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

Brainwaves – 4 May – Rural mental health services

This week on Brainwaves, Eila Lyan discussed her stance on mental health services available in rural areas and also brings her own lived experience to the mix. Eila discusses attitudes, supports available, differences between rural and urban mental health services, areas for improvement and talks about how we can further continue to break down the stigma.

Panel Operator: Serena
Interviewers: James & Lauren


Brainwaves – 27 April – Resilience and Wellbeing

On today’s show, Matthew Johnstone, author, illustrator, ambassador and creative director at the Black Dog Institute talks about resilience and wellbeing. Matthew discusses his short video “I had a Black Dog…his name was Depression”, the motivation behind the video and the message it conveys. Check out the video here: For more information about the Black Dog institute and useful resources visit

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Serena


Brainwaves – 20 April – VMIAC Consumer Workforce Part 2

Brainwaves members Amber & Lauren attended the VMIAC Consumer Workforce Conference held on Monday and Tuesday the 21st and 22nd of March 2016. The team spoke to Louisa Dent Pearce who presented at the conference about recovery oriented practice and storytelling as recovery.

Interviewers: Lauren & Amber
Panel Operator: Amber


Brainwaves – 13 April – Live music from Wild @ heart

Wild @ heART artist Jane Belfrige and Phil Hoytsenroader come on the show to talk about the Wild @ heART community programs available for those wanting to be a part of a community and learn to play and write their own music.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Kathy & James


Phil on guitar and Jane on the harp

Brainwaves – 6 April – Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IHMA)

On today’s show, we talk to Sophie Howes from the Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service. We discuss what the service does, who it can help and your rights as a mental health service consumer. For more information you can visit or call 1300 947 820.

Panel Operator: Lauren
Interviewers: Amber & James



Brainwaves – 30 March – World Bipolar Day

On today’s show, Reid Maxwell, president of the Melbourne Bipolar Network and manager of MindWorks, comes on the show to talk about Bipolar Disorder. In light of World Bipolar Day, March 30th 2016, the team speak about what is Bipolar Disorder, common myths, recovery for individuals with Bipolar and how the community can be more understanding and aware. For those interested in finding out more information about MindWorks, visit

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Serena & Terri


Brainwaves – 23 March – VMIAC Consumer Workforce Conference – Mary O’Hagan

This week on Brainwaves, Brainwaves members Chris and Kathy attended the annual VMIAC Consumer Workforce Conference 2016 where they interviewed key note speaker Mary O’Hagan, an initiator of the service user movement in New Zealand, the first chair of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, an advisor to the United Nations and World Health Organization and a Mental Health Commissioner for New Zealand. Mary talks about the importance of peers, the efficacy of peers in the mental health sector and mental health system’s provision of recovery.

Interviewers: Kathy & Chris
Panel Operator: Kathy & Chris


Mary O’Hagan presenting on recovery