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Our work complements the activities of other community-based organisations and government agencies that provide services to people with post traumatic stress.
We have a growing national presence throughout both Australia and New Zealand, with the aim of having local representation in areas where there is a concentration of people who live with post-traumatic stress.
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With your help and financial support we can achieve our vision and help end the nightmare for hundreds of thousands of Australian and New Zealand families who live with PTSD.Donate
There are upwards of a million people in Australia who suffer Post Traumatic Stress, a condition that medical practitioners and clinicians now recognise as the result of injury to the brain caused by exposure to violence, trauma and shock. And there are upwards to three million family members who live with people experiencing Post Traumatic Stress on a daily basis.
Our vision is to create a co-ordinated network of outreach and support services to help those with lived experience of PTSD and their families regain control over their daily lives. These services will centre on a community-owned and community-operated Post Traumatic Stress management protocol currently under development by the Universities of Wollongong and Canberra. FearLess is also working actively with the University of the Sunshine Coast to develop appropriate approaches to PTSD management and support to become part of a national program available to all Australians and New Zealanders who live with this injury.
We are confident that, in due course, FearLess will be able to sponsor world-class research by Australian universities and research centres, working collaboratively, into the causes and treatment of PTSD .
With community help and financial support we can achieve our vision and help end the nightmare for hundreds of thousands of Australian and New Zealand families living with PTSD.
CHRIS BARRIE AC CHAIRMAN
Chris is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy. He was Chief of the Defence Force for four years and served as Commanding Officer on HMAS Buccaneer and HMAS Stuart among other postings. He has held appointments as Defence Adviser, New Delhi, India, Director of RAN Surface Warfare School, Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff at Maritime Headquarters, Sydney. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree in 1996 by Deakin University.
SIMON CULLEN CEO
Simon Cullen retired from the Royal Australian Navy after a long and distinguished 38-year career in September 2014. The latter years of his naval career were shaped by events of September 11 2001, resulting in a focus on Australian Joint and Combined operations and a sequence of postings in the United States of America.
In the US, Simon served in both Washington DC and Tampa, Florida undertaking senior roles in the Pentagon and US Central Command. His postings to CENTCOM included three years as the two-star Deputy Director of Operations under the leadership of General’s Mattis and Austin, during which he was fully embedded in the US staff.
Simon received a number of honours and awards during his military career including being made a Member of the Order of Australia, the Conspicuous Service Cross and two Legions of Merit.
CAROLYN MURPHY CFO
Currently, Carolyn is the Manager of the Finance and Corporate Services Section within Mental Health Australia Limited. Previously Carolyn worked as the Business Manager for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) for a period spanning 20 years. She has extensive experience with the not-for-profit sector both in financial management and corporate governance. She has also worked in the private sector spending 8 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (now PwC) in the Sydney National Office. Carolyn was approached in September 2016 to take on the position of the Chief Financial Officer of Fearless Outreach (PTSD Australia New Zealand Limited) an organisation seeking to help people living with post-traumatic stress disorder regain control of their lives.
ALLAN BEHM BOARD MEMBER
Allan spent 30 years in the Australian Public Service, as a member of the Australian diplomatic service, the Prime Minister’s Department, the Department of Defence and the Attorney General’s Department. He specialised in international relations, defence strategy, counter-terrorism and law enforcement policy.
He has tertiary qualifications in philosophy and Asian studies, and speaks Indonesian and French. He is a sought-after public speaker and media commentator. He has taught advanced strategy and policy at several Australian universities and defence colleges. From 2009 to 2013, he was Chief of Staff to Greg Combet in a number of portfolios. Allan’s family has lived experience of PTSD over three generations, dating from WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War.
SIMONE CAMPBELL BOARD MEMBER
Simone is the founder of Summit Fitness Studio and a 17-year veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force. She has dedicated over ten years to helping people step outside their comfort zones, achieve greater levels of wellbeing, and succeed at goals they previously considered impossible. She has a passion for adventure sports and recently completed an ironman event and summited New Zealand’s Mt Cook. She lives in Wollongong with her husband and three children.
Simone saw PTSD take over her father’s life at a young age as a direct result of service as a tunnel rat in Vietnam. Over recent years Simone has witnessed her military friends go on assignments only to come home with similar symptoms to those of her father. Simone is extremely dedicated to creating awareness and support for families who care for members of our community who live with PTSD.
BELINDA NEIL BOARD MEMBER
Belinda is an inspirational speaker, author, and former New South Wales Police Inspector. Her 18 year career as a police officer included undercover operations, major crime and homicide investigation, and as a police hostage negotiator trained to counter terrorist level. She was medically retired in 2005 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Her best selling memoir ‘Under Siege’, outlines her policing experiences and the ‘lived experience’ with PTSD. Belinda is a passionate advocate of PTSD and continues to raise awareness about PTSD and research methods of early intervention and management tools for PTSD.
DR MEGAN ROBERTSON BOARD MEMBER
Dr Megan Robertson is an alumna of the University of Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). She is the current Director of Research at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and works as a Senior Intensivist at Epworth HealthCare (Richmond and Freemasons).
She is on the boards of BioMedical Research Victoria, the Caroline Chisolm Centre for Health Ethics and FearLess (PTSD-ANZ), the Biodevices Advisory Board at the ARC Training Centre in Biodevices at Swinburne University, and the Tuckwell Scholarship Selection Panel at ANU. She also works with national bodies including the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, AusBioTech, and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Previously, she held positions as the Director of Professional Affairs, CICM, as the Executive Director of Research at Epworth HealthCare, and as the Co-Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Epworth Freemasons.