In this two-part series of A Conversation About… join Sabin Fernbacher and Louise Newman, peers and experts in this area as they share their insights into the complex nature and prevalence of family violence and its impact on Australian women, children and their mental health.
Listen as they traverse the challenges of the field – the chicken and egg of intervention (What came first, the experience of family violence or the mental illness?) to the limitations of merely diagnosing and treating the mental illness.
From gaslighting to coercive control, Sabin and Louise share what they have learnt from their extensive experience working clinically with women and children who have suffered the persistent mental health challenges linked with family violence.
Guest and host leave no stone unturned as they delve into the unique challenges and triumphs of their work, as well as the critical role mental health professionals play in providing trauma-informed care.
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Sabin works as an independent consultant, facilitator, trainer, and lecturer. Prior to consulting, she held senior roles in the Victorian State Government (mental health), clinical mental health services and community agencies. Her particular interests include the intersection of trauma and mental health for individuals, organisations and systems. She assists organisations and individuals that are open to changing systems, approaches and outcomes for people who have experienced trauma and mental health challenges. Taking an intersectional approach, her great passions are collaborating across diversity, celebrating inclusion, and ensuring power imbalances are addressed as best as possible.She feels passionate about ‘making the world’ a more inclusive and kinder place. Away from work Sabin is a keen gardener, loves sharing her produce with neighbours, and paddle boarding on the Barwon river.
Louise Newman AM is Professorial Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Newcastle University and Monash University. She has held senior leadership positions in mental health training and research including Director of the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology and is Director of the Melbourne University BEAR (Building Early Attachment and Resilience) research program. She is recognised as Australia’s lead researcher in the areas of infant and early child mental health, disturbances of early parenting and parent-infant interventions. She has worked extensively in developing clinical programs for women with backgrounds of complex trauma and mental health issues needing support in the perinatal period and has over 25 years’ experience in women’s mental health. She is recognised as the leading international expert in the issues facing women with complex trauma disorder in pregnancy and the perinatal period. She is the past Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital. She is currently Consultant Psychiatrist at the Albert Road Clinic specialising in women’s mental health and perinatal and infant mental health.
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Tune in to the second episode in this two-part series as Sabin Fernbacher and Louise Newman build on their previous conversation and explore in more depth, the complex inter-relationship between family violence and mental health; and trauma and mental health.
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