In October 2018, Prevention United hosted a gathering of researchers and organisations to discuss the combined prevention of mental health conditions and chronic disease.
The event was sponsored by VicHealth, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, and co-hosted by the Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD).
The Joining Forces Forum - Overview
The event was attended by over 50 people from organisations like the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council, Beyond Blue, headspace and many more. Keynotes by Prof Harriet Hiscock, Prof Michael Berk, Prof Brian Oldernburg and Lyn Roberts AO were recorded for you to enjoy, along with panel presentations and discussions.
Keynote - Professor Harriet Hiscock
Harriet Hiscock, Paediatrician and Lead, Health Services Research Group - Murdoch Children's Research Institute
"Adverse childhood experiences:what are they and why do they matter?"
Keynote - Professor Brian Oldenburg
Brian Oldenburg, Professor of NCD Prevention and Control - School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
"The inter-relationships between chronic disease and mental health conditions: Our understanding of these makes a big difference to what we do"
Keynote - Professor Michael Berk
Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin Professor - Deakin University
"Comorbid chronic disease and mental disorders: prevalence and current approaches to secondary prevention"
Lyn Roberts AO, CEO National Heart Foundation (2001 to 2013)
Harriet Hiscock, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Brian Oldenburg, University of Melbourne
Michael Berk, Deakin University
Jude Czerenkowski, The Stroke Foundation
"Staying well while getting well: Stroke recovery and depression"
Dr Sarah White, Director - Cancer Council (VIC)
"Smoking and mental health:impacts & opportunities"
Panel #2 - The Heart Foundation
Roni Beauchamp, State Manager Heart Health (Vic) - National Heart Foundation of Australia
"Physical Activity – an integrated approach to improving health outcomes"
Panel #1 - Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Victoria
Andrew Thorpe, Head of Education Strategy - Beyond Blue
"National education initiative - Supporting generational improvements in mental health and wellbeing"
Dr Amy Timoshanko, Prevention & Health Promotion Manager - Cancer Council Victoria
"Achievement Program - Creating healthier early childhood services, schools and workplaces"