Featured Speakers 2019
Mr Rob Gordon, Psychologist
Rob Gordon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has worked in disasters since the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. He has been psychological consultant to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for Emergency Recovery since 1989 and consulted to Australian Red Cross emergency services for 10 years. He works with government and non-government agencies in health, welfare, justice, environment and education for fire, flood, earthquake, storm, cyclone and drought as well as mass shootings and terrorist events throughout Australia and New Zealand. He conducts a private psychotherapy practice in Box Hill, Victoria and is the President of the Australian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.
Conference Committee would like to thank the 2018 Featured Speakers
Plenary Panel - Different Perspectives on Disaster Plenary Panel
Dr Erin Smith is a Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University. Erin is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, where she also holds the positions of Deputy Chair of the Oceania Chapter and Co-Convenor of the Psychosocial Special Interest Group. Erin is a Committee Member of the Victorian Chapter of Paramedics Australasia and a Research Committee Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine. Erin is an expert in the long-term impact of 9/11 on the first responders and their families.
Marian Fontana has been a writer and performer for over twenty-five years. As a writer, her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Salon.com, The Guardian and more. Her memoir, A Widows Walk was published by Simon and Schuster and was as the Top Ten Great Reads of 2005 by People magazine and the Washington Post’s Book Raves of 2005. A Widows Walk was on the New York Times best selling biography list and was nominated for a Books for A Better Life Award. Marian lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the United States.
Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005.
She survived, but suffered severe and permanent injuries, losing both legs from just below the knee.
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Gill has lived in London since 1991, however in 2012 Gill returned to Australia where she operates nationally and internationally through her not for profit M.A.D. for Peace network and her Public Speaking work. Her unique and compelling projects and initiative’s, aimed at both deterring anyone from following the path of violent extremism and building sustainable models for peace, draw upon Gill’s previous roles within the Arts. Following the bombings, Gill decided to dedicate her life to being an advocate for peace.
Cameron Anderson is a Paramedic (Advanced Care) Senior Station Officer with Queensland Ambulance Service specialising in disaster and major incident management. He is currently Officer in Charge of a busy urban ambulance station with a staff establishment of 50 paramedics. Cameron has 15 years experience across paramedicine, urban search and rescue and rural and urban firefighting. He has attended many of the most significant disasters to impact Australia in recent years, including the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Cyclone Yasi and Cyclone Oswald. He was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his role in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Cameron is currently completing a PhD in disaster response at Edith Cowan University.