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Resilience and coping with change

Resilience and coping with change


The COVID-19 lockdowns focused significant attention on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, as well as emotional resilience. Gambling harm and mental health issues often co-exist. Advancements in fields such as neuroscience, digital innovation and mental wellbeing are continuously being explored to help people manage or overcome the effects of gambling harm and addiction in their lives.

This event will cover:

  • resilience what it means in individuals, organisations and communities
  • neuroscience of addiction – findings, progress and developments in the neuroscience of addiction and mental health, and how it can be applied to wellbeing and brain change
  • digital innovation in mental health and wellbeing – apps and digital platforms available to support an individual’s psychological wellbeing

Dates and times

Date: 29 March 2021

Time: 10–11.30am

Location: This will be hosted over Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.


  • The Hon. Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
  • Toby Kent, consultant and former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Melbourne
  • Professor John Gleeson, Centre Director, Healthy Brain & Mind Research Centre, Australian Catholic University
  • Dr Valentina Lorenzetti, co-founder and Deputy Director, Healthy Brain & Mind Research Centre, Australian Catholic University


The Hon. Melissa Horne MP became the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation in June 2020. Before she was elected as the State Member for Williamstown in November 2018, she enjoyed a long career at senior levels of government and corporate Victoria. She has overseen projects and policies that have helped change lives for the better, including playing her part in delivering responsible gaming reforms.

Toby Kent was Australia’s first Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Melbourne, where he led Resilient Melbourne, an initiative that helps cities around the world prepare to meet physical, social and economic challenges. He is Chair of the Future Business Council and an Associate of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Toby has previously worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ, where he was head of sustainable development.

John Gleeson is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience working with youth and adults affected by mental health disorders. His research interests are in the development and evaluation of innovative psychological interventions for serious mental health problems with a focus on the role of digital technology for improving clinical outcomes and psychological wellbeing. In recent years, he has collaborated with colleagues from Orygen to develop a novel Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) intervention aimed at improving recovery for young people affected by serious mental disorders and their familes.

Valentina Lorenzetti is Lead of the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program. Her research examines vulnerability to and recovery of brain and mental health harms in chronic addictions and psychopathology, by combining advanced multimodal neuroimaging tools, global multi-site cohorts and new interventions, including mindfulness-based interventions.

Valentina completed her PhD in 2012 at the Department of Psychiatry of The University of Melbourne. Then she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University and in the UK at the University of Liverpool, before joining ACU.

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