Professor Rob Kydd (Chair)
Rob is professor of psychiatry at the University of Auckland. He has been head of the department of psychological medicine and has had roles as head of the school of biomedical and health sciences and deputy dean of the faculty of medical and health sciences. He has also been clinical director of mental health services for Counties Manukau District Health Board and chair of the New Zealand branch of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He currently chairs the board of Anxiety New Zealand. His research interests have covered a wide range including brain dynamics, health services deliver and the addictions. More recent work has examined neurobiology of treatment resistance and the prediction of treatment response in the psychoses and depression. He has provided clinical service as an adult general psychiatrist to a number of different inpatient and community services across Auckland and has a small private practice that focuses on the work rehabilitation of people with mental health problems.
Dr Sarah Fortune (Deputy chair)
Sarah Fortune is a consultant clinical psychologist and academic, with a strong interest in suicide prevention.
Her research interests include the epidemiology of self-harm and suicide, treatment interventions and service provision for young people and their families/whānau.
Sarah works clinically in the paediatric consultation liaison team at Kidz First Hospital, Counties Manukau DHB. She has also worked overseas as a lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Leeds and is a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford.
She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Auckland and her clinical training at University College Dublin.
Professor Roger Mulder
Roger is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and works clinically in the Consult Liaison Service at Christchurch Hospital. Roger’s academic interests include personality disorders, mood disorders, genetics, neurobiology, suicide, substance abuse, psychiatric aspects of medical illness and history and cultural aspects of mental illness. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. He is Editor of the Personality and Mental Health, Associate Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and the New Zealand Medical Journal and serves on several editorial boards. He is Co-chair of the WPA Section on Personality Disorders.
Tania Papali’i (Ngapuhi/Ngatai ki Tamaki)
With a background in health science, Tania has been working for Northland DHB for 10 years. In the last five years she’s been in the role of Programme Lead – Resilience (focusing on rangatahi with an outlook over suicide prevention including family harm) and has been at the centre of the multi-agency ‘Fusion’ work in Northland (working with youth to include their viewpoint).
She has knowledge of how to work with distressed whānau and how to intervene in risk situations, and is very concerned to include the missing voices of suicide. Working with key partners and community, Te Taitokerau ki Muriwhenua has strong pre-and post-vention systems which have been shared nationally.
Taimi is the CEO within the Changing Minds Trust and part of the Waitemata Suicide Prevention work and consumer boards.
Taimi has a personal lived experience of suicide and is a strong advocate in this area. She is very connected to consumer groups and is passionate about making a difference, including for whānau and post-vention work.
David is a DHB suicide prevention coordinator and is a highly experienced worker with the suicide prevention sector in Otautahi/Christchurch.
He has an understanding of Te Ao Māori, and works with the community while appreciating the clinical role. He has a rural upbringing and a ‘whole-of-world view’.
Maria Baker (Ngapuhi me Te Rarawa iwi)
Maria is the CEO of Te Rau Matatini Ltd (National Centre for Māori Health, Māori Workforce Development and Excellence) and a Registered Nurse. She is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Te Kaunihera constituent committee.
Maria’s main focus has been in the area of Māori health with a passionate interest in mental health.
Denise is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and is a senior manager at Le Va, a Pasifika wellbeing NGO. She has led the design and development of two national suicide prevention programmes funded by the Ministry of Health and manages their delivery; New Zealand’s first national Pasifika suicide prevention programme (Pasifika for Life), and New Zealand’s national suicide prevention training programme (LifeKeepers).
Denise provides clinical and cultural advice on the National Depression Initiative led by the Health Promotion Agency, and the Ministry of Health ‘Fit for Future’ mental health leadership group advising on moderate mental health and primary health care service and workforce planning.