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Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture

Join us for a special free event featuring internationally renowned suicide prevention researcher and 2018 Trevor Waring Expert in Residence, Professor Rory O'Connor.

Professor O'Connor will bring together the best of science, psychology and public health in his lecture Understanding and Preventing Suicide.

He will also join a panel of national experts to discuss suicide prevention policy and action, including Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, Lucy Brogden, and Black Dog Institute Director, Scientia Professor Helen Christensen.

Registration is essential as seats are limited.

Event details:

Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture
Thursday 15 November 2018
Light refreshments in the foyer from 5:30pm
Lecture and panel discussion 6:15-7:45pm

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

This event is proudly supported by:

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Rory O'Connor

Professor Rory O’Connor (PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS) is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Professor O'Connor leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory at Glasgow, one of the leading suicide/self-harm research groups in the UK. He also leads the Mental Health & Wellbeing Research Group.

Professor O'Connor has been published extensively in the field of suicide and self-harm, specifically concerning the psychological processes which precipitate suicidal behaviour and self-harm.

He serves on the Scientific Review Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Suicide Research and Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and Behavior Therapy.

Professor O'Connor acts as an advisor to a range of national and international organisations, including national governments on the areas of suicide and self-harm.

Lucinda Brogden
B.Comm., M.Psych.
Chair and Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission

Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs. In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

Other roles:

  • Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
  • Chair, Australian Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention
  • Patron, Partners in Depression
  • Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches
  • Friend, Carers NSW
  • Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach
  • Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund.
Helen Christensen
Chief Scientist and Director, Black Dog Institute

Professor Helen Christensen is the Chief Scientist and Director of the Black Dog Institute. She is one of only two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) John Cade Research Fellows. She has recently been named on the Million Minds Research Mission Advisory Panel, a government initiative that has brought together the most distinguished academics and mental health professionals to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and suicide.

Professor Christensen is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. She currently leads several large landmark research projects, including LifeSpan (Australia’s largest scientific suicide prevention research trial, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation) and two new Centres for Research Excellence in suicide and mental health prevention. Professor Christensen has published approximately 500 peer-reviewed research articles, placing her in the top 1% of international scientific researchers according to ISI Essential Science Indicators.


November 15, 2018
5:30pm - 7:45pm

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Newcastle Conservatorium of Music,
Cnr Laman St and Auckland St
Newcastle NSW 2300


This event is free to attend Registration is essential as seats are limited.

Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Harold Lobb Concert Hall