Keynote & Invited Speakers 2019

Conference speakers

The National Conference Committee for the 40th AACBT National Conference is pleased to announce the following keynote & invited speakers, and they look forward to seeing you.


Professor Susan Bogels

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote Speaker – Master Clinician Session & Workshop

“Mindfulness for children”

Abstract to come!

Bio to come!


Professor Emeritus David A Clark

University of New Brunswick, Canada

Keynote Speaker – Plenary Session & Workshop

“Managing intrusive thoughts in anxiety and depression”

Abstract to come!

Bio to come!


Emeritus Professor Leon Lack

Flinders University

Invited Speaker – Master Clinician Session

“Treatment of insomnia: The latest cognitive and behavioural therapies”

Abstract to come!

Bio to come!


Professor David Kavanagh

Queensland University of Technology

Invited Speaker – Plenary Session

“e-mental health & substance abuse and dependence”

Abstract to come!

Bio to come!


Ms Michelle Martin

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Invited Speaker – Plenary Session

“The future of CBT in pain management”

Abstract to come!

Bio to come!


Professorial Fellow Mark Creamer

University of Melbourne

Invited Speaker – Plenary Session

“PTSD: Controversies, challenges and innovations”

The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been the focus of considerable clinical and research interest in recent years, but substantial disagreements remain in several areas. This presentation will provide a brief overview of recent research and clinical opinion across several areas including: a) the epidemiology of posttraumatic mental health (e.g., prevalence and risk factors); b) the phenomenology of PTSD and related conditions (e.g., symptom profiles, diagnosis, comorbidity); and c) evidence based treatments for PTSD. The focus will be on the complexities and nuances in each area, highlighting not only the great progress that has been made but also the current and future challenges for clinicians and researchers working with these complex disorders. Particular emphasis will be devoted to exploring the options for achieving improved treatment outcomes in PTSD and highlighting future directions for the field.

Mark Creamer is a clinical psychologist, internationally recognised for his work in posttraumatic mental health. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and, until 2011, was Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (now known as Phoenix Australia).

Mark has considerable clinical, policy, teaching, and research experience in the mental health effects of disaster and trauma. Over the last 30 years, he has worked extensively with individuals, communities, and organizations to facilitate recovery following incidents of natural and human origin. Mark works with government and non-government organisations, as well as with health professionals, to improve the recognition, prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people exposed to stressful life events.

He has a strong research track record, having published over 180 journal articles and many book chapters, as well as co-editing/authoring three books. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and, in 2011, was awarded their highest honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Image Credits: Susan Bögels; David A Clark; Flinders University; Queensland Mental Health Commission; Adelaide Pelvic Pain Network; Mark Creamer