Mindframe evening dinner event 2015

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health will host an evening dinner event for the Mindframe National Media Initiative that will bring together professionals from media, mental health, suicide prevention, journalism education, public relations, police and stage and screen.

Building on cross-sector work over the past 10-15 years, guest speakers will highlight some of the future challenges and opportunities for reporting and communication about suicide and mental illness and how we can respond to these in Australia.

We are pleased to announce our guest speakers for the evening:


J.FernandezJeremy Fernandez

Journalist, Producer and Anchor
ABC News 24

Jeremy Fernandez is a journalist, producer and anchor with ABC News. He specialises in rolling multi-platform news coverage with the national broadcaster in Sydney, having previously worked in London, Melbourne, Perth, and regional Western Australia.

Jeremy regularly lends his support to mental health initiatives, including ABC’s 2014 Mental As campaign of shows and events across ABCTV, radio and online to raise awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness. He speaks conversational Malay, and is a father of one.


Jane Burns profile pictureAssociate Professor Jane Burns

Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Associate Professor Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for young people aged 12 to 25.

Jane holds a Principal Research Fellowship at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and an Honorary Fellowship at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She has led the youth agenda for beyondblue, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at Inspire Foundation. Jane held a VicHealth fellowship from 2006-2013, an NHMRC fellowship from 1997-2000 and an NHMRC scholarship from 1994-1996. She holds a PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health and Epidemiology) University of Adelaide.

Jane was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards and was listed in the Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence in 2012. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


J.SardiJan Sardi

Screenwriter / Director
Australian Writers’ Guild President
Film Victoria Board Member

Jan Sardi is one of Australia’s eminent screenwriters. In 1997 he received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay Shine, as well as nominations for BAFTA, the Writers' Guild of America, and the Golden Globes. In 2003 Jan wrote and directed the film Love's Brother, an award winning Australian/UK production. He also adapted the hit films The Notebook and Mao's Last Dancer for the screen. His most recent project is The Secret River, a two-part mini-series for the ABC, based on the novel by Kate Grenville.

Jan is the President of The Australian Writers' Guild. During his long membership with the Guild, he has been a passionate advocate of writers, having served on numerous committees including: member and Chair of the Australian Writers' Guild Victorian Committee; member of the National Executive Council of the Guild, as well being on the organising committee for the Guild's flagship event - The National Screenwriters Conference. Jan is also a board member of Film Victoria.

Jan has been a supporter of the Mindframe for stage and screen project for a number of years. Read an interview with Jan about portraying mental illness here.  


JaeleaJaelea Skehan

Hunter Institute of Mental Health

Jaelea Skehan is an internationally respected leader in the prevention of mental illness and the prevention of suicide. In 2014 Jaelea was announced as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence, a national honour sponsored by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac highlighting the important contribution women make in creating bold and diverse future for Australia.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Jaelea has worked at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health since 2001, which she now leads as their first female Director. 

Jaelea is passionate about translating evidence into practice and building the capacity of individuals, families, organisations and communities to be involved in mental health and suicide prevention.  She is an advocate for finding better connections between research and practice and for ensuring a national focus on the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention of mental ill-health to complement treatment and recovery approaches.