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Transforming Perceptions

By Transforming Perceptions
Transforming Perceptions offers a range of views on subjects that may have direct or indirect links to social, emotional and mental well-being and aims to promote de-stigmatisation of mental illness in the community, especially for people of multicultural, migrant and refugee backgrounds. Discussion links self-care and mental well-being with issues including mental health research, health, education, life style choices, or to activities such as gardening, yoga, meditation or spirituality. The opinions expressed on the show are not necessarily those of the Transforming Perceptions team.
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Áine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation - Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, Women's Health Research at Monash University - The Challenges of Suicide Modelling

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Does Research Matter? – In Conversation with Dr Emma Tseris - ‘Unpacking Women’s Safety - Perceptions of Women with Mental Illness and Disability who have experienced sexual assault.'
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Dr Emma Tseris, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Policy Studies, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. “Much of Emma's work is centred on the question: How are dominant understandings and responses to mental distress embedded in relations of power, and how can alternative and marginalised perspectives be made more visible?” Áine and Emma discuss these factors and how societal constructs and historical and gendered stereotyping of women may contribute to the formulation of negative perceptions and invalidation of women who have experienced domestic and family violence, rape and abuse, and in particular how this impacts women living with mental illness of disability. “Emma’s research and teaching areas include critical mental health theory, intersections between gender and psychiatric labelling practices, power inequalities between professionals and service users, and therapisation trends within neo-liberal societies. She is the author of Trauma, Women’s Mental Health and Social Justice: Pitfalls and Possibilities, published by Routledge in 2019, which utilises critical and post-structural feminist theories to interrogate assumptions about the effects of gender-based violence on women’s lives, and to highlight the oppressive implications of an individualising, symptom-focused approach to understanding trauma” (https://www.sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/supervisors/2145). Does Research Matter? is a bi-monthly segment of the Transforming Perceptions radio show which focuses on discussing and exploring the benefits and value of research,  types of research and showcasing current research.  Guests/ researchers  will argue the case as to whether evidence-based research is appropriate for the particular issue and why. Join us live or livestream on 2xx Community Radio 98.3 FM or listen back On Demand off our 2xx Transforming Perceptions program page. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
41:38
May 29, 2021
Energising Your Life - Transformation, Taking the Steps to Change – In Conversation with Gabrielle Conescu, Artist, Speaker and Mentor.
Today on our Energising Your Life segment our theme is Transformation,  Taking the Steps to Change. I replay an interview from October 2019 with Gabrielle Conescu, Artist,  Speaker and Mentor about her decision to change her life and pursue her  dream of being an artist. How many of us wish that we could follow our  passion? How many of us wish that we could embrace our true selves and come more fully back to inner balance through doing what we love and  what feeds our well-being? Four years ago Gabrielle Conescu was working  as a professional bookkeeper, when she recognised that she could no  longer sustain her well-being within an unhealthy work environment.  Gabrielle shares her experiences and how she took the first tentative steps to making the significant changes that set her on a new path.  Gabrielle believes that there is opportunity for everyone to step into  what they love. Gabrielle is passionate about helping others living to  their highest potential. She mostly works from home and exhibits her  gorgeous artworks in various locations, including 2Mad Sisters, Sandgate  and Optimal Life Solutions, Enoggera in Brisbane QLD.  Transforming  Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives  from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and  mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:00:01
May 17, 2021
In Conversation with Zakia Patel, Regional Managing Director, Multicultural Hub Canberra & Regional NSW - The changing role and work of the Multicultural Hub, Canberra.
Zakia and I discuss the changing role and work of the Multicultural Hub in Canberra and the barriers faced by people of multicultural backgrounds in gaining mental health services and information. Zakia has an extensive network within the community sector, with a particular passion for young people in the community, especially young people from a migrant back ground. Zakia is an advocate for migrant women and works to promote the importance of women  in leadership roles. In 2019 Zakia was a keynote speaker at an International Women’s Day event, as well as a panel speaker at the 2019 YWCA She Lead’s Conference. Join us live, livestream on 2xx 98.3 FM Community Radio, or listen back On Demand off our 2xx Transforming Perceptions program page. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
27:28
May 1, 2021
Dr Kathryn Daley Comments - Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health - 'Are the needs of youth adequately covered in the final report & do young people have a voice in building a new MH system?'
The final report from the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System was formally released on the 2nd March 2021. Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Dr Kathryn Daley, Senior Lecturer & Program Manager, Youth Work and Youth Studies at RMIT University about the recommendations, proposed changes and initiatives and whether they meet the needs of youth. Kathryn was a youth alcohol and other drug outreach worker before becoming a Research Fellow at the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) prior to completing her doctorate.  As Senior Lecturer & Program Manager, Youth Work and Youth Studies at RMIT University her work and research is about improving the well-being and opportunity of young people who are experiencing chronic disadvantage in our community including those with substance misuse, and working to develop interventions for young people with concurrent housing and mental health issues. Her other areas of expertise are youth policy, self injury, gender, corrections and poverty.
37:38
March 9, 2021
Chris Maylea Comments - Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System - 'Do the recommendations put consumers and carers at the forefront of change in repairing a broken system?'
