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Wesley LifeForce Advisory Committee

Wesley LifeForce Advisory Committee

The Wesley LifeForce Advisory Committee includes representatives from the fields of suicide prevention services and rural and Indigenous health and mental health professionals. Members of the committee provide expert advice and feedback to Wesley Mission on planning, implementation and evaluation of our suicide prevention activities.

Wesley LifeForce Advisory Committee members

Dr Martin Harris
Lecturer/Mental Health Academic, Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania 

Dr Martin Harris joined the University of Tasmania in 1999, where his focus has been mental health research, more particularly on the role of education and training in suicide prevention. Martin is a Life Member of Suicide Prevention Australia. Martin’s doctoral research examined the characteristics and processes of thriving in periods of dislocation. His model provided a new structure for thriving in periods of transition and a transformative framework for managing personal challenges. He has published widely in this area and is also actively involved as the CEO of Strategic-Transitions, a consulting group providing information, training and support to those facing challenging transitions.

Jacinta Hawgood
Lecturer, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University 

Jacinta Hawgood has worked at AISRAP since 2000. She is a Lecturer and Course Convenor in the Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies and Master of Suicidology Program, and has delivered suicide prevention skills training workshops, training seminars and guest presentations since 2000. Jacinta has worked extensively in the development, implementation and evaluation of suicide prevention training and education, and has a reviewing role for peer-reviewed journals for articles of this nature. Jacinta has led numerous research projects in the field of suicide prevention and has presented her findings at a range of state, national and international conferences. Jacinta has also co-authored and edited a book, book chapters and several peer-reviewed articles and government reports on suicide prevention.

Leonore Hanssens
Research Consultant, Promote Life NT 

Leonore Hanssens commenced a PhD at Charles Darwin in 2006, investigating Indigenous suicide within urban, rural and remote communities in the Northern Territory. Leonore was the Coordinator of the Life Promotion Program (Top End) from 1996–2006, with the program winning the Suicide Prevention Australia WSPD Inaugural Indigenous LIFE Award in 2004. Leonore was also a Master Trainer with LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from 2001 to 2006, and a representative of the Northern Territory on the National Board of Suicide Prevention Australia from 2005 to 2009. Leonore has also contributed to The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia Commonwealth Government Inquiry in 2010 and the NT Government Senate Inquiry into Youth Suicide in the Northern Territory in 2011.

Tegan Cotterill
Senior Project Officer, Mindframe National Media Initiative, Hunter Institute of Mental Health 

Tegan Cotterill is a Senior Project Officer at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, working in the Community Media and Arts program area, which includes the Mindframe National Media Initiative project. Mindframe aims to encourage the responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in the Australian mass media. In her role, Tegan leads work with the mental health and suicide prevention sectors including resource development and dissemination nationally to the media, health sector, universities, police and entertainment industry. 

Stan Piperoglou
Former Director of the Suicide Prevention Section, Department of Health, Australian Government 

Stan Piperoglou was an experienced public servant and worked for the Australian Government for over 26 years. From 2010 to 2014 he was Director of Suicide Prevention in the Commonwealth Department of Health. In this role, Stan coordinated policy development and program implementation relating to suicide prevention and aspects of the mental health program, including the implementation of part of the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package and the National Suicide Prevention Program. The National Suicide Prevention Program supports local community based suicide prevention and postvention activities. Stan also worked on the development of the Commonwealth response to The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia senate committee report.