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The Technology & Mental Health Panel

With Dr Michael Carr-Gregg




13.30 – 14.30


This panel will explore the social, political and educational challenges faced by workers with young people in health, education and welfare when it comes to technology.


The panel discussion will be led by Child and Adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg who sits on the Federal Government's Consultative Working Party on Online Safety


Join Michael as he grills the experts on approaches to cybersafety and the importance of considering mental health in social media policy and advancing technology.




Head of Facebook policy for Australian and New Zealand

Mia Garlick


Apple Distinguished Educators

Bob Rodgers (Qld), Jenny Jongste (WA), Corrie Barclay (Vic), Craig Smith (NSW)


Young and Well CRC (& ReachOut)

Jane Burns CEO (Qld, Vic); Professor Rafael Calvo (NSW); Shane Cucow - Professionals Manager (WA)


eSmart manager (The Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

Judi Fallon



Adolescent Health Physician

Professor David Bennett


Leading behaviour expert and clinical psychologist

Professor Tim Sharp


Positive Schools chair and social psychologist

Dr Helen Street


with special guests


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP (NSW)


WA Commissioner for Mental Health

Commissioner Timothy Marney (WA)


Head of Google Education (Asia-Pacific region)

Suan Yeo (Qld, NSW)


Catholic Education CommissionState representatives

State co-ordinator student wellbeing: Peter Grace (NSW),

Senior Education Officer Student Wellbeing: Kathy Shelton (Qld)


Family Planning Queensland Manager, Research and Innovation,

Holly Brennan (Qld)


Lawyer and senior law lecturer at Edith Cowan University

Toby Nisbet (Vic)





Read more about our host and panel members


Michael Carr-Gregg

Positive Schools Ambassador Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists. He works in private practice in Melbourne.  He is a columnist for Girlfriend Magazine and Australian Doctor. He specializes in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. Michael has been the Consultant Psychologist to the Victorian Secondary Schools Principal's Association, Australian Boarding Staff Association, Australian Ballet School, St Catherine's School, and Melbourne Girls' College. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of the National Coalition against Bullying and became one of their national spokespersons. Most importantly, Michael is married and has two children, supports Hawthorn in the AFL and South Sydney in the NRL

panel members (in alphabetical order)

Corrie Barclay

A teacher for 11 years, Corrie Barclay has presented at various State, National and International Conferences. These include ULEARN 2010 and 12, VITTA10-12 and ICTEV State Conference 2010-12. He has also been fortunate enough to Keynote the GTAV Conference in 2012 and the ALIA Conference in 2013. Corrie was chosen to participate in Google Teacher Academy 2011, held at Google HQ in Sydney, and is now a Google Certified Teacher. He was also selected to become an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) at the beginning of 2013. Corrie's passion has always been the challenge's involved in achieving a whole school approach to the seamless integration of ICT into all aspects of Teaching and Learning. This includes the Peer Coaching of his Colleagues and encouraging his students to be inquisitive, responsible and well informed global citizens, who 'give back' to the world wide web as well as draw on the many teaching, learning and collaborative opportunities the wider global community has to offer.

David Bennett

Clinical Professor David Bennett AO from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney is an adolescent health physician working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people through responsive healthcare, collaborative research, professional and community education, networking and advocacy. David is Medical Clinical Director – Priority Populations, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Senior Clinical Adviser and Director, Youth Health and Wellbeing, NSW Kids and Families. Previous roles include President of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare and of the International Association for Adolescent Health.

David was honoured with an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in 1995 for ‘service to medicine, particularly in the field of adolescent health and medical care’, is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and has received other awards for his service to community. He currently serves on a number of high-level State and Commonwealth government policy committees, is co-author of I just want you to be happy: Preventing and tackling teenage depression and the author of numerous other books, monographs, chapters and professional articles in the field of adolescent health. David is married to Anne with four grown-up children and three grandchildren..

Holly Brennan

Holly Brennan OAM is the Manger, Research and Program Development at Family Planning Queensland (FPQ). FPQ has been providing education, resources, training and information services to children, families, educators and other service providers for forty years.  Holly is the author and project coordinator of numerous resources and training packages including FPQ’s new book Is this normal? Understanding your child’s sexual behaviour which she co-authored with Judy Graham.  Holly lives and works out of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland.

Jane Burns

Associate Professor Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organization that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for young people aged 12 to 25.