The final report from the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System was formally released on the 2nd March 2021.   Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Chris Maylea, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) about the recommendations, proposed changes and initiatives. Chris speaks from his experience as a mental health social worker and practising lawyer. He is the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and the author over 50 peer reviewed publications and reports, as well as Law for Social Work, published by Macmillan in 2020. Chris has managed mental health services and researched extensively in the area of mental health law.
27:48
March 9, 2021
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Kate Taylor, CEO Taylor Care Group – Resources to Aid the Mental Health and Well-being of Small Business and Sole Traders.
Kate Taylor, is an innovative business woman working within the recruitment industry, telehealth and corporate health and well-being.  Kate has expanded her business in 2021 and knows the benefits of keeping her team’s mental health top of mind, as well as her own, especially through the challenging COVID-19 period. “Small Businesses are the largest employers in Australia. They account for almost 98% of all actively trading businesses in NSW and have an increased risk of mental ill-health due to the unique stress factors they face, in particular financial stress. With the additional stress of COVID-19, there has never been a tougher time to be in business, especially for those who survived the challenges presented last year”. “The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), in collaboration with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, has developed Australia’s first national mental health resources to support both business owners and employees during COVID-19.  The resources, which are a series of easy to use evidence-based guides, acknowledge the difficulties and financial stress of COVID-19 on Australian workers and provide simple and practical advice that can help employers and employees recognise the signs that someone may need support, and assist them to find help when they need it”.
25:37
February 26, 2021
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Yohana Franklin, Project Lead, Everymind – Resources to Aid the Mental Health and Well-being of Small Business and Sole Traders.
“Small Businesses are the largest employers in Australia. They account for almost 98% of all actively trading businesses in NSW and have an increased risk of mental ill-health due to the unique stress factors they face, in particular financial stress. With the additional stress of COVID-19, there has never been a tougher time to be in business, especially for those who survived the challenges presented last year”. “The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), in collaboration with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, has developed Australia’s first national mental health resources to support both business owners and employees during COVID-19.  The resources, which are a series of easy to use evidence-based guides, acknowledge the difficulties and financial stress of COVID-19 on Australian workers and provide simple and practical advice that can help employers and employees recognise the signs that someone may need support, and assist them to find help when they need it”. Yohana Franklin, is an experienced project manager with a Bachelor of Neuroscience (Honours) from Cardiff University and a Prince 2 Project Management Qualification.  Yohana’s work focuses on designing, delivering and implementing evidence-driven, mental health promotion and prevention projects and translating knowledge into practice.  Yohana is currently leading on Ahead for Business a mental health and wellbeing support for small business owners across Australia; and Minds Together project - a suite of programs and resources designed to inform, empower and support the mental health and wellbeing of families, educators, carers and communities.
22:09
February 26, 2021
Productivity Report, Dementia and Covid report and technology addiction – is it a love/hate relationship? - Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi and Áine Ní Tighearnaigh in Conversation
2020 has been a difficult year and Transforming Perceptions has been covering all issues that connect mental health and well-being, diversity and the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.   Put to air on the 5th December 2020, this is the last discussion in the series around Aged Care and Covid for 2020 featuring insights from Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi.  Áine and Jeff also dive into the Productivity Commission report and recommendations, the Dementia and Covid report and recent research that cites technology addictions, particularly focused on the use of smart phones.  We also discussed the prevalence and increase in workplace surveillance, whether it is ethical practice and how it is impacting mental health and well-being.  Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi is a Researcher in Neuro-degenerative Diseases, Specialist in Dementia Care and Head of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry Department at the Australian National University Medical School, Canberra. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:22:31
December 5, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with His Excellency Breandán Ó Caollai, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia – Celebrating Samhain or Halloween within a Covid-19 Paradigm.
Celebrating the rich mythology, customs and traditions of our countries has many benefits for our physical and mental well-being helping us to maintain social connection and community. At a time when we are living in the new paradigm of a Covid-19 world, it is even more important to get together and share these fun and special cultural festivities. Ambassador Ó Caollai, shares the background of the Irish mythology that has led to our modern-day Halloween now enjoyed on All Hallows Eve, the 31st October, all around the world. We explore the history and practices of Samhain, first celebrated by the Druids and ancient Celts as an end of year harvest festival and how Halloween is celebrated today. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
35:52
November 1, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Santiago Ballina, Political and Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Mexico in Australia - The cultural significance of the Day of the Dead.
Celebrating the rich mythology, customs and traditions of our countries has many benefits for our physical and mental well-being helping us to maintain social connection and community. At a time when we are living in the new paradigm of a Covid-19 world it is even more important to get together and share these fun and special cultural festivities. Political and Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Mexico, Santiago Ballina, shares the rich cultural heritage of Mexico which has been influenced by their indigenous population, the Conquistadors and Christianity. The multi-day festival Day of the Dead is celebrated by Mexicans across the world and has great cultural significance. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
23:25
November 1, 2020
Jim Tierney and Baoxuan Ong - Music, Culture and Tradition and how music can help improve well-being - Singapore and Ireland
This is an on air conversation I had with my father Jim Tierney and Baoxuan Ong, a young Singaporean student in January 2014.   I did this interview with Jim and Baoxuan when he was visiting to attend a performance of the Celtic Woman who were travelling Australia at that time.  I wanted to honour my father, who passed away a few years after the interview was undertaken and have now produced this podcast.   Jim loved music, especially Irish traditional music and he  played the Violin.  He hailed from a very musical family from the west coast of Ireland, in Kilfenora, County Clare.  Baoxuan is from Singapore and her native tongue is Mandarin.  She talks about the music and culture of Singapore and together they discuss and compare the power of music, the way their different cultures share and make music and what it means to them and for their well-being.  
