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Pre-Forum Workshops | Monday, 10 May 2021

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9.00AM – 12.30PM L20007 Workshop A
Workshop A: From Animals To Music: Using New Techniques To Improve Student Resilience, Wellbeing And Mental Health
Recognizing that students need more from traditional education, former teacher Grant Shannon brought dogs into the classroom to help them feel more connected and engaged in the school environment. Many schools are now witnessing first-hand the impact this approach is having on academic outcomes. Join Grant as he shares his knowledge and scientific evidence on the role of dogs and other learning support tools in building emotional intelligence and resilience in students.
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Grant Shannon

Director
Dogs Connect
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Workshop B: Implementing A Successful Mental Wellbeing Strategy For Principals And Teachers
The emotional workload of teachers is too often ignored. Research shows nearly one in three Australian teachers are so unhappy in their profession they consider leaving within their first five years of employment. That translates to 16,000 teachers currently in Australia’s classrooms. This workshop will explore this phenomenon and ways to mitigate it, by drawing upon various strategies and techniques to help teaching staff manage their professional lives and stave off burnout.

Main Forum Day 1 | Tuesday, 11 May 2021

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Addressing The Alarming Rising Trends Of Mental Health And Suicide Issues In Schools
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Conference Producer
09:05 Welcome Address By Conference Chairman
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Dr Tony Mordini
Assistant Principal
Mount Ridley P-12 College, Victorian Department of Education and Training
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09:15

“Today, Suicide Kills More Young People Than Car Crashes”

Keynote Into Australia’s Student Mental Health And Suicide Crisis And Why It Is At A Tipping Point

  • According to the latest Youth Mental Health Report by Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute, almost one in four young people (aged 15-19) in Australia are experiencing psychological distress.
  • Despite the continued efforts by policymakers, educators, researchers and parents/guardians, the rate of young people experiencing psychological distress continues to rise year on year.
  • Mental health is cited as the top issue in every state and territory in Australia for the first time in 17 years of reporting at Mission Australia. Suicide is the top cause of deaths for Australian young people aged between 15 and 24 years.
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Senior Representative

Australia Mission
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09:45 How The Victorian Government Is Investing $51 Million To Provide On Site Professional Mental Health Support For Every Secondary School  Victoria Govt_logo
10:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking
10:30 Building A Mental Health Plan At Your School

  • Rethinking the core business of schools
  • Understanding the key attributes of a mentally healthy school
  • Taking a measured, thoughtful and scaffolded approach
  • Building confidence and mental health literacies across all members of the school community
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Natalie Fanariotis
Head of Wellbeing
Caulfield Grammar
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  Understanding Root Causes Of Mental Health And Suicide Trends
11:00 Social Media’s Effect On Perfectionism, Depression And Under-Developed Interpersonal Skills
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Martine Oglethorpe
Speaker, Educator On Digital Wellbeing & Online Safety
The Modern Parent
(Accredited By The Office Of The Esafety Commission)
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12:00  Lunch & Networking
13:00 Roundtable Discussion: Using New Techniques To Improve Student Wellbeing And Mental Health

  • How Dogs are Changing the Culture in Australian Schools: Schools are Increasing Mental Health and Wellbeing by Incorporating the Use of a Dog into the Teaching and Learning Community
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Grant Shannon
Director
Dogs Connect
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  • Using AR/VR Technology to Boost Students’ Mental Health
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Nick Busietta
Managing Director
Liminal VR
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  • Using Music to Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Creating an Inclusive Culture for Students with Learning and Physical Disabilities
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Claire Thompson
Leading Teacher – Middle School Student Wellbeing and Engagement
Wallan Secondary College
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  • Delivering Online Mental Health Services in Schools: From Knowledge to Action
  • Creating a Culture for Promoting a “Significant Adult” to Students
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Gregory Tim Ward
Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College
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Building Mental Resiliency In Schools
14:15 Build Mental Resiliency In Schools To Prevent Student Depression, Mental Illness And Suicidal Thinking: A Leading Example From Mount Barker High School

At Mount Barker High School, Positive Education is now embedded into the DNA of the school. In Year 10 English classes Positive Education character strengths are used as a framework for writing a character analysis.  In Year 9 Science the science behind growth mindsets is taught. The “live it, teach it, embed it” approach encompasses not just student learning but also how teachers engage with students. Mount Barker teachers were trained by the University of Pennsylvania’s Resiliency Training, as well as attending training at Geelong Grammar School – a leader in the Positive Education movement. The proverb about needing a village to raise a child underpins Mount Barker’s commitment to sharing Positive Education knowledge and skills with primary schools, council, local service providers and families.

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Jenni Cook
Deputy Principal
Mount Barker High School
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The Hidden Signs And Symptoms Of Student Mental Health Issues
14:45 Identifying Warning Signs Of Hidden Student Depression, Mental Illness, Anxiety And Suicidal Thinking: Effectively Training Your Admin And Teachers To Spot Early Indications Of Mental Health Struggle

  • Implementing staff training and resources to educate so your school is equipped to address and manage student mental health
  • Engaging your staff in a continuous dialogue about the mental wellbeing of your school community
  • Promoting open communication between students and staff to help with early detection of mental health issues
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Gregory Tim Ward
Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College
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15:15 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
Cyber Bullying
15:30 Cyber Bullying: Helping Students To Deal With Trauma From Cyber Bullying, Harassment And Internet Trolling
Fireside Chat With Past Mental Health Student
16:00 Fireside Chat With Past Mental Health Student: Hear From Student Benjamin Nowrojee’s Harrowing Experiences With Mental Health And How Students Can Help To Break Mental Health Stigma
Suicide Prevention Intervention Program
16:30 Building A Focused Program For Suicidal Prevention Among Indigenous Students

The need for creating hope, resilience and wellbeing in the community of Inala was evident after a cluster of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and youth suicides occurred in 2016 among the local community. In 2018 the Gift of Gallang program was implemented in a local primary school in Inala. Two main components of the Gift of Gallang program were established (see Figure 2), one being ongoing community engagement via cultural nights and the other a school-based prevention program targeted at primary school aged children (years 4-6). Overall, the evaluation showed that the program had been successful in strengthening cultural identity, pride and sense of connection for families attending the cultural nights and students who participated in the Gift of Gallang program.

