One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. But are we really in the midst of a mental health epidemic? Many  Australians are suffering, but are some of us mixing up normal human emotions with a medical condition? Hear our experts bust the myths surrounding mental health, medication and the stress of modern life. Delve into the research that has linked bullying, domestic violence and poor parenting to mental health disorders and learn how to identify and manage stress in your everyday life. 

When: 5.30pm for 6pm until 7.30pm
Where: OHC Auditorium, UQ Herston campus, 288 Herston Road, Herston, QLD 4006
Cost: $20pp (includes drinks and canapés on arrival and post lecture)

Speaker bios

Professor Harvey WhitefordProfessor Harvey Whiteford

Harvey Whiteford is Professor of Population Mental Health at the University of Queensland, based at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. He trained in medicine, psychiatry and public health and has held senior clinical and administrative positions including those of Director of Mental Health in the Queensland and Federal governments in Australia and with the World Bank in Washington DC. His research interests are in the epidemiology of mental and substance use disorders, and the design and development of services to reduce the burden of these disorders.

Associate Professor James ScottAssociate Professor James Scott

A/Professor James Scott holds a conjoint position with the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. James is an National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Practitioner Fellow has worked extensively in child and youth mental health community and inpatient services, is chair of the binational RANZCP Youth Special Interest Group and editor of the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. He has co-authored over 130 peer publications, many in leading international journals and is an investigator and collaborator on local as well as global research projects

About Health Matters Lecture Series

Launched in 2017, Health Matters is a series of dynamic public lectures featuring renowned researchers and clinicians. Attendees enjoy hearing directly from subject matter experts in an environment that encourages discussion about matters that impact the health of you and your loved ones.

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UQ Herston campus, 288 Herston Road, Herston, QLD 4006
OHC Auditorium