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CONVERSATIONS: Understanding Loneliness

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Welcome to Conversations: Understanding Loneliness

With each new challenge, we have decided to create a space where we can engage in the topic and stimulate conversations. You're invited to join us at any of the sessions below, simply Click Here to reserve your spot. Each session runs for 45min including Q&A.

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Prof. Jane Farmer & Gus Woreland: "How do we move from awareness to action?" 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 29/10/20

Despite the widespread prevalence of social isolation and loneliness, we also know how to combat it. In this session we will hear about  ‘what works’ - practical ways to optimise and boost social connection, drawing on research and evidence, and the work of Gotcha4Life.   Click Here  to register for this session. Jane Farmer is Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne. She has a distinguished track record of research in rural health services, innovations in...

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Joel Ramirez - "Why loneliness is killing us and what we can do about it." - 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 28/10/20

Joel will share his personal journey with chronic loneliness and how he overcame it, followed by giving us insight into the types of people that can also be affected by loneliness and social isolation in our society. Entrepreneur, Author and Social Wellbeing Expert, Joel Ramirez, is currently writing his book, ‘BETTER TOGETHER – Why loneliness is the silent killer and what we can do about it’. Joel’s mission is to help Australia become more resilient and mentally healthier by helping...

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Dr Rachel Winterton: "What connections can we create for our ageing population?" 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 27/10/20

With an ageing population, we cannot continue to ignore the unique realities of social isolation and loneliness of our elders. In this session, we explore the lived realities and systemic shifts needed to create meaningful connections  for older Australians.   Dr Rachel Winterton is a research fellow at the John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University, Wodonga. Her research is located primarily in the field of health geography, and focuses on how rural communities, governments and...

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Tessa Blencowe - "Loneliness & Emotional Resilience " 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 22/10/20

What’s missing from the conversation, why we need to address shame and stigma, and what we should be aiming for when it comes to tackling loneliness.   Tessa Blencowe is an independent digital storyteller and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of London is Lonely, an immersive exhibition composed of photographs and audio stories of loneliness in London. She has exhibited at the London Conference, the Great Get Together and at numerous public and private spaces across London. In 2018 she...

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Michelle Lim: "What do we know?" - 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 20/10/20

Dr Michelle Lim is a Research Fellow at the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, and Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Lim is the head of the Social Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Laboratory. The main aim of the SHAW laboratory is to generate rigorous research related to loneliness across the lifespan. Specifically, the aim of the research is to develop and design evidence-based and consumer relevant interventions that can effectively target loneliness....

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Graeme Cowan: "How do we be supportive?" - 3:30-4:15pm including Q&A - 21/10/20

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish During times of huge change, it can be easy to forget self-care. Each day we should plan activities to improve our physical, emotional, and contribution health. We can’t help others if we aren’t in good shape ourselves. Self-care also links closely with personal resilience and growth. Adopting small habits each day   builds our resilience for uncertain times. Self-care isn’t selfish. Graeme Cowan  is the author of best-selling BACK FROM THE BRINK book series...

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