Lifeline Advisory Groups
A number of advisory groups have been established to provide advice and input into Lifeline’s services, policies and practices. To find out more about these groups please email [email protected]
Lifeline Foundation Expert Advisory Group
Provides advice to Lifeline on practice and policy related to our services in the areas of suicide prevention, crisis support and intervention, and mental health support. Also assisting us in developing the priorities for research and service development, drawing on the available evidence and professional opinion of what are the most effective ways of reducing lives lost to suicide.
Lifeline Foundation Expert Advisory Group Members
|1. Emeritus Professor Beverley Raphael (Chair)
University of Western Sydney and Australian National University. Professor Raphael is a highly respected Psychiatrist and international expert in crisis support, for individuals and for communities. For a decade, she was Director of Mental Health in New South Wales.
|2. Julie Aganoff
Director, Client Service Development, UnitingCare Community (operator of Lifeline in Queensland)
|3. Eve Barratt
Lifeline Manager – South East South Australia, Psychologist
|4. Dr Michael Dudley
Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) and practicing Psychiatrist specialising in children and young people – Randwick Children’s Hospital and University of NSW
|5. Graham Gould
Lifeline Manager – South Coast, Fellow of University of Wollongong, Psychologist
|6. Professor David Kavanagh
Queensland University of Technology, leader of online services on drug and alcohol addictions; Psychologist
|7. Professor Britt Klein
University of Ballarat, specialising in research about online services on anxiety and depression; visiting Professor at ANU Centre for Mental Health Research; Psychologist
|8. Dr Kairi Kolves
Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention – the Australian Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, and recognised World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention
|9. Professor Graham Martin
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Queensland; Graham is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Australian LiFe Suicide Prevention Strategy, and was a member of the writing group for the National Strategy
|10. Professor Jane Pirkis
Director, Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics. University of Melbourne; experienced evaluator of suicide prevention programs
|11. Dr Alan Rosen
Clinical Associate Professor, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney; Psychiatrist, special interests in mental health service for rural and remote populations
|12. Dr Coralie Wilson
Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong; Psychologist, research interests in help seeking and help negation factors in people’s access to services
Consumer & Carer Focus Group
This group provides advice and input into our National Crisis Support Services (13 11 14 and Online Crisis Support Chat), and Information Services (website and resources) with a focus on the impact of current or proposed service delivery on the consumer by providing feedback on:
- The operation of Crisis Support Services, including areas for improvement and what makes a difference to the outcome of the contact with Lifeline’s services.
- Policy and procedures in relation to the operation of crisis support services and how they may be improved and updated.
- Information Services including online and hard copy self-help/promotional materials.
- New initiatives, projects and campaigns that can be developed to further the effectiveness of current crisis support services, including improving access and outcomes.
The members of the Consumer & Carer Focus Group have used Lifeline’s Crisis Support services or have cared for someone who has used our services in the past 12 months. Calls for national expressions of interest took place over 6 weeks with applications submitted online. The group consists of men and women ranging in age from 26 to 64 years and from all over Australia who may meet monthly via teleconference.