Dr Gregory Smith OAM

Dr Gregory Smith OAM

Author, advocate, academic

Dr Gregory P Smith OAM, is a senior lecture, research fellow and Chair of the Business, Law and Arts Faculty Board at Southern Cross University. He is a consultant to governments, health departments and not for profits on the importance of involving lived experience and expertise in policy and program development.

Dr Smith has lived experience/expertise in child abuse, out-of-home care, juvenile justice, substance abuse/addiction, homelessness, poverty and successful life planning and management.

Dr Smith is a Director for the End Street Sleeping Collaboration which is a New South Wales Premiers Priority Project to halve street sleeping by 2025 and end it be 2030. He is also a Global Consultant for the Institute of Relational Health for CareSource in the USA.

He is the Patron for Signal Flare in Queensland and several not-for-profit organisations addressing some of the needs of the more vulnerable across several states in Australia. He is a founder of Voiceup Australia which provides a safe space for people traumatised as children to speak their truth.

Dr Smith is the author of ‘Out of the forest’ (2018) and ‘Better than Happiness: The True Antidote to Discontent’ (2023) both published by Penguin Random House. He also has a TEDx talk which has had more than 1 million views.

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