Keynote Speakers & Presentations
We would like to thank our wonderful keynote speakers. We were truly inspired by each of you.
Lana Frado, Executive Director, Sound Times Support Services, Canada
Lana Frado is the Executive Director of Sound Times Support Services, a consumer / survivor operated community mental health agency, providing community mental health agency, providing community support, as well as specialised services to those involved in the criminal justice system and substance users. She has worked within the consumer / survivor community for almost two decades in both grassroots and mainstream initiatives. She has worked in cross-disability activism, policy and system design,employment and human rights issues at local, provincial and national levels. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Jacqui Dillon, Chair, Hearing Voices Network, UK
Jacqui Dillon is a writer, campaigner, international speaker and trainer specialising in hearing voices, psychosis and trauma. She is the national Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, a charity which works to promote acceptance and understanding of the experiences of hearing voices, seeing visions, tactile sensations and other sensory experiences. Jacqui is a a member of the co-ordinating committee for the Campaign to Abolish the Schizophrenia Label. She has published several articles and papers and is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches . Along with Professor Marius Romme and Dr Sandra Escher she is co-author of the book, Living with Voices , an anthology of 50 voice hearers' stories of recovery. Jacqui is also a voice hearer.
Shona Clarke, Consumer Advisor Project Leader for Adolescent Mental Health, Werry Centre
Shona is the Youth Consumer Advisor Project Leader at the Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Workforce Development. She has enthusiastically advocated for youth consumer participation, and has advised in various mental health settings for years. Shona has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology from the University of Auckland and is currently studying postgraduate psychology.
Karlo Mila-Schaaf (Karlo Mila) worked at the HRC from 2001-2004 as the Manager, Pacific Health Research. One of the projects she was responsible for during that time was the drafting of the Pacific health research guidelines. Of Tongan and Pakeha descent, she has written two books of poetry, one of which was awarded the "best first book of poetry" at the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She has recently submitted her PhD which focused on how second generation (NZ-born) of Pacific peoples operate culturally. Karlo is now living in Palmerston North with her family and is working on an automythographical novel which blends fiction with memoir to explore experiences of unwellness and recovery.