8th April 2019

6:00 PM

Welcome to Country and Cultural Ceremony performed

by Yellaka.

Rob de Kok - poetry reading of original works

Kairos - musical performance by acoustic duo, Elyse and Luke

Salt & Earth - a genre-bending musical duet with a passion for social change


9th April 2019


Keynote - Oryx Cohen - The Wisdom of the Wounded Healers 






Keynote - Professor Bernard Guerin - Contextualizing ‘mental health’ behaviours, talking and thinking: Turning mental health inside-out




Panel Discussion



  • Andrew Fort – Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, Listening to the Voices of (Lived) Experience

  • Ellie Hodges - Lived Experience: what does it even mean?






Film Screening - Healing Voices


10th April 2019


Keynote - Matt Ball - Dissociachotic: Seeing the non-psychosis that we share 

Understanding the dissociative nature of what is usually called psychosis and seeing how psychosis evaporates within the context of safe relational spaces.


Panel Discussion




Keynote - Stephanie Mitchell - Compassion for "Borderline" 

All parts of a person are welcome - Internal Family Systems Therapy in recovery









  • Maggie Toko & Becky Myers -2 Nations Yarning and Korero about indigenous women's mental health

  • Michael Sheehan - Whatever happened to hope-inspiring environments? The compassion deficit in mental health care




11th April 2019









Panel Discussion



  • Liz Asser - Self Directed Recovery: A Users Manual

  • SuicideDo we even know what we are doing about it?



  • Joanne Newman - Trauma, hearing voices & becoming a compassionate agent of change

  • Amber Rules - The Importance of Supporting the Whole Family When Addiction is Present







Keynote - Jo Watson - A Call to Action






Assemble at steps of Parliament House - Delivery of Re-Awaken Manifesto for change

12th April 2019


Closing Address - Indigo Daya - A Clarion Call: Stop Hurting, Start Helping!


Transport to Parliament House - buses provided

Activities available throughout the event

*Please note that the program may be subject to further changes.

Keynote Speakers


Oryx Cohen - The Wisdom of Wounded Healers


As a human species, we are currently experiencing a global crisis: we are destroying our planet, we are killing each other, physical and sexual abuse are pandemic, and suicide rates are at an all time high.  In this interactive keynote workshop we will explore how profound disconnection may be at the root of this crisis and how healing can come from an unexpected source: The Wounded Healer.


Oryx Cohen, M.P.A., is a leader in the international mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) or mad pride movement.  Currently Oryx is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Empowerment Center (NEC).  Prior to joining NEC, Oryx was Co-Director of the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community.  Oryx is also the co-founder of Freedom Center, which was the Pioneer Valley’s only independent peer-run support/activist organization.  Oryx is the Co-Producer and is a subject in an award-winning documentary called HEALING VOICES, which was released in 2016 and has been screened in over 500 communities in over 15 different countries. Oryx serves on several boards and committees internationally, nationally and regionally, including Empatiko.  He speaks and conducts trainings nationally and internationally on such topics as Hearing Voices, Trauma, and Recovery.  Oryx is a lead trainer for Emotional CPR, and has conducted over 20 Emotional CPR trainings around the world.  Oryx volunteered for several years with MindFreedom International, directing its Oral History Project.  This project involved collecting and documenting c/s/x stories of abuse, empowerment, and healing in the mental health system.  Oryx is also adjunct faculty in the Westfield State College Psychology Department. 

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Professor Bernard Guerin - Contextualizing ‘mental health’ behaviours, talking and thinking: Turning mental health inside-out

Psychology and psychiatry have always explained human behaviour as arising from within a person, and this is implicit in current models of mental health and interventions. When we expand our ideas and observations of people’s external worlds to include the social, economic, patriarchal, cultural, and opportunity contexts in which they are embedded, we can view mental health issues as arising from painful or stressful situations in which a person has become trapped. Talking and thinking can be (re)contextualized in our social relationship contexts, since language use only has material effects within our social contexts. To intervene, we must change the person’s contexts (where we can) rather than superficially treat them as internal problems or brain diseases. I will illustrate, with research examples, some of the new avenues for intervention which come from paying more attention to observing a client’s external contexts.

