KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Amita Dhanda

Professor of Law at NALSAR University of Law, India

Amita Dhanda is Professor of Law at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. She also heads the Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education and the Centre for Disability Studies at the University. Dr Dhanda is an international expert in the field of disability human rights whereby she has not just argued for the human rights claims of persons with disabilities but also demonstrated how disability human rights would strengthen the human rights of all. Dr Dhanda was actively involved in formulating the first disability statutes in her country. Her expertise was employed by the Supreme Court of India to examine the plight of persons with mental illness in the jails of West Bengal (one of the provinces in India). The investigation resulted in the Supreme Court declaring the housing of mentally ill persons in jails to be unconstitutional. She has also lobbied for universal legal capacity with support in the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a member of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. A comprehensive examination of the legal status of persons with mental illness in Indian Law resulted in her pioneering publication entitled Legal Order and Mental Disorder and her writings on the legal capacity of persons with disabilities are referred to widely.

Dr Hinemoa Elder

Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wänanga of Awanuiāragi, New Zealand

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years.

Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She was a recipient of the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand 2014-2018. Hinemoa is the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.

Dr Elder is an advocate for use of Te Reo Māori and is a graduate of Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi, rangapū tuarima.

In addition to her medical qualifications she has a PhD (Massey University, 2012) that developed theory and a novel recovery approach grounded in Te Ao Māori, for Māori with traumatic brain injury, a condition recognized locally and internationally as over represented in incarcerated populations. These resources are now being used in community rehabilitation services. Hinemoa continues to work clinically as a neuropsychiatrist and in youth forensic psychiatry writing reports for the adult, youth and family courts.

Dr Elder has served on several Ministry of Health reference groups. She is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal and a Specialist Assessor under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003. Dr Elder is also an invited Research Associate of the Person Centred Research Centre, and the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT and is a member of the Māori Advisory Committee of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. Dr Elder is a Trustee and Director of Emerge Aotearoa, a national NGO and an Advisory Trustee on Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Charitable Trust.

In 2018 Dr Elder was appointed to the International Science Advisory Panel of the National Science Challenge, “E Tipu E Rea, A Better Start”.

Dr Elder has previously co-authored a chapter about Māori and the Mental Health Act (Elder H, Tapsell R, (2013) editors Dawson J and Gledhill K, Otago University Press). She has recently authored a chapter about Māori concepts related to the legal concept of “capacity” again edited by Professor John Dawson, which will be available by the time of the conference.

Dr Majeed Khader

Chief Psychologist at Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

A forensic psychologist by training, Majeed Khader is Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Director of the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre .A trained hostage negotiator, his previous operational duties include being the ex-Deputy Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Unit and a trainer with the negotiation unit. He also teaches criminal psychology part time as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technology University and is a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

For the past 25 years, Dr Majeed has overseen the development of psychological services in the areas of crime profiling, crisis psychology, threat assessment, leadership psychology and resilience. He has been instrumental in the early development of forensic psychology, forensic-legal psychology and terrorism psychology in Singapore. For his work, he was awarded the National Day Public Administration Award (Bronze) in 2006 by the President of Singapore and once again the Public Administration Award Silver in 2014. Majeed holds a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester (U.K) and a PhD in Psychology, (specialising in personality and crisis leadership) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Majeed has published widely and is the lead Editor of 'Combatting Violent Extremism in the Digital Era'.

Majeed has been invited as a speaker to organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA to share on crime psychology, terrorism and leadership. He has also presented at the FBI, NCIS and the RCMP. He has been the Chairman of several major international conferences held in Singapore titled the “Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology”. He has been the Asian Director and sits on the board of the USA based Society of Police and Criminal Psychology. He is a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society, and a member of the British, and American psychological Societies. Majeed is also a Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, a member of the Temasek Poytechnic School Advisory Board and a Director at the Special Needs Trust Company.

    PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS

Co-Producing Research to Combat Stigma in Mental Health Service Provision

Professor Amita Dhanda

Professor of Law at NALSAR University of Law, India

Amita Dhanda is Professor of Law at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad, since the last 20 years. She also heads the Centre for Disability Studies and the Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education at the University. Dr Dhanda is an international expert in the field of disability human rights who has not just argued for the human rights claims of persons with disabilities but also demonstrated how disability human rights would strengthen the human rights of all. Her book Legal Order and Mental Disorder was an evidence-based exposition on how denial of legal capacity caused discrimination to be effectuated by the law. This work became the basis of her arguing for universal legal capacity with support in the UN Ad Hoc Committee drafting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been advocating the adoption of this new paradigm of legal capacity in the law reform efforts she has been leading in India and supporting in other parts of the world.



Janice Cambri

Founder, Psychosocial Disability-Inclusive Philippines

Janice Cambri is the founder of Psychosocial Disability-Inclusive Philippines. It is the pioneer and sole advocacy group of persons with psychosocial disability based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines, and the first service user representative organisation recognized by the Philippine government. She is part of the Deaf community and works closely with Psoriasis Philippines. Since mid-2014, Ms. Cambri has been serving as resource speaker in disability sensitivity trainings for government employees and commercial institutions initiated and conducted by the National Council on Disability Affairs, an attached agency of the Philippine Social Welfare Department. She does cross-disability advocacy as member of the Philippine Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also a member of the steering committee of Transforming Communities for Inclusion (or ‘TCI’) Asia Pacific.



Mary O’Hagan

Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant, New Zealand

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary is a consultant in mental health and wellbeing and is the director of the international social enterprise PeerZone, which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress. Mary has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 and was awarded the Wellington Gold Awards New Thinking Award in 2017. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.



Nawira Baig

Peer Support Specialist, Singapore

Nawira Baig has a background in communications and journalism with a focus on health and social issues. She is also a Peer Support Specialist and has lived experience of bipolar disorder. Nawira has been contributing to Singapore's mental health efforts since 2012. She is a volunteer with several Singapore-based mental health organisations including Silver Ribbon Singapore and the Community Mental Health Assessment Team (CHAT). Nawira, along with five other youth mental health advocates, had the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas on mental health initiatives in both Singapore and the UK with His Royal Highness Prince Harry in 2017. She has also lent her voice to improving Singapore's youth mental health efforts through the National Youth Council's Youth Conversations, and CHAT's social media campaigns, service development efforts, and public outreach initiatives. Her other advocacy efforts include writing mental health opinion editorials for The Straits Times, facilitating training sessions, moderating panel discussions, and speaking at various community and industry events. Nawira has also contributed her views and experiences to theatre productions, books and publications, and mental health campaigns in Singapore. She will be representing Singapore as a plenary speaker at the International Association for Youth Mental Health conference in Brisbane, Australia, in October 2019 to discuss Singapore and Asia's youth mental health efforts. Nawira's areas of interest are youth, women and minority mental health.

Ngai Chun Victor Leung

Peer Support Worker, Hong Kong

Mr. Leung Ngai-Chun received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and minor in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Hong Kong in 2015 and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr. Leung is a person-in-recovery with bipolar affective disorder. He has three years of relevant work experience as a peer support worker in the Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong and the United Christian Hospital. Mr. Leung's peer support work includes personal interviews, outreach visits, group activities and public education in halfway houses, integrated community centers for mental wellness (ICCMWs) and day hospitals.





Celebrating 25 Years of the Journal Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Dr Hinemoa Elder

Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wänanga of Awanuiāragi, New Zealand

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 10 years. Dr Elder is the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She was a recipient of the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand 2014-2018. Dr Elder is the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.



Dr Ian Freckelton QC (Plenary Panel Chair and Presenter)

Editor-in-Chief, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Ian Freckelton is a Queen’s Counsel in full time practice as a barrister throughout Australia, a judge of the Supreme Court in Nauru and a Legal Member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria. He is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and has held a variety of international positions. Since 1994, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.



Dr Majeed Khader

Chief Psychologist at Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

A forensic psychologist by training, Majeed Khader is Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Director of the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre. A trained hostage negotiator, his previous operational duties include being the ex-Deputy Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Unit and a trainer with the negotiation unit. He also teaches criminal psychology part time as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technology University and is a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore.



Associate Professor Troy McEwan

President, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Troy McEwan is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has worked in both inpatient and community forensic mental health settings since 2008. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Associate Professor McEwan is also a Senior Psychologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) and is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.