Brainwaves – 31 August – Mental Health & Curiosity – Richard Hill

Richard Hill is a psychotherapist who began his career as a professional actor for 25 years, but returned to university at 45 to do a BA in linguistics and went on to complete three Masters degrees with a focus on neurobiology and neuroscience. Richard is interested in how to apply developments in neuroscience into therapeutic practice and what techniques practitioners can utilise to help clients change. On today’s show Richard shares with the Brainwaves team: what is the Curiosity Approach, how the Curiosity Approach can help with people with mental illness, how individuals turn their curiosity on and off what is his Winner/Loser World Theory, how individuals can apply these concepts to therapeutic practice.

Panel Operator: Kathy
Interviewers: Kathy & Chris

Brainwaves – 24 August – Camino Trekkers

MI Fellowship has partnered with three avid walkers who will undertake El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the most famous pilgrimage in the world, to raise awareness of mental health and the impacts of mental illness on individuals and families. MI Fellowship supporters Cheryl McInnes, Kym Murphy and Tony Whyte will embark on ‘one million steps for mental health’ in August of this year, commencing their 500-mile journey from the French Pyrenees to the northwest of Spain. Follow Cheryl, Kym and Tony at from August 26 onwards on their Camino journey.

Interviewers: Terry & Lauren
Panel Operator: Lauren


Brainwaves – 17 August – Justice & the mental health system

Over the last century, Australia has taken a huge step forward for the human rights of those with a mental illness by working towards deinstitutionalization, taking into account the ineffectiveness of institutional care along with the possibilities of abuse and neglect in long-term institutionalization. Shifting mental health care into the community has become a priority for governing bodies. However, despite the closure of all traditional asylums an alarming number of individuals are incarcerated with treatable mental illnesses. Often these individuals needs and symptoms are poorly understood by law enforcement leading to unnecessarily traumatic conditions, poor support structures and ultimately exacerbated health conditions. Today, Brainwaves chats with Brett Collins of the unique prisoner advocacy organisation Justice Action about the great work they do to restore some balance into the system. For more information on the work Justice Action does visit

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewer: Rose & Daniel

The Justice Action Team


Brainwaves – 10 August – Lead Tenant Program

The Lead Tenant program seeks to create an environment where adolescents can transition into independent living. Two adolescents are paired with two adults in the community (Lead Tenants) where they share-house together. The program strives to foster a living environment that allows Lead Tenants to exhibit positive role modeling, engage a young person’s social and recreational skills, establish positive and meaningful relationships, encourage and demonstrate engagement in education, employment, self care, communication & positive behaviour. Brainwaves chats with Nancy, a Lead Tenant about the program, what the program involves, what her experience has been and how people can get involved.

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewer: Chiara

Brainwaves – 3 August – Simon Katterl

Today on Brainwaves we talk to Simon Katterl, a community consumer advocate. We discuss the role of an advocate in the mental health system, all about Advanced Statements and the new Mental Health Act, and what the difference is between a voluntary and an involuntary patient. We attempt to answer a very interesting question: are voluntary patients really voluntary?

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Chiara & Lauren