Bernard Guerin is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Australia, where he teaches social and community behaviour, language and discourse, and social science interventions. He has published eight books, including a new trilogy: How to rethink psychology: New metaphors for understanding people and their behavior (2016), How to rethink human behavior: A practical guide to social contextual analysis (2016), and How to rethink mental illness: The human contexts behind the labels (2017). His research has focused on working alongside communities, in partnership with Indigenous Australian, Māori, Somali refugee, and migrant communities. His current research has focused on documenting people’s contexts to understand the behaviours of ‘mental health. This means taking a much wider view of contexts than psychology has done: including a person’s social, economic, patriarchal, opportunity, historical and cultural contexts. He has done research to contextualize the ‘mental health’ of Somali refugees and Indigenous Australians, as well as others with various ‘disorders’.


Matt Ball - Dissociachotic: Seeing the non-psychosis that we share

Understanding the dissociative nature of what is usually called psychosis and seeing how psychosis evaporates within the context of safe relational spaces.

Matt is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, psychotherapist, trainer and Co-Director at the HUMANE Clinic. He is interested in 'psychosis' and trauma and human to human responses to personal distress and meaning. Matt was awarded 2017 Australia Mental Health Nurse of the Year for his work in this area.


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.

Stephanie is a Co-Director of the HUMANE Clinic and a psychotherapist who specializes in working with people who have experienced complex trauma and labels of 'borderline personality disorder'and 'psychosis'. Stephanie has extensive experience facilitating therapeutic groups and is interested in how healing occurs in the human to human relationship.

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PJ Moynihan  - Constructing (and De-Constructing) Social Mythology Through Media


Media is powerful, and shapes our relationship to everything from the products we consume, to social issues, to our sense of self worth, and even how we relate to one another.  Media builds temples. It also destroys them.  In the information age, our ability to consciously dissect and consume media-driven information is a crucial, refined skill.  This original interactive workshop/presentation from Digital Eyes Film explores the origins of our contemporary mental health, addiction, and trauma narratives in western culture, including the ways and means by which embedded ideologies can be deconstructed through media and social action, in order to improve public health conditions in our communities and society-at-large.

PJ Monynihan is Founder/CEO of Digital Eyes Film Productions, a full services media company specializing in social impact documentary, feature films, and independent distribution.  An award-winning Writer/Director and EMMY-nominated Producer, Moynihan takes great pride in bringing a diverse range of skill sets to the table on both the production and distribution side of the media/entertainment business.  His most recent release, HEALING VOICES, is a critical look at mental healthcare in the United States and premiered in 130 communities across eight countries via an aggressive grass roots distribution model developed exclusively for the production.  Moynihan also recently Co-Produced SPACEMAN, a scripted feature about former major league baseball player and counterculture icon Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, starring Josh Duhamel, which was released theatrically in the US and Latin America, and acquired by Amazon Prime.  In the daylight hours, Digital Eyes Film provides media services to a global client base, including many groups and organizations focused on public health, mental health, and addiction recovery.  Moynihan's next film social action documentary, RECOVERING ADDICTION,  explores the crisis of substance abuse and mortality in the United States, and offers hopeful, public health solutions for prevention, treatment, and community healing.


Monya Murch - Reconnect and Rehumanise, a response to the impact of Trauma and Addiction 


Any Addiction is a secondary issue that comes out of a primary problem. Addiction does not happen in a vacuum. Our mainstream approaches to Addiction are often limiting and can be unhelpful in the long-term when their primarily focus is on ‘addiction and users being the problem’ rather then understanding the behaviours as adaptations to, or symptoms of, (deep) discomfort or a hostile environment.

People’s voices and experiences of emotional / human pain are then muffled, if not lost, in the tendency to pathologise and use dehumanising descriptions that merge a person and the behaviours of addiction. More than ever, there is a need for greater understanding and connection. The talk will aim to allow space for conversations around the impact of trauma, the possibility of reconnection, and the importance to re-claim one’s Humanity.

Monya Murch has a background in Social Sciences, later specialising in Addiction, Trauma-Informed Practice and Perinatal Mental Health. Monya is currently working with individuals and families experiencing Gambling-related Harm and severe mental distress. She also facilitates weekly therapeutic groups.


Jo Watson - A Call to Action


Challenging the illness myth promoted by western psychiatry that uses invalid constructs to pathologise people’s pain and survival strategies, Jo will share how she has personally experienced moving from isolation and hopelessness to feeling part of a massive movement for change. She will tell her story about how joining with allies in activism was the only congruent way forward for her personally, politically and professionally and will encourage others to consider whether the same could apply to them.  “We desperately need to emotionally connect to the injustice of it all and respond collectively, with all our passion, frustration and rage - and ‘do something!’”

