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30 established and future leaders from a mix of disciplines with a common interest in youth mental health met in the Clarendon room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first NCDFREE Change Maker’s Long Lunch. This was the first in our new series aimed at generating greater discussion, collaboration and innovation in major areas of NCD prevention and advocacy. Participants were encouraged to network and brainstorm new ways that they may forge connections to improve the mental health of young Australians. They were treated to a 2-course lunch with guided mindful-eating by Smiling Mind and the presence of engaging speakers from the diverse fields of data science, public value consulting and healthcare – who tabled common issues faced in Mental Health and the health sector more generally: the need to work together to achieve more, the need to identify our common purpose and vision and the need to stay open to new ways of approaching wicked-problems.
Professor Pat McGorry of Orygen Youth Health and Professor Jayshri Kulkarni of MAPrc also delivered keynote addresses about the important intersection of the media and mental health advocacy and the challenges to accurately diagnose in a world of evolving evidence. Participants were divided into mixed groups of various skillsets and challenged to map areas of their work that could be improved through collaboration. This was supported by the gift of coffee vouchers from STREAT cafe that entitled each particpant one free beverage, on the proviso that this was redeemed in the presence of someone they had met at the Long Lunch.Find out more
#FeastOfIdeas is about tabling our health challenges, feasting on great solutions, and toasting to a better future for everyone.
In October 2016, hundreds of guerrilla dinner parties around the world will challenge and change our future. Giving people an opportunity to use food to solve our biggest health challenges – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).