Join Swinburne’s Professor Susan Rossell, Professor James Ogloff AM, Dr Michelle Lim and Associate Professor Neil Thomas, to explore what is wrong with our system, the endemic problem of loneliness and the role Swinburne is playing in response.
This year, Swinburne will honour 10 years of partnership and investment from the Dicker family to the Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation and reflect on the important outcomes achieved for mental health.
Across the globe, COVID-19 and its extended lockdowns are having a profound impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Many of us are experiencing heightened symptoms of mental ill-health, and the marginalised within our community are becoming increasingly vulnerable. We now begin to wonder, what are the long-term effects of isolation periods, home-schooling, and separation from our loved ones?
Record numbers of Australians are attempting to access support. However, as recently reported in the March 2021 Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, our support system is broken and unable to meet our growing needs.
Against this backdrop, it is timely to explore what role a university like Swinburne can play. As a university of technology, we can push the boundaries, innovating new strategies to help diagnose, treat, and prevent neurological and physiological disorders. We must create new technologies to support our country’s vast mental health needs and train a workforce with the skills and compassion to respond.