios including youth, penal policy and criminal justice.

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David Hanna

David is a fourth generation Pākehā, a partner, and father of four children.  Most of his insights and qualifications have come from these relationships.  A theme in his work is seeking a more socially just world with an emergent appreciation of the need to privilege the ‘voice’ of the person or group seeking the change.  Projects he has lead include; development of Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, for the World Bank in Eastern Europe on youth participation, leading NZ’s youth development strategy, championing community-led development in local communities across NZ and partnering with the Mongrel Mob and Black Power to run leadership development programmes.  He is currently Director of Wesley Community Action, National team member Inspiring Communities and Director Partner for Outcomes Aotearoa.

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Dr Jamie Berry

Dr Berry is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director of Australia’s Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services. He lectures at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Berry has developed research and clinical interests in addiction after specialising in neuropsychological rehabilitation for most of his career. His current primary research interest is the development, implementation and evaluation of neuropsychological interventions to promote better executive and other cognitive functions across a range of clinical populations.

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Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa

A graduate of the University of Waikato (BA) and the University of New South Wales (LLB), Justice Tuatagaloa is the first woman to be sworn in as a Judge in Samoa initially in the District Court from 2011 and in August 2015 was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge.   With the launch of the Alcohol and Drugs Court (ADC) in February 2016, she has presided over this specialised Court since its establishment.  Click here to read more

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Dr Seema Clifasefi

Seema L. Clifasefi, PhD, is an assistant professor and codirector of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Her research lies at the intersection of substance use, mental health, criminal justice and housing policy, with an emphasis on populations with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Over the past decade, she has worked collaboratively with affected communities to develop, evaluate and disseminate programs and interventions that aim to reduce substance related harm and improve quality of life.

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