MHERC's workshops are delivered by specialists in their fields

Alex Bartle, Dr

MB BS, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP MMed(Sleep Medicine)

After 30 years as a general medical practitioner in New Zealand, Dr Bartle left to develop Sleep Well Clinics throughout New Zealand. He completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine through the University of Sydney in 2009. Dr Bartle is on the Education Sub-Committee of the Australasian Sleep Association, and is an inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance, investigating children’s sleep. He regularly presents seminars on sleep to international and national conferences, industry, medical practitioners, and the general public.

Alison Ogier-Price

MSc(Psyc), B.Com, BA(Hons), C.AT, MNZAPP

Alison specialises in the application of the science of Positive Psychology to optimise human functioning. She brings extensive cross-sector experience including health services, education, community, and organisations. Alison is actively engaged in conference and workshop presentation and facilitation for positive mental health and sustaining emotional wellbeing. Alison effectively bridges the gap between academic knowledge and practical application with programmes that have a firm research and evidence basis, and are both richly informative and deeply experiential.

Annette Beautrais, Dr


Annette works in the mental health field, and has focused on suicide research, prevention and education since 1991. Annette has worked in Canterbury, New Zealand and internationally over that time. She has published extensively in suicide research. Annette has many interests in suicide research but her other interests include education about suicide prevention, suicide prevention in men and rural suicide prevention.

Brendan Sillifant


Brendan works for Pegasus Health in the General Practitioner Mental Health Liaison Team. He has practiced mindfulness for 30 years, and trained for 13 years with Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s foremost proponents of mindfulness. Brendan received transmission from him to teach mindfulness in 2003. He is interested in psychotherapeutic uses of mindfulness and completed his Master’s thesis on the applications of mindfulness in cognitive and behavioural therapies. Brendan has been involved in the integration of mindfulness based therapies into treatment programmes and individual psychotherapy. He is an experienced mindfulness trainer and has run workshops for the NZ Psychological Society, NZ College of Clinical Psychology and many other organisations.

Brian Deavoll, Dr


Brian is a Consultant Psychiatrist of Old Age with the Canterbury District Health Board. He is currently a consultant to the Psychiatry Service for the Elderly Community Team at The Princess Margaret Hospital. He has a long history of service provision, leadership and involvement with training in the mental health sector in Christchurch.

Catherine Gallagher

Registered Clinical Psychologist, MNZCCP, MA(Hons)

Catherine has worked in both public and private work settings, primarily focused on child and family issues. Currently she has a small private practice and is also the clinical practice manager at START.

Chris Bowden, Dr

BA (Hons), MA, PhD Candidate (Health)

Chris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. He lectures in child, adolescent and lifespan development and in youth issues including suicide, grief, loss, change and trauma. His research has focused on risk and resiliency, adolescent suicide and his PhD is on young men’s experiences of losing a close friend to suicide. Chris designed and co-facilitates the Waves psycho-educational programme for suicide bereaved adults in conjunction with Skylight and has worked in the area of suicide prevention and postvention for the past 15 years working with young people, families and providing professional development and education in the community.

Chris Sinclair


Chris has worked in the Mental Health Service for many years across all sectors, both in institutional settings and in the community. She has had roles in supervision, training, and in setting up new initiatives. For the past 20 years Chris has worked in the addiction sector and is currently setting up SixtyFive ALIVE, a new addiction service catering to the recovery and treatment needs of the elderly with alcohol and addiction problems.

Chris Taua, Dr


Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and recovery focused practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director of Pumahara Consultants and holds an honorary senior lecturer role with The University of Queensland.

Dominic Lim

MBBS, Mmed(Psychiatry), FAChAM, FAMS

Dominic is a senior Consultant Psychiatrist with special interests in addiction medicine, old age 
psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has extensive experience across both hospital and community 
practices. Dominic is keen to promote mental health related education in the community

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