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Mental Health & Stigma Workshop


In this interactive workshop, delegates will participate in facilitated group discussions, examining the various social, cultural and environmental determinants of health affecting mental health and access to mental healthcare for women from cultural, linguistically-diverse backgrounds.

About Global Health Youth Connect:

Global Health Youth Connect is a youth-led non-profit organisation at University of Melbourne that aims to educate youth on global health challenges and empower them to grow as global citizens and leaders. GHYC’s initiatives include Global Health Projects, Interview with Experts and Masterclasses to Victorian high school students. Since 2021, their global health projects have focused on the areas of mental health, sexual and adolescent health, infectious disease and non-communicable diseases.


Health Advocacy Workshop


Jessica Clarke will be leading a workshop on health advocacy- how we can use our public health voice to help others in need and tackle global issues including poverty. 

About Jessica Clarke:

Jessica is a public health professional with over eight years of experience working across different areas of health including policy, research, and physiotherapy. She is passionate about population health, public policy and health advocacy. Jessica works at the Victorian Department of Health as a Senior Policy Officer. She has previously completed an internship with the World Health Organization in Fiji, worked as a Project Officer and Research Assistant with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and as a physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Additionally, Jessica completed the Wattle Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and led a project, ''Integrating Sustainability into Graduate Health Education'.

Professor Rosemary McKenzie Workshop

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In this workshop, Professor Mckenzie will guide us through policy and service barriers to  healthcare access for marginalised groups and communities, with a particular focus on Australian health policy. Through case studies and  group activities, delegates will be encouraged to analyse current policies and identify opportunities for policy strengthening.

About Prof. McKenzie:

Professor Rosemary McKenzie is the Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at Melbourne University. With a wide variety of areas of expertise, Prof McKenzie is also a member of the Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner’s Advisory Committee, and a Board member of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.


Prof. McKenzie has vast experience in examining and evaluating the effectiveness of aspects Australia’s health system, as well as the health needs of Australians – this research has helped to guide Australian health policy and reform. For example, her recent work, ‘Telehealth quality check: Is it time for national standards?’ (McKenzie, R. & Kanhutu. K. N.), published in the Australian Journal of General Practice, calls for a national regulatory framework and the establishment of telehealth standards.

Disability - Yooralla Peter Johnston Workshop


This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to enhance their awareness and knowledge of disability. Through interactive activities and perspectives shared by the speaker, delegates will learn about disability rights and accessibility and affordability of services, as well as recommendations when communicating with people with disabilities.

About Yooralla: 

Yooralla is one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit disability service providers that support people with disability of all ages and needs in their homes and the community with quality services.

Established in 1918, Yooralla strives towards a world where people with disability are equal citizens by offering services such as support coordination, community hubs, life skills, recreation opportunities, etc. We believe a disability awareness workshop by Peter Johnstone

from Yooralla can inspire us to enhance our awareness and knowledge of disability.


WaterWell Project Workshop


The Water Well Project is a health promotion charity that promotes the good health and wellbeing to communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds by improving their health literacy through free, interactive health education sessions across Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. These sessions are facilitated by volunteer healthcare professionals.


Founded by Dr Linny Kimly Phuong in 2011, The Water Well Project strives to improve the community groups understanding of health, common conditions, and the Australian healthcare system, ultimately empowering participants to take responsibility for the health of themselves and their families. The Water Well Project can inspire us to understand the difficulties migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers may have in accessing healthcare services, including cultural, language and financial barriers.  

About Dr Linny Kimly Phuong:

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong is a Founder and Director of The Water Well Project. Outside of this dynamic and growing organisation, she is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Health, Cabrini Health and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is also a PhD candidate studying invasive pneumococcal disease in children. Prior to medicine, Linny was a qualified pharmacist and also holds a Master of Public Health.

Linny has received recognition for her work with awards including the Australian Medical

Association- Doctor in Training of the Year Award (2017), Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions’ Award- Leadership category (2016), Suncorp Hidden Local Heroes Finalist (2016) and Young Australian of the Year- Victorian State Finalist (2013).

Amnesty Workshop


In the lead up to the Victorian election; Amnesty International Australia’s Victorian Activism and Leadership Committee is partnering with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service in a campaign to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility from 10 to at least 14 years of age. In this workshop led by the Victorian Committee President, get inspired and learn about this issue, including the health and justice implications, as well as how we can have strategic persuasive conversations and lobby the government to inspire change.

About Amnesty:

Amnesty is a diverse and democratic movement of people who believe in dignity, freedom, justice and equality for all. Since Amnesty International was founded in 1961, the movement has been made up of everyday people who refuse to stand by as governments and corporate leaders watch others suffer and  disregard their rights in unjust systems. A small group of people launched the “Appeal for Amnesty 1961”, to collect, publish and distribute information about prisoners of conscience around the world. This appeal was reprinted in newspapers globally. Since then Amnesty has grown into a global human rights movement of eight million people in more than 150 countries and territories.

LIghthouse Foundation Workshop

In this workshop, Lighthouse foundation will be exploring the complexity and inter intersectionality between homelessness and trauma in youths within our community. This experiential training will seek to foster greater understanding as to the physiological effect of complex trauma on development and how this impacts young people’s ability to engage positively in systems around them. This training will introduce the Lighthouse Model of Care, as an evidence-based, integrated model that ultimately supports every young person’s holistic wellbeing.

About Lighthouse Foundation:

Lighthouse Foundation is a non-for-profit that provides homes and care to children and young people impacted by long-term neglect, abuse and homelessness. They provide the necessary support and around the clock therapeutic care programs to some of Australia’s most vulnerable kids, giving them opportunity to belong, heal and thrive. 


The Lighthouse Model of Care is trauma informed and based on 60 years of clinical research into attachment and trauma theories. For the past 30 years, the Lighthouse Model of Care has successfully transformed the lives of over 1000 young people, as the young people heal and learn again to relate to others. Its evidence-based approach has also informed other community organisations throughout Australia, fulfilling the Foundation’s vision to end youth homelessness together.

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