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Mental Health Workshop - Booked Out

Are you experiencing anxiety and/or depression? Are you a personal support person for someone with anxiety and/or depression?

If you are a GMHBA member or non-member that is experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression, or you are the personal support person for someone with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression, we invite you to register and participate in one of our free mental health workshops.

Specialists in mental health training, Mental Health Victoria, will be joining us in Geelong to deliver the Mental Health Workshop. The workshop will explore anxiety and depression from the person and support person perspective, and equip you with a toolkit of techniques, strategies and resources to assist with managing your own or another’s anxiety and/or depression.

Location: Deakin Cats Community Centre, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong VIC 3220

Session 1: Thursday 19 September 2019, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Session 2: Tuesday 29 October 2019, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Light refreshments will be provided on the night. 

FAQ's and Terms of Participation for this event are available.

We have received an overwhelming response and these sessions are booked out.

We hope to hold further mental health workshops soon, details will be published on this page once confirmed.

Disclaimer:

These workshops are not intended and do not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. Information during the workshops is for educational and informational purposes only and is made available to you as tools to support your own wellbeing and that of others. The content provided is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. GMHBA does not accept legal liability or responsibility for the content of the advice or information or any consequences arising from its use.

Please seek care from your general practitioner or healthcare professional if you have any concerns regarding your own or someone else's mental health.


 

Past Events

R U OK Day Activities

We know just how important mental health is and aim to support the mental health of our members and the community. To celebrate R U OK Day, we're offering free yoga classes. Yoga is a great way to unwind, relax and take some time for yourself and your mental health. For all the details and to register your place, check out the details below.

Important Information:

  • Please note that participants require the capacity to sit/lie on mats (provided) on the floor
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your registered class time
  • Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in
  • Appropriate for beginners to advanced+
  • Please complete a registration form prior to arrival
Geelong

Yoga Class 

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 7.30am - 8:30am

Location: Geelong City Yoga, 46 Malop Street, Geelong (1st Floor).

Please complete waiver prior to arrival

 

Yoga Class 

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 9.30am - 10:30am

Location: Geelong City Yoga, 46 Malop Street, Geelong (1st Floor).

Please complete waiver prior to arrival.

 

Mum & Bub Yoga

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Location: Geelong Physical Therapy, 1/102 Balliang Street, South Geelong

Please complete waiver prior to arrival

 

Warrnambool

General Yoga Class

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Location: The Royal Ballroom, 43 Fairy Street, Warrnambool

Please complete waiver prior to arrival

 

Portland

General Yoga

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Location: 15/17 Tyers Street, Portland

Please complete waiver prior to arrival

 

Ballarat

General Yoga

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Location: 108 Lewis Street, Ballarat

Please complete waiver prior to arrival 

 

Women's Health Week - Sound Bath Meditation at Geelong Gallery - 2 Sessions Available -

This September, we're inviting women from our community to enjoy a free sound bath meditation class at the Geelong Gallery as part of Women's Health Week.

Leave behind any stress as the soothing sounds and vibrations of crystal bowls gently melt away tension. The sound waves work while you rest, restoring harmony to your body and mind. 

The 30 minute class will be followed by herbal tea and bliss balls. Prepare for sensory overload, in the best possible way.

Date: Wednesday 4 September 2019

Location: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Sleep and Mental Health with Professor Michael Berk and Dr Andrew Bradbeer 

Join Professor Michael Berk and Dr Andrew Bradbeer as they explore the link between sleep and mental health. Find out why you need sleep and how this impacts your mental health. Learn the science behind these links and practical solutions on what you can do to help with sleep.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm, seminar will commence at 7pm

Location: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Our speakers will discuss:

  • What is normal sleep, and why it matters
  • What are the factors that influence sleep?
  • The link between sleep and mental health problems such as depression
  • Why sleep disturbance might affect depression
  • What people can do to improve their sleep and hence their mental health
  • I need more help!  How do I get it?
  • How will sleep health professionals help me?
  • What are sleep studies and why would I have one?
  • How are common sleep disorders treated?

