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.
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:10 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
Dr-Alasdair-Vance-rounded Dr Alasdair Vance
Head- Academic Child Psychiatry Unit
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
10:15 Morning Refreshment & Networking
10:30 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
11:00 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
Ken-Rigby-rounded Ken Rigby
Adjunct Professor
University of South Australia
University of South Australia
11:30 Create Better Mental Health and Well-being in Schools through Technology Innovation
  • The Use of Blockchain, AI, Mixed Reality for Social Good
  • Use Case
Chris-Zhong-rounded Chris Zhong
Accenture Digital Blockchain Lead & Founder & President
Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation
Former Lead Cloud Architect, Microsoft
Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation
12:00 Youth Mental Health First Aid: A Strategy for Increasing the Capacity of Schools to Help Students
Dr-Claire-Kelly-rounded Dr Claire Kelly
Manager (Youth Programs)
Mental Health First Aid Australia
Mental Health First Aid Australia
12:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 What Educators Need to Know about Stress and Serious Illnesses & Strategies to Prevent These
Kylie-O'Brien-rounded Assoc. Professor Kylie O’Brien
National Institute of Integrative Medicine
National Institute of Integrative Medicine
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
Zohrab-Balian-rounded Zohrab Balian
Head of Counselling
Psychotherapist/Counsellor/Life Coach
14:30 Factors Contributing to Student Well-being and Course Engagement in Biomedicine – Recent Findings: A Case Study
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-2-rounded Dr Lisa Warren
Clinical Director
Code Black Threat Management
16:00 Health and Well-being in Boarding
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 Improving Mental Health and Low Self Esteems for Students Suffering From Learning Disabilities, Poor Learning Absorption, ADHD and Autistic-Related Learning Difficulties
Tony-Mordini-rounded Dr Tony Mordini
Assistant Principal
Mount Ridley P-12 College, Victorian Department of Education and Training
Victorian Department of Education and Training
17:30 Panel Discussion: Addressing Burning Issues of the Day on Mental Health Challenges amongst Youth in Australia and New Zealand
  • Helping students to deal with trauma from cyberbullying, harassment & Internet trolling
  • How to improve the wellbeing of students with intellectual disabilities
  • Building relationships among parents, students and community
  • Equipping graduates & research students with the mental health skills to cope and adapt
  • Understanding and responding to online/social media harm
Invited speakers of the conference
18:00 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.

09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:05 The Flourish Movement: From “Coping” to “Flourishing” – How The Flourish Movement Improves Mental Health and Well-being in Schools

The demands on principals and teachers have risen exponentially in recent years resulting a negative impact on personal wellbeing and the culture of schools.

Research from Deakin University has shown the Flourish Movement helps principals to;

  • enhance their leadership performance
  • enhance their personal health and wellbeing
  • enhance their sense of work/life balance
  • create a positive school culture
  • create a positive legacy
Bob-Willetts2-rounded Bob Willetts
Principal / Founder and Champion of The Flourish Project, Berry Public School
Vice President, NSW Primary Principals’ Association
NSWPPA Representative, NESA Assessment Committee
Berry Public School
09:45 Prevent Burnout by Avoiding Brownout: How to Shine Brightly Again
  • Teaching and managing students’ wellbeing can be very demanding, resulting in feeling physically or emotionally drained and neglecting personal relationships. This inevitably affects work performance and can have a significant impact on teachers’ ability to care for both their self and others
  • “Brownout” is a less obvious precursor to burnout, but just as significant and potentially detrimental to mental health and wellbeing. This session will:
    • Examine the different qualities between brownout and burnout
    • Identify a range of simple strategies to promote better mental health and wellbeing inside and outside of school hours, enabling you to teach and live a more empowered and inspired life
    • Incorporate evidence-based techniques and strategies from positive psychology, laughter wellness and mindfulness
Ros-Ben-Moshe-rounded Ros Ben-Moshe
LaughLife Wellbeing Programs
LaughLife Wellbeing Programs
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 Case Study: Re-integrating Students with Mental Issues (Tourette’s Syndrome) Health Back into the School System
Paul-Appel-rounded Paul Appel
Teacher, TAFE NSW
Radio Presenter, Port Stephens FM Radio
Tourette’s Syndrome Advocate
11:30 Use of Augmented/Virtual Reality for Youth Mental Health in the Schools
Nick-Busietta-rounded Nick Busietta
Managing Director
Liminal Virtual Reality
Liminal VR
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 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
15:00 Self-care for Teachers, Principals, Care-givers and Counsellors: Preventing the Danger of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Other Such Issues That Arise When Caring for Others
Rabbi-Daniel-Rabin-2-rounded Rabbi Daniel Rabin
Police Chaplain, Victoria Police
Rabbi, South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
15:20 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Practical Ways of improving mental health and wellbeing amongst university students in Australia
Michelle-Walter-rounded Michelle Walter
Researcher, Youth Research Centre
The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne
16:00 Making SPACE for Learning: Understanding the neurobiology of toxic stress & ways to support student wellbeing
Deborah-McKenzie-rounded Deborah McKenzie
Program Manager, School Services Program
Australian Childhood Foundation

Australian Childhood Foundation
16:30 Equipping Graduates & Research Students with the Mental Health Skills to Cope and Adapt
Upulie-Divisekera-rounded Upulie Divisekera
Monash University

Monash University - edited
17:00 Panel Discussion: Engaging the Un-Engaged – How Teachers Can Re-Engage Students with Experiential Education, Gamification and Discovery Learning
17:30 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman