Speaker Bio Gerry Georgatos
Gerry Georgatos has a long history working closely and alongside the homeless, the most vulnerable and the incarcerated. He is a suicide prevention, trauma recovery and prisons reform researcher and advocate, writing prolifically on these and other issues. He has established projects (some national) to improve the lot of others. He helped establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) and was a member of ATSISPEP’s pilot of the Critical Response Project, responding to suicide affected families.
Gerry is the National Coordinator of Support Advocates for the National Indigenous Critical Response Service which works predominately with suicide affected families.
Gerry is a board member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. He is an executive member of the Ngalla Maya Steering Committee. Ngalla Maya is dedicated to transforming the lives of former inmates – from prison to education and/or employment. He is the Project Manager of the First Peoples Crisis Response and the Project Manager of the National Migrant Youth Support Service. He was also the founder of Students Without Borders, a project of more than 100 programs with the flagship program a computer refurbishment effort that donated more than 50,000 recycled computers to Australians and communities abroad. He also continues a long association with the Perth-based charity Wheelchairs for Kids (38,000 rough terrain wheelchairs donated to 73 countries).