KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jelana Dokich
We are very excited to have secured tennis champion and inspiring woman Jelana Dockich to speak at the WA Mental Health Conference in 2019.
Jelena Dokic has experienced a storied and well-documented life and tennis career both on and off the tennis court. Jelena started playing tennis when she was six-years-old and very quickly became a national champion in multiple age groups. However when the war erupted in former Yugoslavia and the family was forced to escape twice, Jelena and her family were refugees before settling in Australia when she was 11 years old. In 1998, as a 15-year-old, Jelena won the US Open Junior Title and the French Open doubles title She became number 1 junior in the world in 1998 and also made a Fed Cup debut the same year winning both her singles matches and becoming the youngest player ever to represent Australia in the Fed Cup.
Her rise continued as she reached the semi final of Wimbledon the following year in 2000 at the age of 17 the first Australian woman to do so since Evonne Goolagong Cawley Jelena also finished 4 th at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. At the conference, Jelana will share her experiences and struggles both on and off the court and how she found the strength and hope to forge on.
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Shaun is a Whadjuk Wardandi Nyungar man who, through his old people, has great depth and knowledge of culture, liaison and inspirational speaking. His work in such areas as mentoring, leadership and healing are highly referred and respected, within both indigenous and mainstream communities.
Shaun is now a director at WISDOM in your Life, and will be performing the WA Mental Health Conference Welcome to Country.
Sebastian is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney and a Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University. His qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney 2017; a Master of Public Administration from The University of Canberra, 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1989.
Sebastian was a public servant in state and federal health departments for 16 years, and Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia from 2005-09, working as a consultant and academic since then.
Sebastian’s expertise are in mental health policy, accountability and reform. In 2011, Sebastian worked as expert facilitator to the NSW Taskforce to Establish a Mental Health Commission. He convened the first joint meetings of the Australian Mental Health Commissions which included both Australian and international representatives.
In 2012, Sebastian was engaged by the Ministerial Council on Suicide Prevention to conduct a series of consultations across regional NSW, analysing community preparedness in relation to suicide prevention.
In 2013, Sebastian led a community review of the NSW Mental Health Act and worked with the NSW Mental Health Commission in developing a new mental health reform strategy.
Sebastian is currently working with Capital PHN and ACT Health to develop a regional plan for mental health in the ACT. Sebastian is also engaged in a research project to evaluate the impact of Australia’s mental health commissions, as well as ongoing research around mental health and accountability, including the potential for real time consumer/carer feedback to drive systemic quality improvement.
In addition to academic publications, Sebastian is a regular and well-received contributor to The Canberra Times, The Conversation and Croakey
Di Wilcox has a BA in Social Science and a Diploma of Education. She has taught in classrooms for more than 20 years and for the past three years has run a preventative mental health and social/emotional well being program for children called The Magic Coat.
Di has won Momentums Most Inspirational Women and has been top three Pride of Australia Medal finalist for WA twice. She has won Rotary Internationals, Pride of Workmanship Award and is highly sought after to train and speak to parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, corporates and police.
She is the education expert for Channel 9 and is the author of several books including The Magic Coat. Di also has her own segment called Talking Family on Foxtel show, The Couch.
The Magic Coat is a social/emotional program that provides a common language for anyone working with children to use to help children feel calm, safe and confident. The bright coloured coat and the characters that live inside the coats pocket are a hit with young children and help them to feel empowered with simple and effective tools for good mental health and wellbeing. The program is now being used not only in Australia but overseas as well with remarkable results. Di is looking forward to sharing how The Magic Coat is helping children's mental health at this years conference.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Matt Ball
Matt is a mental health nurse practitioner and psychotherapist. He was awarded the ACMHN Mental Health Nurse of the year in 2017 for facilitating alternatives approaches in the public mental health system in South Australia when working with people labelled as experiencing psychosis. Since 2015 he has trained more than 200 staff in hearing voices approaches and worked with a further 300 individuals and families in offering an alternative to the diagnostic, medication and hospital focused models that pervade in mental health services in Australia.
Matt demonstrated how facilitating hearing voices approaches can be of value to individuals at any point of the journey of mental distress including EDs, acute hospitals (including PICUs) and the community. He also embraces that recovery-orientated practice is not just possible, but an imperative for professionals who wish work in humane ways towards understanding and accepting the meaningful experiences. Bringing together learning from his lived experiences of ‘psychotic’ distress and his professional journey as a psychotherapist and mental health nurse, Matt has developed the explanatory framework, 'Dissociachotic'.
Matt is founder and co-director of the Humane Clinic. His work is informed by his "lived experience of madness and unmadness", both in his personal and professional journey as he continues to pursue a mental health system that focuses on understanding human distress as meaningful responses towards the journey of becoming the wounded healer in their communities.
MORE PRESENTERS, SPEAKERS AND ENTERTAINERS BEING ANNOUNCED SOON.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Being unveiled soon!
CONFERENCE ELDER: Being unveiled soon!