Surviving and Thriving: Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Kildare Catholic College Hall

Coleman Street

Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650


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Professor Tim Carey

Tim is Director of Flinders University's Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a scientist-practitioner He has worked as a clinical psychologist in rural Scotland and remote Australia. A central focus of his work is the importance of control to health and wellbeing and recognition of conflict as an explanation of psychological distress. He has pioneered clinical such as patient -led appointment scheduling and patient- perspective care. He is a Fulbright Scholar who has over 100 publications. He has a blog on Psychology Today where he writes about promoting robust mental health. He has also developed a smartphone app called Mindsurf. Tim is particularly interested in different ways of understanding psychological functioning particularly different cultural understandings such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's model of social and emotional wellbeing. In 2018 Tim appeared on a popular SBS series "How Mad are You? "which was a program to help address stigma associated with mental health problems.


Dr Rachel Hogg School of Psychology Charles Sturt University

Rachel completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2008. She completed a PhD in Sport Psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2015. Her PhD explored the unique sporting relationship between horse and rider in elite sport using social constructionist grounded theory.

Rachel joined the School of Psychology as a faculty member in 2012. In addition to her own research, Rachel has worked on a number of projects within the School of Psychology and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. These projects have addressed domestic violence, disability and mental health, the psychology of perception, adolescent behaviour, and psychometrics. Rachel is broadly interested in topics relating to sport and social psychology and conducts both qualitative and quantitative research.


Mr. Paul Templeton Mental Health Recovery Unit Wagga Wagga Base Hospital

Paul is registered as a Nurse and Psychologist. He has been Manager of the Mental Health Recovery Unit at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital since its inception in 2014. Prior to commencing this role Paul has worked in non government mental health services, private practices and in both Schools of Humanities and Nursing at Charles Sturt University. Paul's key priorities are translating mental health recovery principles into true and meaningful experiences for consumers, families and carers in mental health services. As a migrant from Victoria to Wagga Wagga in 1999 Paul feels privileged to be working in this field, with dedicated professional people who genuinely care about the wellbeing of people they serve.

Ms Janine Goodrum Sunflower House

Professor Tim Carey Centre for Remote Health

This event is supported by Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network's Murrumbidgee Community Grant.

Thank you to our Guest Speaker and Panel for their contributions and to Kildare Catholic College for the use of their Hall.


1. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available in the surrounding streets.

If you are from Temora, Tumut, Gundagai, Lockhart, The Rock, Uranquinty, Ganmain, Coolamon or Marrar there are free buses organised from each of these locations. It is essential that you book a seat on the bus. The rural communities from around Wagga Wagga are especially welcome to attend this event.

2. Do I need to Register?

Yes. Registration is required for seating arrangements.

3. Can I send in a question for the panel?

Yes this can be done when you register.

4. Travelling from out of town - hungry?

There will be a suasage sizzle from 645pm before the Talk starts.

To book a seat on the bus please choose the ticket type that lists your town and nominate which stop you will be boarding so the bus driver knows.

5. How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email Joanne Carter

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