Adjunct Professor Anil Thapliyal has a passion for improving people’s health and wellbeing through the application of information communication technology seamlessly integrated within people’s health care. He completed his postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health and Counselling field from the University of Auckland. Based on his longstanding work with the National Depression Initiative (The Lowdown and The Journal), in New Zealand, he decided to focus on the broader e-Mental Health domain and is professionally focused on the implementation of E-Mental Health programmes and services.
Vikas is a divergent thinker who loves solving problems. He has broad skills ranging from technical software architecture to sales and marketing. He specialises in partnerships within the healthcare segment. Over the last 19 years in Australia, he has worked across professional services, product management and provided consulting services to companies and government departments both locally and internationally.
Vikas is focused on solution design, the user experience and quality outcomes.
Penny has more than 10 years work experience in the public health sector across the continuum, from population health approaches to acute care, including operational and strategic roles. She has undertaken project management and public health research roles relating to mental health, addictions and well-being in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, with key focus on change management and stakeholder engagement. She was a physiotherapist before moving into this field.
Simon’s goal is to create solutions that inspire people to improve their lives. Empathy and creativity are combined to design programmes that meet people’s emotional needs and unlock behaviour change. Simon draws on 20 years of engineering, digital and social marketing experience, then applies the latest in human centred design approaches to his projects.
His work includes the National Depression Initiative (NDI) which pioneered the integration of social marketing, online learning and live support to create The Journal self-help programme.
Pav is a healthcare technology enthusiast and a hands-on Project Manager with a passion for delivering positive outcomes for clients and community. He has over 20 years of experience across various technologies like critical care, non-invasive diagnostics, interventional imaging and radiology information system. His core skills include clinical integration, informatics and data management, backed by successful track record of managing change and execution, enterprise solutions and customer accounts.
Gareth is service architect with personal lived experience of mental illness and addiction. He provides research, design and development for government agencies, health and social services, universities and not for profits.
A Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and recent Chair of the NZ Council of the Medical Colleges, Lyndy is a psychiatrist renowned for driving paradigm change and improvements. She provides clinical leadership for government agencies, specialist health services and primary care organisations. As part of HealthTRx team Lyndy provides clinical governance to e-Mental health and addictions workstream at the National Telehealth Service
Candace has 25 years' experience in public health and mental health policy, planning and service development. Her policy work began in Melbourne where she worked for several years in child protection and women's health, and back in New Zealand she has worked at a senior leadership level in NGOs, regional health authorities (public health funding and planning), and the Ministry of Health.
George has worked as a Kaumatua and Cultural Advisor in the various community agencies across New Zealand for the last 12 years. George is highly respected for his work with various with Government and community based agencies.
Dr Martin Orr MB, BAO, BCH, MBA, DBA, FRANZCP, FACHI Chief Clinical Information Officer Martin is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Digital Health specialist. He has 20 years' experience in healthcare technology leadership, innovation, strategy and governance. He helped lead the development of New Zealand's first Telepsychiatry service, was a Clinical Advisor for the National Depression Initiative John Kirwan e-learning Journal and has been involved in multiple electronic record developments across all health specialities.