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Dr Joann Fildes
Evaluation Head of Research
Mission Australia
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17:00 Lived Expertise And The Difference It Makes With One On One Counselling For Youth Who Are Experiencing Suicidal Ideation Or Living With Mental Health Issues Diagnosed Or Not
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CEO & Founder
The Inner Ninja Foundation
Expert Advisory Group Member, Department Of The Prime Minister And CabinetExpert Advisor, National Suicide Prevention Plan
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17:30 Closing Remarks By Conference Chairman
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Dr Tony Mordini
Assistant Principal
Mount Ridley P-12 College, Victorian Department of Education and Training
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17:35 Champagne Networking Session

Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

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Main Forum Day 2 | Wednesday, 12 May 2021

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09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Conference Producer
09:05 Welcome Address By Conference Chairmain
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Dr Tony Mordini
Assistant Principal
Mount Ridley P-12 College, Victorian Department of Education and Training
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NSW Government Commitment To Resolve Mental Health Issue
09:15 Keynote: NSW’s $88 Million Commitment To Ensure Every Public High School Student Has Access To A Highly-Qualified Mental Health Professional NSW Govt_logo
Tackling Further Discrimination And Rising Trends
09:45

Tackling LGBTIQA +, Religious And Transgender Discrimination In Schools And Colleges

Schools choose from a range of evidence-based and age-appropriate information, resources and professional learning to help them prevent, and respond to, bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

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Sally Morris
LGBTI Suicide Prevention Advocate & Consultant
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10:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking
10:30 The Pavilion Wellbeing Model: A Whole School Approach

  • What a trauma informed approach looks like in practice
  • Our core focus: promoting psychological strengths and skills, developing regulatory processes and building relational strength
  • Our school expectations and how they underpin and inform our work
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Katherine Doyle

Director of Wellbeing
The Pavilion School
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 Improving Mental Health With Technology
11:00 Happiness Apps: How School Is Joining The Fight For Better Student Mental Health Using Apps
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11:30 Case Study At The Scots College: Tracking And Managing A Students Mental Health Throughout Their Entire Education Journey
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Adelaide Brown
Preparatory Classroom Teacher
The Scots College Sydney
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12:00 Positive Education: The Next 10 Years
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12:30 Lunch & Networking
Improving Teachers And Principals Well-Being
13:30 Insights Of How Schools Can Learn From Professional Sports To Create Optimal, Psychologically Safe Environments For Both Students And Staff
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Brent Hedley
Head Of Mental Health & Wellbeing
AFL Players’ Association | Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellow
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14:00 Mental Health Strategies For Teachers And Staff: A Holistic Approach To Achieving Resilient Mindset And Problem-solving Strategies For The Teaching Profession 

Developed in response to the excessive stress and duress faced by Australian educators, the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is a self-paced, internally managed development platform suitable for all staff. The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is designed to help schools create a professional climate which is conducive to the optimal health and wellbeing of all staff. The only program of its kind in Australia, the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit assists individuals to proactively manage their own wellbeing and provides strategies for professional communities to better understand and support each other.

14:30 How Shoalhaven Primary Principals’ Council Improve Mental Health Outcomes For Principals

Case Study of the Shoalhaven Primary Principals’ Council – mooted a Flourish Project, a programme designed to reduce burnout and boost efficiency for principals across NSW. The program encompasses 3 phases; the research phase, the intervention phase and the re-testing phase, all designed to help the 228 participants understand and overcome the issues affecting them the most. The project brings principals together just once a term while providing behaviour change support in between. After six months, the program achieved a 360% increase in the number of principals coping well, a 200% reduction in the number of principals having difficulties coping, and a 56% improvement in how positive principals are feeling about work and their mindset towards the job.

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Bob Willetts
Principal, Berry Public School NSW Department of Education
Vice President, NSW Primary Principals’ Association
Berry Public School
15:00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Session
Improving Mental Health For Students With Learning Disabilities
15:30 Improving Mental Health And Low Self Esteems For Students Suffering From Learning Disabilities, Poor Learning Absorption, ADHD And Autistic-related Learning Difficulties
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Claire Thompson

Leading Teacher – Middle School Student Wellbeing and Engagement
Wallan Secondary College
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Improving Mental Health For Students With Substance Abuse
16:00 Substance Use And Wellbeing In Schools: How Teachers Can Prevent Harm With Evidence-based Strategies
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Understanding Your Legal Responsibilities
16:30 Knowing Your Legal Responsibilities And Implications When Working With A Student Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts
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Kristen Beagley

Legislative Policy Coordinator
Peninsula Grammar
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17:00 Closing Remarks By Conference Chairman
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Dr Tony Mordini
Assistant Principal
Mount Ridley P-12 College, Victorian Department of Education and Training
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