Featured Presenters


Professor Martin Dorahy

Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has a clinical, research and theoretical interest in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. This interest was fostered while working at the Trauma and Dissociation Unit at Belmont Private Hospital (1999-2001), and he remains closely connected to the program. He is a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is a fellow and Board member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and currently their President-Elect. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on topics related to trauma and dissociation, and co-edited 3 books. He maintains a clinical practice focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma.

Dr Joan Haliburn

Joan Haliburn FRANZCP is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist and trained psychotherapist with about 30 years’ experience in this field. Currently in private practice in Drummoyne, she is a visiting psychiatrist and supervisor, Complex Trauma Unit, Westmead Hospital, and senior clinical lecturer, University of Sydney. She has been responsible for the Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Training program at the same unit. She is a founding member of ANZAP, its President from 2000-2003, and Director of Training for about 10 years. She has written papers, given seminars, lectures and workshops in Australia and overseas; she is the author of several chapters of books, including Borderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational Model – A clinician’s guide; Traumatic Attachment as Adaptation; Separation Anxiety, the dread of and the capacity to tolerate alone-ness. She is currently on the Board of Directors, ISSTD. Her interests are in depression and suicide, dissociative and personality disorders in the young, teaching and supervision of psychotherapists. 


Other Presenters


Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, MB BS

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly ASCA), past director of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) member of the NSW Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Council (NSW). The Blue Knot Foundation is the leading national Australian organization working to improve the lives of the 5 million Australian adults who have experienced childhood trauma. Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organization to a leading national organization combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political change  and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. 
Cathy is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts. She is co-author of the highly acclaimed Blue Knot Foundation document - Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery.  

Prof Warwick Middleton  MB BS, FRANZCP, MD

Prof Middleton has been involved in directing TDU, Belmont Private Hospital since inception 20 years ago. He holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, University of New England and Canterbury University and is an Associate Professor, University of Queensland. Prof Middleton is Currently President of the ISSTD, as well as being a Fellow of the Society. He co-Chairs the ISSTD Membership Committee and is Vice Chair of the ISSTD Research Committee. He was the primary author of the first published series of patients with DID to appear in the Australian scientific literature. He has published widely in the areas of bereavement, trauma, dissociative disorders, psychotherapy and boundaries. He was the first researcher to systematically study the phenomena of ongoing incest during adulthood. Prof Middleton chairs the Cannan Institute and for many years, has via connections with various organizations, has been heavily involved in convening an ongoing series of conferences, seminars, workshops and dinner meetings with mental health/trauma themes. 

Michael Salter PhD

Dr Michael Salter is a senior lecturer in criminology at Western Sydney University, where he leads the ‘Violence and Power in Context’ stream of the Sexualities and Genders Research group. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and an associate editor of Child Abuse Review, the peer reviewed journal of the British Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Over the last ten years, he has specialized in the study of organized abuse and other under-recognized forms of violence against children and women. In 2016, he was a member of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Group for the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and assisted in the development of the Third National Action Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. His book Organized Sexual Abuse was the first Australian book-length study of organized abuse and one of the few in the world. His latest book, Crime, Justice and Social Media, was published in 2016 by Routledge. 

Dr David Leonard  AM, MB BS, DPM, FRANZCP

Albert Road Clinic, 31 Albert Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

David Leonard is a psychiatrist in private practice at Albert Road Clinic where he is a member of the professorial psychiatric unit of the University of Melbourne. He graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney and trained in psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before returning to Australia to work in Melbourne. For more than 25 years he worked in public sector psychiatric services, for much of the time as director, and was involved in postgraduate and undergraduate education holding a number of positions within the RANZCP, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Since 1998 he has been in full-time private practice and his work has focused increasingly on patients with trauma -related disorders particularly dissociative identity disorder. He has been active in trying to increase understanding, recognition and acceptance of dissociative disorders within the mental health professions. He has given numerous lectures and published papers in the area. He was a founding member of a group for Melbourne psychiatrists called the dissociative disorders special interest group. He has for some years convened and chaired a multidisciplinary dissociative disorders discussion group for mental health professionals working in the area of dissociation.  

In 2007 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to psychiatry. In 2016 he was made a Fellow of ISSTD.


Mary-Anne Kate MSP  

Mary-Anne Kate is a PhD Candidate (Psychology) at the University of New England. Mary-Anne has worked for many years as a Public Policy Analyst, Senior Policy Officer and Policy Advisor assessing and developing national and European Union policies and practices to improve quality of life outcomes for vulnerable client groups. Her doctoral thesis examines dissociative responses to chronic childhood maltreatment. Mary-Anne is a member of the ISSTD Scientific Committee and was awarded a Masters degree in Social Policy with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. 

