Psychosis Australia Board of Trustees

Stephen Gerlach AM LLB FAICD (Chair)


Stephen Gerlach AM LLB FAICD is a Company Director and Corporate Advisor.

He is Chancellor and Chair, University Council and Executive Committee of Flinders University.  He is also a Director of Beston Global Foods Ltd and Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd.

He was formerly a Director and Chairman of Santos Limited, Futuris Corporation Ltd (subsequently known as Elders Ltd), Equatorial Mining Ltd, Ebony Energy Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Limited, Amdel Ltd, and Penrice Ltd.  He was also a Director of a number of other public companies including Southcorp Ltd, AMP Australia Ltd, Brunner Mond Holdings Ltd (UK) and Elders Rural Bank and a member of other public companies including companies located in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Chile.

Stephen Gerlach was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons for 23 years and it’s Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991.

He has also been actively involved in a number of community and professional associations including, Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Society (SA Division) and the Sports, Arts and Recreation Council for people with Disabilities, and is currently a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, a Director of The General Sir John Monash Scholarship Foundation, Chairman of the South Australian Cricket Association Nominations Committee and Chairman of The Psychosis Australia Trust.

He was the inaugural Chairman of Foodbank South Australia Inc from 1999 to 2014, and a Director of Foodbank Australia Ltd.

Bronwyn Russell (Chair of Finance)


Bronwyn is Past President of Mental Health Carers NT and was previously on the board of Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia. She has a psychology background and has worked in the funeral industry, taught Primary School music, worked in vocational rehabilitation, managed the NT palliative care program, and was the division director for Engineers Australia Northern Division. Bronwyn still works in reproductive medicine as the unit counsellor and is a full member of ANZICA (Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association, Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand). She has experienced mental illness at the front line with family members across several generations and hopes to make a difference for other families.

Tony Stevenson (Secretary of Trust)

For 40 years, Tony Stevenson has been committed to a viable and proactive health and community services sector that works alongside families and individuals to inspire self-confidence and hope. He has held CEO level positions with some of Australia’s most well-respected not-for-profit organisations as well as executive roles in the Commonwealth and State governments.

Tony is the CEO of Mental Illness Fellowship Australia, where he has advocated for the needs of people living with severe and complex mental health conditions, and their families and friends.  Tony is also a Director on the Board of the Alliance for Leadership Learning and the Policy and Advocacy Committee of RSL Qld.

Alison Yung

Professor Alison Yung is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor at the Deakin University’s Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation.  Alison has been researching the early stages of psychotic disorder since 1994 and is acknowledged internationally as an authority in early psychosis.

She established a specialized research-clinical service, the PACE Clinic, that manages young people at risk of developing a psychotic illness. The instrument she created to assess risk for psychosis, the Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS) has been translated into 18 languages and is used throughout the world, both for clinical and research purposes. Her research has resulted in reform in the delivery of mental health services for young people thought to be at high risk of psychotic disorders. She is also interested in exercise as an intervention for mental illnesses and in improving the physical health of people with mental disorders.

In 2014 and 2015 Alison was named as “one of the world’s most influential scientific minds” by Thomson Reuters. From 2015- 2020, she was selected by Clarivate Analytics as a Highly Cited Researcher. Her awards and prizes include the 2009 Lily Oration for prominence in Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research, the 2010 Richard J Wyatt Award

Stanley Catts

stan-cattsDr Stanley Catts is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Royal Brisbane Clinical School, The University of Queensland. He played a formative role in the establishment of the Schizophrenia Research Institute in NSW, was Foundation Director of the Schizophrenia Research Unit at Liverpool Hospital, initiated a number of early psychosis programs, and currently chairs the Australian Psychosis Research Network which aims to develop a national program of priority-driven strategic research into schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

David Meldrum


David is the Vice President, and immediate Past President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, and the past Executive Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). He has served on several other South Australian boards. Originally qualifying as a teacher, then as a social worker, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

His professional experience includes government and non-government leadership roles in health, education and community services. These have included Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Mental Health Services, the South Australian Dental Service and Metropolitan Domiciliary Care. From 2003-2006 he led the development and implementation of ‘Metro Home Link’, which has evolved as the basis for Australia’s largest range of hospital avoidance programs.

David says ‘I hope my experience and profound admiration for the mental health sector and its people helps me to contribute useful advice on matters of policy, governance and the development of the Psychosis Australia Trust’.

Kerry Hawkins

Kerry is the current president of the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH). She has a lived and living experience as a family member of someone with long-term unsupported distress and a backstory of childhood trauma.

Following a professional career in the private education, and public sectors, including working as a project management consultant at KPMG, a high school teacher, and a strategic advisor for the National Native Title Tribunal.  She has held senior positions within the NDIS, the WA Mental Health Commission, and as a Carer Consultant for North Metro Adult Health Service. Her other board appointments include Helping Minds, Emerging Minds, the Recovery College of WA, Mental Health Carers Australia, and Community Mental Health Australia.

A Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission, she is also a graduate of Boston University’s Global Leadership Institute’s Recovery Class of 2013.

Robert Ramjan AM


Rob originally trained as a social worker and has worked in mental health for over 50 years. He has worked in a variety of roles, both within the NSW Health system and in the non government sector including Head Office of the NSW Department of Health as well as hospital and community settings.

Rob led the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW for 28 years. During that time it grew from an organisation with one part time worker to one that had services across the state with over 350 staff. Rob led major developments including the establishment of the Clubhouse Program of psychosocial rehabilitation, Carer Assist, a service for carers of people with a mental illness and Onfire for young carers. He was a member of the NSW Ministerial Mental Health Priority Task Force and is a Member of the NSW Mental Health Tribunal. Rob serves as a Director on a number of Boards including the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network.

Rob was project director for the development of “The Schizophrenias: guidelines for a holistic approach to schizophrenia” (NSW Health 2001) and author of a number of publications.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to people with a mental illness.

Zoë Black

Zoë has considerable experience in Governance of growing social enterprises and charities.  Zoëpreviously helped deliver Australia’s first social franchise and Chaired a leading national charity for isolated teenagers. 
As a Co-Founder and Exec Director of Happy Paws Happy Hearts, Zoë provides critical insights into fundraising and supporting extremely disadvantaged sections of the Australian population. 
Finally, Zoë holds the Entrepreneur In Residence title for the University of Queensland’s Ventures area. She is the first “social” entrepreneur to be backed by the University.

Debbie Hamilton

Debbie is a lived experience mental health advocate and is actively involved in improving the NDIS psychosocial pathway. She is currently undertaking a PhD part-time. Her research seeks to explore choice and control for NDIS participants with a primary psychosocial disability through Sydney University.

 Debbie has a Bipolar 1 illness and has an NDIS package that has changed her life. She contributed to developing the MHCC’s ‘Reimagine’ website to assist people with psychosocial disabilities to navigate the NDIS. She sits on various committees, including the Wellways Clinical Governance and Safety Committee and the PharMIbridge trial advisory group of Australia (On behalf of the National Register of Consumers and Carers).

She has a Bachelor of Medicine (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Bioethics. Her background includes working both as a registered nurse and an emergency doctor.

She loves dogs, good music, and having a home.