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Pebble in the Pond

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Pebble in the Pond is a podcast that hopes to create a ripple of change for mental health. Listen in as we interview the most fascinating and accomplished people in mental health, from lived experience speakers through to researchers, academics and influential industry leaders. Hosted by the Austral… read more

130 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

S4:E31 | Holly Ransom: The Leading Edge - Methods for Thriving in Uncertainty

October 3rd, 2022


Leadership is no longer about individual strength, but group strength.  So what does leadership look like today when we’re facing complexity and challenges in every direction?  

By activating a distributed leadership …

S4:E30 | Robert Stirling: Creating a Skilled, Supported and Multidisciplinary AOD workforce

September 26th, 2022


Prior to COVID-19 the AOD sector struggled to attract, recruit, and retain the workforce required to deliver quality care. The situation is now critical. However, it’s not all doom and gloom.

The AOD workforce are …

S4:E29 | Emily Unity: Identity, Neurodiversity, and Mental Health

September 19th, 2022


For mental health to progress, we must continually strive for greater visibility, and have all voices heard, recognised, and encompassed within practice.

This week’s guest Emily Unity is a mental health professional, …

S4:E28 | Tony Clarkson: Gambling Addiction & Its Place Within the AOD Sector

September 12th, 2022


Recognition of gambling addiction and the harm it causes has come a long way. Gone are the days when public and even clinical perceptions of gambling addiction focused on the personal responsibility paradigm.

But in …

S4:E27 | Robert Parker: Factors Affecting Indigenous Suicide in the NT

September 10th, 2022


It is recognised that the Northern Territory has one of the highest rates of suicide in Australia, if not the world.

But why?

Joining us to explore factors behind these shocking statistics is this week’s guest Robert …

S4:E26 | Kathryn Mandla: Young People’s Mental Health and Help Seeking - Are We The Problem?

August 29th, 2022


Help seeking trends among children and young people are rapidly changing. Generations Z and Alpha, have their own unique preferences and expectations …

S4:E25 | Lotta Dann: Removing the Stigma from Alcohol & Sobriety

August 24th, 2022


The journey to sobriety is paved with many challenges. For many people with a substance use disorder, stigma may stem from the inaccurate beliefs that addiction is a moral failing, instead of what we know it to be—a …

S4:E24 | Renee Knapp: Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in Schools - Working Beyond the School Walls

August 15th, 2022


Schools offer a unique opportunity to both identify young people with mental health difficulties and work with them in the preventative, …

S4:E23 | Lt. Col. Jacqueline Costello: Integrating General Health and Wellbeing

August 9th, 2022


This week’s guest Lieutenant Colonel Jacqueline Costello was commissioned into the Australian Army in 2002 and has undertaken a diverse range of …

S4:E22 | Michele Oliphant: Our Way Our Say - Co-Developing a Holistic Social and Emotional Youth Wellbeing Program

August 1st, 2022


In 2018 as part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial, it was identified that the national approach to promoting help-seeking, mental health, and …

S4:E21 | Jack Nagle: Real Drug Talk in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

July 26th, 2022


To encourage people to successfully engage in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment, services need to be safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental.

One …

S4:E20 | Shane Daw ESM: Forgotten First Responders - Australian Surf Lifesavers and Lifeguards

July 19th, 2022


Surf lifesavers and paid lifeguards are an under-researched, yet vital, part of the first responder workforce. Having patrolled beaches to keep the …

S4:E19 | Todd Wehr: Practical Strategies to Prevent Mental Ill-Health

July 12th, 2022


Working in the emergency medical service places a huge toll on the mental and emotional wellbeing of our paramedics – so what can we do to help …

S4:E18 | Indi Clarke: Better Understanding Co-Design

July 5th, 2022


It is our responsibility to genuinely and actively involve First Nations Australian, Maori and Pasifika peoples and their representative bodies in …

S4:E17 | Simon Ruth: The Role of Trauma in Preventing and Treating Addictive Behaviours

June 22nd, 2022


The relationship between substance abuse and trauma works in close tandem. While trauma increases the risk of developing substance abuse, substance abuse in turn increases the likelihood of being re-traumatised by …

S4:E16 | Suzie Lewis: Taking Interventions from Paper to Practice

June 14th, 2022


When identifying new best-practice interventions, many mental health organisations are faced with the challenge of implementing them within existing …

S4:E15 | Karen May: What About the Kids Living with Parental PTSD?

