NOTE: change of date due to changing availability of speakers.

Technology is already changing the way we treat and manage depression. But what if we could go one step further?

A pioneer in the use of websites and apps to treat mental illness, Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the Black Dog Institute, Prof Helen Christensen now believes that machine learning and genome tracking can be harnessed to prevent depression in young people. According to the WHO, depression will be the leading cause of illness worldwide by 2030. Helen will provide context for this situation before tackling what will be one of the world’s biggest challenges.

Additionally, Dominic Dawson from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District will provide a public health perspective on analytics for care quality.

8 JUNE 2017
5.30pm for a 6pm start (8pm conclusion)

Light refreshments served during networking

$25 pp or $0 for paid IAPA members


About our speakers

Prof Helen Christensen
Executive Director and Chief Scientist
Black Dog Institute

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen is Director and Chief Scientist at the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at UNSW. She is one of only two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) John Cade Research Fellows and Chief Investigator for the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP).

Professor Christensen is an international leader in the use of technology to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies to communities and individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression, or who are at risk of suicide. Professor Christensen leads the Digital Dog team that is investigating novel methods for detecting mental health risk via social media, and developing novel interventions for mental health treatment. The Digital Dog team focuses on interventions to target depression, suicide risk and to enhance wellbeing. Professor Christensen also leads the LifeSpan trial that will investigate a novel systems approach to suicide prevention in NSW. This trial aims to reduce the number of suicide deaths by 21% and the number of suicide attempts by 30%.


Dominic Dawson
Associate Director, Business Intelligence
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Dominic has extensive experience in the health sector having worked as clinician, educator and a manager. He has held various senior leadership and management roles contributing to health reform implementation and clinical services improvement.

Dominic is currently the Associate Director, Business Intelligence at SESLHD. He leads a highly skilled team in the development and dissemination of intelligent information for organisational transformation. He also provides leadership in the implementation of Activity Based Funding. Dominic holds academic and Board appointments, including on the NSW Branch Council of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers (immediate past-president) and a Fellow of the College.



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