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Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

17 November 2021
11.30am – 12.30pm AEDT
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Opening Up: Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World. 

We are observing one of the most significant mental health challenges in history. In addition to the pandemic, lives have been disrupted by the loss of jobs and income, repeated lockdowns, missing out on important rites of passage and separation from family and friends.  

Join our diverse and expert panel for this important discussion on Wednesday, 17 November from 11:30am AEDT. We will explore current research on what implications the pandemic has had on society, our understanding of mental health, and how this might shape how we live, work and connect with each other in the future.

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Professor Emma Johnston AO

Dean, Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney

Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FRSN is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. She studies the impacts of human activities in marine ecosystems and how we can build ecological resilience. A highly awarded scientist, educator and communicator, Professor Johnston is a national advocate for the Science and Technology sector. She is Co-Chief Author of the Australian Government’s State of Environment Report, and a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring and ecological engineering techniques and frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal and international agencies. She is also a highly sought-after science communicator and television presenter for the ongoing BBC/Foxtel series, Coast Australia. Last year, Professor Johnston was part of a team of ecologists who sampled nine estuaries in New South Wales to determine the impact of bushfire ash on our coastal communities.

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Scientia Professor Richard Bryant

Director, UNSW Traumatic Stress Clinic

Professor Richard Bryant is a Scientia Professor of Psychology at UNSW Sydney and Director of the UNSW Traumatic Stress Clinic. Professor Bryant has researched the nature, course, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 30 years. His work has identified key genetic, neural and psychological factors underpinning PTSD and his longitudinal studies have led to the world’s leading screening tools for early identification of PTSD, as well as development of the most commonly used treatment protocols. Professor Bryant has worked on many Australian and international projects aimed at reducing PTSD and other mental health disorders following trauma exposure, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. Professor Bryant and his team led a major study on the long-term effects of the Black Saturday Fires, They have also been engaged by Emergency Management Australia to establish an ongoing mental health services for emergency service workers, including firefighters, police and paramedics, and their families, who were affected by the 2019/2020 fire season.  Professor Bryant has also been active in shaping government policies on mental health response to disasters, including the recent fire seasons.

Associate Professor Jill Newby

Associate Professor Jill Newby

(BPsychol Hons ’07, MPsychol (Clin) / PhD ’11) – Associate Professor of Psychology, UNSW Science, MRFF Career Development Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, Black Dog Institute.

Associate Professor Jill Newby is MRFF Career Development Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute and UNSW. Jill is a leading expert on the technology-based treatment of depression, anxiety and chronic health conditions in adults, and leads a program of research into e-mental health, smartphone apps, and virtual reality interventions.

Her research aims to improve the lives of people living with depression and anxiety and those at risk, through developing new and improved treatments, focusing on holistic approaches to mental health care, and improving access to affordable, effective treatment.

Professor Frederik Anseel

Professor Frederik Anseel

Organizational Psychologist, Professor of Management and Senior Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise), UNSW Business School.

Frederik Anseel studies how people and organizations learn and adapt to change, with his research cited over 7000 times and featured in the Financial Times, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Australian Financial Review.

In 2018, he was invited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the largest scientific association in the world) for a global webinar broadcast on mental health in universities and the importance of supportive leadership. His article on how COVID-19 might change the blueprint of cities was selected by LinkedIn as one of 21 Big Ideas that will change our world in 2021.

Professor Anseel is an award-winning scholar at the prestigious Australian Graduate School of Management. Previously, he held leadership and professor appointments at King’s College London, ESSEC Business School, Bocconi University and Ghent University.

Dr Jodie Lowinger

Dr Jodie Lowinger

Founder & Principal Clinical Psychologist, Sydney Anxiety Clinic, and CEO & Founder of Mind Strength

As a thought leader in anxiety and resilience, Jodie is passionate about using her skills as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University Medalist UNSW), Management Consultant and Business and Mindset Coach to transform human behaviour in teams and individuals. Jodie is the Founder and CEO of Mind Strength Consulting where she coaches some of Australia’s top CEOs, MDs and executives. She is also the Founder of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, a leading anxiety treatment clinic for individuals of all ages. Jodie combines business skills with a depth of knowledge and techniques from clinical psychology and neuroscience to help her clients achieve peak performance, resilience, satisfaction and success professionally and personally. Alongside her work with leaders and teams, she helps men, women and children to conquer anxiety.