Brainwaves – 13 July – Movement & mental health

Brainwaves speaks to exercise physiologist Louise Pontin from The Mind Movement Co. on the connection between our body and our mind and how we can incorporate movement into our lives in order to stay mentally well. For more information about The Mind Movement Co, visit, and have a read of Louise’s article “Why I’m grateful to have depression”.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Chiara & Elle


Brainwaves – 6 July – BPD Carers

Rose speaks with Bernadette and Phil from the BPD Community who are both carers of loved ones who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses and Bernadette and Phil speak about their experiences as carers, trying to understand their loved ones illness, care for their loved one and also care for themselves. Bernadette and Phil have recieved a great deal of support from the BPD Community, for more information on this group visit,

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose


Brainwaves – 22 June – FaPMI

On today’s show Rose Cuff, statewide FaPMI coordinator and Catherine Vine, peer program worker talk with Chiara & Terri about the services available for family members who have a loved one with a mental illness. For more information on the FaPMI stratedgy and for how to find a FaPMI coordinator in your area, please visit For more information on accessing Family Services as discussed by Catherine, please visit

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Chiara & Terri



Brainwaves – 15 June – Let’s Talk Research Project

On the first week of our carers special, we discuss the Let’s Talk About Children project with project manager Dr Melinda Goodyear and participant Sian. The Let’s Talk Project from Monash University aims to help aid the recovery process for parents dealing with mental health issues. We talk about what the project is about and how it works, with some first-hand insight from Sian on her experience of the project.

You can find more information on the project, including information about the Let’s Talk Forum being held on the 25th of July, on Monash University’s website here.

Further information about children living with parents affected by mental illness can be found at

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Lauren

Brainwaves – 8 June – Simon Duffy

Simon Duffy talks to Brainwaves following his keynote speech “Being a true equal: Citizenship contribution and mutual support under a modern welfare state ”at the VICSERV Conference in May this year. Simon explored what it means to be a true equal and what this means for how we think about mental health and the organisation of support. The modern welfare state, particularly health and social care, has become a vast empire of services. But there are good reasons to think that this empire does not serve us well, and in particular that people with mental health problems are being held back by old ideas and old systems. But we will not make progress by trying to convert patients into consumers. Progress will only come from treating each other as citizens, recognising our gifts and our ability to contribute and support each other.

Panel Operator: Serena
Interviewers: Terri

Simon_Duffy_Keynote_1[1]Simon Duffy at the VICSERV Conference


Brainwaves – 1 June – Trauma Research

Brainwaves speaks with PhD candidate and social worker Kath Sellick who is interested in the experience of voice hearing and trauma informed care. kath has just finished conducting research on how Australian mental health services respond to voice hearers who have experienced trauma or sexual assault. For more information on Kath’s research or for resources, please feel free to contact Kath at

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Sarah



Brainwaves – 18 May – Mark Salzer & Rick Baron on Community Inclusion

The Brainwaves team speak with Dr Mark Salzer his colleague Rick Baron from Temple University on the topic of community inclusion. Mark & Rick are currently working with MI Fellowship on developing a new framework for promoting community inclusion.  Last week Mark and Rock presented a series of talks and workshops in Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania as part of Wellways to Mental Health Week.

Interviewers: Chiara & Serena


Dr Mark Salzer presenting at the Annual Woodcock Lecture

Brainwaves – 18 May – James’ lived experience of Schizophrenia

On today’s show, Lauren & Terri speak with Brainwaves team member James about his lived experience of Schizophrenia and recovery in light of Wellway to Mental Health Week (formerly Schizophrenia Awareness Week). James talks about some of the negative perceptions he experienced, what it was like being in the mental health system, the experience of receiving a diagnosis, what assisted him in regaining his life and how his life has changed.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Lauren & Terri

Brainwaves – 18 May – ECHOES Support group for dissociation

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. For anyone who is interested in attending ECHOES, the group runs on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 7pm-8:30m. Please contact Sue on 0458 181 222 and a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Serena