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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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)