Battling the Black Dog in 16 CQUniversity locations

THROUGH CQUniversity's national campus network, Black Dog Institute speakers will be able to address audience members across 16 locations, to raise awareness of mood disorders during Mental Health Week.

Event proponent Professor George Stuart says the October 9 (5pm-6pm) presentation is "potentially a first-of-its-kind live, simultaneous community event across Australia under a tag line 'You're Not Alone'.

Professor Stuart, CQUni's Head of Program for Psychology, Social Work and Sociology, said the event targets a number of the University's strategic aims, including social innovation and community engagement, while helping to build resilient communities.

"I've been in talks with Shannon Nolan, project manager of the Black Dog Institute, a major charity involved in research into mood disorders, including depression and bi-polar disorder," Professor Stuart says.

"The Black Dog Institute also delivers education programs to GPs, Psychologists, health professionals and to the workplace. As part of their charitable work, they provide free seminars, open to the public. Their 60-minute presentation, 'Breaking Down Depression & Building Resilience' is aimed at a general audience for those with or without mood disorders.

"Shannon has said that she has presenters in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide (from September) Mackay, Brisbane and Townsville and, in talking with her, I saw an opportunity to utilise the resources of CQUniversity to have a truly national event by co-ordinating speakers at each of our campuses at the same time/day.

"Moreover, there is the opportunity to reach out to more regional locations by relaying one of the talks through videoconference."

Confirmed venues include:

Biloela 64 Valentine Plains Road, Biloela QLD 4715
Noosa 90 Goodchap Street, Noosaville QLD 4566
Rockhampton, City Canning Street, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Yeppoon, 26 Tabone Street, Yeppoon QLD 4703
Emerald Capricorn Highway, Emerald QLD 4720
Townsville Level 1, 538 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
Gladstone, Marina Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone QLD 4680
Sydney, 400 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mackay, Ooralea, Boundary Road, Mackay QLD 4740
Gladstone, City Derby Street, Gladstone QLD 4680
Bundaberg, University Drive (off Isis Highway), Bundaberg
Mackay, City, Sydney Street, Mackay QLD 4740
Rockhampton North, Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton QLD 4702
Brisbane, 160 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Melbourne, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Adelaide, 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA 5034

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