Jo Watson is a psychotherapist and activist with a history in the U.K. Rape Crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 24 years with those who have been victims of sexual abuse/violence and has campaigned on women’s survivor issues for the past 3 decades. Jo actively challenges the biomedical model of ‘mental health’, arguing that emotional distress and suffering is primarily a result of what people have experienced, which all too often arises within social injustices that need to be named. Jo is the organizer of the one day event A Disorder For Everyone! with Dr Lucy Johnstone and a growing team of allies, both professionals and survivors, from around the UK and beyond. It is now in its 3rd year of touring the UK, challenging the ‘diagnosis and disorder’ approach. She presently represents the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) on a steering committee for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence working on creating guidelines for psychological therapists on prescribed psychoactive drugs. Jo is part of the Mad in the U.K. team as well as being a founding member of ‘United for Integrity in Mental Health’ (UIMH) (due to be launched in 2019) and creator of the Drop the Disorder! facebook group.

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Cherie McGregor - Academia is a vital tool for Lived Experience, systems-change activism


The mental health system is driven by a commitment to evidence-based practice which prioritises knowledge produced through academic research and published in peer reviewed journals. Academia is also responsible for the education and qualification of the health professionals, researchers and policy makers that guide decision-making and service delivery in the mental health system. For these reasons it is essential that Lived Experience systems change activists have a recognizable voice in the production of knowledge through leading research and education. This interactive workshop will explore the role that activism in the academic space can play in further driving Lived Experience systems change agendas. 


Chérie McGregor is currently the Consumer Services Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute where she is responsible for involving people with Lived Experience in the Institute’s research and education agendas. From 2010 she has worked as a Lived Experience systems change advocate in the public mental health system; commissioning mental health services for a regional PHN; and as a Lived Experience academic. Prior to that Chérie worked in a variety community and sector development roles from 1995. 


Workshop Facilitators

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Andrew Fort – Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, Listening to the Voices of (Lived) Experience

Psychiatric drugs can be helpful in many people’s experience, whilst others have found them either ineffective, or quite harmful. Many people are looking for support to reduce or come off their psychiatric drugs, or to help them deal with existing withdrawal effects from these drugs and finding this support can be really challenging. Many prescribers don’t understand the potential intensity of these experiences; misunderstanding them as signs of relapse, or symptoms of another ‘illness’, or labelling people seeking this support as ‘non-compliant’ or lacking insight.

Andrew works in private practice to support people seeking to negotiate these challenging experiences. While the ‘evidence’ (clinical guidelines and recommended literature) presents a narratives of mild, short-term ‘discontinuation syndrome', Andrew sees and hears the diversity of people's experience. Andrew is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and therapist, committed to finding gentler ways to help people in distress. He has a particular interest in experiences commonly called ‘psychosis’, and in the healing power of human connection and relationship. Andrew is also a lucky husband and father, a musician, a lover of nature, music, art, wine and chocolate, and a traveller with a curiosity about our diverse ways of making sense of the world.

Indigo Daya - A Clarion Call: Stop Hurting, Start Helping!

The time is NOW. After decades of activism, the consumer/survivor movement is in a period of bright and creative growth. We will no longer accept being passive recipients. We will call out systemic abuses. We have unparalleled expertise and drive. In this passionate talk, Indigo will reflect on the themes of Reawaken Australia, and her experience from 14 years of consumer/survivor activism. What CAN we do? What MUST we do?

Indigo Daya has held consumer leadership roles in mental health for fourteen years, including working with community and clinical mental health services, academia, consulting, government and systemic advocacy. Indigo has lived experience as a survivor of childhood trauma, madness and coercive mental health services. She is passionate about consumer leadership,
reframing ‘mental illness’ as a meaningful response to trauma and adversity, and the advancement of human rights for people using mental health systems. Indigo has been a leader in introducing the hearing voices approach and peer work to Victoria, in developing consumer perspectives on trauma, promoting human rights, and as a speaker and educator in Australia and overseas. She has worked in executive management, program management, peer support work, consumer-perspective supervision, advocacy, policy advice, consulting and education. Indigo is currently Human Rights Advisor at VMIAC and Research Fellow at the
Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne.