June 7th, 2022


While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a personal struggle, the effects do not stop at the victim. When a parent has PTSD, their words and actions can affect the mental health and development of children.

S4:E14 Graham Ashton: Responding to our First Responders

May 31st, 2022


While praised for their resilience, frontline workers are faced with amassing circumstances placing them at high risk of mental health issues.

A national survey of COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers found more than …

S4:E13 | Katherine Ellis: Understanding Co-Design in Youth Mental Health

May 24th, 2022


Co-design goes beyond traditional methods of consultation and instead forms authentic partnerships with stakeholders, including lived experience. …

S4:E12 | Natasha Anderson: Keeping Children Visible

May 18th, 2022


Involving people with lived experience in the journey to greater mental health treatment and support helps us to build understanding, reduce stigma …

S4:E11 | Dr Andrew Khoo: PTSD Treatment and Returning to Work

May 10th, 2022


Despite work playing a significant role in mental health and wellbeing, many military personnel with mental illness are being discharged rather than …

S4:E10 | Bernie Shakeshaft: How We Can Better Support Youth Mental Health

May 3rd, 2022


When it comes to mental wellness in Australia, how do we know how well we are progressing as a whole?

With over 25 years of youth work experience …

S4:E09 | Jean Te Huia: The Link Between Colonisation & Māori Mental Health Inequality

April 26th, 2022


According to the He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, while the prevalence of mental distress among Māori is almost 50% higher than among non-Māori, Māori are 30% more likely …

S4:E08 | Tara J Lal AFSM: How Frontline Workers Can Change How We Approach Wellbeing

April 20th, 2022


The power of lived-experience stories not only enable us to feel emotional and inspired, but can also be the pillars we need for change, particularly …

S4:E07 | Carolyn Robinson: Ongoing Support for Women and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

April 4th, 2022


Crisis support for survivors of domestic violence has long been a priority for governments and organisations in the sector.

What has not been …

S4:E06 | David Mandel: How We Can Make Children Visible in Domestic & Family Violence

March 8th, 2022


With over almost 30 years’ experience in the domestic violence and child welfare fields, this week’s guest David Mandel is focused on improving the …

S4:E05 A/Prof Dr Faye McMillan AM: Advances in Indigenous Community Social & Emotional Wellbeing

March 2nd, 2022


Cultural, spiritual, and social wellbeing are integral components to Indigenous people, who take a holistic approach to mental health. Tailored, …

S4:E04 | Thelma Schwartz: What Does Justice Look Like?

February 22nd, 2022


Every Australian should have access to the opportunities and choices they need to lead full and healthy lives.

Committed to playing a key role in …

S4:E03 | Professor Chelsea Watego: Racial Violence and the Souls of Blackfullas

February 7th, 2022


A long history of trauma, grief, loss and cultural disconnection means mental health issues for Indigenous people can be complex. Culturally …

S4:E02 | Dr Amanda Gearing: How We Address & Respond to Coercive Control in Australia

January 31st, 2022


The death of Hannah Clarke and her three young children on in February 2020 on a footpath in Camp Hill in Brisbane opened our collective eyes to the …

S4:E01 | Jacqui Watt: The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

January 24th, 2022


On Friday 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women …

S3:E38 | Rebecca Harris: Lessons Learnt and Future Opportunities for CAMH

December 15th, 2021


In late 2019, early 2020, Australia received international attention due to devastating bushfire conditions and events that unfolded. This traumatic …

S3:E37 | Kate Crowley and Linda Sawrey: Two Women Committed to Empowering Survivors