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The Gut and Brain Connection with Professor Felice Jacka and Dr Tetyana Rocks

Join Professor Felice Jacka and Dr Tetyana Rocks as they explore the gut and brain connection and how this impacts our brain and mental health. Learn the science behind these connections and what dietary changes you can make to start improving your own gut and brain health.

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm, seminar will commence at 7pm

Location: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Our speakers will discuss:

  • The link between the gut and the brain
  • Shared pathways to illness: how depression and other diseases are linked to a dysregulated immune system and systemic inflammation
  • Brain plasticity: what is it, why it is important, and how diet influences this
  • Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health
  • The intriguing link between red meat intake and mental health
  • How gut microbes affect inflammation
  • New research highlights in these areas
  • What a day on your plate following the Mediterranean diet looks like to improve brain and mood
  • Examples of recipes for lunch and dinner
  • How to meet your daily fibre targets and what are the top fibre foods

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Free Health Screens for GMHBA members and non-members, Leopold

Look after your health with screens at GMHBA Eye Care + Health Insurance, Leopold.

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm, please allow an hour to complete your health screens

Location: Gateway Plaza, Leopold

Includes:

  • Vision and Eye Health
  • Physical Health (blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and waist girth)
  • Online Mental Health Screen
  • Health Insurance Check

With limited availability we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment.

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Free Health Screens for GMHBA members and non-members, Ballarat

Look after your health with screens at GMHBA Health Insurance + Eye Care, Ballarat.

Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm, please allow an hour to complete your health screens

Location: 208 Sturt St, Ballarat

Includes:

  • Vision and Eye Health
  • Physical Health (blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and waist girth)
  • Online Mental Health Screen
  • Health Insurance Check

With limited availability we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment.

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Brain Food with Dr Joanna McMillan

How does the food we eat and our lifestyle impact brain health?

Acclaimed doctor of nutritional science, dietician and health advocate Dr Joanna McMillan joins us in Geelong for GMHBA's Healthier Together Seminar. Joanna will share with us insights into her latest book 'Brain Food with Dr Joanna McMillan'. We will explore what foods will help your brain work at its best and help slow down the ageing process of your brain.

Date: Thursday 7 February 2019

Time: 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start - 9.00pm

Location: Presidents Lounge, GMHBA Stadium, South Geelong

Enter at Gate 14 via Kilgour St or Latrobe Terrace

Joanna will also discuss:

  • The risk factors that increase the risk of cognitive decline
  • The key steps to maintaining a healthy brain and reducing that risk
  • How to fuel your brain optimally
  • Are grains bad for the brain? And what about sugar?
  • Why plant-rich diets are good for us and good for our brains
  • Top foods for brain health
  • Is coffee ok?
  • What about supplements – can they boost our brain power or brain health?
  • What lifestyle factors are important?

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Free Health Screens, Geelong

Look after your health with screens and giveaways at GMHBA Eye Care, Geelong.

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Time: 9am - 4pm, allow an hour to complete your health screens

Location: GMHBA Eye Care Geelong, 80 Moorabool St

Includes:

  • Vision and Eye Health
  • Physical Health (blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and waist girth)
  • Online Mental Health Screen
  • Health Insurance Check
  • Plus giveaways

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Building resilience in children and teens

How do we give our children 'the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life'? Acclaimed author Andrew Fuller joins us for the next GMHBA Healthier Together seminar 'Building resilience in children and teens'.

In this seminar open to everyone in the community, Andrew explores:

  • The active ingredient of resilience
  • How parents can develop these in their children
  • Friendship and relationship skills
  • Neurochemistry and parenting
  • Parenting tricky kids
  • Creating happy kids
  • Building self-esteem and dealing with set backs

About Andrew Fuller:

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. Author of the bestselling Unlocking Your Child’s genius, Tricky Kids, Tricky people, Raising Real People (ACER), From Surviving To Thriving (ACER), Work Smarter Not Harder and Beating Bullies.