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Liz Asser - Self Directed Recovery: User's Manual


Often when we find ourselves overcome by life and its circumstances, we can experience a disconnection from self,  which manifests in periods of mental ill health, substance abuse and destruction of relationships with others and ourselves.  We know that this is often why we seek help from counsellors, family, friends or other medical professional sources.


Realising this about ourselves can be powerful in transforming how we self direct our recovery process.  For me, I undertake a regular/annual process of producing my own WRAP or Wellness and Recovery Action Plan - after all who knows me better than me? - I attempt to determine what my emerging or continuing goals and values are and then give thought to how these might be realised using what I know has worked for me and discovering new ways of being my authentic self.  This gives me opportunity to reflect, prioritise and take ownership of my recovery.  It grounds me and reminds me what my strengths, triggers and supports are.  It sets me up to succeed.


Liz Asser has been a teacher for over 25 years working with very young children through to adults in diverse settings, including remote indigenous communities. Currently teaching Mental Health at TAFE in Queensland, Liz is passionate about advocacy for person centred support services, and employment of persons with lived experience to provide peer support. At age 30, Liz experienced a significant breakdown which led to a diagnosis of Bi Polar Disorder and PTSD. This emergence of mental ill health challenged her both professionally and personally, and the lessons learned over the last 20 years inform her practice working as a trainer,  counsellor and champion of self determination.  Liz encourages her clients and students to embrace their recovery as an opportunity for self development and realisation of potential.

Judith de Lang - Revisiting the Forgotten ACE Outcomes

Is it possible to achieve meaningful progress for a client - with a history of childhood trauma - in three, workplace-mandated sessions? This workshop uses a case study to demonstrate the impact of The Bower Place Model genogram and explores the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire in a structured format. This three session model uses past, present and future as a guide for conversations that focus on client capacity and resilience. The model is based on ACE study findings as well as current neuroscience - recognising that knowledge is power.

Feedback from client's indicates the usefulness of the model in beginning to understand the developmental impacts of trauma and how to find ways to move forward. During the workshop, participants will be able to discover their own ACE score as well as a powerful way of connecting with a client while composing a unique style of genogram.

Judith has always been interested in the dynamics of interactions between people. This has led to working with at-risk  individuals in the areas of mental health, violence and trauma. Her knowledge and skills have been informed by her roles as daughter, sister, partner, mother and grandmother, as well as her migrant experience of both living in a small community in the Solomon Islands for two years with a young family, and of immigrating to Australia. Judith has a Doctorate in Counselling and is particularly excited by emerging research in the area of neuro-plasticity. The evidence from this field highlights the urgent need for trauma-informed practice across all human service agencies, and the hope is that this will eventually be reflected in all government policy. Judith is currently employed in a government regional health service where she undertakes various roles as clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor.


Joanne Newman - Trauma, hearing voices & becoming a compassionate agent of change

In this workshop, Joanna will explore her journey of becoming an agent of change, sharing what she found helpful and what has helped others in their journey towards healing. This included the important role of self-compassion and compassionate responses to the experience of human distress. Joanne is a lived experience educator, activist and advocate. Her lived experience of trauma, emotional distress, hearing voices and the burden of psychiatric diagnosis at age 19 years, well-positions her for these roles. Healing for her is a personal, ongoing journey, of which hearing voices is an integral part. Discovering the Hearing Voices Movement has been influential as has being a moderator with “Drop the Disorder!” through which her connections, allies and learning has been enriched.

Joanne works part-time at Edith Cowan University (ECU - Bunbury) with Social Work, in the Mental Health Unit as a Lived Experience Educator where she works with 3rdyr social work students. She’s also been consultant at ECU - Joondalup within Occupational Therapy. Alongside this, Joanne was prime developer of an ECU film project, has contributed to academic research & presented at several conferences.

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Suicide – Do we even know what we are doing about it?

​As the world embraces the public health crisis of suicide, many of the same models of crisis intervention are being shaped towards a narrative of zero suicide. This work shop will invite discussion and collaboration on some of the following questions:

  • Why do we always forget the human suffering of the suicidal experience?

  • Should the focus shift from crisis management to formulating understanding of the origins of suicide as well as crisis support?

  • How do we talk more openly about suicide in relation to trauma and addiction without applying restrictive mental health approaches?

