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DAY 2 - Main Conference Day
15th November 2019

Our annual conference runs over two days and will highlight that Borderline Personality (BPD) is no longer regarded as untreatable and that people with BPD (and their families) deserve equitable access to the treatment and support they need.

Day 1: Preconference Workshop (Thursday November 14th)

Full day workshop for mental health clinicians.  A/Prof Sathya Rao will discuss "Working with Complexity"  in particular the comorbid and co-existing mental health and medical problems that frequently complicate assessment and treatment of BPD.  For more information or to book 

Day 2: Conference (Friday November 15th) is a day for anyone with an interest in BPD including clinicians, service providers, people with lived experience, and their families/friends/carers to meet and share experiences.

The presentations will feature many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and clinicians. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

Main conference - Click "BOOK NOW" link above

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jayashri Kulkarni (Sponsored by Epworth Hospital)

 ‘Borderline Personality Disorder - Controversies, Challenges and Collaborations’ 

BPD is described as a highly prevalent condition that is unfortunately associated with considerable stigma. Controversie abound about the role of trauma in the development of the condition and parallels can be drawn with 'shell shock' or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new category of 'complex PTSD has appeared in the International Classification of Disorders 11 by the World Health Organisation, with a number of symptoms that overlap with the symptoms of BPD. So - is it BPD or cPTSD?

Regardless of the name of the condition - people with the condition often struggle to receive appropriate care and misunderstanding about the cause and treatment of this illness are common. Overall, from both clinical and research perspectives, it is obvious that a holistic, personalised approach for each individual is required to optimise outcomes.

In this talk, the latest hypotheses about the role of trauma creating and perpetuating the condition as well as important new discoveries from neurobiology will be discussed. Most importantly, potential new treatment approaches will also be discussed."

 Jayashri was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She founded and directs a large   psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). 

Lived Experience Plenary Sessions:

  • Carissa Wright (WA): "Embracing BPD" -  Carissa is a full time peer support worker and facilitator of her own peer support group 'Embracing Borderline Personality Disorder'. In this presentation she will articulate the obstacles and the navigation to get to the destination of facilitating her own support group, as well as break down how peer support and sharing of lived experience was instrumental in her own road to recovery. 
  • Mahlie Jewell and Kyla Cassells"Consumer and Carer Perspective on Living with BPD: Storms and Sunshine - 20 years of friendship with BPD"
  • Aaron Fornarino"Using Yourself: A Discussion on Self-Soothing and Making Long-Lasting Changes to Habitual Thinking Patterns".  BPD can be a struggle, debilitating and sometimes destructive to oneself, their family and friends. Aaron will discuss hope and channel inner strength through employing a variety of methods and techniques that a person with BPD can assist with their own well-being.
  • Tania Lacey – famous Australian comedian and now an international children’s author will present via video from Berlin about her life with and recovery from BPD

Breakout Sessions and Workshops Including:

  • Consumer Panel of people with lived experience of BPD
  • Carer Panel of family or other carers of people with lived experience of BPD
  • Exploring the peer workforce
  • NDIS panel - from consumer, carer and clinician perspective. Supporting eligible people to get into the NDIS (and making it work once they're in
  • Snapshot of current research
      • Fiona Donald (Spectrum) – consumer perspectives on personal recovery
      • Julian Nolan - Is there any relationship between BPD and Sexual Diversity Status?
      • Elise Carrotte (Sane Aust) - Exploring the Experiences of Healthcare Professionals Regarding Borderline Personality Disorder
      • Emily Molyneux - Romantic Relationships and BPD
  • National Training Strategy
  • Mindful Self Compassion workshop

PLUS much more…………..

Networking Event:

Join us after the conference for an optional Networking event with drinks and nibbles in the atrium - separte registration required

To register for both days click on the "Find Other Events" button on the booking details page.

Bayview Eden
6 Queens Rd 

Melbourne  Victoria 3004