November 29th, 2021


When escaping domestic violence, survivors can be faced with many challenges, including needing to establish financial independence and find safe …

S3:E36 | Wendy Goff: School-Based Support for Children Exposed to Familial Drug Misuse

November 8th, 2021


Familial illicit drug misuse is a rapidly growing issue for Australian children. Reports suggest that 1 in 7 Australian children may be living in a …

S3:E35 | Mark Hammersley: Galiamble, Addiction, & the Importance of Cultural Health

October 25th, 2021


For First Nations people, the hope and promise of healing from addiction can be rooted in cultural interventions. However, there remains few …

S3:E34 | Dominique Robert-Hendren: Can an App Really Reduce Alcohol Dependence?

October 11th, 2021


Whether it’s decreasing the amount consumed or quitting completely, changing alcohol habits can be a lonely journey. Having a supportive community is …

S3:E33 | Ben Orford: How Professionals Can Work Together to Tackle Complex School Refusal

September 29th, 2021


School refusal can result in significant functional impairment, chronic mental health issues, social isolation, family conflict and ultimately a poor …

S3:E32 | Dr Lyn O'Grady: Supporting Young People at Risk of Self-Harm & Suicide

September 20th, 2021


Once a child or young person discloses their thoughts, plans or acts related to self-harm and suicide, mental health professionals rapidly enter a space which requires both clinical and ethical decision-making. This can …

S3:E31 | Kerry Howard: PTSD Formation (& How We Can Improve Our Approach)

September 13th, 2021


Working in a frontline environment routinely exposes an individual to trauma. When combined with pre-existing psychological experiences, this can be …

S3:E30 | Vanessa Kite: Overcoming Adversity (My Lived Experience Journey)

September 6th, 2021


When you or someone you know is having a hard time mentally dealing with things, the simple realisation that you’re “not alone” make a huge difference to how you deal with it. This is the foundation of lived-experience …

S3:E29 | Dr Nicole Lee: Exploring a System Reboot in Addiction

September 2nd, 2021


When it comes to addressing addiction in Australia, issues of underfunding, under resourcing and continued stigma prevents us from progressing further. To move forward, we must consider a system reboot.

This week, we …

S3:E28 | Simon Fenech: Turning the Hell of Addiction into a Force for Good

August 25th, 2021


Addicts, especially those leaving the prison system, need intensive support at this critical point of vulnerability. A stable job and income are …

S3:E27 | Stuart O’Neill: Sharing Lived Experiences in Suicide Prevention

August 17th, 2021


Suicide and mental health matters are global problems. To break the stigma, we need to speak out. Sharing personal mental health experiences has proven to be an effective means to provide valuable insight into suicide …

S3:E26 | Frank Oberklaid: The National Children’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

August 10th, 2021


Despite the best efforts of governments over the years, providing timely, appropriate, and equitable access to services supporting child mental …

S3:E25 | Tania Raghavan: Developing a Mental Health Framework for Police Services

August 4th, 2021


Developing and implementing a framework for mental health training and support in a large organisation is essential. It also requires a significant amount of hard work, research, testing, and feedback.

This week’s guest …

S3:E24 | David Butt: How Young People Can Use Their Relationships to Build Resilience

July 29th, 2021


As we all know, adolescents are highly influenced by their peers - and healthy peer relationships are important predictors of good mental health.

S3:E23 | Dan Howard: Inquiry, Report & Findings from the Special Commission into the Drug 'Ice'

July 21st, 2021


Over recent years in Australia, overall rates of methamphetamine use have declined, however of those who use methamphetamine, ice is the most popular …

S3:E22 | Professor Judith Grisel: Never Enough - The Cycle of Addiction

July 12th, 2021


Ever wonder why addiction works in a cycle? The answer could be all in your head.

