Origins Victoria Inc. Supporting People Separated By Adoption   

Mental Health

The 1st National Conference on Mental Health of Persons Affected by Family Separation

Conference Report

by Origins Inc

The conference was attended by 200 persons. At least 60% of attendees were professionals, indigenous and non-indigenous, the remainder comprised of persons who were affected or interested in the issues discussed, these included persons representing support groups, local and interstate and consumers.

The majority of presenters were mainly from interstate, with representations from indigenous groups from as far away as Western Australia, Groote Island, Darwin, NT, SA and Victoria and many other interstate destinations.

The conference was opened by Senator Andrew Murray and Mr Fred Malone of the Gandangara land Council.

Presenters included Dr Geoffrey Rickarby MB BS FRANZCP Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Bryanne Barnette, Professor John MacDonald UWS, Tim Keogh, Dr David Crawford UWS, Nancy DeVries, Dr Joanna Penglase, Wendy Jacobs B.Sc., B.A, Dr Deborah Ambry, Dr Arthur Chesterfield Evans, David Rich, Ann Symonds and a further large number of professionals and consumers.

Presentations were given on Trauma, loss and grief, detention, reproductive technologies, men's mental health issues of separation, identity, plus a wide range of other issues affecting mental health.

The conference was deemed a major success by all who attended and the keynote speakers were recorded. Copies of presentations can be obtained from Quickcopy, ph 9646 3699.

The collation of the papers will commence immediately and publication will be effected on funding approval. Our organisation has since been approached by the State Library to archive our websites as an historical collection. This includes some of our research on mental health issues.


There is a need for more conferences of this kind and more research into persons suffering from family separation who are in institutional care, more suicide research and acknowledgement and public education.

Mental Health Conference held in Victoria - June 2003

Cobram Community House Inc with Origins Victoria Inc.
Venue: Barooga Sports Club
Date : Thursday 5th and Friday 6th June, 2003

The identification & empowerment of 68,000 plus silenced Victorian women

The following articles have been Researched by Wendy Jacobs, Compiled by Lily Arthur

(Mirrored On The QLD, SA and NSW Site)

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