47:13
October 27, 2020
In Conversation - Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi and Áine Ní Tighearnaigh - Royal Commission into Aged Care Recommendations, Reform and the Community.
Today regular guest clinician, Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Researcher in Neuro-degenerative Diseases, Specialist in Dementia Care, Head of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry Department at the Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, and Áine Ní Tighearnaigh, consumer/carer advocate continue their conversation on the most recent recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety. Jeff and Áine analyse the latest recommendations from the Aged Care Royal Commission which have been highly influenced by Covid-19 exposing the pre-existing weaknesses in servicing, management and oversight of the Aged Care system. They examine the validity of health economics arguments, ageism, cultural perceptions and practice, against mainstream community attitudes to older people and voter apathy. To bring about greater community awareness of aging, is there value in educating young people about what to expect as you age and how to plan for these contingencies? What part does representative democracy play in the inclusion of older peoples voices in lobbying and in the development and design of services and accommodation options? What is certain is that we need more humane planning of services, inclusion of the voices of the elderly, better coordination, governance and workforce development strategies. Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:01:52
October 24, 2020
In Conversation with Mary Ivec and Rhiân Williams - Restorative Justice Practices ACT Child Protection and it's impact on the social and emotional well-being of Canberra’s Indigenous communities.
Transforming Perceptions - Saturday 17th October 2020 - 2 - 3:30 pm (AEDST), Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Mary Ivec, Convener, Canberra Restorative Community Network and Rhiân Williams, an Independent Social Researcher and Dispute Resolution Consultant about Restorative Justice Practices, ACT Child Protection and it's impact on the social and emotional well-being of Canberra’s Indigenous communities. Mary provides a background to the development of restorative justice practices, in particular the work of local Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, academic John Braithwaite in the 1990’s and the establishment of the Canberra Restorative Community Network. Mary shares that restorative justice processes have been successfully used to address social and community issues in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada and New Zealand. Rhiân explores the difference between assisted negotiation and restorative justice processes providing examples of how restorative justice processes can work to reduce conflict, increase social cohesion and improve outcomes for community members. We also discuss how restorative processes could be implemented to reform coronial processes in the ACT. In the ACT, Child Protection practices are having significant negative impacts upon the well-being of Indigenous communities. 2018/19 financial year data shows 806 children being in care, including 696 in out of home care in the ACT. In 2019 alone, 119 children were taken into out of home care in the ACT. The Canberra Restorative Community Network has commissioned preliminary research that reveals the economic benefits of reforming the ACT’s Child Protection System, the benefit to children and their families and which supports using restorative approaches in child protection to reduce numbers of removals. www.canberrarestorativecommunity.space/blog Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:16:21
October 18, 2020
World Mental Health Day - Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access - Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Dr Doris Kordes and Áine Ní Tighearnaigh
Transforming Perceptions - Saturday the 10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day  Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Dr Doris Kordes and Áine Ní Tighearnaigh discuss Mental Health and the Federal Budget, Covid-19 and the impact on mental well-being and Aged Care within the context of the theme for World Mental Health Day - Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. Bringing together the clinical and consumer and carer lived experience perspectives, Jeff, Doris and Áine dive into a discussion and analysis of the mental health allocations in the federal budget. They explore workforce issues, the impacts of Covid-19 on mental well-being, the systemic and structural issues in the mental health sector, and the inclusion of marginalised voices in policy and service development through co-design and co-production. They discuss the need for oversight, transparency and good processes and strong and ethical leadership from political representatives. They raise concerns about the growing quantification of exchanges and communication with stakeholders, and the bureaucratization and corporatization of mental health servicing and the sector, all within the context of WMHD theme - Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:06:40
October 9, 2020
David Lovegrove, Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi Head of Psychiatry, ANU discuss the topic of Bullying and Workplace Bullying and it's impacts on mental well-being.
