2019 MHIS Conference Program

2019 Mental Health in Schools (MHIS) Conference 



Sydney: The Deck, Wednesday 15th May, 6-7.30pm
Melbourne: Plus 5 Bar, Wednesday 22nd May, 6-7.30pm

6-7.30pm: an opportunity for a little indulgence and to meet other delegates in a relaxed atmosphere.
RSVP for the conference opening to info@propsych.com.au is required!


Sydney:   Luna Park Function Centre, 16-17th May
Melbourne:  The Melbourne Convention Centre, Thursday 23-24th May


Thursday Program, 9am-4.30pm

Session 1:  9 - 10.30am
Mental Health: Shifting the Script

Welcome and Introduction

Nurturing a Healthy Mind: Doing What’s Best For the Developing Brain!
Dr Michael Nagel, Author & Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Session 2:  10.50am - 12.30pm
Protective Factors for Mental Health & Young People

Coping skills in Generation Z: Beyond the instant gratification of  and 
Dr Madeline Wishart, Research fellow at Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) 

School Based Initiatives in Mental Health:

Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context (Melbourne)
Donna Redman, Awaken Youth

Animal Assisted Intervention (Sydney)
Lincoln Comans, NSW Department of Education

Lunch Break - Poster Sessions

Session 3: 1.20 - 2.50pm 
Mental Fitness in Practice: Considered and Disruptive Approaches  

Holding Modelling Mentoring© program
Dr Bridget McPherson, School Psychologist Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar
Alison Godbehear, Year Level Coordinator and Teacher
Laura Dillon, Educator & Leader
Philip Thiel, Writer, Podcaster and English teacher

School Based Initiatives in Mental Health:

National Education Initiative – transforming Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health
Georgie Harman, CEO Beyondblue

Session 4: 3.10 - 4.30pm
Mental Health in Schools: Changing Lives

Mentalicious - Propsych's Mental Health Short Film Competition for Students
Finalists and Winner announced, $500 Prize awarded

“I feel like I haven’t seen you all in, like, literally three years”
Nic Newling, Outspoken Advocate for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Friday Program 9am - 3.30pm

Session 1: 9 - 10.50am

Considered and Disruptive Approaches

School Based Initiatives in Mental Health:

Stand out!: Creating Inclusive School Environments: supporting LGBT+ students and parents
Julia Nordlinger, Ringwood Secondary College

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills in Schools
Emma Sue San, Redbank School

Jacinta Ashby, Student and Finalist in Mentalicious, 2018 

Session 2: 11.20am - 1pm
Growing up Digital: Young People, Technology and Mental Health

Digital journeys and the creation of echo chambers: impacts on young people and how this has led the phenomenon of fake news' and lack of digital literacy.
A/Professor Shanton Chang, University of Melbourne

Embedding Digital Citizenship meaningfully across the school ecosystem
Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist, Teacher and creator of Digital Nutrition

Lunch Break - Poster Sessions

Session 3: 1.45 - 3.45pm
Shifting the Script: Building Mentally Fit Schools  

Delivering online mental health services in secondary schools: From Knowledge to Action
Dr Bridanne O'Dea, Research Fellow, The Black Dog Institute

Moving kids from anxiety to resilience
Dr Jodi Richardson, Author, Speaker and Educator

Closing Remarks

3.45pm Conference Close