Paul J. Stevenson OAM, Australian Democrats, Federal Senate Candidate
CSW. BA. (Mus) Dip Psych. MOP. MAPS. Fellow AAPi. Fellow Clin. Psych ACCP.
Queensland President -- Australian Democrats
Paul is the current Queensland President of the Australian Democrats. He joined the party weeks before the 2007 Federal election, offering to hand out "how to vote cards". He was immediately enlisted to run for the seat of Moncrieff, where he had lived and worked for some twenty (20) years. Paul is a sole parent with two children (now independent adults), and keen to give his time and interest to the Party.
Paul is a registered Psychologist with 37 years experience in the Human Services Industry, evenly divided between Social Work and Psychology, and to the private and public sectors. He is a Clinical Psychologist, who also holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology. Over the past twenty (20) years, he has specialized in the clinical treatment of victims of trauma, and the strategic design and evaluation of Disaster Management interventions. He is the current National President of the Australian Association of Psychologists, a former National President of the Australian College of Clinical Psychologists, a former Consultant to the Psychologist's Board of Queensland, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a member of the Queensland Health Practitioner's Tribunal, a member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a Forensic Consultant to the Queensland Police Service (Homicide Division), and a former lecturer for Bond, Queensland and Griffith Universities. His current Psychology Practice has offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.
Paul has authored and published four books (Psychology related), and these can be viewed on his website. As a specialist in Posttraumatic Stress, he has provided on-site consultancy services to most major disasters in Australia (over the past twenty years), and more recently to international disasters involving Australians. These included the Moura Mine Disaster, the Charleville Floods and Droughts, the Port Arthur Shootings, the Thredbo Landslip, the Margaret River Landslide, the Bali Bombings, the J.W. Marriott Hotel Bombing (Jakarta), and businesses affected by the Australian Embassy Bombing in Jakarta. Paul was also an adviser to the Prime Minister during the Indian Ocean Tsunami campaign, and has provided assessment services to the custodial staff of Asylum Seekers on Nauru.
During the Port Arthur campaign, Paul was Queensland Coordinator of the Incident Recovery Service, and was engaged in the strategic planning and evaluation of counselling and debriefing services for sixteen (16) months subsequent. In Bali, Paul worked directly with the Consular-General, and conducted debriefing services to the Bali International Medical Clinic, during the first weeks of the 2002 and 2005 crises. Paul was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 2004, in recognition of his International Disaster Management interventions.
As President of the Australian Association of Psychologists, Paul is currently engaged in top level negotiations with Politicians and Medicare Officials regarding Mental Health Reform. He is also the Policy Coordinator for Mental Health with the Australian Democrats. His long experience in Mental Health has been valuable in that he has seen past mistakes continuously repeated, and believes the way forward is in open and accountable processes and procedures, determined through consultation with industry experts.
Paul believes he is suited to the position of Senate candidate in respect to his life-long dedication to social justice, his ability and experience in negotiation and interaction with people, his open and inclusive nature, and his calm considered style. For more details, please refer to his website: www.accesspsychology.com or to Wikipedia.