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

Christine Morgan
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.

Martin Cohen

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.


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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