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


Brainwaves – 16 March – Adult ADHD

ADHD is a diagnosis that has been identified in children for decades however only in the last 14 years have clinicians begun to accept that the diagnosis continued into adulthood. On today’s show, three young men for whom ADHD has been a part of their adult lives and we hear about how because of their condition they have had to struggle with stigma, treatment, education and relationships.

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewer: Rose


Brainwaves – 9 March – BPD Community

Barb Mullen from BPD Community Victoria talks to the Brainwaves team. On today’s show Barb discusses Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and explains where the term comes from. She goes on to talk about how BPD stigma and discrimination can be turned into hope and optimism. We finish with how people connected to BPD can get access to the resources offered by BPD community Vic. Visit the following links for more information on the BPD Community:;

Panel Operator: James
Interviewers: Chris & Amber


Brainwaves – 2 March – The Good Greek Girl

On this week’s show, Maria Katsonis, policy adviser, mental health advocate and writer of “The Good Greek Girl” comes on the show to discuss her memoir about coming out as gay and mentally ill to a conservative Greek family.

Panel Operator: Mark
Interviewers: Kathy & Chiara

“From the halls of Harvard, to the beds of the psych ward”