  • How do we keep connection and compassion as the central themes while being with a person in distress around ending their life?


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.


Ellie Hodges - Lived Experience: what does it even mean?

So often there are divides on paths to liberation as different needs take priority. This talk will invite the group to explore what we mean by the terms lived experience, peer work and the plethora of clinical and professional labels that lead to the division of people in the mental health, trauma and addiction environments and think about how we can work towards a shared goal of finding compassion and connection in recognising what each of us brings as a value not a deficit. The workshop will focus on the common values and shared beliefs in human potential and how we can all be heard in journeys of recovery and hope. We will wander, wonder, grapple, surmise, challenge and question the complexity of how we make sense of, use and embody our lived and learned experiences. Even when questions remain and approaches differ there will be solidarity in the shared experience of exploring new territory together.

Ellie has worked for twenty years in the community and mental health sectors as a community development lead, therapeutic practitioner, manager, educator, advisor, strategy/policy worker and consultant. For the past three years she has been an active lived experience representative, leader and speaker at state and national level.  In 2017 Ellie started asking questions about the lack of collective voice for people with lived experience in South Australia and our limited power to influence change at a systemic level. In response she founded the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network (LELAN) which became an organisation in its own right at the end of 2018. Ellie does not believe that the way mental health issues and emotional distress are currently understood or responded to is ‘right’ or good enough. This drives her to do what she can. At the heart of all of Ellie’s work is her commitment to innovation, social justice and leading together.

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Maggie Toko & Becky Myers -2 Nations Yarning and Korero about indigenous women's mental health

Maggie Toko is a Maori woman from Aotearoa.  She is the CEO of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and has a lived experience of mental health. Maggie is passionate about human rights and has made a life time commitment to fight injustice whenever she can. Becky Myers is an aboriginal Arrernte women from Alice Springs living in Adelaide, currently working as Case Worker in Mental Health & Disability and Drug and Alcohol misuses. Becky is very passionate about the rights of all people, loves the work she dose for aboriginal women dealing with Mental Health and is very committed to support those in need.


Michael Sheehan - Whatever happened to hope-inspiring environments? The compassion deficit in mental health care.

The language of “recovery” is a common feature in mental health discourse with its key principle being the cultivation of hope-inspiring and compassionate environments. However, current mental health policy and practice does not appear to prioritise the development of compassionate contexts. This is evidenced by a wide imbalance of power in mental health services, a lack of tolerance for ‘difference’ and an imperative to deal decisively with ‘problematic’ clients.

This lack of emphases on compassionate care comes within the context of political and societal concerns and priorities around the need to control risk and uncertainty and the rationalisation of services. Moreover, mental health provision operates within an inherently coercive mental health framework. With the emphasis on recovery within mental health policy and practice, there is the need to reintroduce and support compassionate contexts where they are expected and can thrive. Only through compassionate and hope-inspiring environments can people experiencing mental distress develop their own unique ways of accepting and living with (or recovering from) their mental health difficulties. Without this, the notion of recovery is mere rhetoric.


Michael is currently Executive Director at Relationships Australia Western Australia and oversees its Family Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Child Contact Services. For over 25 years, he has held senior management positions within the community services sector, involving setting up and managing mental health, substance use and government and community services. His skills and experience include policy development and review, clinical supervision, university lecturing and liaising with government and non–government agencies and various key reference groups.


Amber Rules - The Importance of Supporting the Whole Family When Addiction is Present

Historically, support and treatment for people who use substances or experience process/behavioural addictions (such as gambling) has frequently been provided solely to the using-person. Research indicates that treatment outcomes for the using-person improve when family members also receive psycho-education and counselling. More importantly, the family members who are experiencing pain, confusion, fear, anger and a myriad of other emotions are often left out of the healing process, and suffer greatly themselves as a result. In particular, children and teenagers are left without meaningful and effective support, which can contribute to lasting difficulties for them, including their own use of substances and behaviours.

Through the lens of the Re-Awaken themes, this workshop will look at the following: The importance of connection between self, the family system, “professional” supports and community as vital components of change; The role of compassion toward self, others and toward the phenomenon of addiction in the healing journey; The path toward safe, thoughtful and meaningful action for individuals, families, community members and clinicians who are impacted by addiction; Practical, applicable strategies to support change and healing, whether you are an individual, family member or clinician (or all three).

