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Prof. David Kavanagh, Chair

David is a psychologist with a strong commitment to improving outcomes for people with mental health problems.

With a keen interest in innovative solutions, David brings over 40 years’ experience in clinical psychology research, education and practice.

His research has mainly focused on prevention of relapse in mental disorders, and addressing problems with substance use.

Over the last 8 years, he has been developing and testing e-mental health programs and apps, and he recently began research into the use of robots in health care. Currently David leads the Australian Department of Health’s e-Mental Health in Practice project, which rolls out e-mental health nationally in primary care and advises on the future of e-mental health.

David has also made significant contributions to policy and strategic planning through participation in committees of Queensland Health, the Australian Department of Health and the Australian Psychological Society. He has also held leadership positions in community mental health and in universities.

Throughout his career David has advocated for the rights of consumers and service users for respectful, minimally restrictive care and support, and to actively participate in negotiations about their treatment.

His training and research emphasises self-management by people who are experiencing psychological challenges, drawing on their strengths and achievements.

David also strongly argues for the recognition of family members and carers as partners in the support of people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders, and for services to address their needs.