OCTOBER is Mental Health Month in the ACT and we are celebrating 10 years on air working to promote the de-stigmatisation of mental illness. Transforming Perceptions will be showcasing some of our best of shows from our archives as well as new interviews on topics relevant to today's sector. Saturday 3rd October 2020 2 pm - 3:30 pm (AEST) we are bringing you an extremely relevant interview from our archives which first went to air 11th August 2012 where David Lovegrove, Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi Head of Psychiatry at the ANU discuss the topic of Bullying and Workplace Bullying and it's impacts on mental well-being. What is Bullying? - "Bullying happens when a person or a group of people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions to cause distress and harm to another person’s wellbeing. It isn’t the same as a ‘normal’ conflict between people (such as having an argument or a fight) or simply disliking someone. It’s more about repeated behaviour by someone who has power or control over someone else" (https://au.reachout.com/bullying/workplace-bullying) "At work, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, which means one that's free of bullying. This means that by law if you report bullying behaviour, your employer has to go through a proper process for handling your complaint". Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and information from the lived and living perspective, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:20:35
October 5, 2020
Interview with Catriona Bisset, Australian middle-distance runner training for the Tokyo Olympics about the National Mental health Commission campaign #GettingThroughThisTogether
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Catriona Bisset, middle-distance runner and Tokyo Olympic 2021 hopeful about the National Mental Health Commission's campaign #GettingThroughThisTogether and her personal experience of recovery from an eating disorder.  Catriona is based in Northcote, Victoria and is currently living under Stage 4 restrictions. Catriona has a personal lived experience of anxiety, depression and an eating disorder and has become  a Lifeline Community Custodian promoting messages about mental well-being and raising the profile of mental health awareness in the community.   Catriona is an Australian middle-distance runner, national record holder in the 800m. As an Olympic hopeful Catriona is currently training for the Tokyo Olympics which has been rescheduled to July 2021.  She chats with Áine about how she is maintaining her training regime and motivation during the lock down and provides helpful advice to those in lock down or who are struggling to keep active. #GettingThroughThisTogether is a national conversation to support the mental health and well-being of Australians as the uncertainty around Covid-19 continues.
24:15
September 18, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Naeem Zaman take a first dive and foray into the topic of 'Shame'.
Shame is a complex feeling that can be carried from childhood and remain into adulthood.  Equally younger and older adults can experience situations in which they are 'shamed' by others, or may feel 'ashamed' of failures in their own actions or the actions of others. Shame is viewed as a taboo topic, one that it is not appropriate to share or in some communities, of which to speak. Áine and Naeem share some of their personal experiences about Shame and how it has affected them. Naeem discusses how cultural and religious structures can create or embed shame into ways of thinking and behaving at a personal or collective community level and the importance of talking about feelings of shame and identifying our own barriers to living consciously.  Áine and Naeem acknowledge that Shame is a difficult topic and that neither of them are experts on the topic. They both hope to continue to explore the topic of Shame in future shows in partnership with others. Naeem takes us through an 11 minute meditation at the end of the today's show helping us to deeply contemplate and recover.
01:10:22
September 18, 2020
Naeem Zaman - Meditation No 2.
Naeem Zaman is a member of the Transforming Perceptions Team assisting with discussions around health, mental health and well-being, sharing insights from his own experience and as part of our Energising Your Life segments.  Naeem works as a fitness instructor teaching body balance and is studying Psychology with a view to undertaking a Masters in Social Work.   Naeem used this meditation after our first exploration on the topic of Shame.  It is a short and relaxing 11 minute  meditation.  Music by Sean McVitty, music for healing.  To hear the full discussion on Shame and Naeem's post discussion commentary and meditation go the Podcast - Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Naeem Zaman talk about Shame. 
10:54
September 5, 2020
Naeem Zaman - Meditation No 1
Naeem Zaman is a member of the Transforming Perceptions Team assisting with discussions around health, mental health and well-being, sharing insights from his own experience and as part of our Energising Your Life segments.  Naeem works as a fitness instructor teaching body balance and is studying Psychology with a view to undertaking a Masters in Social Work.   In this episode Naeem takes us through a short and relaxing 12 minute  meditation.  Music by Sean McVitty, music for healing.  This meditation followed our Energising Your Life segment where  Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Naeem Zaman discussed ''Themes around Conscious Living'.  You can hear that full episode and Naeem's pre and post meditation comments in the episode dated 13th June 2020.
11:41
September 4, 2020
Is it enough to say “Sorry”, when this Aged Care Covid Crisis could and should have been prevented? Áine Ní Tighearnaigh & Assoc Prof Jeffrey Looi, Head Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, ANU.
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh is in Conversation with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Researcher in Neuro-degenerative Diseases, Specialist in Dementia Care, Head of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry Department at the Australian National University Medical School, Canberra.  Many elderly, approximately 295 people nationally (at the time of interview), who are living in government-subsided residential aged care homes have passed away from Covid-19, without having their last few moments with their families since the pandemic commenced.  The current crisis with Covid-19 imperilling aged care facilities was foreseeable in the known shortfalls of the system - but will action occur, apart from emergency takeovers, now? We ask - Is it enough to say “Sorry”, when this Aged Care Covid Crisis could and should have been prevented? Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world. Our Podcasts are available at AnchorFM, BreakerFM, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, Overcast, Radio Public and Pocket Casts.
01:13:46
August 23, 2020
In Conversation with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, ANU and Dr Tony Schumacher Jones - The Politics of Loneliness – Humane Aged Care: Robot or Human?
