Stamping out Stigma: Science and services
Free Public Lecture
Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
While most of us agree that there should be no distinction in how we react to a broken arm and how we respond to people experiencing mental health issues, one of these conditions provokes instant sympathy, while the other can elicit judgement and fear.
The impact that stigma has on the lives of people with lived experience of mental illness can lead to exclusion, discrimination, poor social support, poorer subjective quality of life, and low self-esteem. Stigma discourages people from seeking help, and it can have a significant effect on treatment outcomes.
To address the complex challenge of destigmatising mental health issues, research has been divided into three main categories: education (campaigns to raise community awareness), contact intervention (meeting people with lived experience of mental illness face-to-face) and relabelling (renaming stigmatised disorders, such as schizophrenia).
Join our experts as we explore the latest in stigma research and how we can translate this research into real outcomes for our society.
Elizabeth Crowther, CEO
Elizabeth Crowther has been CEO of Wellways since 1995. Wellways is a not for profit, membership organization operating in the Community Managed Mental Health and Disability Sectors, in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. She is a passionate mental health advocate, who has been instrumental in developing new models of care in Victoria, which have been replicated across Australia. Prior to this appointment she was Director of Nursing, at Royal Park Hospital, in Melbourne, this appointment came after a long clinical and teaching career in Victorian mental health services. • Chair of Community Mental Health Australia • Board member of National Disability Services State Committee • General Nurse, Diploma of Nursing Education • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychiatric Nursing) • Post Graduate Diploma Health Administration
Alan Woodward, Former Executive Director Research & Strategy
Former Executive Director Research & Strategy
Alan has worked in the field of crisis support and suicide prevention for 15 years. He is the Executive Director, Research and Strategy, at Lifeline Australia; his responsibilities include the Lifeline Research Foundation, working with academic and professional experts to build the evidence base for Lifeline Australia crisis support services, and to translate research knowledge into best practices for crisis support and community based suicide prevention. He also has responsibility for Lifeline’s contribution to policy reform for improved mental health and suicide prevention.
Dr Chris Groot, Academic, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Dr Chris Groot
Academic, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Dr Christopher Groot is a Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. He has a background in largescale mental health service delivery, and has governed the clinical and research aspects of national services including the Suicide Call Back Service, SuicideLine Victoria, ATAPS All Hours Suicide Support Service, Beyond Blue Infoline, MensLine Australia, the Australian Defence Force AllHours Triage Service, Vietnam Veterans AfterHours Counselling Service, and more. Dr Groot teaches primarily in areas of clinical psychology and psychological research methods, and conducts research in areas of stigma, psychosis, suicide, and mental health service delivery.
Dr Michelle Blanchard, Deputy CEO
Dr Michelle Blanchard
Dr Michelle Blanchard is the Deputy CEO at SANE Australia, a national charity working to promote the wellbeing of people affected by complex mental illness. Michelle has also recently been appointed the founding Director of the Anne Deveson Research Centre which partners with people with mental illness and their family, friends and colleagues to drive both policy and social change. The Anne Deveson Research Centre honours Anne’s legacy as a cofounder of SANE Australia and her tireless work in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Prior to joining SANE, Michelle was National Manager Programs and Practice at the Butterfly Foundation. From 2011 to 2016, Michelle was Head of Projects and Partnerships at the Young and Well CRC – an international research centre which explored the role of technologies in improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. During this time, Michelle was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Michelle is currently a NonExecutive Director of youth mental health organisation batyr and holds various advisory roles with government, nonprofit and industry bodies. She is the CoChair of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and is a participant in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with majors in Psychology and Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare, all from the University of Melbourne. In 2016, she completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management at BSchool. In 2015, Michelle was a shortlisted entrant for the Telstra Business Women's Awards and in 2017 was awarded a scholarship to undertake governance training through the Victorian Women's Board Leadership Program.
Osher Günsberg, Australian television and radio presenter and journalist and Director at SANE
Australian television and radio presenter and journalist and Director at SANE
Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities. Osher has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly 2 decades. Osher is in his breakthrough year – with the release of his memoir, Back, After the Break his life and has taken a huge upwards trajectory. Osher openly reveals for the first time a powerful, dark, funny and heart wrenching story about life, love and living with mental illness. And the memoir is just the beginning. He is producing a LIVE show based on the memoir and speaking to audiences about his story, what others can learn and take away from it. A man of his word, Osher said he would never take his shirt off unless it was on the cover of Men’s Health Australia. In August 2018, he revealed just that – the Men’s Health Transformation cover. He moved his body to heal his mind and was happy to take the aesthetic benefits with it. A massive achievement. You don’t become one of Australia’s most love celebrities overnight. From his work on Channel [V] in the early 2000’s to seven seasons on Australian Idol, Osher was the first Australian to host live network prime time TV in the USA on CBS’ Live To Dance. Currently, Osher hosts Network Ten’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Commencing his radio career in 1994 at Brisbane’s B105 on the overnight shift, he rapidly moved to a national audience with Take 40 Australia and The Hot Hits Live from LA. From 2016 – 2017 Osher was part of Hit105’s Stav, Abby & Matt with Osher breakfast show for Southern Cross Austereo, and Osher’s Love Line nationally on the HIT Network. An early adopter of independent digital broadcasting, The Osher Günsberg Podcast is in its 4th year with over 1 million downloads and is a weekly conversation with someone who has figured out how to manage life’s challenges to forge a career where they do what they love to do. The Osher Günsberg Podcast was a finalist in the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards, Storytelling category. From July 2017 selected episodes were made available on Qantas inflight entertainment domestically and internationally. In 2017 Osher hosted Tall Tales & True (series 3) for ABC podcast. In 2016 Osher joined the board of SANE Australia as a director, in an effort to help change attitudes in our society about complex mental illness. Being hearing impaired himself, Osher became an Ambassador for leading children'scharity The Shepherd Centre in 2018, to help educate the public and help children who are born deaf or hearing impaired. A passionate photographer, cyclist, plant eater and coffee connoisseur, Osher lives with his wife, step daughter and their mischievous cavoodle. Follow Osher: • Twitter.com/oshergunsberg • Facebook.com/oshergunsberglive • Instagram.com/osher_gunsberg • Podcast: http://www.oshergunsberg.com/podcasts1/
Mr Paul Barclay, ABC Radio Presenter
Mr Paul Barclay
ABC Radio Presenter
ABC Radio National
Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and indepth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.