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Making Time: Arts and Self-Care Speaker Bios

Speaker Profiles

Professor Judy Atkinson
Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australian) woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage. With a PhD from QUT, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the We Al-li program which was used as a foundation stone for the Masters in Indigenous Studies (wellbeing); the undergraduate degree Trauma and Healing , and the Diploma of Community Recovery. Her book: Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, provides context to the life stories of people who have moved/been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people make connections with each other and share their stories of healing. Judy retired from Academia at the end of 2010, and founded the We Al-li business, which has allowed her to focus on writing and working with communities in Australia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea, with a special focus on educational – healing work, what she calls ‘educaring’.

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Associate Professor Darryl Wade
Darryl is the Director of Education and Training at Phoenix Australia and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in a diverse range of mental health settings. For much of his recent career he has held senior leadership and consulting positions with primary responsibility for the design and development of innovative education and training programs for professional and lay providers to improve mental health and stress-related conditions. These initiatives have ranged from development of e-health products to sector-wide quality improvement interventions. At Phoenix Australia, he has worked closely with the Commonwealth and state governments, including the Commonwealth Departments of Veterans’ Affairs, Defence, and Health, as well as professional and community organisations, and has led numerous initiatives to improve the mental health practices of primary care, specialist and other practitioners working with military, veteran and civilian populations. He has published widely on posttraumatic, disaster, and youth mental health issues including controlled trials testing novel psychological interventions, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and the evaluation of training and support initiatives.


Dr Craig San Roque
Dr Craig San Roque, a psychotherapist, is based in Alice Springs, with twenty years experience working on the ground and consulting in a range of Indigenous  and remote area community, mental health and cultural projects.
His works  include the  2013 award winning graphic novel The Long Weekend In Alice Springs, Psyche and Place, on the psychological effects of intercultural work, and the 2015 Alice Springs hybrid theatre  performance, Persephone’s Dog.
Craig’s writings and  events exemplify the personal experiences and professional issues relevant to this workshop.

Liss Gabb
Liss Gabb is the co-ordinator of cohealth Arts Generator. As an artist, creative producer, curator and educator with over 20 years experience, Liss has developed a socially engaged practice that is focused on working in partnership with communities experiencing disadvantage. Liss provides the artistic leadership for an innovative, participatory arts space that is a division of cohealth, one of Australia’s leading community health services.
Liss specialises in developing participatory art experiences for communities in the Inner North and the West of Melbourne – particularly those experiencing housing and food insecurity, people living in caravan parks, rooming houses, people experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers, detainees, prisoners school children, youth at risk, survivors of family violence and youth in refuges. Liss’s work with cohealth Arts Generator is presented in streets, neighbourhoods, at FCAC, Arts Centre Melbourne, Big West and in Melbourne Festival. Liss was the winner of the Arts and Health Australia award for Excellence in Art and Community Health in 2014. Liss is currently completing her Masters of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT University