Introducing Keynote Speaker: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg PHD MAAPI

VDC is pleased to have secured Keynote Speaker Michael Carr-Gregg PHD MAAPI for the VDC Teaching & Learning Conference (online 17 & 18 Nov 2022). Find full program details and registration links here.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health.

Dr Carr-Gregg currently works in private practice in Melbourne and is the Commonwealth Government representative on the Board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and is the Consultant Psychologist to Australian Boarding Schools Association. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

Dr Carr-Gregg is the author of 17 books on adolescents, mental health and wellbeing and he is working on his 18th.

Previous Experience: He wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on adolescents with cancer and in 1985, and founded the world’s first national teenage cancer patients support group, Canteen. He subsequently moved to NZ where he became a political lobbyist for the New Zealand Cancer Society heading up the Coalition Against Tobacco Advertising and Promotion.

Dr Carr-Gregg was the inaugural Director of the NZ Drug Foundation before being appointed Head of Education and Training at the Centre for Adolescent Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, where he developed and taught the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare.

In 2015 he was appointed the Managing Director of the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre and developed an interest in the use of technology for building wellbeing in young people.

Michael Carr-Gregg is exclusively represented by Saxton.

Upcoming mental health events

Monday August 29: In-person VDC workshop: Best Practice Simulation Training in Mental Health. Knowing the theory of mental health and how to help those experiencing a mental health crisis and being involved are very different things. Using role play and acting to bring mental health teaching to life is an important part of education around mental illness – but it can be a sensitive topic. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn more about scripting, performing and staging simulations – with a focus on the sensitivities and precautions involved. register here

Thursday 8 September: R U OK? Day, a national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

October 2022: National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. It is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all. The National Mental Health Month 2022 Awareness Campaign theme is: ‘Building Resilience: Communities and Connections’