DISSOLVING DIFFERENCES FOUNDATION
Dr Doug Blomeley
Doug has a Master’s degree in Psychiatry from The University of Melbourne, with specialisations in acute care medicine, neuropsychiatry and dementia.
Doug also has a research interest and specialisation in eating/body image disorders and the use of preventative interventions such as nutrition, to manage stress and support overall body health. With a particular interest in rural, regional and remote mental health, and improving access to mental health care, Doug is a senior lecturer and topic lead in Mental Health for both Geelong and Rural community clinical schools - Deakin University School of Medicine.
Doug is also the specialist psychiatrist for Drive Against Depression (DAD), a Captain in the Army Reserve and a regular volunteer for St John Ambulance as a divisional medical officer delivering pre-hospital advanced life support.
Dr Luke Wallace
As a former member of the Victorian Men’s Wellbeing Board, Luke is also the Director of a men’s health organisation called The Men's Collective, that acts as an early intervention support group for men (25- 45).
Luke is a practitioner who has practiced in both Germany and Australia specialising in the treatment of chronic illness.
Dr Candy Aubrey
Candy is a globally recognised child and adolescent psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and ADHD specialist working in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr Gemma Sharp
Gemma is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, leading the Body Image Research Group at MAPrc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology (University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology (University of Adelaide), a Masters degree in Oncology (University of Cambridge), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (University of Adelaide) and a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences Honours degree in Psychology (Flinders University) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Flinders University).
Her NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at Monash University focuses on the factors leading to body image concerns and novel therapeutic interventions using digital technologies to address these concerns.
James is a family therapist working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in Victoria including VACCA, Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation and VAHS.
Deanne has a degree in psychology and social work and a significant depth of experience in regional health having worked extensively in community health and wellness for more than 20 years; most recently with Barwon Health. These include roles in cancer support services; palliative care; child, youth and family services; and the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre.
Richard Ross is an entertainment and media lawyer who has practiced for over 35 years, representing major studios and independent production companies, television networks, performing artists and industry executives. Richard is an award winning lawyer who has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, every year since 2016.
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make the kindness connection™
Building inclusion and belonging within communities through activities that support health and well being, social connections, self care, food equity and the celebration and
dissolving of differences.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and honour their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this country.