This week’s guest Judith Grisel took her first drink of alcohol at …

S3:E21 | Catherine Liddle: The Keys to Addressing Trauma for Children

July 6th, 2021


For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, cultural connection, positive self-identity, and a sense of belonging within family and community …

S3:E20 | Ian Snape: An Inside Out, Upside Down View of Workplace Stress

June 30th, 2021


There is a subtle but dangerous belief that the pressures and challenges of events in the workplace cause stress. This form of thinking could be seen …

S3:E19 | Tom Brideson: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health

June 24th, 2021


In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have significantly higher mental health needs than other Australians and experience …

S3:E18 | Ash Johnstone: Indigenous Women Experiencing Violence During COVID-19

June 15th, 2021


In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are the most at-risk group of experiencing domestic and family violence.

During the …

S3:E17 | Leanne Hides: Early intervention and prevention of youth alcohol and drug use

June 10th, 2021


Alcohol and other drug use are the leading cause of disability in young people.

Comorbidity between alcohol and drug use and mental health problems …

S3:E16 | Allan Sicard: Australia's Response to a Potential Terrorist Incident

June 1st, 2021


After a traumatic event, there is the responsibility to tend to the wellbeing of attending staff and individual personnel leading a command. This includes preparing for, giving evidence in and supporting staff …

S3:E15 | Todd Sellwood: Addiction in the Emergency Departments

May 24th, 2021


In 2020, the health care landscape was significantly impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. With restrictions and border closures in place, access and costs of illicit substances have impacted on the patterns of use for …

S3:E14 | Dr Alex West: 2020, 2021, & Our Frontline Workers

May 17th, 2021


Essential services, including frontline workers, carry a high stress load, resulting in more prevalent mental health conditions and an increased risk …

S3:E13 | Tom Harkin: How to Break the Man Code

May 11th, 2021


What does it mean to be a bloke today? And what do we want it to look like tomorrow?

The tide is changing for men young and old, and the outdated …

S3:E12 | Dr Joseph Dunn: How Psychs on Bikes is Transforming Rural Mental Health

May 4th, 2021


On average, Australians living in rural and remote areas have shorter lives, higher levels of disease and injury, and poorer access to and use of …

S3:E11 | Gary Bruce: How Teens Can Take Back Control of the Screen

April 27th, 2021


We’re all guilty of a little too much screen time. But when we’re raising a new generation of tech-savvy users consistently glued to their devices, how can we make sure they don’t get consumed by the virtual world?

S3:E10 | Amy Mouafi: DV Homicides are on Track for 2020 - Is This Good Enough?

April 19th, 2021


Despite all the money the Federal and State governments have invested into domestic violence, DV homicide numbers remain at a stable rate. Why?

S3:E9 | Jessica Braat: How Family Homelessness Impacts Children and Young People

April 15th, 2021


It comes as no surprise that children who are exposed to traumatic events such as homelessness often develop social, emotional, health and behavioural problems. So, how can we prevent this from happening?

With a …

S3:E8 | Shane Fitzsimmons: Leadership in a Crisis - Reflecting on the 2019-2020 Disaster Season

April 6th, 2021


During times of disaster and crisis, there is one necessity that drives a team to focus, persist, and achieve set goals. That necessity is effective leadership.

Joining us this week to talk about leadership during times …

S3:E7 | Shirley Smith: Surviving DV & Becoming a Queen Again

March 29th, 2021


When a DV survivor decides it’s time to speak out about their situation and get help, the last thing they need is someone else telling them what to …

S3:E6 | Dr James Martin: Myths and Realities of the Darknet Drugs Trade

March 23rd, 2021


Since 2013, the darknet has increasingly been used for the buying and selling of illicit drugs. The rise of darknet marketplaces, also known as cryptomarkets, means that drug users are now able to access an …

S3:E5 | Selena Bartlett: How Sugar Addiction Changes Our Brain

March 16th, 2021


Did you know that 75% of Australians are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2025?

