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Professor David Kavanagh

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

David brings over 45 years’ experience in clinical psychology research, education and practice to his work.

His research has mainly been on innovative approaches to support motivation, prevent relapse, and help people address co-occurring problems. It aims to help them maximise their wellbeing by clarifying their own goals, drawing on strengths and achievements, and enhancing self-management. He has published widely and has won several awards for his research.

Over the last 13 years, he has been developing and testing web programs, apps and robotic interventions, and their integration with other services. Since 2013 he has led the Australian Department of Health’s e-Mental Health in Practice initiative, which is supporting the use digital resources by primary care practitioners across Australia.

David has contributed to policy and strategic planning through participation in committees of Queensland Health, the Australian Department of Health, the Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Australian Psychological Society and has held leadership positions in community mental health and universities.

Throughout his career, he has supported the rights of service users for respectful, minimally restrictive care and support, and for their active participation in treatment decisions. He advocates for improved collaboration between services assisting people with co-occurring problems, and for greater recognition and support of family members and carers.