He has worked with over 200,000 young people nationwide in over 1500 schools and has extensively researched how to create great outcomes for kids.

Andrew has also co-authored a series of programs for the promotion of resilience and emotional intelligence used in over 3500 schools in Britain and Australia called The Heart Masters. He is a Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018

Time: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, 1.5 hours

Location: Presidents Lounge, GMHBA Stadium, South Geelong

Enter at Gate 14 via Kilgour St or Latrobe Terrace

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Free Health Screens for GMHBA members, Corio

Look after your health with screens and giveaways at GMHBA Eye Care, Corio.

Date: Thursday 27 September

Time: 9am - 3pm, allow an hour to complete your health screens

Where: GMHBA Eye Care, 9 Gellibrand Street, Corio

Includes:

  • Vision and Eye Health
  • Physical Health (blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and waist girth)
  • Hearing Screens (by Australian Hearing)
  • Online Mental Health Screen
  • Health Insurance Check
  • Plus giveaways

These health screens are available to GMHBA members only.

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Healthy parents = healthy baby

How what we do, eat and feel before, during and after pregnancy create a healthy child.

Pregnant, or planning on becoming a new parent? In GMHBA’s upcoming maternal wellbeing seminar, we learn how modern lifestyle and the diet of parents before, during and after pregnancy can impact the mental health and overall wellbeing of our whole family.

Speakers:

Peter Vuillermin

Peter Vuillermin is Professor of Paediatrics at Deakin University and Barwon Health. He has an interest in the role women’s gut bacteria have in promoting healthy immune development in their baby during pregnancy. Peter leads the Barwon Infant Study. Peter’s group endeavour to place cutting edge laboratory studies in the context of real people in the real world, with the ultimate goal of preventing allergic disease and asthma.

Suzanne Higgins

Suzanne Higgins has a nursing background including Mental Health and Maternal and Child Health. She is well known in Geelong and Colac-Otway Shire for her work with St of God Raphael Services. She studied ‘first time parent couples combining parenting and paid work’ for her doctoral thesis and completed a Master of Mental Health (Perinatal and Infant) in 2011. She is passionate about supporting families during this life stage and feels privileged to share a tiny part of their journey. Her area of expertise is in working with both men and women during the perinatal phase who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, significant distress and/or birth related PTSD.

Date: Wednesday 5 September

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start

Where: Level 2 Gallery, Deakin Waterfront (enter via the cube) 1 Gheringhap Street.

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R U OK Day – Geelong and Bendigo mindfulness meditation classes

R U OK Day is the perfect opportunity to centre yourself, connect with others in a beautiful community space, and come together to celebrate and promote mental health conversations.

Join us for free meditation classes and healthy snacks throughout the day in Geelong or Bendigo with qualified meditation experts.

Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your life for more clarity, focus and calm this R U OK Day.

Registrations are essential.

What you will learn:

  • How to practice mindfulness with meditation
  • How to practice mindfulness through everyday activities
  • how to focus attention and unhook from a busy mind

Important Information:

  • Please note that participants require the capacity to sit/lie on mats (provided) on the floor
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your registered class time
  • Wear whatever you have on
  • Appropriate for beginners to advanced+
Geelong

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Time: Various times throughout the day

Location: Wonder Yoga, 128 Ryrie St

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Bendigo

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Time: Various times throughout the day

Location: Yoga Hara, 1a King Street

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Master your health: tools to create lasting change

We all aim to be the best we can be, but sometimes it isn’t easy. Most people know what to do to be healthy, but struggle to modify behaviours to create lasting change.

In this seminar, learn how to help yourself with almost any area of health and lifestyle you wish to improve. Health Coach Shivaun Conn will teach us how to break habits, plan for success and develop lifelong skills to manage weight, eating, exercise, sleep, stress, alcohol, and other lifestyle areas.

