Brainwaves – 14 December- Virtual Reality Based Treatment

On today’s episode, the Brainwaves team is joined by Professor Eoin Killackey. Professor Killackey is Associate Director, Research and Head, Functional Recovery Research program at Orygen. The program develops and trials innovative treatments that help manage the functional recovery of young people. Professor Killackey discusses the current and potential role of technology, specifically virtually reality, in the treatment of a range of mental illnesses.

Chiara and Lauren

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 – 23 December – Ray of Light Documentary

Guest director Jay Richards comes on the show this week to talk about his documentary Ray of Light. The Ray of Light documentary looks to shine a light on youth anxiety, depression and suicide. The documentary reveals the world of today’s teenagers by openly exploring the issues of schoolyard and social media bullying, depression, anxiety, self- harm and cutting, rejection, social isolation, sexual identity, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and family trauma to getting appropriate help, counselling and treatment that lead to positive and lasting recoveries. Trigger warning: This show discusses suicide which may be a sensitive topic for some. To watch the Ray of Light documentary trailer, visit

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose & Kathy

Brainwaves – 28 October – Exploring mental health perspectives

In the last of the Headspace curated series of shows, this week’s program explores the lived experience of two young men, exploring mental health from 2 unique perspectives. In Part 1 of the program Mark explores self care when managing depression and anxiety, and in Part 2 Damian discusses mental health and healing in the context of family.

Panel Operator: Tu
Interviewers: Kathy, Mark, Lucy


Luke, Damian, Mark, Lucy, Canon and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 21 October – Experiences with the mental health sector/ Exploring mental health, sexuality & gender identity

The second installment of our Headspace curated shows, this week we discuss disparity in youth service provision and non-binary gender through two compelling personal accounts. Part 1 discusses experiences with the mental health sector and provide strategies for help seeking in what can be very complex system of care. Part 2 explores the relationship between mental health, sexuality and gender identity.


Sheree, Crystal and the Brainwaves team

Brainwaves – 14 October – Young Women Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This week’s informative program explored the perspectives of two radical young women, Melissa and Lucy, living with Autism. The show looked at how diagnosis, perceptions and stigma have shaped their lived experiences and mental health.  The show also showcased the strength and resilience of young people in reclaiming identity and living outside diagnosis.

Panel Operator: Kathy
Interviewers: Kate & Mark

12080363_10153276021058613_8824248181576515556_oMark, Melissa, Lucy, Kate and Canon

Brainwaves – 23 September – Tom Ballad – Comedy & mental health

Australian comedian, writer, actor and Ambassador for Beyond Blue, Tom Ballad comes on the show to discuss his lived experience of mental illness and his sexuality. Tom specifically talks about the impact of society on young people who may be coming to terms with their sexuality. Tom discusses the relationship between comedy and mental illness, and utilizing comedy as a platform for discussing mental health issues. Visit Tom Ballad’s website for more information –

Panel Operator: Kate
Interviewers: Kate & Kathy

Brianwaves – 2 September – Professor Patrick McGorry

This week, the Brainwaves team interview Professor Patrick McGorry-Executive Director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health to discuss youth mental health, early intervention of mental illness and psychosis.

Panel Operator: Mark H.
Interviewers: Tu & Kathleen



Patrick McGorry and the Brainwaves team