ISPS Australia Board
The ISPS Board is composed of five members who are elected by ballot, by the ISPS membership, every year. The ISPS Board is made up of people with a wide range of interests and experience, all of whom donate their time voluntarily, and all of whom are highly committed to the common aim of advancing education, training and knowledge of mental health professionals in the treatment and prevention of psychotic mental disorders for the public benefit.
Melissa is a clinical psychologist who works across public health settings, research and private practice. She is particularly interested in psychosis, trauma, and substance use and how these intersect. She is passionate about working together with others who are wanting to improve the lives of people who may be struggling with distress.
David Ward is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who trained in the United Kingdom where he commenced work as a Consultant in 1999. He moved to the Fraser Coast in 2011 and obtained FRANZCP in 2013. Dr Ward has been involved in teaching and training for a variety of disciplines for many years, lecturing both at Newcastle and Northumberland Universities in the North East of England. He also worked as the Training Programme Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Whilst in the UK Dr Ward was involved in the development of Early Intervention in Psychosis Services on a Local and National basis.
Sue Belmore has had a diverse career, working in different countries enjoying the challenge of working alongside different cultures. Drawing on her own ‘lived’ experience of mental health challenges she has over the past 16 years held a number of leadership roles within the mental health sector. She currently consults across a range of organisations co- producing peer led strategies that support unique peer work forces.
Sue has extensive experience in capability building and leadership development. After leaving the position of Voices Vic manager she led the establishment of a lived experience peer workforce and framework for a leading multi-discipline clinical setting.
Sue’s expertise is informed by her own lived experience combined with a foundation of tertiary education that includes a Master’s in Counselling and a Bachelor of Business in Finance. Sue draws on her peer work experiences to continue to improve the sector’s understanding of peer work and has a passion for mental health services that focus on people and their strengths.
Julia is a senior clinical psychologist who works in the public mental health sector in Victoria and is a strong advocate for increasing access to psychological therapy for people experiencing psychosis. She spends most of her time delivering group and individual therapy to people experiencing psychosis. Furthermore, through training and supervision, she builds skills within the mental health workforce to deliver psychological interventions for psychosis. Julia has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for psychosis and is a researcher in this area.