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Len Kanowski is a senior mental health nurse with post graduate qualifications in rural and international mental health. He is a Harvard/University of Melbourne International Mental Health Leadership Fellow and a University of Sydney Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellow.
Len is currently the Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing with the University of Newcastle Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and a Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He is also a consultant with Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA).
Len has a strong and distinguished background in mental health and drug and alcohol service provision, education and management spanning 36 years. He has been working in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health education and service delivery for the past 20 years. He was the founder of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Program and Deputy Director of the Mental Health First Aid Training & Research Program at the University of Melbourne from 2005-2009.
Len is currently involved in research investigating culturally-appropriate psychological first aid approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing adversity and critical incidents.