Paul J. Stevenson OAM is a Psychologist with 48 years experience in the Human Services Industry, to both private and public sectors. His early career was spent working in psychiatric hospitals, clinics and community health centers. After managing two branches of Marriage Guidance Queensland (now Relationships Australia), Paul established his own private practice “Access Psychology” (est.1991). He is a Psychologist who has a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology.
Over the past 30 years, Paul has provided treatment to victims of trauma, and strategic design and evaluation of disaster management interventions. His on-site disaster consultancies include the Moura Mine Disaster (1994), the Charleville Floods and Droughts (1993-95), the Port Arthur Shootings (1996), the Margaret River Landslide (1996), the Thredbo Landslip (1997), the Bali Bombings (2002 and 2005), the J.W. Marriott Hotel bombing in Jakarta (2003), businesses affected by the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta (2004), and the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster (2004 – 2005). Paul is currently providing services to victims of Malaysian Airline Disasters and to Asylum Seekers and Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.
Paul was the Queensland Coordinator and a member of the strategic planning and evaluation team for the Port Arthur Shootings, for 16 months subsequent to the crisis. In Bali, Paul conducted CISD and counseling interventions to the Bali International Medical Clinic in the aftermath of the bombings, and was subsequently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. He was solely responsible for the psychological recovery of staff subsequent to the J.W. Marriott Hotel bombing in Jakarta in August 2003, and enabled a 100% return-to-work rehabilitation program. In relation to the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster, Paul was an adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding emergency psychology management, providing two briefings for former Australian Prime Minister John Howard prior to his attendance at the International Summit on Aid Distribution in Jakarta, shortly after the event.
Paul is a former lecturer in Psychology at University of QLD, Bond University and Griffith University (Gold Coast). He is Director and Principal Psychologist for “Access Psychology” – International Trauma Recovery (est. 1991).
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