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Dr Wendy Lader

Dr. Lader is co-founder of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives® Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals. 

She also served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. 

With more than 30 years practical experience working with self-injurers, affiliation with the S.A.F.E. Alternatives® Program Dr Lader brings a unique mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge to this subject area. 

Prof Ron Paterson

Ron Paterson has been a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law 1986–99 and Professor of Law since 2010. He was awarded an ONZM for services to health in 2011, is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2014.

His career has been spent in tertiary education and in public service roles including Deputy Director-General of Health 1999–2000, Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010, Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2010–13, and Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–16. 

With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford Universities, Ron has held Fulbright and Harkness Fellowships, in biomedical ethics and health policy. He has researched and lectured in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, and is an international expert on complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. He is the co-editor of Health Law in New Zealand (2015) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012). 

Moira Clunie

Moira manages a range of programmes related to suicide prevention, bereavement support and youth well being at the Mental Health Foundation. Her focus is on equipping family, whãnau and friends with the information and tools they need to support their loved ones.

She is an experienced project and programme manager within the not-for-profit, disability and mental health sectors. Predominantly in management, her background has been public policy, accessible publishing, web development and environmental engineering.

Jay Hohaia-Portelli

Jay Hohaia-Portelli, comes from the foot of the auspicious Mt Taranaki, from the Iwi of Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui and Ngaruahine, being raised in Opunake with whanau.  In 1994 he graduated in Social Work and undertook his Masters, with a focus on Health and Social Equity for Maori and Pacific people utilising Mental Health Services.

He has worked within the health and disability sector, including roles as an AOD Clinician for Te Atea Marino and the Maori Regional Mental Health and Addictions service, and later as a Projects Manager for an Auckland Urban Marae. His current role is the Consumer Leader for Kāhui Tū Kaha (formerly known as Affinity).

Jay has a lived experience of suicide, supports the kaupapa of Zero Suicides and is eager to facilitate with achieving the goals.

Katerina Clark

Katerina Clark (Kat) was born in Russia and adopted by a New Zealand couple, residing in the BOP.  She is in her final year of studying the Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Waikato, and is a student ambassador for the University in Tauranga.

In her twenties Kat came to the realisation of her sexual orientation and due to the lack of support in her community created Tauranga Pryde - the first LGBTQ youth group. As founder of this group she has won numinous awards, including being the first person to ever win ‘two’ youth week awards at the same time presented by Nikki Kaye, and the Local Hero New Zealander of the Year medal winner in Tauranga in 2015.

During Kat’s studies, she has created ‘Rainbow Corner’ on her University campus and has spoken at PONZ workshops, to schools, and will speak at the upcoming multicultural health forum later this year.

She is in the process of completing one of her finale assignments which explores ‘how we as practitioners can prevent self-harming and mental unwellness of youth who are LGBTQ in New Zealand.’ Kat hopes to use her skills and knowledge she has learned from the social work degree and become a police officer.   

Amanda Christian

Amanda Christian is a trained social worker and Registered Psychologist (Educational & Counselling scopes), of 14 years. She works in private practice as a therapist, mostly with clients bereaved by suicide; is a trainer and facilitator for WAVES by Skylight Bereaved by Suicide psychoeducational groups; and is a Clinical Advisor for Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa / Community Postvention Response Service (CASA/CPRS).

She is also a member of the Waitemata DHB Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and the Mental Health Foundation Suicide Bereavement Service Advisory Group and is passionate about reducing suicide in the community and assisting clinicians to meet the needs of family / whanau bereaved by suicide.

In working with individuals, groups and community, Amanda draws on her professional experience, current research evidence and best practice guidelines and her lived experience as a mother bereaved by suicide. 


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Phone: 06 878 3456