On Transforming Perceptions on Saturday 28th September 2019, Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and David Lovegrove are in conversation with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, ANU and Dr Tony Schumacher Jones, Churchill Fellow Award Winner 2013 on the topic - The Politics of Loneliness – Humane Aged Care: Robot or Human? Tony and Jeff discuss the politics around dealing with loneliness in our communities, especially as how loneliness affects older people who are living in aged care and new innovations to address their needs. But is their needs or the need to reduce or not make financial and emotional investment into humane care? Are robots and artificial intelligence the solutions to the challenges we face with an aging population? And, if so, how far do we want to take it? What do we gain and lose by taking it all the way to having robots running facilities? And, if we don’t want to take it all the way – that is, having robots run the entire facility, then why not? At what point do you say too much? To what extent will we allow the technological tail to wag the ethical dog? Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, updates and diverse views on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural, mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:07:13
August 13, 2020
Does Research Matter? - In Conversation with Dr Anthea Rhodes, Paediatrician, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne - Latest findings on impact of Covid - 19 on children and families.
We are in conversation with Dr Anthea Rhodes, a practising developmental and behavioural paediatrician at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Anthea is the Director of the Royal Children's Hospital National Child Health Poll. She has a clinical interest in the health needs of the vulnerable child, and has speciality training in immigrant health and paediatric forensic medicine.  "As Director of the RCH National Child Health Poll, Dr Rhodes seeks to put the voice of Australian families and communities at the heart of conversation about child and adolescent health, and ultimately inform national discourse, health priorities and policy formulation". Anthea discusses the most recent findings from the poll which demonstrate how the lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions across Australian states and territories are affecting children and families.  The impacts are diverse and multi-faceted including affects on health, diet, exercise, loneliness and isolation, financial stressors, sleep patterns, IT and internet use and the mental health and well-being of children and families.  
25:44
August 8, 2020
Does Research Matter? - In Conversation with Dr Carolyn Gurvich, Senior Research Fellow, clinical neuropsychologist at MAPrc - Tracking the mental health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Australians.
We are in conversation with Dr Carolyn Gurvich, Senior Research Fellow and a clinical neuropsychologist. Carolyn is the Deputy Director of Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), and Head of the “Hormones and Cognition Group". Caroline combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition. She has a particular interest in how hormones influence cognitive functioning in mental health and illness.   Carolyn is managing the nationwide survey being undertaken by MAPRC tracking the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australians. "The survey is ongoing and has already been completed by 2000 Australians nationally – looking at both the mental health consequences of the pandemic and resilience factors that contribute to good mental health. Researchers will continue to follow the participants for two years and document their findings". Carolyn discusses the most recent findings of the survey which highlight a concerning trend of higher stress responses among young and older women and significant impact that Covid is having on the mental well-being of community members.
30:42
August 8, 2020
In Conversation with TJ a Community Champion for the Butterfly Foundation – 'Living with the Eating Disorder - Anorexia Nervosa and Butterfly's new campaign 'Talking Helps'
In this Transforming Perceptions interview Áine Ní Tighearnaigh talks with TJ, a Community Champion for the Butterfly Foundation about his lived experience of the Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, and Butterfly's new campaign 'Talking Helps'.  TJ, a 26 year old man whose family immigrated from Sri Lanka when he was a child describes how being a male of colour from a culturally and linguistically diverse background made it harder to initially reach out for help as he didn’t recognise himself in images and stories used in the media about eating disorders.  TJ speaks about the barriers faced by people from diverse cultural backgrounds, acculturation , racism, stigma and body image issues and how he struggled to find his identity in his families new country Australia.  He shares about the support he and his family received through the Butterfly Foundation to help him to recover.  Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors and music from round the world.
34:21
August 3, 2020
'The Tin Man and Does He Have a Heart and does it matter?' - Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, School of Psychiatry, ANU and Dr Tony Schumacher Jones.
'The Tin Man and Does He Have a Heart and does it matter?' Ãine brings you an interview she recorded in December 2016. She speaks with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Acting Head of the School of Psychiatry at the ANU and Dr Tony Schumacher Jones, winner of the 2013 Churchill Fellowship and independent behaviour consultant in dementia care. The topic of aged care and the aged care reform is one that is not adequately addressed in health policy. Jeff and Tony discuss the need for proper resourcing for the aged care sector; the possibility of technological changes in aged carer provision and the ethics of robots and artificial intelligence providing care in aged care units. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you mental health and well-being updates, news, views and diverse perspectives from the national, local and mainstream and multicultural sectors, and music from round the world
01:05:11
July 28, 2020
In Conversation with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi and Churchill Fellow Dr Tony Schumacher Jones - When will Australia provide effective mental healthcare for the aged?
On the 9th November 2019 on Transforming Perceptions  Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Rodney  Stanton chatted with Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi and Churchill Fellow Dr Tony Schumacher Jones on the topic - When will Australia provide effective mental healthcare for the aged?   In light of the impact of Covid-19 and the high number of infections and transmissions in aged care homes in Victoria and NSW we share this conversation with Jeff and Tony from the 9th November 2019, critiquing the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report which had almost daily media coverage in late 2019.  The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report detailed how the aged care system "fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens ... does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them".  We discussed the recommendations in depth with Jeff and Tony providing a number critical comments and further recommendations on how aged care system and workforce could be improved.  As Tony stated "if you want a 21st Century Aged Care Service you're going to have to pay for it.  That's the reality isn't it. Your'e going to have to put money into it, not take money out it".   Jeff and Tony are experts working in Dementia care and research. They have been regular guests on Transforming Perceptions for many years providing expert advice on support and care for people living Alzheimer's Disease and mental health issues. This discussion follows on from our last show in September 28th where we discussed The Politics of Loneliness – Humane Aged Care: Robot or Human?  Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural, mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
01:17:07
July 28, 2020
In Conversation with former ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope AO - 'The Widening Gap of Aboriginal Disadvantage in the ACT, coronial processes and refugee incarceration'.
