Event CANCELLED due to COVID 19 

Humane Clinic is excited to be partnering with Red Flag Canberra and This is My Brave Australia for our Canberra ReAwaken day.

2nd April 2020 @ Weston Neighbourhood Hall

Tickets can be purchased here

What attendees can expect:

  • Community art project: re-writing the DSM 

  • Presentation by Lucy Johnstone via video link on the Power Threat Meaning Framework with Q&A.

  • Key note presentations:

    • Matt Ball - 'Dissociachotic'​

    • Stephanie Mitchell - 'Compassion for Borderline'

    • Matt Ball & Stephanie Mitchell - 'Do it Anyway'

  • Jane Grace from Red Flag Canberra and Julie Tongs OAM from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

  • Welcome to Country is Mrs Jannette Phillips

  • ReAwaken Manifesto presentation

  • Film screening of 'Healing Voices'.


Matt Ball - Dissociachotic


Seeing the non-psychosis that we share and understanding the dissociative nature of what is usually called psychosis and seeing how psychosis evaporates within the context of safe relational spaces.

'Stephanie Mitchell - Compassion for “Borderline"








Coming from a place of compassion when working with people often labelled with “Borderline Personality Disorder” should be the basis of all clinical and non-clinical practice. Unfortunately individuals with diagnosis’s of BPD are often some of the most maligned in our health services. In this workshop we consider the attachment needs and legitimately adaptive behaviour of individuals who have often experienced complex trauma and significant attachment disruption in early life. Participate in conversations around responsive and compassionate approaches to understanding and being alongside individuals experiencing deep distress.

Matt Ball and Stephanie Mitchell - Do It Anyway

The discussion since the beginning of the consumer movement has been about how we shift systems and institutions towards personal recovery, but has the time come to ask – should we still invite the institution of psychiatry and politics to be part of the conversation of human distress, mental health, trauma and addiction? Taking action is the process by which we can feel and experience the spirit of Cesar Chevez when he stated: “Once Social Change begins it cannot be reversed, you cannot uneducated the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid any more. We have seen the future and the future is ours”. Do It Anyway will explore having an idea and enacting it towards social change. From Healing Voices to Re-Awaken Australia – making change happen is a priority.

Jane Grace from Red Flag Canberra







Jane Grace is the co-founder of Red Flag Canberra which aims to promote Mental Health Action Now in the Canberra region. Jane has been a long time consumer advocate involved with the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, the Community Advisory Council for the Capital Health Network and ACACIA (ACT Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research Unit) Advisory Group at the Australian National University. She is a former consumer member of the National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum. Over the years she has presented papers at The Mental Health Services Conference and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Conference.

She is currently an Official Visitor for Mental Health in the ACT and is passionately committed to protecting mental health consumer rights.

Julie Tongs OAM from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Julie Tongs, OAM is a Wiradjuri woman and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services since 1997. Julie has more than 30 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and in particular in advising, formulating, implementing and evaluating public health initiatives, programs and policy at a local, regional and national level.

Julie is a national leader and strong advocate of quality improvement initiatives within the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector. This experience has enabled her to appreciate the needs of the Canberra region and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community to the extent that she has developed a health service which is directed by Community needs, is holistic and focused on closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous people’s health.

In July 2018, Julie received the ACT NAIDOC Award of Person of the Year for her tireless commitment to improving the health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT and region. This has involved recognising the need to heal the negative impact of intergenerational and transgenerational trauma transmission amongst successive generations of Aboriginal families in the Community.

Tara Apps - Marathon Health

Tim Daly - This Is My Brave Australia


$150 (+GST) - Waged

$ 75 (+GST) - Unwaged/low income (limited spaces available on application)