Brainwaves – 11 January – Phil Crooks (summer programming)

This week the Brainwaves team speaks to Phil Crooks from Senswide Employment. For many people, wellness and recovery goes hand in hand with meaningful employment. Phil chats about what it’s like for people with mental illness to find employment through a disability employment service.

Feel free to contact Senswide for more information at or (03)86207155.

Panel Operator: Lauren

Interviewers: Rebecca and Kate

Brainwaves – 4 January – ECHOES Support Group (summer programming)

On today’s show Brainwaves members Terri & Serena interviewed Sue Nunn, founder and lived experience facilitator and Jarred Harvey, participant of the support group ECHOES. ECHOES is a peer support group for individuals who experience dissociation and multiplicity.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Serena


Brainwaves – 28 December – Diet and Mood Disorders (summer programming)

This week Brainwaves has Felice Jacka on the show, Associate Professor at Deakin University and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research and the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders. Felice discusses her research around the role of diet and nutrition as it relates to mental health disorders. Felice also explains the ways in which people’s mood is impacted by what they ear and how her research looks at utilizing Dietary Improvement as a treatment strategy for Major Depression. Click here to read Felice’s latest research on diet and depression.

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose & Kathleen

Brainwaves – 14 December- Virtual Reality Based Treatment

On today’s episode, the Brainwaves team is joined by Professor Eoin Killackey. Professor Killackey is Associate Director, Research and Head, Functional Recovery Research program at Orygen. The program develops and trials innovative treatments that help manage the functional recovery of young people. Professor Killackey discusses the current and potential role of technology, specifically virtually reality, in the treatment of a range of mental illnesses.

Chiara and Lauren

Brainwaves – 7 December – My Mum Has Depression

On today’s show we talk to Nina Mitchell, author of the children’s book My Mum Has Depression. Nina was prompted to write the book after realising that she and many other parents who suffer from depression have difficulty explaining the subject to their children.

More information can be found at

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewer: Christine


Brainwaves – 31 November – Wild at Heart: Life is a Song

On today’s show, our guests are from Wild at Heart- Founder and Director, Phil and participant, Sarah. Wild at Heart is a community arts organisation for people who experience mental illness, disability or disadvantage. It provides opportunities to make art- music, dance, video and performance. Life is a Song is one of the many programs offered by Wild at Heart. Life is a Song uses autobiographical information as a source for song writing. Sarah, who has a lived experience of mental illness, talks about how her involvement with Wild at Heart has had a positive influence on her life. For more information: Wild at Heart 

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewers:Rebecca and Christine


Brainwaves – November 22 – Headspace Reword Campaign

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to the head of clinical practice at Headspace National, Vickki Ryall about cyber bullying.  To help prevent online bullying, Headspace has partnered with Reword to support the creation of a tool that identifies insulting words and statements, by putting a line through the word, making users reconsider what they’re writing. The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre estimates that over 450,000 Australian children were victims of cyber bullying in 2013.

To find out more information about Reword you can do so by going to their website, or by downloading their app via:

If you or someone you know are experiencing online bullying. You are not alone. To seek help please visit your nearest Headspace centre. Or talk to someone you trust.

To find your nearest centre go to:

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewer: Rebecca


Brainwaves – November 16 – Perinatal Depression Week

This week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Week, a chance to raise awareness about mental health issues arising before and after childbirth. Today on the show we have Nicole from the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), a non-profit organisation which aims to provide help to those struggling emotionally during pregnancy and early parenthood.

Fore more information on perinatal health please visit

Panel Operator – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Rebecca


Brainwaves – November 9 – Movember Foundation

Today on Brainwaves we talk to Rhett Corker, the Men’s Health Program Manager at The Movember Foundation. Each November, men all around the world are challenged to grow a mustache in order to raise money and awareness for three key areas of men’s health: testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Rhett tells us about how the foundation evolved and some of the new initiatives it has started, as well as the role masculinity plays in speaking up about health problems. If you’d like to join the Movember cause, you can find more information at the Movember Australia Facebook page or donate at

Panel Operator – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Christine