Amber Rules is a Sydney-based psychotherapist and counsellor who works with individuals and families impacted by substance
use and potentially addictive behaviours (such as gambling). Amber specialises in support and education for the family
members of people who use substances and behaviours, and strongly believes in the importance of supporting the entire family for better outcomes and lasting change. She has lived experience of family addiction and intergenerational trauma, and draws on this in her clinical practice.


Amanda Waegeli - The Great Debate: To Re Awaken or Stay Asleep

To reawaken is the act of awaking from sleep. A revival of interest or attention. A recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something, either personal or as a community. And yet, with this revival and opportunity for growth comes discomfort; the painful awareness of how messed up the world is and that some relationships can not be sustained. So why rock the boat? Perhaps we’re better off not making such a fuss about reawakening. Perhaps it’s better to accept things as they are and to try and find some peace in our slumber. Haven’t we suffered enough? Facilitated by Amanda, two debating teams will explore these issues and present their arguments to either reawaken or to stay asleep.

Amanda is a lived experience practioner, who has worked in the Mental Health sector in various roles for over ten years. She uses her own lived experiences of mental distress and personal recovery to infulence change and improvement in mental health practice. She has her own successful private business; Mental Health Recovery Training and Consultancy. Amanda values the voice of lived experience and is passionate about ensuring it is utelised in mental health care and treatment.

She is a published author who has been recognised for her work in the International Hearing Voices Movement, and is an an ambassador for the QLD Hearing Voices Network. Her work in Mental Health Peer Work was recognised by the National Mental Health Commission in the National Peer Champion Program. Winner of the WA Mental Health Commission 2013 Good Outcomes award for Consumer Engagement and Participation and nominee for the 2018 QLD Mental Health Week Awards. She is the founder and vice chairperson of Recovery Rocks Community Inc; a Peer led and Run recovery community in Perth, WA. She also holds the position of Vice Chairperson for ISPS Australia (international society for psycological and social approacches to psychosis). Amanda lives in rural Queensland and works nationally incorporating her own lived experience of recovery, through training, education and consultancy. Her areas of intrest are Mental Health Recovery, Lived Experience education, Peer Support, Hearing Voices, Peer Supported Open Dialogue, Psycosis, and Anti Psychotic Drug Withdrawal.


Amanda Waegeli and Chérie McGregor - The PEER in Peer Supported Open Dialogue


In the mid-1980’s, Open Dialogue was developed as an alternative to treatment-as-usual for psychosis in Western Lapland, Finland. The model has been so successful it has become the standard mental health treatment in the region and is gaining momentum internationally. Intentional Peer Support has emerged internationally as powerful peer support framework
since it was founded in USA in the 1990’s. These two approaches are combined in facilitating Peer Supported Open Dialogue to offer a powerful combination of tools and philosophy to rethink how we connect and include family and friends in supporting people experiencing extreme distress and unshared realities. When facilitated by peer support workers and clinicians in an equal partnership, where both are able to compassionately listen to each other. Peer Supported Open Dialogue offers a
framework for people in distress, the people who care about them and mental health professionals to genuinely share power and offer support in more compassionate and effective ways. There is a strong alignment between the values that are commonly recognised as 'peer etho' and Open Dialogue. This interactive workshop will explore the underpinning values
and identify the vital role that peer support plays in facilitating an open dialogue process when supporting people who experience the effects of trauma addiction and mental distress. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn some of the skills of Peer Supported Open Dialogue. The call to meaningful action will be an invitation to workshop
participants to take these skills and use them in their everyday interactions with family, friends and the people with whom they work.

Klaire McClorey and Kane Spooner - Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF)

Over a five-year period, a group of senior psychologists from the UK, in collaboration with service users and campaigners, have developed the PTMF as an alternative model to traditional psychiatric diagnosis for making sense of people's life challenges. The Framework doesn't just apply to people who have been engaged with mental health services - it applies to all of us! It summarises and integrates a great deal of evidence about the role of various kinds of power in people’s lives, the kinds of threat that misuse of power pose to us and the ways we have learnt to respond to those threats.


This workshop will provide a brief overview of the model and an exercise to help you get a taste for how it might be applied in practice. Klaire and Kane are social work students currently undertaking their final placement with the HUMANE Clinic and recently attended a two-day PTMF workshop with co-authors of the model, Lucy Johnstone and John Cromby.

