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Mental Health Forums

Forum 4

Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Issues in a Global Pandemic

The global COVID pandemic has created rupture and fragmentation in the community on many levels, whether it is within an individual, a family or the broader community. These Community Forums are committed to being a platform that will promote community cohesion, providing information and connectedness as we journey together in these unprecedented times.

Each forum will provide presentations from special guests followed by an interactive panel discussion with whom you will be able to engage and ask questions.

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Date: Thursday 9 June

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How to start the live stream

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Meet the Facilitator 

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Jenny Furey

Jenny has been a registered psychologist since 1996 and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has extensive experience working with adults throughout the lifespan with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, grief and trauma. 

Jenny works in private practice at Mason Street Psychology in Newport.

Meet the Special Guests 


Jack Nagle

Founder/Director of Real Drug Talk (The lived experience)

Jack is an everyday Australian passionate about finding and creating solutions for service consumers in the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector. His passion comes from his own experience of substance addiction and consuming services in some of his most vulnerable moments.

After sharing his story extensively in all forms of National media, Jack created Real Drug Talk. In his role as founder and director, he sits on a number of National government, non-government and research advisory committees, including the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs advocating for the importance of developing the lived and living experience workforce.

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Dr Vicky Phan

Addiction Psychiatrist, Turning Point

Vicky Phan has experience working across alcohol and other drug and mental health services in both NSW and Victoria, and believes in a holistic and person-centred approach when working with people and their families. Her areas of interest include mental health comorbidity, harm minimisation, pharmacotherapy, training and education.

Upcoming Forums

To register for our upcoming forum - please click the links below. 

Past Forums

3 March 2022 -  GP and Clinician Forum

Navigating the mental health system - referrals, pathways and partnerships for optimal outcomes.  

Facilitated by Ben Chia

With special guests

  • Dr Dean Stephenson, Clinical Services Director, Mercy Mental Health Services

  • Jenny Furey, Psychologist

  • Stephanie Brophy, Lead, Mental Health Access, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

24 March 2022 -  Mental health and wellbeing in a Global Pandemic

Facilitated by Ben Chia

With special guests

  • Dr George Halasz, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Monash Health

  • Dr Izaak Lim, Consultant Infant and Child Psychiatrist, Snr Lecturer, Monash Uni

  • Jade McLoney, Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Therapist, Mercy Health

5 May 2022 -  Adolescent Mental Health in a Global Pandemic

Facilitated by Ben Chia

With special guests

  • Dr Claire Cody, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of The Village Family Mental Health Specialists, Newport

  • Deb Mountjoy, National Family and Friends Clinical Advisor, Headspace

  • Dr Jacinta Bleeser, Clinical Psychologist

26 May 2022 -  Anxiety and Depression in a Global Pandemic

Facilitated by Ben Chia

With special guests

  • Dr Olivia Rimington, previously a GP, now a Psychiatry Registrar at St Vincent's Hospital

  • Michelle Gopold, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Hobsons Bay Psychology 

More Information

Westgate Health Co-operative Community Forums received funding from the Victorian Government through the West Gate Tunnel Project’s West Gate Neighbourhood Fund.

Click below if you’d like to learn more about the Westgate Health Community Mental Health Program.

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