Neuroimaging studies have shown that high-sugar containing foods and beverages activate reward areas within the brain – that ‘reward’ …

S3:E4 | Brad Chilcott: The Future of White Ribbon Australia

March 9th, 2021


For many Australians, White Ribbon was synonymous with the movement to end domestic violence. For others, it was a symbol of ignoring the voices of …

S3:E3 | Dr Gabriele Byrne: How to Prevent Problem Gambling Relapse

March 2nd, 2021


Over the last three decades, problem gambling in Australia has been recognised as a serious and complex issue by clinicians, researchers and policy …

S3:E2 | Chrissie Kelly: The Role of Family Support in Addiction Recovery

February 22nd, 2021


When someone you love is affected by addiction, it’s hard to know how to help. However with the right knowledge, family members can play a vital role …

S3:E1 | Nicola Palfrey: How to Support Children & Families Affected by Disasters

February 15th, 2021


Children are one of the most vulnerable groups during and after disastrous events. 

Clinicians and educators that work with children during or after …

S2:E41 | Vanessa Fowler: From Apathy to Empathy – Being an Active Bystander

December 17th, 2020


In the world of violence prevention, strategies focused on bystander intervention have received growing attention. One woman committed to being an …

S2:E40 | Fay Jackson: Mental Ill Health & the Power of the Peer Workforce

December 9th, 2020


Employing people with lived experience in peer worker roles to support others offer a range of benefits. They know what it is like to experience …

S2:E38 │Dr Zac Seidler: Understanding Masculinity and the Impact it Can Have on Men's Mental Health

December 1st, 2020


Despite being less likely to seek help, men are at the greatest risk of suicide. Blokes make up an average six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia. One man committed to supporting men's mental …

S2:E39 | Rodney Bridge: How To Talk About Substance Use with Youths

November 26th, 2020


The issue of substance use among youth is one that we see in the media almost every day. The topic is often difficult to discuss  - but one man …

S2:E37 | Brendan Maher: Mental Health, Movember, & Me

November 17th, 2020


It's that time of year again – razors are banished, Movember is in full swing, and the discussion of men's health is in the spotlight.

This week's …

S2:E36 | Dr Stephen Spencer: Spotting the Warning Signs of Psychological Distress

November 4th, 2020


Recent research has indicated that early intervention and treatment in child and adolescence dramatically impact the course of mental illness.

S2:E35 | Blackbutterfly Group: Shining a Spotlight on Pacifika Mental Health

October 29th, 2020


Within the mental health space, sharing experiences is a powerful way to showcase support, while inspiring others to know they are not alone in their …

S2:E34 | Libby Trickett: Mental Health Challenges As A Professional Athlete

October 20th, 2020


This week, we are proud to announce our newest association ambassador, Libby Trickett.

A former Australian swimmer, Libby collected 24 gold medals on …

S2:E33 | Trent Chapman: An Unconventional Mental Health Education

October 13th, 2020


When advocating for mental health awareness, community involvement is vital.

This week's podcast guest Trent Chapman is passionate about using his …

S2:E32 | Dacre Danes: How Bullying Pushed Me to Breaking Point

September 15th, 2020


The psychological impacts of bullying go far beyond hurt feelings – with persistent bullying leading to depression, anxiety and contributing to …

S2:E31 | Shanna Whan: Making it OK to Say No to Beers in the Bush

September 7th, 2020


Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in Australia, with consumption per capita and alcohol-related harm increasing with remoteness.

People living …

S2:E30 | Dorothy Frost: Disability & Employment – Breaking Down the Barriers

August 27th, 2020


There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability. Of these, just under half are employed. In order to boost these statistics, programs that educate and empower both employees and employers are …

S2:E29 | Sir John Kirwan: How I Support New Zealand Mental Health

August 18th, 2020


One in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. This includes depression, bipolar …

S2:E28 | Mr Alan Woodward: Understanding & Preventing Suicide - Support for Patients and Carers

August 12th, 2020


Each year, more than 3000 Australians end their lives— this is about 8 people a day. To prevent suicide and reduce these numbers, it's important to make sure all Australians get the support they need. One professional …

S2:E27 | Dr Grant Blashki: COVID & Tending to the Future of Mental Health

August 4th, 2020


As COVID continues to envelop 2020, the future of mental health has hit the spotlight – specifically, what the implications will be on individuals, society, and the industry at large.

