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Dr Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years. 

Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She was the recipient of the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand 2014-2018. Hinemoa is the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.
 
Hinemoa Elder

Laura Porter has more than a decade of experience leading successful implementation of ACE Study concepts in Washington State, in partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes. In addition to her work in Washington, Laura works with leaders in over 20 states, providing education, facilitation, and empowerment strategies for building self-healing communities. Laura provides support and services for a wide range of groups...from parents and youth who are convening neighbourhood conversations, to philanthropic leaders and government officials who are using ACE science in investment and policy decisions. She and Dr. Robert Anda founded ACE Interface to help leaders to use ACE concepts to build Self-Healing Communities. Laura loves to travel, garden, learn and play with her children and grandchildren. 

Laura Porter

Professor Doug Sellman

MBChB, PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist who has been working in the addiction treatment field in New Zealand since 1985. He was the inaugural Director of the National Addiction Centre (NAC), University of Otago, Christchurch, from 1996-2017 and has held a Personal Chair in Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine within the University since 2005. His main work focus is alcohol and food from addiction and public health advocacy perspectives. He is one of the medical spokespeople for Alcohol Action NZ.

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John Dobson was a pioneering psychiatrist in New Zealand who specialised in Addiction Medicine. He was an inspiring leader and mentor, as well as a friend and supportive colleague to many of us, particularly in Christchurch. He brought both a strong combination of both empathy and scientific rigor to his clinical work and showed real courage in public advocacy about contentious issues.  

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Professor Doug Sellman

Elizabeth Elliott

AM, FAHMS is a distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health in the Sydney University School of Medicine and Health; Consultant Paediatrician, Sydney Children's Hospital Network (Westmead); a National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow; and Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She has been involved in clinical services, research, advocacy and policy development regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in children and alcohol use in pregnancy for over 20 years. She chaired the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Technical Network convened by the Australian Government Department of Health, Heads the NSW FASD assessment clinic, and is Co-Director of FASD Research Australia - an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. She was Deputy Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on FASD; and Member of committees to develop: NHMRC Australian Alcohol guidelines (2009); WHO guidelines for identification and management of alcohol misuse during pregnancy (2014); and an International Charter for the Prevention of FASD. She jointly led development of the Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD. She was clinical lead on the Lililwan project on FASD prevalence in the Fitzroy Valley and the Bigiswun follow up study, and is CI on NHMRC projects on Positive Parenting and Alcohol use in Pregnancy, and two pregnancy cohorts. She leads the national FASD Hub (website) and national FASD Register.

 

Elizabeth Elliott

Richie Hardcore 

As a keynote presenter and educator, Richie has spoken throughout Australasia on topics that most find difficult to discuss. He does so with ease, grace and humour making the interrelated themes of sexual and family violence prevention, masculinity and pornography easier to digest and relatable to all. 

He is a former community alcohol and drug worker, and also often presents to audiences on his lived and professional experience around mental health, alcohol and other drugs.

Richie aims to discuss and provide critical understandings of a culture embedded with unhealthy ideas and beliefs around sex, consent and gender equity. To this end, Richie works as a private educator, as well as working for White Ribbon New Zealand; New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development; and as group facilitator with men who are in a court ordered anti-violence program. 

Richie works with maximum security prisoners, has spoken in New Zealand Parliament; presented to countless businesses and not-for-profit organisations; but it is in schools and universities the he believes he has the most impact. He is regularly called upon to give mainstream media commentary on these issues as a guest commentator on New Zealand mainstream television and radio.

 

Richie Hardcore

Mahi a Atua – a Way of Being

Presented by Mark Kopua - Tohunga and Matiu Pennell - Registered SW

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – Oranga Tāngata, Oranga Whānau 2018 Report, highlighted the persistent inequitable outcomes for Māori with cultural competence gaps in services and the severe capacity problems within the workforce. This presentation explores how “Mahi a Atua” as a way of being can support the development of a culturally competent workforce where practitioners grow as Mataora (change agents) and value self-development and accountability.


Mark Kopua – Tohunga

Iwi: Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou  

Mark was raised in Mangatuna, by his old people and is renowned for his expertise as a master carver and in the art of tā moko (traditional Māori tattoo). He currently holds the position as Tohunga for Te Kūwatawata - a ground breaking Māori designed mainstream mental health service.  As a keeper of ancient Māori knowledge and whakapapa (genealogy) Mark’s approach to healing is celebrated by communities, as he shares his unique skills in storytelling. Mark with his wife Diana Kopua (Ngāti Porou-Psychiatrist) have founded ‘Te Kurahuna’ - a whare wānanga (training institute) where practitioners learn indigenous knowledge in a unique and authentic way, including Mahi a Atua.

Mark Kopua

Matiu Pennell – Registered SW

Iwi: Te Whakatohea and Ngāti Rua Pani ki Rongowhakaata 

After growing up in Wellington and living in both Australia and England, Matiu returned to Te Tairawhiti (East Coast of the North Island) to be with whānau. His journey as a Social Worker has led him to work within the team at Te Kūwatawata where he has experienced Mahi a Atua wānanga since 2016. In his role as a Mataora (change agent) Matiu embraces cultural narratives as a valid approach to facilitating healing with whānau which has deepened his critical lens and strengthened his practice.

Matiu Pennell

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Marilyn Bradford

LCSW, M.Ed. is a clinical social worker in private practice and founder of Right Recovery For You. With over twenty five years experience with recovery, Marilyn works with both addicted individuals and those affected by addiction. She is a consultant to other therapists who have questions concerning the treatment of addiction as well as the management of and treatment of dual diagnosis and trauma. Marilyn facilitates tele-classes, in person classes, and private sessions dealing with all ways that people limit themselves and their futures. She has presented workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally. 

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From Judgement to Empowerment: Moving Beyond the Legacies of Addiction and Trauma.

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Marilyn Bradford

Andrea Dempsey
 
NZROT BHScOT MHSc(Hons). Andrea has worked as an occupational therapist in the mental health sector for 15 years and is the current professional leader for mental health at Waitemata DHB. Andrea is recognised for her work in staff safety and wellbeing, sensory modulation and trauma informed care. Her focus is on building a competent allied health workforce and expanding the capability of services to support our people and communities. Andrea’s clinical practice area is working with adults experiencing severe and complex mental distress using occupation and participation to support wellbeing.
 
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Sensory Modulation: simplicity and complexity
 
Many people have difficulty regulating their neural response to their sensory environment, particularly those who have faced adverse childhood experiences. Sensory modulationis an evidence based approach that provides simple and complex strategies to both cope with distress and anxiety, and to support people to perticipate in meaningful activity and life roles. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of why they should consider this person centred approach, how it fits alongside current treatments and therapies, and the active role whanau and supports can play in creating a safe environment for their loved one.
 
Andrea Dempsey