Category Archives: Research

TheMHS Forum 2024 Connecting with People


TheMHS Forum 2024 program will explore the tensions, barriers, solutions, and remaining challenges in developing a mental health system that is inclusive of the full context in which a person lives their life.

With outstanding featured speakers drawn from Australasia and beyond, TheMHS Forum 2024 is not to be missed! Register now to receive our Early Bird Discount, only for a limited time!

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Spectrum’s 2023 Annual Online Research Forum

This FREE, online event will showcase Spectrum’s innovative and translational research & evaluation program. Spectrum’s clinicians, researchers and lead investigators from collaborating organisations will present a range of cutting-edge projects related to personality disorder and complex trauma.

The day will feature keynote presentations by Professor Andrew Chanen, the Chief of Clinical Practice and Head of Personality Disorder Research at Orygen in Melbourne, Australia, as well as a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. Andrew will be presenting on ‘The Soft Bigotory of Low Expectations for People Living with Personality Disorder’. 

The second keynote speaker will be Professor Sharon Lawn, the Chair and Executive Director of Lived Experience Australia, a nationally awarded mental health consumer/carer advocacy organisation. Sharon will be presenting on ‘BPD, Stigma and Human Rights at the Interface of Mental Health Care: What Progress Have We Made?‘.

See below information about just two of the nine interesting rapid-fire presentations, who will be presenting from 1:00pm – 2:30pm:

Talking Point Free Seminar Series August to November 2023


Talking Point – August to November 2023 – save the dates

Talking Point is a regular series of publicly available lectures that aim to inspire, inform and challenge our notions of what we know about addiction and its impact across society. Health and social sector professionals and the general public are all welcome to attend.

16th August 2023, TODAY – 1pm – 2pm
Recovering Assemblages: Unfolding Sociomaterial Relations of Drug Use and Recovery, presented by Dr Aysel Sultan – for details and to register click here 

13th September 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Neuroplastic Wrap: The non-pathologising, ecological alternative to diagnostic labels, presented by Dr Hayley Packham – for details and to register click here

18th October 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Treating trauma & addiction: from innovation to implementation, presented by Associate Professor Shalini Arunogiri – for details and to register click here

15th November 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Young men’s anxiety: The blind spot in men’s mental health and why it matters, presented by Krista Fisher, PhD Candidate Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne – for details and to register click here

Talking Point presentations are recorded and available to view on the Turning Point websiteclick here to view previous Talking Point presentations

If you have enquiries regarding registration
please email or call (03) 8413 8413.

Talking Point Free Seminar Series

How Three Sides of the Coin performances
empower people with lived experience of gambling harm
to educate the community and professionals.

Presented by Judy Avisar, Catherine Simmonds OAM,
Anna Bardsley and Fiona Read

Deakin University in collaboration with Three Sides of the Coin (3SOC) evaluated the use of lived experience performances as an education tool for professionals. Three Sides of the Coin empowers people with lived experience of gambling harm to educate the community and professionals about gambling harm and its intersection with alcohol and other drug use, mental health, family violence and crime.

This presentation will explore how being fully immersed in the lived experience of gamblers and affected others through performance was a powerful way for professionals to connect with the issues at an emotional and cognitive level. The evaluation showed there was an increase in the understanding of gambling harm, as well as changes in attitudes and practice among professionals including a greater empathy and confidence to ask about gambling, and a willingness to discuss gambling harm and support those affected. The research findings will be complemented by a short 3SOC Recovery Gamble video story, crafted artfully with animation and music, exemplifying the power of lived experience stories in understanding the intersectionality of gambling addiction.

Presenters: Judy Avisar, Catherine Simmonds OAM, Anna Bardsley and Fiona Read.

Judy Avisar, (from SHARC Self Help Addiction Resource Centre VIC) has coordinated Three Sides of the Coin gambling harm project since its inception 11 years ago. Judy has passionately carved a pathway for 3SOC over 11 years so that today it is recognized as a successful model for Professional Development in allied sectors (mental health, drugs, alcohol, family violence, criminal justice). Judy established the partnership with Deakin University and oversaw the data collection.

Catherine Simmonds, OAM is the artistic director of 3SOC. Her focus is the space between the ‘lived experiences’ of communities and the language of art. For 3 decades she has provided people with a creative space in which to ‘discover the need to speak and speak the unspoken’. She works together with participants to transform their stories into performance.

Anna Bardsley, a retired businesswoman, lost ten years of her life to poker machines. Her work as an advocate for reform began ten years ago. She is a founding member of Three Sides of the Coin and is committed to changing the conversation about gambling harm in Australia by elevating the voices of people with lived experience. Anna has numerous television and speaking credits including the ABC production ‘You Can’t Ask That’, podcasts, radio and television interviews.

Fiona Read, Senior Manager, Health Promotion and Engagement, Access Health and Community. Fiona coordinated the research, supporting the study design and ethics with Deakin University, and reviewed the evaluation from a public health perspective when working at Link Health and Community.

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2023
Venue: Online
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST
Cost: Free
Register: click here to register

If you have enquiries regarding registration please call (03) 8413 8413.