Dr Grant Blashki has been a …

S2:E26 | Dr Justin Coulson: Raising Happy Kids & Healthy Families

July 27th, 2020


Raising children is no easy feat – so, where can you turn when you need tried and trusted advice?

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia's most …

S2:E25 | Dr Skye Saunders: Sexual Discrimination & Harassment in Rural Workplaces

July 22nd, 2020


Women in rural Australia experience workplace sexual harassment at alarming rates, with a study from this week's podcast guest Dr Skye Saunders revealing 73% of rural women had experienced sexual harassment at work.

S2:E24 | Jocelyn Brewer: Technology, Kids & the Underlying Sense of Belonging

July 14th, 2020


In today's world, connection is only a click away. Meeting new people and maintaining old relationships has never been easier. But, where does our …

S2:E23 | Helen Gray: Tools for Self-Care & Burnout Prevention

July 7th, 2020


When working with others in need, self-care is essential. To prevent burnout, you need to be able to prioritise yourself and your own needs before effectively assisting others. Helen Gray is an experienced social worker …

S2:E22 | Chris Miller: Mind, Body & Fitness: Going Beyond Your Limits

June 23rd, 2020


When training the body, the power of the mind is what drives you to continue, make you stronger and gives you the push you need to take your physical fitness to the next level.

One person who knows this all too well is …

S2E21 | Samu Kerevi: Mindset, Culture & Faith as a Professional Athlete

June 17th, 2020


When it comes to performing at your peak, physical and mental health play an equally important role. Professional athletes are under constant …

S2:E20 | Kimaea Kirifi-Aliifaalogo: Challenges & Opportunities Facing Pasifika & Maori Youths

June 9th, 2020


With Pasifika and Maori youths statistically more susceptible to suicide and incarceration, the need for greater education, acknowledgement and support is essential. 

As an individual of Maori and Samoan descent, Kimaea …

S2:E19 | Kirra Pendergast: Kids & Cybersafety – What You Need to Know

June 1st, 2020


In today’s digital world, we are now more connected than ever. Being constantly accessible brings with it a great deal of positives – but when it …

S2:E18 | Matthew Parsons & Russell Vickery: DV & the LGBTIQ Community

May 26th, 2020


This May 28th, 2020 has been declared the inaugural ‘LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day’. 

Intimate partner violence is reported at similar rates …

S2:E17 | Debbie McCarthy: Screening for DV in Emergency Departments

May 14th, 2020


Women who have experienced domestic and family violence use health services more frequently than women who have not. By combining early …

S2:E16 | Dr Fergus Gardiner: Royal Flying Doctors & Rural Mental Health

May 8th, 2020


Rural and remote emergency aeromedical retrievals are often associated with physical accidents and incidents – but how many call outs are in relation to mental health?

To find out, the Royal Flying Doctor Service …

S2:E15 | Matt Newlands: How Mental Health Self-Awareness Saves Lives

April 28th, 2020


Mental health issues are alarmingly high within emergency services. Research conducted by Beyond Blue identifies self-stigma as being of significant …

S2:E14 | Beth McEwan: When There Are No Options Left

April 21st, 2020


Seeing a loved one in distress is heartbreaking – but what happens when you feel like the professional support you reach out for isn’t enough?

