Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Our Reform program

Aug, 2022

We are pleased to present the program for the Our Reform conference.

Please note that peer workers will be available for support during the entire event, and a quiet space will be open all day to all attendees. 

A hard copy program (PDF) is also available to print at home here.


Jump to:


Breakout room 1

Breakout room 2 — Imaginarium




9:00 Welcome to Country

9:15 Open

MC Graham Panther, the Big Feels Club

9:20 Minister address

The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP, Minister for Mental Health

9:35 CEO and Board addreses

  • Craig Wallace (VMIAC)
  • Marie Piu (Tandem)
  • Peter Mckenzie (Tandem)
  • James Horton (VMIAC)
  • Marcelle Mogg (Mental Health Victoria)


9:50 The Lived and Living Experience

VMIAC presentation:  How we looking team? The reform so far from a consumer perspective

  • Shweta Krishnan
  • John Martyr
  • Bryony Wilson

Tandem presentation: Why lived and living experience-led reform matters: Tandem's work on the Family and Carer-led Centres

  • Dr Caroline Lambert
  • Caroline Walters
  • Amaya Alvarez
  • Sarah Irving
  • Tessa Young
  • Andrew Tomlinson

 Audience Q&A


11:10 Morning tea


11:30 Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Featuring the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. Speakers to be announced.


12:30 Meet the Collaborative Centre: Putting collaboration at the heart of reform

Introduction and Q/A with Board members:

  • Maria Katsonis, Deputy Chairperson of the Centre, long-time consumer advocate and Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne
  • Amelia Walters, mental health peer worker, advocate, consultant and researcher
  • Prof Lisa Brophy, Professor and Discipline Lead in Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University


1:00 Lunch


1:15 Implementation Integrity: How do we make the change happen?

Fireside chat with Dr Robyn Mildon (Executive Director) and Dr Anna Williamson (Director) from the Centre for Evidence and Implementation


2:00 Legal perspectives: Creating a human rights-based system (2:00-3:05)

Includes launch of joint Mental Health Victoria/Castan Centre report The Human Rights Roadmap and an introduction and Q&A with members of the Independent Review Panel.

To speak about the report::

  • Professor the Honourable Kevin Bell AM QC, Commissioner for the Yoorrook Justice Commission and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Joshua Finn, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Mental Health Victoria

From the Independent Review Panel:

  • Justice Shane Marshall AM, Panel Chair, former Federal Court judge, and educator and advocate for mental health
  • Flick Grey, long-time worker in mental health roles including as a consumer consultant and consumer academic
  • Erandathie Jayakody, Senior Project Lead at at the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Lisa Sweeney, Tandem Board member and Senior Advocacy and Engagement advisor at Orygen
  • Professor Richard Newton, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University and has a private practice specialising in eating disorders


3:10 We are the future: Growing the next generation of change-makers

  • Alexander Dalton, transgender public speaker who has worked with a number of mental health organisations including Orygen, headspace, and ReachOut
  • Melissa Keller-Tuberg, youth mental health advocate, psychology student and aspiring researcher and a member of Orygen's Youth Research Council
  • Emily Unity, mental health professional with lived and living experiences as an LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse young person from a refugee and migrant background
  • Jason Skyllas completed the Satellite Young Leaders program a few years ago and is one of the primary carers for his mother, who suffers from schizophrenia
  • Nicole Yaneza-Bagatsing is a civic leader originally from the Philippines. She is passionate about youth empowerment and mental health advocacy


4:10 Afternoon tea


4:30 Relections: Where to from here?

  • Craig Wallace (VMIAC)
  • Marie Piu (Tandem)
  • Marcelle Mogg (Mental Health Victoria)
  • Justin Heazlewood



5:00 Close



Breakout room 1


7:00am CEO Breakfast (1 hour)

Featuring an address from the Hon Gabrielle Williams MP, Minister for Mental Health


2:00 Worker perspectives: Reimagining a journey through care

  • Gillian Clark, VAADA
  • Andrew Morgan, Eastern Health
  • Dr Paul Denborough, Alfred Health
  • Jacinta Kuklych, Alfred Health
  • Charlie Wood, Alfred Health
  • Kim Holmes, Neami


3:10 Workshop: Lived and Living Experience Workforce Reforms, Gaps and Improvement Ideas

  • Jennifer Bite, Tandem
  • Sharon Williams, VMIAC
  • Katrina Clarke, Monash Health



Breakout room 2


1:00 The Imaginarium

Let your imagination run wild! Open from 1pm to 4.30pm, the Imaginarium will be a relaxed, creative space for reflecting, finding inspiration and sharing ideas. A range of activities will be available designed to get you thinking, talking, and imagining what might be possible in our new mental health and wellbeing system.


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