Brainwaves – 22 February – Indonesian Delegates discuss mental health in Australia

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to Anto and Marina, two delegates from Indonesia. The pair have travelled to Australia in order to observe our mental health care system and advocate for safer practices in their home country. We discuss the differences between our mental health care systems, the problems people face in relation to stigma, and their future goals for mental health care in Indonesia.

Panel: Chiara

Interviewer: Rebecca


Brainwaves – February 8 – Hoarding Disorder – Dr Christopher Mogan

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to clinical psychologist Dr Christopher Mogan about hoarding disorder. The Anxiety Clinic defines Hoarding Disorder as a formal psychiatric disorder which is estimated to affect up to 5% of the population. Dr Mogan talks to the Brainwaves team about this disorder and the impact, his research, and ways people can receive help. To find out more information on Hoarding Disorder or to seek assistance, you can contact The Anxiety & OCD Clinic Melbourne at: 03 9420 1424, or visit their website at

Panel – Lauren

Interviewers – Rebecca and Lauren

Brainwaves – February 1 – The Wellbeing Navigator – Sally Watkins

Today on Brainwaves we talk to Sally Watkins, founder of The Wellbeing Navigator. Her site and app collates a wide variety of mental health resources in various media forms, such as podcasts, videos, ebooks and interactive therapy, and displays them all in one convenient resource. We discuss how her free website can help those struggling with various aspects of their wellbeing as well as their friends and carers. You can find The Wellbeing Navigator website at and view their Facebook page here.

Brainwaves – January 18 – Music Therapist Cherry Hense

On this week’s show we speak to music therapist Dr Cherry Hense, a post-doctoral research fellow from Melbourne University specialising in young people’s musical identities, about the ways in which music therapy can be used in the treatment of mental illness. More information on music therapy can be found at

Panel – Chiara

Interviewers – Lauren and Chiara

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