Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

May 12
Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policy makers from the pandemic.
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The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Chair, Beyond Blue and former Prime Minister of Australia
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event Overview

Already there is emerging evidence that the pandemic and its consequences in Australia and throughout the world are having negative impacts on people's mental health and wellbeing. It is also clear that while these impacts on mental health are being experienced now, urgent attention is needed to fully understand the long-term impact that COVID-19 will have on our society’s wellbeing. 

This livestream will raise: 
  • The priorities to supporting mental health in this era of social and economic disruption; 
  • How best identify and manage the long-term impacts of COVID-19; 
  • Innovation and opportunities for improvement in the mental health sector; and  
  • Adverse consequences of isolation – what it means for gender and diversity.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.00pm
WA: 10.30am


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC
Chair, Beyond Blue and former Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. She currently serves as the Chair of Beyond Blue, one of Australia’s leading mental health awareness bodies; is Chair of the global funding body for education in developing countries, the Global Partnership for Education; and is the inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College London, which through research, practice and advocacy, is addressing women’s under-representation in leadership.

Meet the moderator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

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