Professor Zachary Steel holds the St John of God Chair of Trauma and Mental Health a partnership between Richmond Hospital, the School of Psychiatry UNSW and the Black Dog Institute. He heads a program of clinical research into the impact of trauma on veterans, first responders, refugees, asylum seekers and civilian populations. He has established a highly cited research program that has investigated the prevalence, social determinants, and intervention models for mental health problems within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The work of Dr Steel with asylum seeker populations in Australia has helped to develop an evidence base on the adverse mental health consequences of harsh asylum policies including the use of immigration detention and temporary protection visas. He has worked with legal colleagues to develop best practice guidelines for the better recognition of mental health conditions in the assessment of asylum claims.
Janja Bojanic is a psychologist and Allied Health Manager at SJOG North Richmond. Janja has had extensive experience working with the military and first responder population in a clinical setting. From 2015- 2018 Janja worked directly with ADF to implement rehabilitation services for transitioning members. Since 2018 has participated and lead the trauma program developments for occupational injury at Richmond Hospital.
John is a co-founder of the Change Room. Prior to starting The Change Room with Matt Elliot, John spent almost 20 years in Health & Safety recruitment and consulting to a wide range of Australia’s private sector and government agencies. Prompted by client need, John began research into effective wellbeing programs. John has a passion for helping people and loves a problem to solve so with these two things in mind, John worked with Matt to create The Changeroom, a wellbeing program that is equally effective in improving the wellbeing of those in the workplace or workers recovering from injury and illness.