Health Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Sleep and Mental Health with Dr Richard Chambers

Sleep is essential for your health - it refreshes the mind and repairs the body. Join Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness consultant Dr Richard Chambers as he explores 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. He has written three books, Mindful Learning, Mindful Relationships and Mindful Origami and is leading a university-wide mindfulness initiative at Monash University.

In his private practice, Richard specialise in using mindfulness and other effective evidence-based interventions to treat a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression and sleep problems.

Smiling Minds App

Richard was involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app with over 2 million downloads.

Smiling Mind will be featured on an upcoming episode of Channel Nine’s Destination Happiness

Event Details

When: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Where: Simonds Stadium, Presidents Room South and Central

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Reel Health International Short Film Festival

The Reel Health International Short Film Festival is an innovative concept in health communication. Founded in 2013 by Anne Doherty, the festival recognises the power of film as a platform for people to tell real stories of health and how they affect the community.

Reel Health strips back the clichés of health and well-being in contemporary media, and provides an opportunity for talented filmmakers to display their talents in a night of engaging entertainment.

Exploring mental health through film

Join us for a showcase of five captivating short films from all over the world exploring the theme of mental health and wellbeing. The screening will be followed by a panel and audience discussion about the films facilitated by local psychologist and author Chris Mackey, in partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries Corporation.

Event Details

When: Wednesday 11th October 2017

Where: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, The High Ground

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Past Seminars

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