Menzies Public Talk Series: Mental Health in the Spotlight


The first talk of the series this year, held in partnership with beyondblue

Start Date

22nd Feb 2012 5:30pm

End Date

22nd Feb 2012 6:30pm


Lecture Theatre, Medical Science 1, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart

RSVP / Contact Information

RSVP to Menzies reception on (03) 6226 7700. Enquiries: Ms Sam East, Community Engagement Coordinator E:; P: (03) 6226 7782.

enzies Research Institute Tasmania is continuing this year with its Public Talk Series following on from its successful inaugural talk last October. The first talk of the series this year, in partnership with beyondblue, will include three brief presentations by highly regarded Menzies’ researchers who will share their research. There will also be a presentation from beyondblue sharing with us who they are and what they do.



Professor Alison Venn

Acting Director

Welcome and Introduction
Dr Kristy Sanderson

Senior Research Fellow

'Healthy Workplaces mean Healthy Balance Sheets’

Depression is the leading cause of disability in Australia and exerts a high personal and economic toll on individuals and society. As many people with depression are able to continue working, much of this burden is borne by workplaces. We are investigating new ways to help employees and employers take a proactive and positive approach to promoting good mental health outcomes in the workplace.

Dr Seana Gall

Research Fellow

‘The Consequences of Childhood’

Research from Tasmania and elsewhere has given us a greater understanding of how the circumstances of children’s lives influence their risks for developing health problems as they grow into adulthood. As part of this research we are investigating social and emotional aspects of childhood and how that impacts on later physical and mental health. We are particularly interested in how children’s’ experiences of school affects their mental health later in life.

Professor Matthew Jose

Professor of Medicine
University of Tasmania

‘Chronic illness and Mental Health’

Having a health problem traditionally meant seeing doctors, having tests, taking tablets and hopefully getting better. We now realise that many modern-day health issues can’t be cured and learning to live with a chronic health problem is commonplace. Therefore the modern treatment of chronic disease needs to address not only physical health, but also mental health and other important social issues.

Ms Leonie Young

Immediate past CEO

What beyondblue do and Conclusion


All welcome to attend. Doors will be open from 5pm with tea, coffee, juice and biscuits available before the 5.30pm sharp start.

Can we please encourage you to RSVP by Monday 20th February to Menzies reception on (03) 6226 7700