Beth …

S2:E13 | Yasser El Shall: Unity, Strength and Resilience in Times of Trauma and Recovery

March 31st, 2020


In times of great crisis, the need for a strong and supportive community is essential. Few know this as well as Yasser El Shall.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, and immigrated to New Zealand 22 years ago, Yasser is the Service …

S2:E12 | Peter Bellion: My Experience with Frontline PTSD

March 19th, 2020


By the very nature of their roles, emergency services first responders are routinely exposed to critical incidents and traumatic events. …

S2:E11 | Nicole Lee: Disability and Domestic Violence

March 10th, 2020


Acts of violence can affect anyone. But some people, such as those with disability, may be especially vulnerable to experiencing violence, with 1 in …

S2:E10 | Stuart Auckland: How Tasmania is Tackling Suicide Prevention

March 3rd, 2020


As part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial, the Australian Government is supporting the implementation and evaluation of twelve suicide prevention trial sites across Australia. One of the individual’s responsible …

S2:E9 | Simone O’Brien: My Survivor Story

February 25th, 2020


Warning: This week’s episode deals with potentially triggering issues relating to domestic violence.
If you feel at any time that you need help or …

S2:E8 | Dr Marshall Watson: Developmental Trauma in Indigenous Adolescents

February 18th, 2020


Adolescence represents a time of significant physical, psychological and cognitive change for young people. With this, is a time of potential …

S2:E7 | Mark Molloy: How to Utilise Positive Change Culture in Your Workplace

February 12th, 2020


In order for positive and successful culture changes to happen in any workplace, there needs to be a change of attitudes at all levels.

With a …

S2:E6 | Martin Fisk: Breaking the Cycle of Violence by Working with Young Men

February 6th, 2020


For nearly twenty years, Menslink has supported young men in Canberra affected by family violence. However the issue is getting worse. Patterns of …

S2:E5 | Brendon Marty: Creating Australia’s Most Mentally Healthy City

January 28th, 2020


In a bid to become Australia’s most mentally healthy city, Townsville has embarked on the Mentally Healthy City (MHC) project, aiming to help citizens flourish and thrive as a community. This is achieved by heightening …

S2:E4 | Commissioner Chris Burn: Why We Shouldn’t Wait for the ‘Mind Attack’

January 22nd, 2020


Just like cardiology, mental health is about much more than rushing to the Emergency Department for acute care after a catastrophic event. Mental …

S2:E3 | Andrew Douglas: Mental Health and the New Workplace

January 17th, 2020


What causes people to suffer mental health conditions in their workplaces is not limited to their work and work environment. Recent evidence strongly suggests the erosion of traditional employment relationships and …

S2:E2 | Liana Papoutsis: My Professional (& Personal) Experience with Domestic Violence

December 19th, 2019


As an experienced human rights, international relations and law academic and family violence and social change advocate, Liana Papoutsis’ lived …

S2:E1 | Phil Barker: Men, Masculinity and Family Violence

December 19th, 2019


What is broken inside men that is causing the death of more than one woman a week in Australia?

Phil Barker is a Sydney-based columnist, public …

S1:E20 | Barbara Kuriger, MP: Rural Mental Health (a New Zealand Perspective)

December 19th, 2019


Rural mental health in Australia has progressed in leaps and bounds – but how does that compare on a global scale?

As the Member of Parliament for the large rural electorate of New Zealand’s Taranaki King Country, …

S1:E19 | Allan Sparkes, CV,OAM,VA,FRSN: Inside the Mind, Body and Soul of Frontline Workers

December 18th, 2019


When it comes to life on the front line, the risk for physical and mental health is significantly increased.

One person who knows a little about risk …

S1:E18 | Wally Mitchell: How to Care for our First Responders

December 11th, 2019


At approximately 1.30pm on the 15th March 2019, the Christchurch Mosques shootings bought the feared reality of horrific acts of terrorism to the door step of the otherwise typically passive citizenship of New Zealand.

S1:E17 | Senator Rachel Siewert: An International Perspective of Rural Mental Health

December 3rd, 2019


When it comes to the mental health of our rural communities, tele-health and mobile van services are an excellent supplement to our health system. However, factors such as community trust can impact on the effectiveness …

S1:E16 | Ernest Hunter: Mental Disorders in Remote Indigenous Australia

November 26th, 2019


Over the last half-century, Indigenous Australia has been transformed by a number of political and social forces that have been accompanied by …

S1:E15 | Jennifer Bowers: The Need For Suicide Prevention In Rural Communities & Workplaces

November 19th, 2019


For people who live and work in rural and remote Australia, unspoken stigmas and a lack of available services can often lead to neglected mental health.
Dr Jennifer Bowers is the inaugural CEO and MD of Rural & …

S1:E14 | Kevin Humphreys: Busting the Myths of Mental Illness on the Frontline

November 13th, 2019


If you’ve got a brain and a blood supply, you’re susceptible to mental illness; it doesn’t discriminate.

