August 2012

Newsletter No. 33

Winston Rickards Memorial Oration 2012 History Corner Visiting the City of Lights

The Oration will take place on August 8th 2012, at 7.30pm, in the Latham Theatre at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, will reflect upon his unique experience of urgent problems and issues currently facing families in Australia, in presenting the Winston Rickards Memorial Oration (WRMO) 2012. The WRMO is the most notable public presentation in the child, adolescent and family mental health field in Australia. It is organised on an annual basis by MHYF Vic, and is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation, The Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association, the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (RANZCP), and Royal Childrens Hospital Mental Health Service.

“Human Rights of Children and Youth in Australia.
It is time that we got serious”
The oration will deal with the many pressures on children engendered by our society and its failure to properly respond to them. This will include discussion of children in the context of cyberspace and social networking; the effects of bullying and denigration on mental health of children; the position of Indigenous children, refugee children and children disadvantaged by disability and economic circumstances; deficiencies in legal approaches to children and youth; political and media attitudes to children and their and our failure to properly apply the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to our children.

History Corner
History Corner has been deferred this month owing to our President, Jo Grimwade, being on a well-earned break taking in the IACAPAP Conference.

MHYF Vic takes Advocacy Issues to the World Congress!!
Committee members Dr Suzie Dean and Dr Jo Grimwade have been attending the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) in Paris from July 21st to-25th and will give us a first hand account of the highlights in our next newsletter.

MHYF Vic Committee
* President, Jo Grimwade
* Vice-President, Jenny Luntz
* Past President: Allan Mawdsley
* Secretary, Nitha Prakash
* Treasurer & Membership Secretary,
Lillian Tribe
* Projects Coordinator, Kylie Cassar
* WebMaster, Ron Ingram
* Newsletter Editor, Allan Mawdsley
* Youth Consumer Representative, vacant
* Members without portfolio:
Suzie Dean, Miriam Tisher, Sarina Smale


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