Dr Bernie Scully

Registered Psychologist
PhD (Clinical Psychology), BBSc, BPsych (Hons), MAPS

Director at YES Psychology & Consulting

"I get out of bed to help people feel better, whether that be moving from ‘negative to just ok’ or from ‘ok to great!’ I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with entire organisations, and I love this because it means that I don’t need to focus just on one person at a time - I can help large group of people all at once."

About Bernie

Bernie is an engaging personality specialising in workplace mental health and leadership. He has worked with small, large and international organisations to develop their employee wellbeing and people effectiveness. Bernie provides practical consulting, coaching and leadership advice, to help people take the next step with confidence.

With a passion for building positive wellbeing culture within organisations, Bernie is an expert in the field of developing Mental Health Strategy policies and implementation plans with a genuine focus on enabling workforces to thrive by building strengths such as resilience, mental toughness and peer support.

He believes that the heart of true change is in the abilities of leaders and executives to embrace employee wellbeing as a key success factor and he has developed highly successful Mental Health Leadership programs that not only train people in WHAT to do but importantly HOW to create shared ownership for achieving positive wellbeing between both leaders and employees.

Bernie has also worked extensively at the extremes of human wellbeing. With clinical expertise in PTSD and Trauma with organisations, Bernie has developed and supported organisations’ ability to respond and recover from major events such as Black Saturday fires; 2011 Qld floods; Cyclone Yasi; Christchurch Earthquakes and obviously COVID-19 more recently. Organisational leadership through high distress is one of the best predictors of employee wellbeing and organisational performance/recovery. Bernie has expertise in assisting organisations to self-assess and utilise the power of psychology to not only support its people during critical times but to bounce back.

In addition to being a regular conference speaker on the above topics, Bernie’s experience and reputation has seen him hold influential roles including:

  • Reference Group - Qld Mental Health Commission - Mental Health Prevention, Promotion, and Early Intervention
  • Advisory Group - Qld Mental Health Commission – Suicide Awareness
  • Vice President – Employee Assistance Professionals Association Australasia
  • Working Group - Queensland Law Society Resilience and Wellbeing at Law
  • Advisory Group - Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia