Conference presentation videos will be available soon!

2017 CIMA Biennial Conference was held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 23 and 24 October 2017

The 2017 Conference focus was on Crisis Intervention with all ages – from children to the aged.
Topics within the theme included:

  • *  Development impacts
  • *  Life transitions
  • *  Abuse neglect
  • *  Domestic violence
  • *  Innovation developments in crisis and trauma
  • *  Challenges in responding to crisis and trauma across life stages


Conference Program is available here


Ms Donna Karlin (Keynote) – International speaker, lecturer, author and world-renowned leadership coach (better known as ‘The Shadow Coach’®)

Mr Peter Baines, OAM (Keynote) – Former forensic investigator with both Interpol and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, and founder, Hands Across the Water

Ms Colleen Pearce – The Public Advocate, Victoria

Mr Rob Heaslip – beyondblue, National Engagement Manager, Police & Emergency Services Program

Dr John Durkin – Psychological Response Lead for Westminster and Grenfell Tower Fire, London Metro Police Service

Dr Brian McErlean – OneLife Coordinator Veterinary Profession, AVA Benevolent Fund Trustee, Veterinary’s Surgeon’s Board Inspector (WA)

Mr Steve Ingram – PwC, Asia Pacific Cyber Lead

Major-General Stephen Day (retired) – Head of Cyber, Australian Defence Force, and the inaugural Head of Australian Cyber Security

Dr Rob Gordon, Paul Davis, and David Younger

Associate Professor Tony Walker, ASM – Ambulance Victoria, CEO

Mr Craig Lapsley – Emergency Management Commissioner, Victoria

Mr Peter Kueffer, ESM – Vic SES, Clinical Director

Rev. Sandra Johnston and Mrs Liz Pennington – Vitae NZ

Professor George Braitberg – Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director of Emergency Medicine Melbourne Health

Mr Samuel Eddy– Founder, Open Change (representing Nurse and Midwife Support)

Ms Kitty Marshall – Learning and Development Manager, Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and  Capital & Coast District Health Boards NZ

With presentations from

Sister Nicole Rotaru – Creative Arts Therapist, McAuley Ministries Ltd

Behind the Seen – A Proactive Program incorporating face to face training to educate emergency service personnel to identify and deal with the stressors experienced by our co-workers.

Mr Andrew Paterson – PhD. Candidate and Sessional Academic, Flinders University South Australia

Ms Roxie Hanes – Manager Psychology and Counselling Services, St Peter’s School Cambridge NZ

Ms Margie Braunstein – Senior Facilitator, Quest for Life Foundation

Ms Monita Mascitti Meuter – Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Mr Pete Spink – Program and Policy Advisor, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


CIMA thanks our partners and sponsors

Nurse & Midwife SupportEnable Workplace Consulting


Our supporters …


   Ambulance VictoriaBehind the Seen

Social Support Systems

McAuley Ministries Ltd

Without you our 2017 Conference would not be possible!