Jane holds a VicHealth Principal Research Fellowship at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and an Honorary Fellowship at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She has led the youth agenda for beyondblue and was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide. Jane was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards and was listed in the Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence in 2012.

Jane is an industrial girl at heart having grown up in the lead smelting town of Port Pirie in South Australia. She is Mum to three children, Angus, Holly and Harry. She juggles the demands of work and life by running… everywhere. Her favourite app is RunKeeper and her life passion is driven by a desire to make the world a better place for her children...

Rafael Calvo

Rafael Calvo is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Research Program Leader for the Young and Well CRC’s Research Program One: Safe and Supportive (commencing July 2013). He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence applied to automatic document classification (e.g. web site classification).

Judi Fallon

Judi is the manager of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s eSmart program. eSmart is a series of cultural change interventions aimed at creating positive, respectful and inclusive cultures which reduce bullying and cyberbullying and increase online safety.

The Foundation cares for children who experience or witness serious violence and develops programs designed to help prevent violence in the lives of children. The Foundation plays an advocacy role and is a voice against childhood violence

Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher was first elected to the Federal Parliament as the Member for Bradfield at a by-election in December 2009 and was subsequently re-elected with an increased majority in August 2010 and again in September 2013. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications on 16 September 2013 by Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MHR. Prior to entering Parliament, Paul was the principal of a strategic consulting firm serving the communications sector and before that was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years. He is a well-known figure in communications policy in Australia and recently wrote a highly regarded book on broadband and telecommunications, Wired Brown Land. Paul previously worked as Senior Advisor, and then Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, during the Howard Government. He has dual first class honours degrees in law and economics from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University in New York where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Paul has been a member of the Liberal Party since he was 16 and was active in student politics at Sydney University. He was a champion university debater, twice reaching the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship. Paul is married to Manuela. They live in Roseville with their two children, Gabriel and Hugo.  

Mia Garlick

Mia heads up policy for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Facebook, Mia was the Assistant Secretary for Digital Economy and Convergence Strategy at the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Mia joined the Department shortly after returning from Silicon Valley where she worked as the Product Counsel for YouTube and, prior to this, the General Counsel for the non-profit Creative Commons.  She has a Master of Laws from Stanford Law School and Bachelor of Law and Arts from the University of New South Wales

Peter Grace

Peter Grace is the State Co-ordinator – Student Wellbeing with the Catholic Education Commission NSW. He works closely with personnel in the NSW Catholic schools sector in a variety of areas, including health and technology. Peter liaises with government and non-government agencies in creating and driving policies and initiatives that underpin the wellbeing of children and young people. In particular, he works with members of the government and independent school sectors to collaboratively progress the student wellbeing agenda. Peter is an experienced educator, having spent 18 years teaching Science and Religious Education in Catholic schools in NSW. For the majority of this time, he was a member of the Executive of his school. Peter holds Masters degrees in Education and Educational Leadership. His three school-aged children have helped Peter to improve his skills in the area of learning technologies, which he brings to his student wellbeing role at the Commission.

Jenny Jongste

'I am a passionate educator who firmly believes in the authentic integration of ICT into all aspects of education. I work with teachers and leaders from around Western Australia' Jenny Jongste, Assistant Academic Developer, University of Notre Dame, Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013

Timothy Marney

Timothy Marney was appointed as Mental Health Commissioner in February 2014. A graduate of Murdoch University, Tim has 20 years experience in economics and finance with the State and Federal Governments. Mr Marney joined the WA Department of Treasury in 1993, where he held the position of Under Treasurer of Western Australia since 2005. In his role as Under Treasurer, Mr Marney gained an in-depth understanding of the health system and health reform initiatives. He also held responsibility for the State Government's procurement agency, led the Government's Economic Audit and subsequent reform of non-government service delivery. Mr Marney has served on the board of beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative, since 2008, and has been deputy chair of the board since 2010. Mr Marney has been a vocal advocate of mental health issues and has spoken openly of his own experience with depression and anxiety.

Toby Nisbet

Toby worked in the in-house legal section of Fisheries WA, before practising as a Barrister and Solicitor at Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (Inc) (‘NSCLC’) for 5 years, and managing solicitor of the Joondalup branch of the NSCLC for 2 years.  He currently lectures in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law at Edith Cowan University, where he coordinates the law program. As a community lawyer, he is experienced in Criminal Law, Family and Domestic Violence Law, and some civil law, including how those laws apply to juveniles.  As an academic, he is a committed and passionate teacher.  He has published research findings on consent and provocation in the context of non-fatal offences, with a further research interest in the doctrines and assumptions that underpin the Australian Constitution.

