Clinical Advisory Committee

SAMSN Clinical Advisory Committee

The role of the SAMSN Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) is to provide advice on the content, quality and efficacy of SAMSN’s workshops and groups for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families and supporters.

We are honoured to have the expertise of the following CAC members:

Professor Patrick O’Leary – Chairperson

Professor Patrick O’Leary is the Director of the Violence Research Prevention Program at Griffith University’s Criminology Institute. He has extensive experience in various executive roles in Universities and the community sector.

Professor O’Leary is an internationally recognised researcher, with significant expertise in domestic violence/gender-based violence and child protection. Prior to entering academic work Professor O’Leary worked as a social worker in sexual assault, counselling and domestic violence services. For over twenty years he has conducted research on the effects of child sexual abuse on men.

Professor O’Leary has published extensively in high quality journals, and his work has influenced international domestic violence and child protection policy and practice. He has worked extensively in social development contexts in many countries. Professor O’Leary was an Expert Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research. Since 2013 Professor O’Leary has worked with SAMSN in an advisory capacity and now is the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee.


Gail Frank

Gail is a registered Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working at the Family Court, Relationships Australia, Domestic Violence Crisis Service, ACT Women’s Health Service and the Australian National University.

During this time, she has worked with many men and women who have suffered trauma as a result of interpersonal violence including childhood sexual abuse. She has also over the years, provided both clinical supervision and training in trauma related work.

Having worked extensively in the area of offering support and change opportunities to men struggling with the use of violence in their most important relationships, she has a particular interest in services for men, which she sees as often too scarce.

Gail is a long-time member of the Australian Psychological Society.


Lindsay Gardner

Lindsay was a participant in the first eight-week group that SAMSN ran in the Newcastle in 2014. Since that time Lindsay has been a regular at SAMSN’s monthly meetings and has co-edited our e-newsletter for eight-week group alumni. Lindsay has also been involved in SAMSN publicity efforts and attended Supporters Workshops and SAMSN presentations for health professionals.

Lindsay while now a retired person, has a background in Education holding executive positions within schools in the NSW Department of Education.

Lindsay has a keen interest in developing opportunities for SAMSN to reach out to men across the nation spreading the message of hope and recovery.


Rob Hall

Rob Hall is an Adelaide Social Worker and one of three facilitators of SAMSN’s eight-week groups and monthly support meetings in Adelaide.

Rob has been working in the area of gender abuse since the 1980’s and co-founded Nada Counselling, Consulting and Training in 1994 with a view to working in the areas of trauma, violence, abuse and workplace harassment. Rob has settled on Narrative Therapy, and Invitational approaches because they take account of the politics of abuse, the social implications and personal effects. He believes men getting together and reclaiming their lives and relationships from abusive experiences has personal and political significance.

Rob continues to be involved in developing therapeutic approaches and training. He has experience in working individually and in groups; with adolescents and adults and is committed to learning from the people who consult with him. Rob provides training, professional supervision and consultancy to government, community and other agencies regarding ethical therapeutic interventions.