09:00 – 12:00 Managing Students Who Self-Harm Themselves: What to Look For, What to Do and When to Act
Non-suicidal self injury has become an increasing issue for young people worldwide. Studies on the prevalence of self-injury have provided differing figures, however most account for a figure of 10% – 20% of young people having self-injured at some stage. It is a complicated and mystifying condition; purposefully causing pain in order to feel better and is by its very nature, a complex issue. One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition, more young people die from suicide than car accidents each year.  Research suggests that the relationship between non-suicidal self injury and attempted suicide is particularly strong and second in magnitude only to suicide ideation. While the prevalence of self injury is increasing there is limited information disseminated to professionals on how best to manage this issue. Reasons for self-injury behaviour are numerous and this workshop will explore and address a number of these and methodologies on how to address them.

  • How prevalent is self harm / self injury amongst school age young people?
  • What are the signs of self injury?
  • When and how should schools act?
  • Using safety plans – do they actually work?
  • Developing a school self injury policy – the who, when and where of what to do
  • What staff training is required?
  • What is targeted training?
  • Developing and implementing a prevention culture
  • When is treatment needed?
  • What can be done to limit or minimise the incidents of self-injury in schools?

Garry King has extensive experience with working with young people encountering the issues of self harm and suicidal behaviour. This experience is the result of having worked as a teacher, youth worker and counsellor and complemented by degrees in welfare and education as well as masters degrees in counselling and suicidology. He has previously worked as the youth welfare consultant for the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. He was appointed an adjunct lecturer, youth welfare at the Central Queensland University and is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to the USA. He presently serves as an Lecturer with the Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention,  Australia. Garry has written a number of journal articles and books on youth welfare as well as being a speaker at national and international conferences. His most recent book is “What Every Parent Needs to Know about Their Children and self Injury”. He is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Garry was an invited author for the 2016 School Social Work USA. Garry was an invited speaker at the 2018 World Positive Psychology, Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Conference in New York.

13:30 – 17:00 Workshop B: Coping with Teachers’ Stress and Burnout in Principals: Effective Evidence Based Coping Strategies
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 means 16,000 teachers currently in Australia’s classrooms are finding the challenge of managing their professional lives too great. Most teachers rarely have time or encouragement to reflect on how the day’s events in a busy classroom have affected their emotions, so prevalent is the expectation that they should minimize or avoid their own feelings at all costs, leading to a high chance of burnout. Led by Adam Przytula, Director of Armed For Life, this program will show teachers and principals effective strategies to deal with acute burnouts and stress and how to avoid damaged mental health and well-being.


Uncovering the Alarming Rising Trends of Mental Health Issues in Schools
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Unravelling the Key Patterns Behind the Rise of Australian Student’s Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal Thoughts 
09:45 Identifying Warning Signs of Hidden Student Depression, Mental Illness, Anxiety and Suicidal Thinking: How Teachers Can Spot Dangerous Symptoms with E-Screening Before Onset of a Major Crisis
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne Dr Alasdair Vance
Head- Academic Child Psychiatry Unit
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
10:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking
From Cyber-Bullying to Discrimination: Effective Interventions for Teachers and Schools to Improve Student Mental Well-Being
10:30 Cyber Bullying Case Study: Helping Students to Deal with Trauma from Cyber Bullying, Harassment and Internet Trolling
Victoria Police Stephen Fontana (invited)
Assistant Commissioner  
Victoria Police
11:00 Case Study of ’The PEACE Pack School Intervention’: Coping with bullying – Promoting well-being
Phillip-T-Slee-rounded Professor Phillip T. Slee (PhD)
Professor in Human Development, Flinders University
Director, Centre for Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence (SWAPv)
Flinders University - SWAPv
11:30 Working with students engaged in bullying : The Method of Shared Concern
  • Working with students engaged in bullying as group members in order to resolve problems that arise
  • Ways in which bullying behavior can be addressed with positive outcomes for the mental health and wellbeing of students
  • The important role for school counsellors in implementing a therapeutic intervention: the Method of Shared Concern
University of South Australia Ken Rigby
Adjunct Professor
University of South Australia
12:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Improving Mental Health and Low Self Esteems for Students Suffering From Learning Disabilities, Poor Learning Absorption, ADHD and Autistic-Related Learning Difficulties
Devon-Barnes-rounded Devon Barnes
Clinical Director
Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre
Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre
14:00 International Students Suffering from Culture Shock: Helping International and Non-Native English Speaking Students Deal with Lack of Family Support, Mental Health and General Well-Being in Australia
AIBT_LOGO-300x186 Zohrab Balian
Head of Counselling
Psychotherapist/Counsellor/Life Coach
14:30 Case Study: Student well-being in business and biomedicine – Recent findings
Julia-Choate-rounded Dr Julia Choate
Senior Lecturer – Physiology
Monash University
Monash University - edited
15:00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Case Study: Managing Physical Bullying Incidents, Violence and Trauma: Schools and Teachers’ Duty of Care
Lisa-Warren-rounded Dr Lisa Warren
Clinical Director
Code Black
Code Black
16:00 Dealing with Ongoing Issues Relating to Residential Colleges
Dan-Davies-rounded Dan Davies
Assistant Head of Residences, Learning in Residence
Wesley College Melbourne
Wesley College Melbourne
16:30 Addressing Homophobia, Transphobia, and Associated Bullying, Abuse and Discrimination within the Secondary, Tertiary Systems, and Religious Schools
Kerry_Robinson-rounded Kerry Robinson
Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University
17:00 Panel Discussion: Addressing Burning Issues of the Day on Mental Health Challenges amongst Youth in Australia and New Zealand
Invited Speakers of the Summit
17:30 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
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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.