Bob Rodgers

Bob Rodgers Started his teaching career in 1973 at the St George Secondary Department and now in his 41st year in education is still passionate about his role in helping people to become life-long learners. Bob is presently a Principal Project Officer with Information Technology Branch looking at emerging learning technologies and their possibilities for education. He has always been interested in the part that technology can play in engaging learners – from slide projectors and video cameras in the 1970s to the present where robots, data loggers and mobile devices like the iPad are used to enrich learning.

Tim Sharp

Professor Tim Sharp is an expert in human behaviour and thinking. He knows that understanding and connecting with people (including getting the most out of them), is a serious business. Prof. Sharp takes it so seriously that he is passionate about making it fun and entertaining so his audiences actually listen and learn. Prof. Sharp has three degrees in psychology, more than two decades experience as a clinical psychologist, executive coach, corporate consultant, entrepreneur, manager, employer and parent!

He’s widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the exciting new fields of positive psychology and is highly regarded among his academic colleagues (holding professorial appointments at UTS Business School and RMIT School of Health Sciences) as well as those in the business community. On top of all of that, he’s a best-selling author and regular media commentator who’s been read and heard and seen by literally millions of people over the last few years via his appearances on and contributions to Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Today Show, the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and ABC radio.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith works as an Educational Outreach consultant in Newcastle, New South Wales for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). His job involves consulting with families and staff across a range of school settings in all NSW educational systems, establishing plans to best support the inclusion and success of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This consultancy also includes diagnosis disclosure to individuals with an ASD, school in-service workshops and social skill peer support groups in collaboration with local community organisations. Craig has worked as a class teacher and coordinator at Aspect for eight years, previously working across other school settings in a range of inclusive support roles. Craig is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle and has presented at national and international research conferences including the bi-annual Asia Pacific Autism Conference, presenting primarily on topics related to technology and inclusive pedagogy. Craig was awarded the 2011 Elizabeth Hoyles Research Fellowship for work with Interactive Whiteboards, and was made an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013.

Helen Street

Social psychologist and education expert Dr Helen Street has worked extensively in Australian schools since 1999. Her work focuses on how social influence impacts on wellbeing, engagement and motivation in young people and in adults. Her ideas and research findings have been presented internationally in academic journals and in the popular media. Helen’s work has been met with international acclaim and has been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and ‘brown eyes blue eyes’ creator Jane Elliott, among many others. Helen is an adjunct research consultant for the health department of WA's Centre for Clinical Interventions and co-chair for Positive Schools. 

In 2011 Helen was awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Graduate Education at UWA. She was the show psychologist for Channel Ten’s ‘The Circle’ and is now a regular feature writer for Western Teacher. Helen is one of the original creators of Positive Schools in addition to being a regular host and presenter at the events.  Helen’s latest book “Better Than OK’ is co-edited with Neil Porter and features contributions from 27 leading experts in child wellbeing.  Better Than OK will be launched at this year’s Positive Schools conferences Australia wide. Helen lives with her partner and their three daughters in Perth, WA.

Suan Yeo

Suan Yeo heads up Google's Enterprise Education efforts in Asia-Pacific, covering 48 countries in this multi-diverse region. He is responsible for promoting the adoption of Google technology at the institution level for schools and universities. Suan is passionate about Educational Technology, and is constantly advocating for collaborative learning, open access and innovative experimentation. He is a lifelong learner, and firmly believes that no child should be left behind in education. A Google veteran of over 10 years, Suan most recently managed the Enterprise SMB business in Asia-Pacific, growing annual revenues to $15M in 3 years. Prior to that, he managed various teams in the Ad Sales organizations, pioneering teams and offices in Europe and Asia. Starting in Mountain View (Google HQ) in 2002, he's moved to Dublin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and now lives in Sydney with his wife and 2 kids.





Is that a psychologist in your Pocket?


Friday, 11.00 – 12.30

Technology for Mental Health

Keynote Presentation and Onstage Interview



Michael is also presenting a keynote presentation on Friday at each event. Click HERE for more information