Since his retirement from politics Jon has been working as an advisor to CEO Julie Tongs at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, as a journalist writing for the City News, and as a professorial fellow in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, based at the University of Canberra. Jon has been a passionate advocate of human rights throughout his career in politics.  Between 1979 and 1987, his community roles included being original co-convener of Racial Respect in the ACT and in 2004 he introduced the Human Rights Act to the ACT.  During his appointment as Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories (Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island from 2012 - 2014 and at a time when the Australian Government introduced a policy of indefinite offshore detention in July 2013, Jon was sadly witness to 24,000 asylum seeker refugees landing on Christmas Island. Áine chats with Jon about human rights themes emerging in his recent article in the City News, 17 June 2020 - 'Despite the deaths, the attorney snubs families'.  They discuss the underlying socio-economic issues of poverty, racism and discrimination impacting the well-being of people of Aboriginal backgrounds living in the ACT; the importance of culturally appropriate service delivery for those most marginalised in the community especially the need for aboriginal run services and programs; and the continuing indefinite offshore detention of refugees.
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July 11, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh & David Lovegrove - In Conversation with Professor Sandy McFarlane, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide – ‘Bushfires, PTSD & Community Responses to Traumatic Stress'
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and David Lovegrove are In Conversation with  Professor Sandy McFarlane, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of  Adelaide.  In our conversation with Sandy, we continue this month's  theme for our shows where we are discussing the impacts on our diverse  communities from the bushfires, hazardous smoke and climate change. We  particularly focus our discussion how these events affect people who are  more vulnerable to stress, those  who either have had a prior trauma  experience, are living with or caring for someone with mental illness,  and those diagnosed with PTSD. Sandy brings a wealth of experience and  knowledge to our discussion from his research with bushfire affected  communities, war veterans and those who have been impacted by natural  disasters in Australia and overseas. Professor McFarlane has been the  "Director of The University of Adelaide's Centre for Traumatic Stress  Studies. His area of specialty is the effects of traumatic stress and he  is an international expert in the field of the impact of disasters and  post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is a Past President of both the  International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australasian  Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is the recipient for the  Robert Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement in the study  of the effects of traumatic stress".  Transforming Perceptions bringing  you news, views, updates and diverse cultural and lived and living  experience perspectives, from the community, multicultural and  mainstream mental health sectors and; music from round the world.
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June 22, 2020
Energising Your Life - Ãine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation with Naeem Zaman 'Conscious Living - Themes for Recovery'
Energising Your Life - Áine Ní Tighearnaigh chats with Naeem Zaman about 'Conscious Living' -  Themes for Recovery as part of our first Energising Your Life segment  for 2020.  Naeem shares his personal experience and discovery of how to live a conscious life.   As a Bengali boy growing up in Australia, Naeem  had a range of experiences which brought him to the point where he began  to examine the conditioning from his cultural  and religious backgrounds as well as the pressures to acculturate  within the Australian society.  He dove deep into exploring the creation  of his identity formed by these various forces. Naeem talks about  the importance of good communication as the foundation of relationship  building, concepts of masculinity and the need to be vulnerable and  authentic in relationship with others.  Naeem works as a fitness instructor teaching body balance and is  studying Psychology with a view to undertaking a Masters in Social Work.  At the end of the today's show Naeem takes us through a 10 minute  meditation. Transforming  Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives  on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living  experience, community, mainstream and multicultural mental health  sectors; and music from round the world.