Kevin Humphreys was a military combat pilot and commander, who now as a civilian rescue helicopter pilot, flight …

S1:E13 | Richard Thorpe: How to be an Accidental Counsellor

November 5th, 2019


If you’ve ever found yourself on the receiving end of a co-worker or employee’s problems, it can be difficult to know how to respond appropriately.

S1:E12 | Camille Wilson: Reimagining Workplace Mental Health

October 29th, 2019


What happens when the person responsible for managing mental health cases is the one who becomes unwell?

This was exactly the case for our very own association ambassador Camille Wilson, a lived experience advocate, …

S1:E11 | James Hill and Aaron McCann: Why Mental Health is a Crucial Workplace Issue

October 22nd, 2019


More and more, we’re seeing workplaces take a driving seat in the health and wellbeing of its employees.

James Hill and Aaron McCann are prime examples of what happens when employers and employees come together in the …

S1:E10 | Dr Barbara Disley: A New Way to Approach Mental Health Care

October 15th, 2019


When it comes to mental health services, are we really looking at the bigger picture?

As a former panel member for the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service, Barbara Disley has heard the stories of over 1,000 …

S1:E9 | Megan Mitchell: Self Harm and Suicide Prevention in Children

October 8th, 2019


Episode nine and this week we’re shining a spotlight on the mental health of children, with a guest who’s committed to curbing the numbers of self harm and suicide among children.

Appointed in 2013, Megan Mitchell is …

S1:E8 | Gabrielle Vilic: How Peer Support Workers are Revolutionising Mental Health

October 1st, 2019


In the world of mental health, peer support workers are an integral part of our community.

With over 24 years’ experience, Gabrielle Vilic is a well-respected leader in the mental health sector, working across a range …

S1:E7 | Prof David Kavanagh: What Role is Technology Playing in Mental Health?

September 23rd, 2019


With the increase in apps, technology and online self-help resources, mental wellbeing in the digital age is an area of fast-paced development.

S1:E6 | Shaun Robinson: The State of Mental Health in New Zealand

September 17th, 2019


Joining us for episode six is Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

With degrees in business and community work, Shaun has held several CEO positions in not-for-profit …

S1:E5| Heather Price: How Psychological Safety Can Revolutionise Workplace Mental Health

September 10th, 2019


Onto episode five and this week we are shining a spotlight on a leader who has shaped the strategic vision of organisations across the globe on …

S1:E4 | Craig Hamilton: How a Bipolar Episode Triggered the Search for Identity

September 3rd, 2019


Craig Hamilton was a high-profile sports broadcaster for the ABC when, in September 2000, on the eve of his assignment for the Sydney Olympic Games, he experienced a major psychotic episode in public that led to him …

S1:E3 | Dr Justin Feinstein: Floating and it’s Impact on the Brain

August 27th, 2019


Commonly referred to as floating, floatation therapy or sensory deprivation has taken the world by storm, praised by celebrities and clinical professionals alike for its relaxing effects on both mind and body.

Dr. …

E1:S2 | Matt Caruana: A Life Behind the Smile

August 20th, 2019


What looked like everything going great had a very different story behind the scenes. International speaker Matt Caruana is using his dark past and turning points as a catalyst to instruct, inspire, influence and impact …

S1:E1 | Lucy Brogden: Finding a Calling for Mental Health Advocacy

August 11th, 2019


Listen in to episode one of our podcast with one of the biggest names in mental health. Discover Lucy Brogden's journey into the mental health industry. Hear how she balances life as a wife and carer to husband John, …

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