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Need for Integrated Mental Health Hubs - Panel Discussion by Youth



National Mental Health Month Closing Event

Need for Integrated Mental Health Hubs - Panel Discussion by Youth 

31 October 2021, 10:00am - 11:30am (AEDT)



In 2019, there were 461 deaths by suicide among young people aged 15–24Mental health concerns and rates of deaths by suicide among young people were raised as key challenges by young people during consultations by the Youth Taskforce in 2019. 

Mental Health Hubs are dubbed to be the solution for this youth in crisis, backed by the recommendation by the Royal Commission. Join us for the live session with our Youth Committee, who discuss on Why Mental Health Hub? Are they really the solution? And much more. 

You will also hear from a Livid Experiece Speaker, on his journey through his youth and how he is now on a mission to promote mental health awareness.




Professor Greg Murray    Qualifications: BSc, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip Gestalt, MPsych (Clin), PhD (Melbourne)


Professor Greg Murray is a clinical academic conducting mixed methods research into bipolar disorders, circadian rhythms, personality and affect. He is ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in each of these fields. After a first career in music, he took out his PhD from University of Melbourne in 2001, and has been a full Professor at Swinburne since 2011.

Professor Murray’s work has had significant community impact. He wrote the Australian Psychological Society guidelines for treating bipolar disorder and is a senior author on the influential Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Mood Disorder Guidelines. Professor Murray has played numerous leadership roles, including Head of Psychology at Swinburne and Chair of Hawthorn headspace. Current positions include Director of Swinburne's Centre for Mental Health, Chair of Orygen Research Review Committee, Patron of Bipolar Life, and Oceania Representative on the Board of International Society for Bipolar Disorders.




Andrew Cookson   Lived Experience Speaker and Mental Health First Aid Instructor


Andrew is a mental health consumer with a varied background in mental health.  This background includes work as a mental health worker, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, lived experience tacher, Mental Health Cert IV teacher and Mental Health Peer Work Cert IV teacher.  He also worked with the Mental Health Foundation on their youth support groups. 

As a consumer, his experience spans over 19 years, with many stories to share!





Alexander Lisov   Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Alexander has been passionately involved in helping mental health and wellbeing causes for several years. His drive and energy have resulted in Alexander overseeing successful fundraising, as well as educational and policy initiatives in this time.

In his current position as Chairperson of the Policy & Publications Committee at the Mental Health Foundation Australia, Alexander will guide the Foundation to fulfil its research and publication objectives. Past roles include Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Committee (2018 & 2019) which saw him lead the creation of the Future Leaders’ Conference and Youth Conference. These platforms created an environment for robust discussion for critical sector reform. Subsequently, the Youth Advisory Committee expanded into the Youth Ambassador Program, in which Alexander acted as Advisor in 2020 to assist in the Program's strategic direction. Alexander strongly believes that education will continue to be an important driver to build a broader culture of awareness and acceptance. Ultimately, this will improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for society’s most vulnerable, and the prevention of youth suicide. He is currently working in Finance and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics at Monash University.




Emily Wong   Co-Vice Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Emily is a committed secondary school teacher in Melbourne. More aptly, a learner from, and listener to today’s young people. She is a steadfast advocate for youth mental health, and keen to foster resilience and emotional intelligence in tomorrow’s think-leaders and doers.

She will commence her Masters of Youth Mental Health at University of Melbourne in 2022, focussing on the structures and proactive interventions that can protect vulnerable youth. As a Policy and Publications Committee member, Emily looks forward to collaborating on meaningful and practical policies that will support positive mental health outcomes for the community.




Tom Bukolt    Co-Vice Chair of the Policy & Publications Committee, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Tom is an advocate of ambitious and effective mental health policy from Melbourne, with a focus in youth mental health. He is currently working in the superannuation industry, where he is involved in helping and fostering everyday Australians in their financial wellbeing. As part of the Policy and Publications Committee, Tom is seeking to collaborate with the Mental Health Foundation Australia and stakeholders in the community and in expert fields to make positive change in the mental health system. 





Ron Genin   Policy & Publications Committee Member, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Ron Genin was a former Project Officer at the Mental Health Foundation Australia. He was a member of staff during the 2019 Mental Health Month, organising many of the youth oriented events as part of the month. He is currently working in the financial services industry while undertaking his Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Ron also helped to co-author the Foundation's Policy Paper on Youth Mental Health.





Tia Van Heurck   Policy & Publications Committee Member, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Tia is currently completing her Honours year in Psychology at Monash University. Simultaneously, she works as a research and design intern at an executive coaching firm, helping to deliver psychology-based practice in organisational settings. Before this, she had worked as a junior in recruitment throughout her undergraduate degree. Having had research placements in sleep, exercise, neuroimaging and industry, Tia has come to understand how an individual’s mental health is influenced by a range of factors and a similar integrated approach is the way forward in treating ill-health. Advocating for this is a key interest of hers. More so, through her first-hand experience of being a young person in such unprecedented times, she has a broadened awareness of the true impact of the mental health crisis on young people in this country. Tia brings along a passion for policy and mental health, as well as an academic perspective and insight.




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