Words for Wellness (meet at the Civic Green at 5:15pm)

event date: 
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 5:15pm to 7:00pm

N.B. We'll begin the event by meeting at 5:15pm on the Civic Green for a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Robbie Lowe and Uncle Locky Eccles. Due to the wonderful community response, the panel session will now be held at the Lighthouse Theatre. We will walk to the Lighthouse Theatre as a group after the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

You’re invited to join us on World Mental Health Day to hear some ‘Words for Wellness’. Our speakers will share stories about their own mental health experiences and provide tips about how to better support good mental health in your workplace, household and for yourself. The free event will commence with refreshments by Tasty Plate. This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. Hosted by Dr Jodie Fleming and Peta Jolley.

Panel Members

John Parkinson John  is the manager of The Glenrye Centre at St John of God Healthcare, a service he established over 10 years ago. With a career as a Mental Health Nurse spanning forty-three years, he is also the spokesperson for the Let’s Talk Foundation, a local mental illness preventative initiative.

Sophie O’Brien Sophie is a Year 10 student at Warrnambool College and Youth Council Communications Leader. Sophie is passionate about leadership, the performing arts, theatre, film and music. Her hobbies include walking her dog, public speaking, reading, performing, spending time with her friends, dancing and baking.

Bruce Esplin AM Bruce is the Chair of Regional Arts Victoria, Deputy Chair of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and a non executive director of Emergency Warning Systems Ltd. He is a former board member of Green Cross Australia, Kinglake Ranges Foundation and Outdoors Victoria. He provides expert advice in the corporate ad not for profit sector and is an occasional presenter on radio and is a passionate artist and story-teller.

Belinda Payne Belinda is a proud Yorta- Yorta woman who has recently moved to Warrnambool and has been adopted by the Gunditjmara mob. She works for Gunditjmara Aboriginal Corporation as the Prevention and Early Intervention Regional Co-Ordinator. Belinda’s strong view is that the prevention and access work that she does is not achievable unless mental health of our mob is considered in every step taken. Holistic health cannot be achieved without consideration to effects of intergenerational trauma, impact of stolen generations and the burden of colonisation on the physical and mental health of Aboriginal people.

Dr Clare Hand Clare is currently a GP at Headspace Warrnambool, and a medical educator for Deakin University and MCCC GP training. Clare returned to Warrnambool mid-2018 after 2yrs working in an aboriginal women’s health service in Alice Springs. She has previously worked in private practice and at SWHC in Warrnambool, and at Barwon Health Geelong including time in the adolescent psychiatry team. Clare has always enjoyed working with young people, and particularly likes working in the Doctors in Schools clinic at Brauer College, and at SW TAFE, as part of her current role.

Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street Warrnambool

Wednesday 10th October 2018 Refreshments @ 5.15pm for 5.30pm-7pm panel and Q&A

Phone 5559 4949 or email lmcleod [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Light refreshments provided. Hearing loop and wheelchair accessible. Suitable for all ages.