Wellways' annual Woodcock Public Lecture returns in 2024

For many years, the Woodcock Public Lecture has been a much-anticipated date on the Victorian mental health calendar. With hundreds in attendance both in-person and via live stream, the lecture attracts sector leaders, mental health workers, service users, and the wider community; and 2024 is set to tackle one of the most relevant topics in mental health reform right now.

This year's theme ‘Understand trauma; understand mental health’ intends to explore the complexities of human trauma through a consumer, carer and family lens to identify better approaches to trauma informed care and what this can look like for consumers, carers and the mental health workforce alike.

About the lecture

Despite what we’ve learnt about trauma, we still have a long way to go in building awareness and acting on it. The process of becoming `trauma-informed’ will help us turn our growing awareness into action.

Joining us as special guests, Maggie Toko, Commissioner at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, and Kerry Hawkins, Vice Chair of Mental Health Carers Australia, share their lived experiences from a consumer and family/carer lens. From a clinical neuropsychologist lens, Jane Nursey, Head of Clinical Services at Phoenix Australia, will provide insights into the work that must be done to bridge the gap between theory and practice, empathy and advocacy, to ensure trauma-informed practice is at the front of mental health system reform.

When: Wednesday 22nd May, 2024

Location: The Conversation Quarter, State Library of Victoria, Entrance 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Tea & coffee and grazing platters on arrival. Opening remarks commence from 7:00pm)

Livestream: Starts at 7:00pm (For livestream online registrations, a streaming link will be emailed closer to the event day)

Agenda Summary

6:30pm Welcome and networking

Tea & coffee and grazing platters on arrival.

7:00pm Opening session

Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Elder, Stacie Piper, and opening remarks.

7:15pm Lecture welcome

From Wellways Board Chair, Michael Gorton

7:20pm Guest speaker presentations

Maggie Toko, Kerry Hawkins and Jane Nursey. See bios below.

8:15pm Panel discussions:

Panel and Q&A facilitated by Wellways' Gerard Reed, Company Secretary and Director of Business Development, with Maggie, Kerry and Jane. Have a question for our discussion panel? Go to menti.com and enter 5262 4352 to post an anonymous question.

8:50pm Closing remarks

Reflections and closing remarks from Wellways' Nikki Wynne, Director of Service Delivery.

9:00pm Event concludes

Guest speakers

  • Maggie Toko headshot copy

    Maggie Toko

    Maggie is a Commissioner at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, where she brings her lived experience of mental health to her role, and advocates for mental health consumers and carers. Maggie identifies as having lived experience of schizophrenia and is a descendant of the Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi tribes, who are Indigenous to Aotearoa (New Zealand)...

    Learn more about Maggie
  • Kerry Hawkins

    Kerry Hawkins

    Kerry holds several key roles within mental health advocacy and support organisations. She serves as the Vice Chair of Mental Health Carers Australia, a Board member of Psychosis Australia Trust, and a Board member of Helping Minds...

    Learn more about Kerry
  • Jane Nursey

    Jane Nursey

    Jane is Head of Clinical Services at Phoenix Australia and a clinical neuropsychologist. She has worked in public acute and mental health services across Melbourne for more than 20 years, including with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult and Aged Care Services...

    Learn more about Jane
  • Portrait of Gerard Reed

    Gerard Reed - Panel Host

    Gerard is the Company Secretary and Director of Business Development at Wellways. Gerard has worked in human services for more than 30 years, including in juvenile justice, homelessness and, for the past 20 years, mental health.

    Learn more about Gerard

In-person places are now sold out! Livestream online tickets however are still available.

Livestream registrations will receive a streaming link closer to the event day. Due to popular demand, livestream chat will again be active during the online event, so feel free to share your comments and questions throughout the night. A lived experience representative will also be on hand to take note of your questions and provide support where needed.

Register now

Simply register via the button below to secure your livestream online ticket.

Register for the 2024 Woodcock Lecture

How to get there

Transport and parking

The Conversation Quarter is located inside the State Library of Victoria. It can be accessed via Entrance 3 located on La Trobe Street next to Mr Tulk Cafe. There is limited on-street metered parking on La Trobe Street, with 3 disability care parking spaces directly outside Entrance 3.

Commercial car parking

Wilson Parking, 62 La Trobe Street

QV Parking, which has an entrance on Little Lonsdale Street.

Train and tram stops

The nearest train station is Melbourne Central (130 metres from the Conversation Quater’s Entrance 3). Access out of the train station is via a lift.

The nearest tram stops are Swanston Street, Stop 8 outside Melbourne Central/State Library Victoria (routes 1-6, 16, 64, 67, 72) (180 metres from the Conversation Quarter’s Entrance 3); and La Trobe Street, Stop 7, (routes 30, 35) (92 metres from the Conversation Quarter’s Entrance 3).

The Wellways Woodcock Public Lecture is an Auslan Interpreted event. If you have any specific, or additional, accessibility requirements please email advocacy@wellways.org.

We are here if you need support

With the event covering the complex topic of trauma and mental health, if needed at any stage, please do not hesitate to contact our Wellways Helpline on 1800 111 500, available Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Any messages after this time will receive a call back next day.

For in-person attendees, there is also an onsite Quiet Room at the event. Simply make yourself known to the Wellways team wearing lanyards and they will be able to assist.

Other support contacts:
Lifeline 13 11 44
Rainbow Door 1800 729 367
QLIFE 1800 184 527
13YARN 13 92 76
Suicide Helpline 1300 651 251

A special thanks

The Woodcock Lecture would not be possible without the generosity of the late Frank Woodcock and his family. Learn more about Frank's story.