Melbourne – Generation Next

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The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

Friday, 30 August 2019 9.00am – 5.00pm

2019 Topics and Speakers

    From Trauma to Strength; Gill Hicks MBE , Survivor of the 2005 London Terrorist Bombings, Founder of M.A.D for Peace Choosing Not to Hate; Matt X , Preventing Violent Extremism Consultant Green Space and the Power of Nature Play for Shaping the Developing Brain; Dr Rachael Sharman , Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of the Sunshine Coast A Developmental Approach to Nurturing Resilience in Young People with Disability; Dr Jane Tracy , Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Health, Monash Health How the Internet is Affecting Youth Wellbeing Greg Gebhart , Senior Education Trainer, Office of the eSafety Commissioner Anxiety in Young People – Practical Support Strategies for School Communities; Kristen Douglas , National Manager, headspace in Schools Managing Attention Span in the Age of Digital Distractions; Dr Kristy Goodwin , Digital Wellness Expert Helping Young People Through Family Separation; Fiona McCallum , General Manager, Good Grief Conversations with Troubled Young People – Practical Advice; Andrew Fuller , Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Inyahead

The 2019 program is still being finalised. This schedule is subject to change without notice. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.


Previous Event Information

Main Program

This is our flagship Generation Next program, targeted at frontline professionals working with young people in the education, community and health sectors, in particular teachers, counsellors, social/youth workers, nurses and psychologists.

2018 Topics and Speakers

    Choosing Not to Hate; Alpha Cheng , Advocate for Social Cohesion; 2017 ACT Young Australian of the Year Nominee and Matt X, Counter Violent Extremist Consultant, Government, Intelligence and Non-Government Organisations
  • Practical Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence;James Driver, Psychotherapist and Founder of NetAddiction NZWhat’s Shaping the World of eSafety?; Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
  • Helping Young People Make Positive Choices; Dr Kathyrn Modecki, Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
  • Everything May NOT Be Awesome…Are Smartphones Hurting Our Children?; Prof A/Prof Mike Nagel,Researcher and Author, University of Sunshine Coast
  • Rewiring Your Brain for Better Mental Health; Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, Inyahead
  • Understanding Adolescent Sleep; Dr Chris Seton, Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Physician; Staff Specialist, Sleep Investigation Unit and Respiratory Support Service, Westmead Children’s Hospital
  • Sexting- Just Rude Pictures;Brett Lee, Founder, iNESS; Former Police Officer
  • Gambling and Young People;Dr Sally Gainsbury, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology; Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

If you’re looking for presentation notes and materials from the previous seminars, you can find them here.

Kids in Cyberspace

Responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing online environment, this year in 2018 Generation Next is hosting a unique parallel event dedicated to promoting a healthy digital diet, harnessing the benefits of technology for education and supporting professionals help young people stay safe, positive and responsible online.

2018 Topics and Speakers

  • Attention Management;Dr Kristy Goodwin, Digital Wellness Expert; Researcher and Honorary Associate, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University
  • Practical Strategies to Empower Positive Digital Citizenship; Jocelyn Brewer, Counsellor, Psychologist and Researcher
  • The Four ‘R’s of Online Safety; Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety CommissionerThe Rise of eSports; James Driver, Psychotherapist and Founder of NetAddiction NZ
  • Online Rights and Responsibilities-Not so Virtual; Brett Lee, TFounder, iNESS; Former Police Officer
  • The 3 P’s- Policy, Practice & Photography; Susan McLean , Cybersafety Expert
  • Social Media and Mental Health; A/Prof Mike Nagel, Researcher and Author, University of Sunshine Coast

The Kids in Cyberspace event will run from 9am to 5pm on the same day. Participants who have registered for the event will also have access to the Main Program (Main Program participants will not have access to the Kids in Cyberspace Program).

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