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Mental Health Forums

Forum 3

Anxiety and Depression 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 26 May

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How to start the live stream

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If you experience any technical difficulties, please chat to us via the box on the bottom right of this page. Otherwise, you may choose to watch the event via the alternative link here.

If you have any queries about this event please contact the events team at

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Meet the Facilitator 

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Dr Benjamin Chia

Ben Chia is a consultant psychiatrist in private practice who utilises a trauma-informed psychotherapy approach to treatment.  He lives and works in the Inner Western suburbs.

Meet the 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 

Upcoming Forums

To register for our upcoming forums - 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

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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