The Commissioner for Children and Young People has established the Thinker in Residence initiative to raise the profile and quality of debate on the wellbeing of children and young people. The Thinker in Residence initiative is designed to bring a new perspective and to challenge how we tackle key issues in Western Australia, as well as inspire practical change.
Associate Professor Jane Burns has been appointed as the 2016-17 Thinker in Residence. Professor Burns is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, based in Melbourne. The Centre is a culmination of Professor Burns’ work in suicide and depression prevention, which has focused on international and national partnerships with academic, government, corporate, philanthropic, not-for-profit and community sectors.
Professor Burns will present on how technology and social media can be used to strengthen children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, including:
- how to best connect schools with other agencies through technology – using social media to deliver mental health services to schools;
- cyber and online bullying and the effect on recipient’s mental health; and
- promoting earlier intervention to help prevent severe and acute mental health problems.
An expert panel will engage in a question and answer session and includes:
- Professor Jane Burns, 2016-2017 Thinker in Residence;
- Professor Lynne Cohen AM, Dean, School of Education, Edith Cowan University;
- Mr Grant Wheatley, Principal, School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health; and
- Associate Professor Dorit Maor, School of Education, Murdoch University.
Date: Thursday, 27 October 2016
Time: 4.00-6.45 pm
Venue: Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley - Lecture Theatre 157, Building 17
To attend the event, please register via the professional learning information system.