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The hottest issue to beset business and govt is how to educate leaders to recognise their decisions impact not only the bottom line but the health, safety, and welfare of wider stakeholder groups. 


Moral Injury can be avoided but it requires education, strategies to identify, and human actions that are not necessarily process-driven. A big ask in this era of automation. In Aged Care, Health, Essential Services & more. 


How do we heal as we move through the COVID19 Pandemic and beyond? We discussed moral injury, which many people are experiencing as a result of the pandemic, including first responders and essential workers, healthcare workers, teachers, social workers, public servants, injured workers, chaplains, journalists, and people involved in social movements such as climate change and domestic and family violence advocates.

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Featured Speakers

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Dean Yates

Dean Yates is a writer, journalist, and mental health advocate. He was head of mental health and wellbeing strategy for Reuters, the international news organisation, until January 2020. During his three years in the role, Dean focused on raising awareness and reducing stigma at the world’s largest news provider. He trained managers on how to look after the mental health of their teams. .

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Sarah Russell

Principal Researcher, Research Matters; Director, Aged Care Matters and Co-Founder, Aged Care Reform Now

Dr Sarah Russell trained as a critical care nurse before completing a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has been the Principal Researcher at Research Matters since 1999. She is also the Director of Aged Care Matters and the co-founder of Aged Care Reform Now.

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Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, lawyer, mum, and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. In 2018 Amani’s self-portrait titled Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Since then, her writing and illustrations have been published in Arab, Australian, Other, Sweatshop Women Volume Two, SBS Voices, and ABC News Online. 


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Professor Zachary Steel holds the St John of God Chair of Trauma and Mental Health a partnership between Richmond Hospital, the School of Psychiatry UNSW and the Black Dog Institute. He heads a program of clinical research into the impact of trauma on veterans, first responders, refugees, asylum seekers and civilian populations. 


Wendy Dean

Wendy Dean, MD is a writer, speaker, podcast host, and the President and co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare (, a nonprofit organization that provides training and consultation to organizations focused on alleviating distress in their workforce. She and her co-founder, Simon G. Talbot, MD, began the conversation about moral injury in healthcare with the publication of their seminal work in STAT News on July 26, 2018.


Mark Layson

Mark is a former police officer and firefighter, who has served an ambulance chaplain for 10 years, now alongside his therapy dog Wallace. He also brings 20 years of pastoral experience with children, families and the elderly as an ordained pastor and aged care chaplain. His lived experience, along with past research interests in how moral compasses and made, manipulated and broken sits behind his current research.


David McBride

David McBride is an Australian whistleblower and former British Army major and Australian Army lawyer who from 2014 to 2016 made information (the "Afghan Files") on war crimes allegedly committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan available to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who broadcast details in 2017. In 2018, David was charged with several related offences, and is awaiting trial. The allegations were reviewed in the Brereton Report.


Emma Husar

Emma Husar is most famously known for her role as a former member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Lindsay for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which she represented from 2016-2019.

Emma never planned on entering the world of politics, yet fate would lead her there. From 1988 to 2002 she attended Western Sydney University and studied a Bachelor of Education, before becoming a mother to three children.

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