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June 13, 2020
The Importance of the Evidence base – Bushfire Smoke and Covid-19 Findings - Michelle Marquadt, Program Manager, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Áine speaks with Michelle Marquadt, Program Manager, Household Surveys  Branch, Population and Social Statistics Division, Australian Bureau of  Statistics (ABS) about the recent survey findings of Impacts of  Covid-19.  Michelle Marquadt outlines the  regular surveys being conducted by the ABS findings on the impact of the  Covid-19 Pandemic to identify the key factors affecting Australians.   Recent surveys have shown that Loneliness has been a most common  stressor during Covid-19.  A survey into the Impacts on Parents Keeping  Children at Home reveals some of the challenges around home schooling  and effects on woman and children. Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma  Australia outlines the impact of smoke on the community from findings  released on Friday 5th June 2020.  The survey conducted from December  2019 to end of January 2020 has ten key findings and a number of  recommendations for federal and state governments, community,  businesses, service providers and health and mental health stakeholders  and the building industry. Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates  and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and  mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
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June 6, 2020
The Importance of the Evidence base – Bushfire Smoke Findings - Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia
Áine speaks with Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia about the survey  findings of the Smoke Impact Survey conducted during the bushfires from  December 2019 to end of January 2020. Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma  Australia outlines the impact of smoke on the community from findings  released on Friday 5th June 2020.  The survey conducted from December  2019 to end of January 2020 has ten key findings and a number of  recommendations for federal and state governments, community,  businesses, service providers and health and mental health stakeholders  and the building industry. To find out more join us live, livestream of  listen back On Demand off the 2xx 98.3 FM Transforming Perceptions  Program page.  Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates  and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being  from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and  mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
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June 6, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation - Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, Women's Health Research at Monash University - The Challenges of Suicide Modelling
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation - Professor Jayashri Kulkarni,  Director of Women's Health Research at Monash University - New data on  the mental health impacts of COVID-19, and why suicide modelling is  problematic on suicide modelling. Jayashri commenced her appointment as  Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She  founded and directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash  Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), which expanded from 25  personnel in 2002 to 185 staff and students in 2015, covering seven  different research streams, and conducting over 110 clinical trials. The  aim of the research centre, encapsulated in its catchphrase “We Mend  Minds”, is to develop new treatments, new understanding and new service  deliveries for people with mental illness. MAPrc is a clinical  psychiatry research centre that translates cutting edge neuroscience  discoveries into innovative treatments for severe mental illnesses.  Women’s Mental Health is a major area of Jayashri’s research and she  successfully ran the 3rd International Congress on Women’s Mental Health  held in Melbourne in March 2008. She has worked in this area for 25  years to improve the quality of care for women with mental illnesses by  developing specific treatments that are tailored to suit women’s needs  biologically, socially and psychologically. In 2015, Professor Kulkarni  founded the Australian Consortium for Women’s Mental Health. She is also  the President of the International Association for Women’s Mental  Health, a role she commenced at the 2017 IAWMH Congress in Dublin,  Ireland.
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May 23, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Conor Maysey about living with Tourette's Syndrome during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Many people are being impacted adversely during the Covid-19 Pandemic and lock down restrictions. With Tourette's Syndrome Awareness Week from 4th - 10th May 2020, Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Conor Maysey about his lived experience of Tourette's Syndrome. Conor is a 25-year-old living in the Gold Coast. He had an official diagnosis around three years ago that answered a lot of questions from his childhood. Conor has physical tics including; nodding, chest hitting, finger tapping and fake sign language. He also has vocal tics that include; snorting, clicking, yelping and swearing. He works about 15 hours a week for an online fashion company in their distribution warehouse and in his spare time likes to make art, spend time with his dog, cook and trying to help others be the best they can be. Conor is super passionate about people with TS getting the respect, acceptance and understanding that every human being deserves.
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May 9, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Melinda Cruz of Miracle Babies about the issues being faced by Mum's and Dad's with premature babies during the Covid-19 pandemic
Many people are being impacted adversely during the Covid-19 Pandemic and lock down restrictions. With Mother's Day tomorrow and Tourette's Syndrome Awareness Week from 4th - 10th May 2020, Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Melinda Cruz of Miracle Babies about the issues being faced by Mum's and Dad's with premature babies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Miracle Babies Foundation was initiated and co-founded by Melinda Cruz in 2005. Melinda's drive and passion comes from a very personal position. As the mother of three boys all born premature, Melinda knows firsthand the long term challenges and trauma having a baby in specialised care can bring. Her first son, Elijah, was born at 34 weeks, spending 21/2 weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Her second son Dillon was born at 27 weeks and resuscitated at birth. He spent nine weeks in hospital before being allowed to go home. Her third son, Jasper, born at 37 weeks also spent time in NICU. Having had her three babies cared for by the NICU, Melinda wanted to remain linked to other mothers of premature babies. She also wanted to give back to the NICU and thank the wonderful staff she credits for saving her babies’ lives. It was from those experiences that the Miracle Babies Foundation was born, and has since helped and supported thousands of families.Melinda is now a trusted expert and educator to medical professionals and a sought-after public speaker. She is the first parent in Australia to be invited as an Associate Investigator on Neonatal Studies and Trials and presented at the Vermont Oxford Network Annual Meeting and Quality Congress, Chicago in October 2012.
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May 9, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh speaks with Kati Gapaillard, CEO of The Fathering Project about their new initiative - The Fathering Channel.
Áine speaks with Kati Gapaillard, CEO of The Fathering Project about their new initiative - The Fathering Channel launched this week.  The Fathering Channel as a virtual community to support dads, kids and families with all of the challenges of daily life. The channel releases new content daily, featuring podcasts, videos, chat forums, research–based articles and light-hearted celebrity conversations.
