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Dr Claire Kelly is is the Director of Research and Curriculum at MHFA Australia. Claire has been involved with MHFA since 2003, when she first became an instructor while completing her Doctorate at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, where the program was first developed. Since 2005 Claire has worked on the MHFA Guidelines used to inform the courses, and is an author on the manuals and handbooks used in MHFA courses. She has worked in curriculum development, research, evaluation and training. Her main passion is the mental health of young people and minimising the impacts that mental health problems can have on development, educational outcomes, and long-term functioning, however, she has expertise across the lifespan and has worked on research and curriculum development designed to meet the needs of specific groups in the community, for example, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and LGBTIQA+ groups. Claire’s Ph.D. thesis was written on the mental health literacy of Australian adolescents. Claire has suffered episodes of depression and anxiety since adolescence, which has been a driver for much of her work.