Mental Health Public Seminar

November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Mental Health Public Seminar

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Join us on 20th November for a public seminar on Mental Health where our two speakers will share insights into their research.

Door open at 5.30pm for tea, coffee and a light supper with talks commencing at 6pm.


Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin is a passionate advocate for mental health. “I like to imagine a future where everybody who has a worry about their mental health – or that of their family members or friends – has hope. Hope of a cure, hope that there is effective help available, and hope that they will be able to find that help when they need it most.  That is what I work towards every day with my research. Developing treatments that work. Discovering ways to get those treatments into the homes and hands of people who need them. Partnering with other scientists to unlock a cure.”

Professor Kay-Lambkin is currently Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of Newcastle. She leads an international team of researchers, clinicians and industry partners in the innovative development and translation of evidence-based treatments for comorbid mental and physical disorders. Professor Kay-Lambkin is currently taking leave of absence from her roles as NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Translation at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, and Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health.

Dr Sally Hunt

Dr Sally Hunt is exploring the interconnection between alcohol and mental health. Her work has a focus on women’s health: sparking the difficult conversations around how much we drink and why. “Ultimately I would like to change the way that Australians think about alcohol so that we can make informed choices about when and how much to consume.”

Dr Hunt is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer. Since 2019 Dr Hunt has been the inaugural Convenor of the Master of Professional Psychology Program at the University of Newcastle, training provisionally registered psychologists.

She has worked both clinically and in a research capacity in the field of mental health for almost 20 years, focusing on comorbidly occurring conditions including affective disorders, psychosis, personality disorders, and alcohol/other drug use problems. 

After the talks, please join us in the Haggarty Space for an interactive display and short talks by HMRI early career researchers.


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Caves Lecture Theatre
Level 4, HMRI Building
Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights NSW 2305