Restoring control to
victims of traumatic stress

Helping people live a life
without fear

Creating a nationwide
support network for people
living with PTSD

Until our next event: Sunshine Coast Conversation, Caloundra

Our Story

FearLess Outreach is a charity that works with people living with the consequences of post traumatic stress (often referred to as PTSD). We also help family members in any way affected by it. Our members come from all walks of life including those living with PTSD and their families or people who want to do their bit to make the lives of people living with post traumatic stress more enjoyable and fulfilling.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.

Our Vision

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.


Our Team


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.


ALEX GERRICK CEO

Alex recently completed a 30 year career in the federal public sector, working in agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Workplace Relations and the Department of Defence. Alex was selected for the Senior Executive Service in early 2012. During his career Alex specialised in a wide variety of areas, including media relations, workplace relations reform and advocacy, training and development, organisational governance and transformation, national security policy, Defence Personnel policy and military logistics. Between June 2009 and November 2011, Alex worked as a senior adviser and Chief of Staff in the Rudd/Gillard governments, responsible for issues such as the remediation of the Home Insulation Program. Alex obtained a commission in the Australian Army Reserve in 1991 and remains a passionate advocate for veterans’ issues and preserving Australia’s military history. He continues to act as a mentor for many aspiring public servants. Alex holds Master’s degrees in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines and Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Military History. He is also a graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College. Alex suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of his posting to the Philippines in 2000-01 and is currently writing about his experiences and how they impacted on his personal and working lives.


CAROLYN MURPHY CFO

Currently, Carolyn is the Business Manager for Australian Injecting and Illicit Drugs Users League Inc (AIVL). Previously Carolyn held the role as the Finance and Corporate Services Manager at Mental Health Australia Limited for a period of 2 ½ years. Carolyn has also 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.?

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