Designing an Evidence-Based Integrated Well-Being Program
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Improving Well-Being of Principals in Schools and Keeping Teacher from Burning Out

  • Dealing with acute stress managements for principals and teachers
  • Understanding the challenges faced
  • The Flourish Project, and how it helped with Principal Well-being
Berry Public School Bob Willetts
Principal / Founder and Champion of The Flourish Project
Berry Public School
09:45 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
  • Understanding and responding to online/social media harm
  • Using music to improve mental health and wellbeing
Simon-Faulkner-rounded Simon Faulkner
Managing Director
  • Improving Well-Being Through The Arts: The Experience of The Song Room, A Case Study
Deborah-Nicolson-rounded Deborah Nicolson
Director of Programs
The Song Room
The Song Room
  • Managing Student Well-being in the Vocational Institutes
Brad-Seaman-rounded Brad Seaman
IKON Institute of Australia
  • Equipping Graduates & HDRs with the mental health skills to cope and adapt, as an important part of research training
  • Special Education School Clinic to Improve the Well-being of Children with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Use of information technology for the improvement mental health and well-being in schools
  • Building Relationships Between Parents, Students and Community: The Key to Delivering Outcomes for Indigenous Students
  • Effective Mobile Applications & Technologies That Schools Can Implement to Prevent Cyber Bullying, Harassment and Internet Trolling
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Schools: How Teachers Can Intervene with Proven Strategies
10:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking
10:30 What Does it Take To Develop an Evidence-Based Integrated Wellbeing Programs: Case Study of Melbourne Girls Grammar School’s Community Hub
Catherine-Misson-rounded Catherine Misson
Melbourne Girls Grammar
Melbourne Girls Grammar - new
11:00 Integrating Student Voice into Wellbeing Program Design
Judith-Marychurch-rounded Judith Marychurch
Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne
11:30 The Challenges and Complications of Implementing Effective Mental Health and Wellbeing Programs in Schools

While schools are major settings for mental health promotion, leaders in the field know only too well that transferring programs into real-world settings and maintaining them is a complicated, long-term process

Dennis-Torpy-rounded Dennis Torpy  
Manager – Wellbeing
Catholic Education Melbourne
Catholic Education Melbourne
12:00 Building School Connectedness and Emotional intelligence in the Classroom
Fiona-Devlin-rounded Fiona Devlin
Loyola College
Loyola College
12:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Case Study: Building Student Resilience, Confidence and Mindfulness to Equip Pupils with the Ability to Bounce Back
Craig-Hassed-rounded Dr Craig Hassed
Senior Lecturer
Monash University
Monash University
14:00 Mindfuel for Students: Case study with quantitative and qualitative results

Nurturing Mental Fitness in Students: Using a strength-based framework for role-modelling & reinforcing positive well-being values

Janis-Coffey-rounded Janis Coffey
Head of Middle School, Southern Cross Grammar School
Board Member, Australia Positive Education Schools
Southern Cross Grammar School
14:30 Case Study: Re-integrating Students with Mental Issues (Tourette’s Syndrome) Health Back into the School System
TAFE NSW Paul Appel
Teacher, TAFE NSW
Radio Presenter, Port Stephens FM Radio
Tourette’s Syndrome Advocate
15:00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Improving Student Mental Health and Well-Being by Re-Engaging Them in  Physical Activities and Sports
SEDA-TM-College-VIC-L-H-Tag-CMYK Heath McMillin
SEDA College Victoria
16:00 Panel Discussion: Engaging the Un-Engaged – How Teachers Can Re-Engage Students with Experiential Education, Gamification and Discovery Learning
16:30 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman