Brainwaves – 25 November – Neil Cole

Neil Cole has a long and storied career history. After founding the Flemington Legal Service and working to support the local community for seven years, he then ran for, and won, the seat of Melbourne in federal parliament. In 1993, Neil received a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which was leaked to the public by his political enemies, forcing him to resign his position and be open about his lived experiences. Since leaving federal politics, Neil Cole has continued his advocacy through work with the Monash medical school, Melbourne University’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and by serving as a member on the national advisory committee of mental health. Neil also shares his story creative, having penned 25 plays and one novel, he has been awarded the Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting and the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and literature.

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose & James


Neil Cole and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 18 November – Suzanne Hurley, PANDA

Suzanne Hurley, a senior counsellor from PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) comes on the show in light of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Week (Nov 15-22). Suzanne explains the differences between perinatal, antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, supports and resources available for people who may be experiencing problems, friends and family, early warning signs and the support services provided by PANDA. Visit for more information or call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306.

Interviewers: Chiara & Tu
Panel Operator: Tu

Suzanne and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 11 November – Grief, loss and bereavement

Dorothy Gilmour (Wheller) is a Grief and Loss counsellor in private practice and lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. On today’s show, Dorothy joins the program to talk about the very important topic of Grief and Loss. Dorothy explores the different types of grief, grief in different life stages, grief as it relates to gender and the connection between mental illness and grief. For more information on grief and loss, visit the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.


Dorothy and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 4 November – Prof Mike Slade

Professor Mike Slade of Nottingham University joins Brainwaves to talk recovery and person centred care in mental health.Professor Slade recently co-authored a research paper with Dr Eleanor Longden on the empirical evidence about mental health recovery, commissioned by MI Fellowship.

The paper mentioned in the show, co-authored by Prof Mike Slade and Dr Eleanor Longden (of the Hearing Voices Network) can be found here. The paper addresses the empirical evidence surrounding recovery, with implications for how we think about designing service qualifying criteria. To read some of Prof Mike Slade’s work, including Making Recovery a Reality, Refocus: Promoting Recovery in Community Mental Health Services and 100 Ways to Support Recovery, click here for a free online booklet.

Interviewers: Kathy & Rose
Panel Operator: Rose


Professor Mike Slade