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Harry Minas: MRSP Convenor

Harry Minas is Head of the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population Health. He trained in psychiatry in Melbourne and in London. He was Foundation Director of the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (now the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Unit ) and the Foundation Director of the Centre for International Mental Health (now the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health) and the Australian Transcultural Mental Health Network (now Mental Health in Multicultural Australia), and still heads these organisations. He established and edited Australasian Psychiatry from 1998 to 2005 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Mental Health Systems.
Minas' current work is in three broad areas:1) immigrant and refugee mental health,2) mental health system development and reform in low- and middle-income countries and in post-conflict and post-disaster environments, and 3) human rights.
He is a member of the WHO Director-General's International Expert Panel on Mental Health and has been a member of Commonwealth and State ministerial advisory groups, including the Minister's Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention from 2001 until 2012. He was the inaugural Chair of the Detention Health Advisory Group for the first tree years of its operation (2006-2009). He is currently technical advisor to Ministries of Health and Social Affairs in Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and to the ASEAN Mental Health Taskforce. His work on human rights includes a national program in Indonesia to eliminate community restraint and confinement of people with mental disorder.

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Les Terry

Les Terry: Coordinator & Research Fellow

Dr Les Terry has a PhD from the Centre for Multicultural Studies at the University of Wollongong. He has been a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University where he oversaw the development of major course offerings in sociology, policy studies and international community development. He was competitively appointed to the Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo from 2005 to 2006 and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Linkoping in 2001. Here he was an adviser on the development of programs for the integration of refugees into the Swedish Education system.

Dr Terry has successfully established and managed a range of high level projects (policy papers and briefs, national and state) on schooling and CALD communities, university teaching for social justice, and multiculturalism. Before joining Victoria University in 1991 Les Terry worked in major policy, research and community engagement projects at the Ministry of Education's Multicultural Affairs Unit, the Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission and the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs. He was nominated as the 2015 EU Scholar in Residence by the EU Centre for Shared Complex Challenges to research the regional frameworks and issues around integration of people of refugee background in the European Union.

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Arnold Zable: Research Fellow

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns and most recently, Violin Lessons, where he continues his exploration of exile and displacement in stories spanning the globe.

He has written extensively on human rights issues and has worked with asylum seekers, refugees, the deaf, problem gamblers, survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires and other groups using story as a means of self understanding. He has a doctorate from Melbourne University, where he is a Vice-Chancellor's fellow, and was recently awarded the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression.

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