The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

Friday, 14 August 2020 9.00am – 5.00pm

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2020 Registration

Individual Registration
Group Discounts (3+)

Previous Event Information

2019 Topics and Speakers

  • From Trauma to Strength; Gill Hicks MBE, Survivor of the 2005 London Terrorist Bombings, Founder of M.A.D for Peace
  • Choosing Not to Hate; Matt X, Preventing Violent Extremism Consultant
  • Managing Attention Span in the Age of Digital Distractions; Dr Kristy Goodwin, Digital Wellness Expert
  • A Developmental Approach to Nurturing Resilience in Young People with Disability; Dr Jane Tracy, Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Health, Monash Health
  • How the Internet is Affecting Youth Wellbeing Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer, Office of the eSafety Commissioner
  • Anxiety in Young People – Practical Support Strategies for School Communities; Andrew Lord, Senior Educator, headspace in Schools, Be You
  • Keeping Young People Safer at Music Festivals; Paul Dillon, Educator, DARTA
  • Helping Young People Through Family Separation; Fiona McCallum, General Manager, Good Grief
  • Conversations with Troubled Young People – Practical Advice; Andrew Fuller, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Inyahead

And much more!

Main Program

This is our flagship Generation Next program, targeted at frontline professionals working with young people in the education, community and health sectors, in particular teachers, counsellors, social/youth workers, nurses and psychologists.

2018 Topics and Speakers

    • Choosing Not to Hate; Alpha Cheng, Advocate for Social Cohesion; 2017 ACT Young Australian of the Year Nominee and Matt X, Counter Violent Extremist Consultant, Government, Intelligence and Non-Government Organisations
    • Alcohol and Consent; Paul Dillon, Educator and Director, DARTA
    • What’s Shaping the World of eSafety?Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
    • Developing Positive Body ImageProf Susan J Paxton, Psychologist
    • Everything May NOT Be Awesome…Are Smartphones Hurting Our Children?A/Prof Mike Nagel, Researcher and Author, University of Sunshine Coast
    • Rewiring Your Brain for Better Mental HealthAndrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, Inyahead
    • Understanding Adolescent SleepDr Chris Seton, Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Physician; Staff Specialist, Sleep Investigation Unit and Respiratory Support Service, Westmead Children’s Hospital
    • Sexting- Just Rude Pictures; Brett Lee, Founder, iNESS; Former Police Officer
    • Gambling and Young People; Dr Alex Blaszczynski, Professorial Research Fellow and Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

If you’re looking for presentation notes and materials from the previous seminars, you can find them here.

Kids in Cyberspace

Responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing online environment, this year in 2018 Generation Next is hosting a unique parallel event dedicated to promoting a healthy digital diet, harnessing the benefits of technology for education and supporting professionals help young people stay safe, positive and responsible online.

2018 Topics and Speakers

      • Attention Management; Dr Kristy Goodwin, Digital Wellness Expert; Researcher and Honorary Associate, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University
      • Practical Strategies to Empower Positive Digital CitizenshipJocelyn Brewer, Counsellor, Psychologist and Researcher
      • The Four ‘R’s of Online SafetyGreg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
      • Violent Video Games and AggressionDr Wayne Warburton, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, The Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University
      • Internet Connected Toys and Play: What You Need to KnowDr Kate Highfield, Teacher and Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology
      • The 3 P’s- Policy, Practice & Photography; Susan McLean, Cybersafety Expert
      • A Detective Steps into the Predator’s Lair Disguised as a Child; Brett Lee, Founder, iNESS; Former Police Officer
      • Social Media and Mental HealthA/Prof Mike Nagel, Researcher and Author, University of Sunshine Coast

The Kids in Cyberspace event will run from 9am to 5pm on the same day. Participants who have registered for the event will also have access to the Main Program (Main Program participants will not have access to the Kids in Cyberspace Program).

If you’re looking for presentation notes and materials from the previous seminars, you can find them here.


Sydney Town Hall – 483 George St, Sydney

      • Central Sydney is served by a comprehensive and convenient public transport network, ranging from buses and trains to light rail and ferries. Buses and trains travel direct to Sydney Town Hall. To plan your trip please visit Transport Planner
      • No parking facilities are available at the venue however paid parking options are available in the CBD. The two closest car parks are QVB (entry via York St) and St Andrews (entry via Kent St). For a list of car parks available in the CBD visit: City Car Park Locations
      • Approx. 20 mins drive from the airport