We can all be healthier together and having tools and tricks up your sleeve can support you in your goals! Join us for this empowering behavioural change seminar.

About Shivaun Conn

Shivaun Conn is a Health Coach, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN), University of Sydney graduate (Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) Honours) and a board member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

Shivaun has 15 years’ experience as a dietitian, health coach and presenter and continues to support people nationwide to achieve their desired health outcomes. She loves inspiring people to embrace a healthy active lifestyle, enjoy nutritious foods, feel happier and get the most out of their lives.

Shivaun’s friendly nature and desire to make the science of health and behaviour change entertaining means your journey will be one where you learn a lot about yourself and have a laugh along the way!

Geelong

Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Location: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, The High Ground

Register for Geelong seminar below:

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Women’s Stuff – A night of fun, facts and the latest on women’s health

Women of all ages and backgrounds can have their health questions answered on a wide range of topics at ‘Women’s Stuff’, a free event in Geelong on Wednesday 16 May and Ballarat on Wednesday 23 May.

Hear from leading health expers on:

  • Women's health checks
  • Food and movement medicine
  • Menopause 101
  • Your pelvic floor
Geelong

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018

Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Location: Presidents Lounge, GMHBA Stadium, South Geelong

Enter at Gate 14 via Kilgour St or Latrobe Terrace

Register for Geelong seminar below:

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Ballarat

Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018

Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Location: Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, 613 Main Road

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Gut microbiota and mood– How your diet and gut microbiota can affect mental and brain health - With Professor Felice Jacka

After a fantastic seminar last year on preventing and treating mental disorders through what we eat, Professor Felice Jacka is returning to the GMHBA community to explain more about how the gut microbiota influences mental health and what you can do about it via diet or probiotics for children, teens and adults.

Attendees will gain insights into the rapidly emerging evidence that gut health is a key variable influencing our mood, behaviour and brain development.

You can also read Professor Jacka’s recent interview with Great Health on the topic here.

About Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is a Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the Food and Mood Centre. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health.


Food and mood – How your diet can affect mental and brain health - With Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka presented her findings on establishing a new approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders by looking at what we eat.

Attendees gained insights into the rapidly emerging evidence that gut health is a key variable influencing our mood, behaviour and brain development.

About Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is a Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the Food and Mood Centre. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health.


Eating Your Way to Awesome with Dr Joanna McMillan

We recently had Dr Joanna McMillan, one of Australia’s best-known health, nutrition and lifestyle experts provide a free seminar. Dr Joanna explored how food, drink, exercise, activity, stress and sleep can all influence how you feel today and how they affect your health in the long term.

Watch the seminar below and learn about a healthy eating template that allows for individual needs and preferences. The seminar aims to bust some of the myths and misconceptions around eating in order to foster a healthy relationship with food, eating and your own body.

(The result could be a healthier, happier and more productive you!)

About Dr Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna is one of Australia’s most favourite and trusted health and wellbeing experts. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, an accredited practising dietitian and a former fitness instructor, giving her the sound credentials required to help us make our way through the increasingly confusing nutrition and health messages in the media. Joanna is a regular on TV, radio and in print media. Born and raised in Scotland, Joanna emigrated to Australia in 1999.


Can we prevent depression – GMHBA Health Seminar

Featuring Professor Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin Professor of Psychiatry at Deakin University's School of Medicine.

Michael discusses how depression can affect any one of us and there are many possible risk factors for depression, which vary from person to person. Most importantly, many of these risks can be addressed.

Click the links below to access Professor Michael Berk’s presentation. For more information please email events@gmhba.com.au


Sleep and Mental Health with Dr Richard Chambers

Sleep is essential for your health - it refreshes the mind and repairs the body. At a GMHBA health seminar in 2016 Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness consultant Dr Richard Chambers explored the importance of sleep on mental health, tips to improve sleep and the role of mindfulness in good mental health and performance.

About Dr Richard Chambers

Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. He provides mindfulness training to a growing number of businesses, sporting teams and educational institutions.