This December, we will once again host a whole-of-VU Learning and Teaching Symposium in a hybrid format of virtual and in-person live streamed presentations split over two days. Showcasing our newly opened VU City Tower, the program will feature a keynote address, Q&A panels and themed presentations.
Program is now live!
The full program for the Learning and Teaching Symposium is now live. Staff are invited to explore the program and register now.
In this year's exciting new format you are welcome to attend in person at our new City Tower or virtually. All in-person sessions will be lived streamed via Zoom.
In person at the new VU City Tower
If you choose to attend Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning in person, you can:
- experience the Tech Garden
- reconnect with colleagues
- visit the new VU City Tower
- attend the Keynote and sessions in person
- enjoy catering provided
- work or join a virtual session in dedicated quiet spaces.
If you prefer to attend virtually, you can:
- join the Keynote, Q&A panels and all in-person sessions via a live stream
- engage with local and international colleagues.
Professor Patrick McGorry AO
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Professor Patrick McGorry AO. Professor McGorry’s keynote titled Youth mental health: a new paradigm for the 21st century will be on held in person live streamed at VU City Tower on day 1 of the symposium.
Mental health is the major health issue threatening the lives and futures of young people in transition from childhood to adulthood. 75% of mental disorders emerge for the first time by the age of 25 years and around 50% of young people experience at least a period of poor mental health during the transition. There is growing evidence from the National Mental Health Survey and other data, also amplified by the pandemic that the mental health of young people around the world is getting worse.
Professor Patrick McGorry is an Australian psychiatrist known world-wide for his development and scaling up of early intervention, youth mental health services, mental health innovation, advocacy and reform. He is executive director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and founding editor of the journal “Early Intervention in Psychiatry”. Read more
This year Victoria University and Orygen announced a partnership aimed at boosting youth mental health workforce capacity, and ultimately improving mental health outcomes in Melbourne’s northwest. Read more about the partnership