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About Dr Dan

Dr Dan is a husband, father, friend, marathon runner, and podcaster. He is best known for his TEDx presentation on “8 Principles to Achieve Optimum Mental Health.”

During his “spare time”, Dan is a Psychologist in clinical practice, and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Queensland Rural School of Medicine. With more than 10 years of experience working in adult and child and youth mental health services, he is currently based in Gin Gin and Bundaberg, and as a Wide Bay local Senior Paediatric Psychologist, he has an interest in families, child development, and parenting interventions.

Dan commenced his training in Mexico where he commenced a Bachelor in Psychology majoring in Clinical Psychology. After migrating to Australia he completed a Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) at Griffith University and went on to study a Masters in Forensinc Mental Health at the same institution. Dan then completed a Doctorate in Psychology with a clinical emphasis at an American University.

As a clinician and suicidologist researcher he also has curiosity in the impact that religion spirituality has on suicidality. He formed part of the national committee reviewing the National Suicide Guidelines for the Australian Psychological Society, and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, European Psychiatric Association Section of Suicidology & Suicide Prevention, and is internationally associated with American Psychological Association. Has delivered over 50 Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in Emergency Departments workshops to medical, nursing, and allied health clinicians.

As an international speaker Dan has delivered lectures in North America, Europe, and Asia. Published the book “Suicidality, Spirituality and Religion: Are Australians Missing Out”?. Dan believes that one life lost to suicide is one life too many! Seven years ago founded “NEWSTART Psychology & Counselling” – a psychologist private practice where evidence-based interventions are delivered under with Christian principles in mind.

After residing in Brisbane for several years, Dan and his family relocated to regional Queensland to follow his passion to serve in regional and rural areas where the lack of services is more prominent.

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