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Bipolar Gala Dinner

Fri 31 Mar 2023
About This Event

Bipolar Australia is holding their annual Gala Dinner on 31st of March 2023 at the stunning Parkroyal Hotel in Parramatta. This event boasts fine food, high level business networking and the opportunity to support a great cause that will save and improve lives.

Key Facts

- Over 598,000 people in Australia have bipolar.
- Bipolar has a huge impact on families, carers and employers.
- It takes an average of 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar.
- People impacted by bipolar need specialist services.
- Thousands of people affected by bipolar still lack basic support and self-management knowledge.
- Bipolar can be diagnosed, treated and well managed

Who Is Bipolar Australia

‘Founded in 2014, Bipolar Australia is the only national non-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and families affected by bipolar. Peer support workers and volunteers are at the core of our work, led by our passionate Board of Directors’ – Susana Bluwol.

Bipolar Australia supporting everyone affected by bipolar disorders, including people with the condition, their carers, families and friends, and mental health services and professionals.

Key Things Bipolar Australia Does

- Educational resources available online to read, download and print.
- Personal stories presentations and educational events like conferences and forums.
- World Bipolar Day, a yearly national campaign raising awareness to bipolar -disorder.
- Establishing Peer Support Groups for people affected by bipolar and their families, carers and friends.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a national peak organisation with the capacity to set the agenda regarding the treatment and management of bipolar disorder across Australia, and to foster recovery for every Australian affected by the condition, regardless of their cultural heritage, educational attainment or socio-economic status.

Gala Dinner Speakers

Professor Michael Berk - is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the Institute for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT).

He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

He was awarded the Brain & Behaviour (NARSAD) Colvin Award for Mood Disorders in 2015, the Victoria Prize for life sciences in 2019, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Bob Post award for mentorship in 2020 and the RANZCP Senior Research Award in 2021.

He is past president of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and current vice president of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry. He has published over 1300 papers and is listed by Thompson Reuters ISI as highly cited (2015-2021).

He has been awarded over $144M in grant funding. His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies, and risk factors and prevention of psychiatric disorders.

Professor Greg de Moore - is a psychiatrist, historian and author. He is Conjoint Associate Professor with the School of Medicine of Western Sydney University, and is Director of Clinical Services, Mental Health, Western Sydney local health district. Previously in his role as Director of Training, he developed a keen interest in the welfare of junior doctors.

Greg is also a Director of the Minds Count Foundation, which advocates for mental health welfare within the legal profession. In addition to his hospital work he is a consultant to Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW providing mental health care for players and staff. His 4 books include Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder, the story of Australia's greatest mental health achievement: the discovery of lithium for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Nic Newling - is an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories. Nic has reached millions of people through television, live talks, documentaries, radio, print, and online. He regularly speaks internationally at industry conferences, educational institutions, and workplaces.

Nic strives to make a continuing positive impact utilising sharing and listening to encourage helpful, unscripted conversations around mental health, suicide prevention, and getting the most out of life. Nic is an ambassador for Movember, Australia Day, R U OK? Day, and the Australian Mental Health Prize. He has been featured on Australian Story, The TODAY Show in New York, Huffington Post, the documentary 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect', and his mother's Human Rights Award winning memoir ‘Missing Christopher’. Growing up in Australia, he now calls Sydney and New York home and continues to travel the world speaking and sharing.

Event Details

Date: Friday 31 March 2023
Time: 18:00 - 22:30pm (TBC)
Location: Park Royal Parramatta


Early Bird - $120
Early Bird (Table of Ten) - $1,000 (End on January 30)
General Admission - $150
General Admission (Table of Ten) - $1,200
PARKROYAL Parramatta 30 Phillip Street Parramatta, NSW 2150 Australia
Michael Grey on
  0452 446 443

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