Presenters

 

Michael  Carr-Gregg

Psychologist, Author and Parenting expert

Positive Schools WA, QLD & VIC

Masterclass ‘Eyes Wide open’ expert presenter and panellist

Day Two Main Stage Talk

 

About Michael

Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists. He works in private practice in Melbourne.  He is a columnist for Girlfriend Magazine and Australian Doctor. For a list of Michael's peer reviewed publications click here. He specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. Michael has been the Consultant Psychologist to the Victorian Secondary Schools Principal's Association, Australian Boarding Staff Association, Australian Ballet School, St Catherine's School, and Melbourne Girls' College. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of the National Coalition against Bullying and became one of their national spokespersons. He also served on the advisory committee for the Federal Government's Boys' Education Lighthouse School Programme.

Michael has held a variety of appointments including Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation and Director of the Centre for Social Health at the University of Melbourne and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. Michael has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Australian Jaycees Outstanding Young Australian of the Year (1987) and in 1997; he was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his work in the prevention of youth suicide.

Michael has extensive experience in the media and is currently a regular on Neil Mitchell's morning program on radio 3AW. In 2002 Michael was asked to be the official psychologist to Girlfriend Magazine, the best selling magazine for young women in Australia. In 2005 he was asked to be a columnist for the new boys’ magazine Explode. Michael is also regular contributor to a variety of magazines including Australian Doctor and the Herald Sun - Australia's biggest selling newspaper.

Most importantly, Michael is married and has two children, supports Hawthorn in the AFL and South Sydney in the NRL. In 2000, he was the subject of a This Is Your Life program on Channel 9. He is in constant demand across Australia as a facilitator of hypotheticals, speaker, entertainer and educator.

Day One – Eyes Wide Open keynote presentation

Fighting the Early S*xualisation of Young People through public policy advocacy – what’s your role?  Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Kew, Victoria.

Regrettably, young Australians obtain much of their s*x education from the media, be it through advertising, the net, movies, music videos, or television shows. Research suggests that greater exposure to s*xual content in media is associated with more permissive attitudes toward s*xual activity, higher estimates of the s*xual experience and activity of peers, and more and earlier s*xual behaviour among adolescents. Such exposure increases the likelihood that young people accept, learn from, and may emulate the behaviours portrayed as normative, attractive, and without risk. It is essential that workers in health, education and welfare do everything in their power to hold those who are responsible for this early s*xualisation of young people accountable. This presentation urges conference participants to become involved in public policy advocacy and discusses various options.

Day Two – Main Stage presentation


Adolescent Psychologists in Cyber Space: the final frontier.   Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Kew, Victoria.

Despite the fact that mental health difficulties affect one in four young Australians with over one million young people struggling each day with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance use problems, it is only within the last few years that psychologists have sought to use digital technology to reach them. The reality is that 95% of these young Australians regularly sit around the 'digital campfires' of Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and smart phones Ipads have radically transformed the way young people engage with peers, parents and the world around them. This presentation represents a crash course in the current crop of programs and applications available to young people with mental health problems.