ADEC Mental Health Forum 2014

ADEC's 2014 Mental Health Forum was a resounding success. We would like to thank those organisations and individuals that decided to attend and participate in this interesting discussion. I would also like to thank our stall holders CoHealth and VMIAC for sharing their information on the day.

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Possession: A Mental Health Problem or Something More?

small-imageThe ADEC Mental Health Forum 2014 covered an interesting topic this year - "Possession: A Mental Health Problem or Something More?" Across the world there are diverse beliefs attached to the incidence of possession - why it might happen and what the underlying cause might be.

Our speakers presented the Mental Health professional's, Religious Leader's and Consumer/Carer's perspectives on the topic to begin the conversation. Then through the Playback Theatre Group, the audience had the opportunity to explore the topic themselves by creating their own scenario and having it played out on stage in front of them.


Speakers included: Dr. Justin Kuay and Reverend Andrew Lausberg

Entertainment included: Heidi Everett & Phil, Asanti Dance Theatre, Playback Theatre Group and a Henna booth


Event Details

Date: 14 October 2014

Registration at 8:30am

Time: 8:30am - 2pm

Location: Rydges Bell City - 215 Bell Street, Preston

Room: The Ballroom

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To book a stall click here for the registration form

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Dianne Simboro - Introduction Video









Interview With Rev Andrew Lausberg




Dr Justin Kuay

Justin Photo 2 “Dr Justin Kuay is currently a consultant psychiatrist based at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) in St Vincent’s Hospital. He also works in the mental health clinic at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Brunswick and also has a small private practice focussing predominantly on psychotherapy. He is a committee member of the Section of Social and Cultural Psychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry. He is also the coordinator for the Masters of Psychiatry (Melbourne University) transcultural psychiatry selective for psychiatric registrars. His diverse roles reflect his interests in policy development, research, education and clinical work in transcultural psychiatry and psychotherapy.”






Heidi Everett and Phil Heuzenroeder

A1 Heidi and Phil small"Heidi Everett and Phil Heuzenroeder bring great energy to mental health awareness through their lively duo performances and Heidi’s award winning songs. Heidi tells a mental health story ‘like it is’ and loves the spirit of connection that live music opens up. Heidi is a multi-creative, being recently commissioned by the ABC to design their logo for the national Mental As.. campaign, and teaches songwriting to other people who identify with the Mi/h story. She also directs independent community projects such as Schizy Week and Psych Ward Support. Phil directs the prolific Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and Wild@heART Community Arts, a flagship arts concept for people who identify with mental health and disability."





Our ED presenting some flowers to our speaker at the 2012 Mental Health Forum



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