The ISPS Board is composed of seven members who are elected by ballot, by the ISPS membership, every year. The ISPS Board is made up of people with a wide range of interests and experience, all of whom donate their time voluntarily, and all of whom are highly committed to the common aim of advancing education, training and knowledge of mental health professionals in the treatment and prevention of psychotic mental disorders for the public benefit.

Melissa Connell - ISPS Board Member - ChairpersonMelissa Connell

Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist who works as a senior psychologist in a Early Psychosis team and  in private practice. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. She has a special interest in the area of early psychosis and is currently researching hallucinatory experiences in the general population. Melissa is also a member of the ISPS International Executive Committee.


Lyn Mahboub - ISPS Board Member - Vice PresidentLyn Mahboub
Events Co-ordinator

Lyn has completed her BA (hons) Psychology & communication & cultural studies. She lives in Western Australia where she works as a Lecturer and Lived Experience Academic within the school of OT & SW at Curtin University, and is a member of the senior management team at Richmond Wellbeing where her role of Strategic Recovery Advisor and Hearing Voices Liaison keeps her busy. Lyn’s teaching and research interests are: mental health recovery, hearing voices, meaningfully incorporating lived experience into the education of professionals and supporting staff toward building deeply reflective practice.


David Ward - ISPS Board MemberDavid Ward
Committee Member

David Ward is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who trained in the United Kingdom where he commenced work as a Consultant in 1999. He moved to the Fraser Coast in 2011 and obtained FRANZCP in 2013. Dr Ward has been involved in teaching and training for a variety of disciplines for many years, lecturing both at Newcastle and Northumberland Universities in the North East of England. He also worked as the Training Programme Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Whilst in the UK Dr Ward was involved in the development of Early Intervention in Psychosis Services on a Local and National basis.


Matthew Ball - TreasurerMatthew Ball 

Matt is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. He currently works in the public mental health system and has a private psychotherapy practice.  Matt has a strong interest in the human to human relationship and working with individuals to towards finding meaning in states labelled as psychotic. Matt holds Adjunct lecturer status at Flinders university and has led the introduction of hearing voices approaches in the public mental health system in Southern Adelaide.


Amanda Waegeli - Membership SecretaryAmanda Waegeli
Vice Chair

Amanda is a lived experience practitioner, who has worked in the Mental Health sector for ten years. She has her own successful Mental Health Recovery Training and Consultancy business and is passionate about change from her own previous experiences of psychosis. She is a published author and has been recognised for her work in Mental Health Peer Work as a National Peer Champion. Winner of the WA Mental Health Commission 2013 Good Outcomes award for Consumer Engagement and Participation she is also the founder of Recovery Rocks Community Inc; a Peer led and Run recovery community in Perth, WA. Currently she holds the post for QLD Voice as a Consumer Ambassador in the Darling Downs, and is also an ambassador for the QLD Hearing Voices Network.  She lives in rural Queensland and works nationally incorporating her own lived experience of recovery, training and education into all of her work.  Her areas of interest are Mental Health Recovery, Lived Experience Education and Training, Hearing Voices, Psychosis, Mental Health Advocacy, Peer Support, Families, Children and Young People.


Kim JenningsKim Jennings
Membership Secretary

Kim completed her Social Work honour’s degree at the University of Cork in Ireland and later gained a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Her specialist areas of practice and lecturing were Trauma, Attachment and Resilience and she incorporated findings from neuroscience to inform her research.

She is a manager of an innovated mental health community / residential service in Western Australia and is passionate about working with people to realise their dreams, feelings, relationships and connections. She is committed to system improvements and is active in the NDIS and individualised service forums.


Stephanie Mitchell
Communications Officer

Stephanie works as a support worker/counsellor for a NGO and in private practice as a therapist. She helps facilitate a hearing voices group and is interested in Voice Dialogue and Open Dialogue informed approaches.