March 7, 2016

Allan has been a beyondblue Ambassador since 2013 and since that time has delivered presentations to thousands of Australians across the country about mental illness, PTSD, suicide and physiological resilience.  He has been actively involved with a vast number of first responder agencies including the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, A.C.T Police Force, Victoria Police force, NSW Ambulance Service, the West Australian Fire and Emergency Services, NSW Corrective Services as well as the Australian Defence Force. Allan is a volunteer member of the NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Training Team, a member of the New South Wales Mental Health Commission Suicide Prevention Advisory Panel and a member of the National Leadership Group of Suicide Prevention Australia. On the 23rd of March, 2016 Allan will be particpating in the first ever National Conference on the Mental Health of First Responders in Sydney.  He will be taking part in the panel discussion with beyondblue Chairman, Mr Jeff Kennett AC, Michael Pietrus, Director MHFA & Opening Minds, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Andrew Douglas, Principal and Practice Group Head (Vic) – Workplace Relations, Macpherson Kelley Lawyers and Nick Arvanitis, Head of Workplace Research and Resources, beyondblue and delivering the closing keynote. Allan’s belief is there is an ongoing and increasing need for a concentrated and collaborative approach to PTSD, mental illness and suicide prevention in all of our Police Forces, Emergency Services and Australian Defence Forces. His submissions are that broader education and knowledge are vital to promote and maintain the health, wellbeing and careers of these people who are critical to our society.

About the Author:

Allan Sparkes CV,OAM,VA is an inspirational speaker & best selling author. He is one of Australia's most highly decorated citizens being 1 of only 5 Australians in the past 41 years to be awarded the Australia's highest Bravery Decoration and civil award, the Cross of Valour. He is the only Australian to receive The Cross of Valour and subsequent Australian Honours and Awards of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and a subsquent Australian Bravery Decoration, the Commendation for Brave Conduct. He is the recipient of other significant awards for Service and Bravery.