Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops


Sebastian Robertson and Kayla Hicks



Thursday (NSW)

11.30 – 12.30

Workshop - How do you score from the sideline?


How do you score from the sideline?


It is often said in sport that when a team is winning the players are winning and when they start losing, maybe you should think about dropping the coach. The key question we will be focusing on is ‘how do we effectively create behavioural change in mental health’? And, as teachers, how can you best equip young people from the sidelines. 

The How do you score from the sideline? workshop will give teachers tools to equip young people to engage on topics that are relevant for them. We will focus on successful student lead campaigns and how these lessons can be applied in mental health to create positive change. This workshop will provide practical applications for encouraging and assisting student engagement.


About Sebastian


Founder and CEO Sebastian Robertson experienced the frustration and isolation of living silently with mental ill health whilst at university and recognised that it was time to open honest conversations about mental health with young people. Sebastian started Batyr at aged 25 to give young people a voice, the courage and conviction to share stories of triumph over mental illness in an attempt to ensure that all young Australians can look forward to better mental health.


Batyr aims to engage, educate and empower young people through our programs to reduce the stigma on mental health and increase help-seeking behaviours.


Sebastian graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree in Economics and Commerce (finance, accounting and international business) in 2009.  He worked at General Electric (GE) on their Financial Management Program and in 2010 he was an Australian Youth Representative for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. In 2011 he was Sydney's Social Entrepreneur of the Year and recently was awarded Young Alumnus of Year 2013 for the Australian National University.  He is a director of an energy efficiency company, Nautilus Energy, and one of the founding Commissioners of the ‘Sydney Premier League’ squash and current national Treasurer for the ‘Australian Premier League’ Squash Competition - a very social squash league.


About Kayla


Kayla Hicks (School Coordinator, Batyr) graduated from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2009 with a Bachelor of Physical Education, she taught for three years at elite sporting school Mount Albert Grammar as a PDHPE teacher.  Kayla joined Batyr in April 2013 as the School Program Coordinator. Her key responsibility is focused around developing relationships with schools to promote the Batyr@School program, as well as highlighting the program links between the syllabus, and benefits to staff and students. Kayla also manages Batyr’s One Sock One Goal campaign, which creates a platform for young people to contribute to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in their local community.