Phoenix Australia is a legally independent not-for-profit organisation affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne.


Phoenix Australia (formerly the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health) is governed by a Board of Management that includes representatives of its key stakeholders, the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence, and the University of Melbourne. Phoenix Australia is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Charitable Institution and has also received endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Mr Michael Strong, Chair

Michael is a former solicitor, barrister, Prosecutor for the Queen, judge of the County Court of Victoria, Vice-President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Director of the Office of Police Integrity (Victoria). He has a current appointment to the Australian Crime Commission as an Examiner. Michael is a long-serving former director and President of Berry Street, Victoria’s largest independent child and family welfare agency and has served on boards and committees of numerous other organisations. Michael’s interest in posttraumatic mental health stems, in part, from the active military service of his forebears.

Professor David Forbes

David completed his clinical training and PhD at the University of Melbourne. He joined Phoenix Australia in 1999 and was appointed Director in January 2012. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. Professor Forbes was the Co-Chair of the Steering Group for the NHMRC approved Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and he sits on the editorial boards of key international journals and publishes widely in the international literature. Professor Forbes has a specialised interest in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress and in veteran and military mental health.

Ms Sue Campion

Sue is the First Assistant Secretary of the Health and Community Services Division in the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is responsible for ensuring the effective sourcing and delivery of a wide range of services to the veteran community, including health and community services, mental and social health, community and aged care, and related services including home insurance. Prior to joining DVA Sue worked for over 20 years in the Commonwealth health portfolio where she had a variety of roles in areas such as mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, pharmaceuticals and food regulation. Sue has a Masters Degree in Consumer and Applied Science, majoring in Human Nutrition, from the University of Otago.

Mr Paul Dolan

Paul is Director for Australia and New Zealand with Lightfoot Solutions. Prior to joining Lightfoot, Paul was a Director with the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria for two years. There he held two roles as Director of Priority Child and Family Projects, where he had responsibility for the release of the Roadmap for Reform, and Director of System Intelligence and Analytics. Prior to this position, he was lead Director in Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Practice in Oceania. Paul has over 16 years’ public sector and management consulting experience, with the past 14 years focussing on healthcare. He has international experience working with board and executive level stakeholders in health sector strategy, health reform and operational improvement, across a broad range of healthcare organisations including departments of health, health service providers, and NGOs. Paul holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and German from the University of Hull, and has also studied International Business at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Professor Ian Everall

Ian is the Cato Chair and Head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry. He is a prominent international psychiatrist and neuropathologist who trained in the UK, and has held research positions in the UK and the US. His experience includes directing a large clinical service and establishing a leading research training program for psychiatrists at early career stage. Ian has been at the forefront of research into cellular, molecular and genetic changes in the brain in major psychiatric disorders for over twenty years. Ian is a member of the Australian Advisory Council for Asia-Australia Mental Health and the Advisory Committee for the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute.

Major General Mark Kelly, AO, DSC

Mark is the Repatriation Commissioner in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Mark served in a number of senior command appointments during an Army career spanning over 35 years, including Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Commander 3rd Brigade, Commander 1st Division, Land Commander Australia and Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF 633). His operational experience includes service with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (1979-1980), Chief of Staff of the International Force in East Timor (1999-2000), with US CENTCOM in the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Iraq (2003-2004) and as CJTF 633 commanding all ADF elements in the Middle East Area of Operations, Iraq and Afghanistan (2009-10).

Mr Greg Ridder

Greg joined Phoenix Australia in September 2012 as interim CEO. His role has evolved as Phoenix Australia’s needs have changed, and he is currently Executive Manager, Business Planning and Strategy, and a Director of Phoenix Australia. Greg is an experienced business and strategy advisor, with a strong business background in strategy, finance, and general management both in Australia and Asia, having previously been President of NYSE listed packaging company Owens Illinois’ Asia Pacific regional operations. He is an Associate Director at strategy consultants, Bevington Group; serves on the Business Advisory Councils of World Vision Australia and Greenfleet; and is a mentor at Kilfinan Australia. Greg is a past president of the Packaging Council of Australia, a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a CPA.

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AM

Tracy is the Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General Australian Defence Force. She completed her medical training at Flinders University (SA) and has specialist training in Aviation Medicine. Her career has included deployments to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda as senior RAAF officer and aeromedical evacuation coordinator; to Timor Leste as Chief Health Officer, HQ Peacekeeping Force, and Australian Senior Health Officer; and to the Middle East Area of Operations as Senior ADF Health Officer and Deputy Validating Flight Surgeon. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, a member of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, the Aerospace Medicine Association (US) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, and an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Air Vice-Marshal Smart was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.