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Community Connectors and Creatives

Yellaka - Cultural Ceremony

Formed in 2015 by Karl Winda Telfer and Sonia Waters, Yellaka - 'Old Wisdom New Ways' was created to transfer ancient Aboriginal cultural knowledge to our young people. Yellaka provides opportunities for young people to engage in cultural practice including story, dance, language, song, cultural camps and walking country. Yellaka's 16 dancers perform regularly at cultural, community, and major corporate events and have collaborated widely across Adelaide including the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, The Port Power AFL Indigenous Round, Tour Down Under, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ed Sheeran, RCC & the 68th International Astronautical Conference presenting traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance and culture through it engaging and mesmerising performances.


Rob de Kok - a poetry reading of original works

Rob is a poet, writer, performer, documentary film maker and stage director. His works have been published by SAWC, Heinemann Books, Oxford University Press, Friendly Street Poets, Wakefield Press, The Weekend Australian Magazine, The Broadkill Review, eMags in Australia and overseas and on travel blogs. Rob has taught Professional Writing, Poetry, Short Story, Creative Non-fiction, Film, Stage and Memoir writing at various South Australian tertiary institutions, in workshops for the Australian Writers' Guild and the South Australian Writers' Centre and for community groups. With his partner Sue, Rob runs Rosebud Writing Workshops in the Adelaide Hills. He continues to write and assists other to self-publish.

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Kairos - a contemporary acoustic covers duo comprised of Elyse on vocals and Luke on the guitar.


Salt & Earth - a genre-bending duet with a passion for social change. Sandy and Marduk play original tunes inspired by folk, jazz, soul and flamenco music and covers with a message.

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Jane Ellis - The Meaning Manual: re-writing the DSM - an interactive art project


This Art project aims to transform an old DSM to capture the narratives and meaning behind human distress. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders or more commonly known as the DSM is written by Psychiatrists and medical professionals to label and diagnose people. The Meaning Manual will be created by the community for the community to capture alternate explanations of distress including the complexity, meaning and hope of the human experience. We invite all community members to choose a page from the DSM to transform by using altered art journaling techniques. Local artists will be available to assist you to paint, draw, stick, write, stamp, collage and create your way through this transformational process. All levels of creativity are welcome. The Meaning Manual will be placed on display at the Reawaken festival and at other events in the future to facilitate conversations around this new narrative crafted by our community.

Jane is first a foremost a human being who is a passionate Acro Yogi and active community member, who enjoys fancy tea and cheese. Through her personal experiences and life journey including trauma and childhood trauma she has developed a strong passion for advocacy, human rights, creative community engagement and trauma.

Jane has a background in crisis support work, peer work and systemic advocacy at a local level and in mental Health Policy within the consumer and carer spaces. Jane has recently won the role of Consumer Consultant for Uniting SA in an advocacy, community engagement and lived experience workforce development role.  


Ross Marshall - The Turning Point Project: documenting personal stories of change and transformation

The inspiration for the Turning Point Project, came to Ross from reading other people’s stories and an acknowledgement of how powerful and transformative that was for his own recovery. This project is an opportunity for participants of Reawaken to come together and share personal experiences in community. While it will acknowledge the darkness in people lives and the world, ultimately, it will be a compilation of gems, reflecting the many facets of recovery. This collaboratively produced document seeks to connect us with ourselves and each other, and in this process help create healing and positive change.

Ross Marshall is a Peer Support Worker for Uniting SA. He has a passion for working with people, and does this in his current role by walking alongside individuals who are engaged with the South Australian, public mental health system. Being in relationship with others and the mutual learning that takes place - using our Lived Experience - is what keeps Ross motivated. Being part of Reawaken is consistent with his commitment to building community; A community where vulnerability is viewed as a strength and power imbalances are acknowledged and used for good, encouraging people to realise their abilities and giving them the freedom to make choices.


Matt Ball and Stephanie Mitchell - Just Listening

Listening can be a just exercise offering justice to both the person narrating their reality and the person listening. In the process of deep listing we hear both ourselves and the other person and can honour the truth of each person. Just listening is a project that aims to demonstrate the value of connection through be heard. Just listening is simple – two chairs, a listener and a person with a story from their life to share. This approach can be facilitated anywhere, any time. The short video introductions are for encouragement and to build confidence to step forward into the wonderful space of listening and being heard as an opportunity to connect as mutual humans in society on share paths.