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April 18, 2020
Áine Ní Tighernaigh In Conversation with Gerry Georgatos, Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project - 'Homelessness and Suicide Prevention within a Covid-19 Paradigm'
Gerry speaks at great length and depth about the issues affecting the homeless and those at risk of homelessness and suicide in Perth, Northern Territory, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America.  He shares his insights from his role as National Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project and his wealth of experience of working with homeless populations which encompass first nations peoples, those of who are migrant and Australian born.  There are approximately 100,000 people with complex needs living on the streets who may have mental health, drug and alcohol issues, trauma experience, domestic and family violence, or socio-economic issues that have led to homelessness.  Many people during the Covid-19 crisis are at risk of becoming homeless through job loss and lack of financial support as visa holders or as international students.  Gerry shares the steps that he and his organisation and other organisations are taking in Perth and Darwin to address and help homeless people who are at risk of contracting Covid-19 to find shelter off the streets; and the urgent action that desperately needs to be taken in what is an humanitarian crisis. Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates, in-depth discussion and diverse lived and living perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
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April 12, 2020
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation with Professor Sotiris Vardoularkis, Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU – Climate Change and Impact of the Canberra Air Quality Crisis
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh In Conversation with Professor Sotiris  Vardoularkis, Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU  National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. – Climate  Change, the Canberra Air Quality Crisis and the Impact of Vulnerable  Communities. We discuss climate change, the impact on vulnerable  communities, the elderly, people with mental illness, the current  Canberra Air Quality Crisis and the short and long-term impacts of  bushfire smoke on health and mental well-being.  Professor Vardoulakis  also provides guidance on what measures we need to take individually, as  a community and as a nation to address climate change into the future.   "Sotiris is founding co-chair of the International Consortium for Urban  Environmental Health and Sustainability (Healthy-Polis) and Honorary  Professor at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at  University of Exeter Medical School. Previously he was Head of the  Environmental Change Department at Public Health England and held  academic positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  and the University of Birmingham. He was one of the lead authors of the  first UK Climate Change Risk Assessment and contributor to the National  Adaptation Programme. He served as a member of the NICE (National  Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK) Public Health Advisory  Committee on Air Pollution. Over the last 20 years, he has advised  national and local governments and international organizations, such as  the World Health Organization and the European Parliament, on the health  effects of climate change and air pollution, and on environmental  sustainability and urban health. Sotiris has been involved in numerous  research projects, including field studies, environmental modelling,  risk assessment and policy analysis in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia  and the Pacific".
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January 11, 2020
In Conversation with Dr Daniel B Fisher, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the National Empowerment Center, USA on E-CPR, humane and person-centred practice and recovery.
Dan chats with Áine Ní Tighearnaigh and Rodney Stanton of Transforming Perceptions about E-CPR, humane and person-centred practice, love, the importance of community and building connection as central to life and recovery.  "Dan is a person who has recovered from schizophrenia. He was hospitalised several times prior to becoming a psychiatrist. He is one of the few psychiatrists in the world who publicly discusses his recovery from mental illness.  He is a role model for others who are struggling to recover, and his life dispels the myth that people do not recover from mental illness. His recovery and work in the field were recognised by his selection as a member of the White House Commission on Mental Health".  Transforming Perceptions, one show at a time and music from round the world. #TransformingPerceptions
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December 5, 2019
Ãine Ní Tighearnaigh and David Lovegrove - In Conversation with Mandy Donley, the ACT's first Senior Practitioner in charge of overseeing the Restrictive Practices Act 2018
Ãine and David chat with Mandy (pictured below) about the new Restrictive Practices Act 2018, the types of restrictive practices that are used and how her role supports improving best practice for staff while increasing well-being outcomes for people living with a diverse range of disabilities including psychosocial social disability. Mandy also discusses the importance of good behavioral management planning, data gathering and how reviewing data, debriefing, leadership, mentoring and training are fundamental in reducing seclusion and restraints which is one of her primary aims. Transforming Perceptions, bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural, mainstream mental health sectors; and music from round the world.
49:43
June 22, 2019
Ãine Ní Tighearnaigh chats with Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia, the national peak for the homeless about the homelessness crisis in our country today.
Ãine Ní Tighearnaigh chats with Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia, the national peak for the homeless about the homelessness crisis in our country today. Jenny is also CEO of the Council of Homeless Persons, the Victorian peak body for homeless people. Our conversation is focused on the factors that contribute to the homelessness crisis, housing affordability and the solutions we have within our grasp. Transforming Perceptions bringing you news, views, updates and diverse perspectives on social, emotional and mental well-being from the lived and living experience, community, multicultural and mainstream mental health sectors, and music from round the world.
29:57
June 8, 2019
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh with Maurice Fitzpatrick, Filmaker - In the Name of Peace - John Hume's tireless work in the Northern Irish peace process and have we lost our appetite for Peace.
Áine Ní Tighearnaigh talks with Maurice Fitzpatrick, CEO and Creative Director of Creeney Films about his documentary - In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America and the whether we have lost our appetite for Peaceful processes. The documentary was screened in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney in April - May 2018 and has been seen in America and Europe. The Irish Film Festival 2018 stated that "John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish American diaspora in Washington it was possible address the legacy of colonial division in Ireland and to achieve peace. In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as US Congressmen and Senators. This film shows how one man with courage and charisma, inspired by Martin Luther King, mobilized Irish Americans and America to bring an end to years of bloody violence in his homeland. With musical score by Bill Whelan (Riverdance), this beautiful film reminds us of the redemptive powers of politics to overcome hatred and division: in the words of Hume’s fellow Derryman, Seamus Heaney, when, ‘once in a lifetime, the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme’. At a time of great world instability, this is a timely film highlighting creative leadership and the need for steady international co-operation." (Irish Film Festival 2018)
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May 18, 2018