We are pleased to announce they following Keynote Speakers for SAIF 2020.

Christine Morgan
Prof. Jason Leitch

Ms Christine Morgan is the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Ms Morgan is a passionate leader in mental health care reform, committed to listening and responding to the voice and needs of those with lived experience.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms Morgan was CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders and Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. As former CEO of the Butterfly Foundation, she led a collaborative advocacy strategy that included amplification of eating disorders as a serious mental and physical health issue. This is now being replicated internationally. In the not for profit sector, Ms Morgan was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development. Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Ms Morgan was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra.

Ms Morgan brings connection and passion to mental health reform, built on the networks she established in the corporate world, her broad legal expertise, her extensive not-for-profit experience and her strong ability to demonstrate to people how their contribution can make a real difference.

Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Jason was the 2011 UK Clinician of the Year.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation.

Jason is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India.

He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jason was appointed to NHS England review group led by Don Berwick looking into the patient safety elements of the Francis Inquiry.

Prof. Libby Roughead
Anna Love

Research Professor, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia.

Libby Roughead is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Director of the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, and Executive Director of a national prescriber intervention and feedback program targeting Australian general practitioners, pharmacists and veterans; Veterans’ MATES (www.veteransmates.net.au).

She is currently a member of the Australian Government Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the Medication Safety Oversight Committee of the Australian Safety and Quality Commission, and the Medicines Safety Programme Steering Group of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Anna commenced her career in Scotland in the early 80’s and moved to Australia in 1989.

Anna has worked in both Inpatient and Community settings as a clinician and as a manager and also as a Director Of Nursing both in Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services.

During the early 90’s she was involved in the decommissioning of the North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Services (NEMPS) which gave Anna her  first experience of managing service change and reform and has been an area of interest since that time.

Anna’s vision is to ensure we have a skilled Mental Health Nursing workforce for the future which is flexible, responsive and works collaboratively with consumers and carers encouraging self-determination and self-management of mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Martin Cohen
Karen Wells

M.B.B.S.,F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., PhD

Martin completed his training in medicine at The University of Sydney in 1996 and was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2002.  He was actively involved in the development of the Hunter New England training in psychiatry program, which saw the development of an integrated medical administration and training unit that saw the program develop into one of the leading psychiatry training programs in Australia and New Zealand.  Subsequent to this he was appointed Executive Director of Hunter New England Mental Health Service and a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) of the District and at times had the opportunity to act CEO of the District.  During this period, Martin completed his PhD and was fortunate enough to collaborate with leading researchers and organisations.  Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Health Care Quality Committee for Hunter New England Health, and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Martin’s key strengths are in managing strategy to produce sustainable change and innovation, he had the opportunity to attend the Levenson Inst, a Harvard University program for senior medical executives, and subsequently was invited to join the faculty and later formed a business with their Asia-Pacific CEO.

Martin works clinically in Newcastle, is passionate about mental health care, is a strong believer in health equity, and is a part-time Deputy Commissioner for the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, with a primary role in providing strategic advice and a clinical voice to the Commission.

Karen Wells has worked in the Community Sector for decades including as the Consumer Coordinator at Partners in Recovery. It was in this capacity that she developed the “ECT-Let’s talk about it!!” project. This project facilitated the consumer voice to identify information and support needs for consumers considering or experiencing ECT. Outcomes from this research included the development of an information DVD, a paper being published and many forums in which the consumer perspectives were shared. Following this project Karen commenced a PhD at the University of Sydney.

She has conducted a review of the literature that reports consumer accounts of how ECT impacts their daily lives post treatment. Her primary PhD study is a qualitative exploration of the longer-term impacts of ECT on daily life and how people navigate these. 25 participants have been interviewed to date. Karen brings her personal experience of ECT and mental health recovery to inform her work both as a lived experience educator and researcher.


SAIF20 is a national mental health forum to drive quality and safety in mental health care. SAIF20 will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear about international perspectives and solutions and exchange ideas and experiences for collaboration in innovative safe mental health care. The Forum will foster communication and networking among consumers, carers, researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of mental health settings with a common interest in providing quality and safety in mental health care and related techniques.

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