Mary Williams AM

Mary Williams has for the last decade been Nurse Manager for the section of Belmont Private Hospital that includes TDU. She was awarded an AM for her pioneering work in helping establish and run the Brisbane Centre for Post Natal Disorders which was established at Belmont Private Hospital in 1991. In 2015 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to mental health nursing. 

Dr Pam Stavropoulos PhD (Politics), Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy

Dr Stavropoulos is Head of Research, Blue Knot Foundation. In 1990-91, Dr Stavropoulos’ Fulbright post-doctoral year, was spent at Georgetown University, Washington, DC & University of California, Berkeley. She was, with Dr Cathy Kezelman, co-author of ASCA Proactive Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery. She has held lectureships at Macquarie University and the University of New England, and is a former Program Director at the Jansen Newman Institute where she currently teaches in the Masters program.

A practicing therapist and supervisor, she has written research reports for the community health sector, and is the author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (Fl: Universal, 2008). Her research interests relate to trauma, depression, and the politics of subjectivity. Dr Stavropoulos has served with distinction as a member of the ISSTD Scientific Committee and is currently the editor of the Clinical Corner, a component of the ISSTD News.


Dr Michael Martin MB BS, FRANZCP

Dr Martin is a visiting psychiatrist to the TDU, Belmont Private Hospital. He is Director of Advanced Training in Psychotherapy for the Queensland branch of the RANZCP.


Dr Andrew Christensen MB BS, FRANZCP

Graduating MBBS (QLD) 1985 from the University of Queensland Dr Christensen was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1994. Since 1995 he has worked in private practice as a general psychiatrist with an interest in eating disorders, trauma and borderline personality disorders. Dr Christensen is a visiting psychiatrist to the TDU, Belmont Private Hospital. He is the chair of the Qld Faculty of Psychotherapy.


Robert Llewellyn-Jones BSc (Med) (Hons.), BM BS, PhD, FRANZCP

Dr Llewellyn-Jones has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice since 1993 and specializes in general adult and old age psychiatry. Rob initiated the foundation of Giant Steps Sydney a charity that provides services for individuals with autism in 1994 after his son Damian was diagnosed with autism. He was the Founding Chairman of Giant Steps between 1995 and 2000. He is currently in full time private practice and is Director of Wellview Health, a multidisciplinary health clinic in North Sydney. Prior to training in Psychiatry he worked as a GP in Australia, Nepal and the UK.

After becoming a psychiatrist he set up the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Aged Care Psychiatry Service for Northern Sydney Health and was Senior Staff Specialist and Director of this Service during the period 1995 to 2005. He was then a Senior Visiting Psychiatrist with NSW Health between 2005 and 2011 and regularly conducted clinics at hospitals in rural NSW.

Dr Llewellyn-Jones has provided geriatric psychiatry outreach to towns in outback NSW with the Royal Flying Doctor. He has been a speaker at many local, national, and international scientific meetings. He was previously Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychological Medicine at Sydney University and at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. He has substantial research experience and was awarded a PhD for research into new ways of managing depression in residential aged care. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has received many research grants and several research awards. The Depression Intervention that he designed has been replicated in Australia, Japan and the USA. He has served as an advisor to state, national and international bodies on the management of depression and dementia and is has been a peer review assessor for several international psychiatric journals.

In September 2015, Dr Llewellyn-Jones gave evidence at a public hearing of the Australian Royal Commission into institutional aspects of child sexual abuse that concerned itself with such abuse at the Geelong Grammar School. He is co-founder of Redress Today which is a co-alition of leading practitioner and survivor advocacy groups who are campaigning for the implementation of the Single National Redress Scheme recommended by the Royal Commission to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Jan Ewing PhD

Dr Ewing is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (FAPS), with AHPRA specialist endorsements in both clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She has specialized for over thirty years in the medico-legal evaluation of closed head injury and the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic syndromes, particularly those relating to military service and childhood sexual abuse.  She holds a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She is a full member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and a founding member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. She has served as Chair of the Queensland Branch of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and President of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and as a member of the Queensland Professional Conduct Review Panel and the Queensland Nursing Council Health Assessment Advisory Panel. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel for the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, ASCA). She has been a DVA and VVCS provider for more than 20 years. In addition to private practice, she lectures around Australia on the neurobiology and treatment of psychological trauma across the lifespan and the assessment of feigning and exaggeration in clinical and medico-legal practice. She also provides annual lectures in medico-legal expert testimony and ethics in the post-graduate clinical psychology program at the University of Queensland.

Lenaire Seager RN

Lenaire joined the staff of TDU in 1997 and has worked continuously in the Unit since, taking on the role of TDU Clinical Coordinator around a decade ago. Few nurses in the world would have a longer record of continuous service in a dedicated hospital unit focused on the needs of individuals in the complex trauma/dissociative disorders spectrum.