We are honored to appoint Dr David Graham as our Patron!
On the 1st of October 2020, our President Scott Jackman asked Dr Dave and was humbly accepted. The reason Scott wanted Dr Dave was for the fact that not only is Dr D a lovely compassionate human being, but also that he covered Mental Health Awareness across the board for all the services we assist - Veterans, First Responders and Correctional Officers who suffer from PTSD.
We are excited and honored to have Dr D on board who will be a keynote speaker and organiser for our upcoming Mental Health Summit next year (stay tuned for more details!) #mentalhealth #veterans #mentalhealthawareness
Dr David Graham, BSc(Hons) MBBS MPhil PhD
Dr Dave is the Clinical Advisor for Mr. Perfect, a mental health non-profit that fosters connection between men over barbecues. He is currently training to become a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist, and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, with a strong publication history in international peer reviewed journals. Dr Dave has previously had a career with Defence, including tours of Afghanistan and the Middle East, and is technically an art school drop out with a medical degree and a PhD. The greatest joys in his life are his wife and three children.
We would like to introduce our Ambassador John Davidson!
John Davidson retired from the Australian Army in early 2017 after a career spanning 39 years. He served for 26 years in the full-time army and transitioned to the part-time force for a further 13 years. Starting as a private soldier he rose through the ranks to become a Lieutenant Colonel. Along the way he held a diverse range of command, management and representational appointments, including postings with the British, United States and Canadian Defence Forces. He has had multiple operational tours of duty as well as service in the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
John successfully completed Special Forces training in 1987 and held a number of appointments within Special Operations Command. He commanded the 1st Commando Regiment in 2002/3 and again in 2010. He also commanded the Special Forces Training Centre the following year. It is during his time in command that he became directly responsible for the support and welfare management of injured service men and women. This evolved into a passion and consumes much of his spare time since he retired from the workforce in 2017. He has two children, both veterans that were medically discharged from the Army.
Since his retirement Colonel Davidson has taken on a supporting role in his local community assisting veterans. He commenced assisting and supporting Whiskey’s Wish Inc in 2018 and is now doing voluntary fund raising for us as well as marketing our capability across Australia. His daughter has a service dog and he has seen first hand their value in improving the quality of life for deserving people.
Thank you "Sir" Davo as we affectionately know you. We are honoured to have John as part of our family and team.