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Mental Health in the Technology Profession

In an industry filled with super intelligent, vibrant and diverse minds, why is the subject of mental health and neurodiversity still a subject avoided by so many? We’d like to change that. Join the ACS GC Chapter as hear from mental health professionals and mental health journeys from your peers.

Event Start: Tue 10 Oct 05:30 PM AEST
Event Finish: Tue 10 Oct 08:00 PM AEST


Registration End Date: Mon 09 Oct 05:30 PM

<p>Mental health is a subject that we need to be more open to talk about. In an industry filled with super intelligent, vibrant and diverse minds, why is the subject of mental health and neurodiversity still a subject avoided by so many?<br> <br>We’d like to change that. We want the discussion about mental health to be something we can all talk about, open, freely and in a safe way – because it’s OK and you are NOT alone.<br> <br>During this panel discussion you’ll hear from professionals in the field of mental health, as well as from some of your peers and tech industry experts on their own mental health journey. You may be surprised to hear how even successful people who you look up to have had their own struggles; and our industry experts will help give you “food for thought” to help you on your journey to improving your mental health. <br> <br>AND, you’ll get the chance to ask questions, in a safe and supportive environment.<br> <br>Whether you are struggling with mental health, know someone who struggles with mental health, or want to understand how to better help and guide those around you who may struggle, this is an event not to be missed. Let’s start the discussion together.</p> <p> </p> <p>#TalkAboutIT</p>

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Matthew Eames

Matthew Eames

CIO, Protech and Chair, ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter

Mathew has 20+ years’ experience in the ICT industry, delivering ICT strategy and planning for a large global enterprise across multiple industries. Recently Mathew has focussed his career on working with and supporting local Queensland businesses, currently working as CIO for a national recruitment company.

Passionate about growing ICT locally and helping open pathways for our future workforces, Mathew is involved with the ACS as a Gold Coast and the ACS QLD Branch Executive committee. Mathew works to mentor students and is developing a Gold Coast Innovation group of local business ICT leaders to lift the profile of ICT on the Gold Coast. His focus is on developing the ICT sector locally, to help the development of local talent and ultimately see the Gold Coast be known as an ICT world leader.

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Alannah Grech

Alannah Grech

QLD Stakeholder Relations Manager, ACS

Alannah's career encompasses a diverse background in marketing, stakeholder management, and event organisation, spanning over a decade of experience across the technology, music entertainment, and law industries. As the Stakeholder Relations Manager for the ACS Queensland Branch, she demonstrates a passion for supporting the future of tech and facilitating opportunities for students and graduates to connect with industry contacts and resources to advance their careers. Alannah created and leads the first ACS QLD Emerging Professionals Committee which has attracted members from across Queensland and has created a voice for the emerging professional’s cohort. Alannah's efforts in creating a safe space for emerging professionals to connect and collaborate can help to nurture a new generation of industry leaders and contribute to the growth and development of the technology sector in Queensland.

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David Rudduck

David Rudduck

CEO, Solis Security and CFC Response, Australia; and Committee Member, ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter

For over 20 years, David and his team have been helping SMB and SME businesses understand their cyber risk and implement practical cyber security solutions that meet their unique needs and budget.
In April 2021, David’s business was acquired by CFC, a major cyber insurer based in London with clients in over 90 countries. On the 18th of October 2022, three business units in the USA, UK and Australia were officially brought under the one banner, “Solis”, a global leader in Cyber Incident Response and Proactive Cyber Security services.

David is the CEO of CFC Security in Australia, which operates under two brands.

“Solis Security” when providing Cyber Advisory, Proactive Cyber Security, Digital Forensic and Incident Response services.

“CFC Response” when providing Digital Forensics and Incident Response services to CFC insurance policy holders under their insurance policy.
David is a CISSP, GCFE (Certified Forensic Examiner), GCFA (Certified Forensic Analyst), GCFE (Certified Forensic Examiner) and Certified Professional (Cyber Security) by the Australian Computer Society. 

David is passionate about empowering boards, business owners and managers with the knowledge they need to make educated decisions on cyber security based risks for their business.

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Jeffrey Adams

Jeffrey Adams

B.Sci. HONS., MBBS. HONS., FRANZCP., Cert. Adult Psych.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Evandale Practice

Dr Jeffrey Adams is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He has attained specialty certification in Adult Psychiatry and is in successful private practice in the heart of the Gold Coast (Queensland). 

On November 1st, 2021, Dr Adams accepted the role of Medical Director, at Monarch Mental Health Group (formerly TMS Clinics Australia; TMSCA), one of the country's foremost clinical and research groups, specialising in innovative mental health treatments. He had previously acted as QLD Medical Director of TMS Clinics Australia, since opening QLD's first TMSCA clinic in August 2019.

Other achievements include 

- Winning Honours in both his medical and science degrees, (UQ); 
- Recipient of RAMUS Scholarship through medical training (with an ongoing commitment to rural psychiatry via electronic media such as Skype); 
- Awarded “The Pharmacia Australia Pty Ltd Prize in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics” in 2001; 
- Working in numerous other medical fields at a senior level (Internal Medicine, Neurology and Emergency Medicine in particular); 
- Accepted to train at The Royal London Hospital with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (London HEMS); 
- Having the opportunity to have travelled widely and worked in many wonderful and interesting places; and,
- Climbing the Matterhorn (although he never claims to have reached the summit!!)!

Prior to specialising, Dr Adams has a broad background in other medical fields including neurology and neuro-rehabilitation, emergency and trauma medicine, and remote rural practice in Australia.

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198 Foxwell Rd,Coomera,QLD,Australia

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  • Auditorium, Level 1, TAFE Queensland Coomera Campus
    198 Foxwell Rd
    Coomera QLD 4209
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  • Event Start:
    Tue 10 Oct 05:30 PM AEST

    Event Finish:
    Tue 10 Oct 08:00 PM AEST
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