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With the challenges of 2020 – from bushfires, drought and COVID-19 – our health and health services are under immense pressure. The silver lining is that this perfect storm has shone a light on some aspects of health that have lived in the shadows for too long.

Join Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin as she examines the impact these complex times have had on health – from how we service our communities, to how we build resilience and not least how we talk about and manage mental health.

Frances will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our most vulnerable communities and how the impact of the pandemic on our health systems may influence how vulnerable people access healthcare. What are the risks if members of our communities are feeling uncertain about tending to their pre-existing and chronic conditions and not presenting for ongoing healthcare management during this time?

Join Frances and her panel of health experts in this important discussion about the health of our regions and how our researchers and clinicians are contributing knowledge and effort as we respond to these cumulative health challenges. The panel will touch on the advantages and opportunities of an integrated model of healthcare, and how the University is providing leadership in this area.

The University of Newcastle is looking ahead and committed to focusing on building solutions for the small and big challenges in our regions.  We are empowered by our reputation for excellence in teaching, research and engagement--and empowers us to live our values of excellence, equity, sustainability and engagement. Together as fellow citizens we can navigate our way through this unique time. And the University of Newcastle is dedicated to being a partner in seeing our regions thrive into the future.

Please join Frances and her panel of thought-leaders.

  • Date: Tuesday 25 August 2020
  • Time: 5:15-6:30pm
  • Location: Online
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Keynote Speaker

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health
President for the Society for Mental Health Research

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Panel Members

Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop

Conjoint Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health

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Sara Bartlett

Acting Program Manager- Suicide Prevention, Everymind

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Dr Hazel Dalton

Research Leader
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

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Professor Liz Sullivan

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Office of the PVC Health and Medicine

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Professor Rhonda Wilson

Mental Health Nursing Scientist with a research focus on digital health
School of Nursing & Midwifery

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Student Story and Introduction

Jake Gary Jubelin

Jake Gary Jubelin

Active Army Reservist and PhD Student

So far this year, Jake has been deployed on Operation Bushfire Assist, supporting the clean-up efforts in rural towns affected by the bushfire emergency and deployed to Sydney International Airport to assist NSW Police with the enforced isolation and lockdown laws as a result of COVID-19.  Jake’s PhD studies focus on a new mobile app for the management of mental health in ex-serving ADF personnel.