Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Gippsland presentations: we need to focus on fathers with mental illness

Need for a re-focus: Rhys Price-Robertson will talk about the particular challenges for fathers with a mental illness at two presentations in Gippsland in November.
With almost all of the existing research on parenting and mental illness stigma focused on mothers, it’s important to focus separately on fathers’ experience of stigma a Monash researcher will explain at two presentations in Gippsland this month.

Rhys Price-Robertson - a ‘knowledge broker’ for the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative and PhD candidate at Monash University - will talk about his research during the presentations aimed at both professionals and the general community.

‘Stigma’ has been a prominent theme in research and reviews on fatherhood and mental illness, with a recent report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies showing fathers with mental illness can face unique hardships. (Mr Price-Robertson has also published on this theme.)

Mr Price-Robertson found that for many of the fathers who participated in his research, fatherhood was central to their self-image; however mental health practitioners and researchers frequently overlooked the significance of that role. His research has revealed the need for system-wide reform to ensure Australian health and welfare services are capable of effectively engaging with fathers with mental ill-health. He will outline recent attempts to develop models and practices of recovery that incorporate the parenting role.

The upcoming presentations offer the local community a valuable opportunity to understand the challenges facing fathers with a mental illness. During both presentations there will be time for discussion, and for audience members to share their personal or professional experiences. There will also be time to informally speak with Mr Price-Robertson after the presentations while light refreshments are served.

Presentation dates

Bairnsdale: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6.30-8.30pm
Rooms 4 & 5, Monash University School of Rural Health, Day Street

Traralgon: Thursday 26 November 2015, 6.30-8.30pm
Conference Room 2, Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre, 5501 Princes Highway


Places are limited, so please register to attend

For further information or if you have any trouble registering online, please contact:
Keith Sutton (School of Rural Health MUDRIH)
Phone: (03) 5128 1031
Email: keith.sutton@monash.edu