Joe Brooks Keynote Abstract

Joe Brooks

Joe Brooks is a young podiatrist working in Hobart. In his talk he will discuss his mental health journey from the lows of his first panic attack at primary school and almost breaking down in front of a patient to the highs of walking the Kokoda track to raise money for beyond blue. He will also touch on the great services that Beyond Blue provide to make sure that you are healthy so you can provide health advice for patients. Joe thinks mental health awareness is important and hopes that sharing his story will help people seek the help they deserve and break down stigma surrounding mental health.


Joe Brooks is a young podiatrist working in private practice where he enjoys helping people. He is a Hobart boy but moved away and since returned to be closer to his young nieces and nephews.

Joe is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

Joe became a beyondblue speaker because he wants to work towards reducing the stigma associated

with mental health, especially in young men. Sharing his own story helps break down misconceptions about mental health and also helps himself and others to accept their condition and get the help they need.

Joe’s interests include eating good food with good people and having a laugh. He is sports mad and lives his life by the motto ‘life is too short for bad coffee’.

Ikigai: profession, passion, mission, vocation

Rosalie Martin

The Japanese word ikigai refers to the combination of profession, passion, mission and vocation – what you can be paid for, what you are good at, what you love, and what the world needs. Ikigai has been the driver of the Just Sentences and Just Time projects at Risdon Prison, as well as the several other community-based projects which Chatter Matters Tasmania has initiated and conducted. In this session, Chatter Matters’ founder, speech pathologist and criminologist Rosie Martin, will share her journey and the insights and learnings arising from it.


Rosalie is a criminologist, an accredited facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal, and a clinical speech pathologist with more than 30 years experience.

Long lamenting inequity and inadequacy in services to support those with impaired communication and literacy, in 2013 Rosalie founded a charity, Chatter Matters Tasmania (soon to rebrand as language. life.) and began the Just Sentences literacy pilot project and Just Time parent-child attachment programs in Tasmania’s Risdon Prison. To gain better context for bringing speech pathology interventions into prison settings, Rosalie completed Criminology Honours in 2016 and is now preparing to undertake a PhD in Criminology.

Rosalie was awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year for the work she began at the prison. She is grateful for the platform this recognition has afforded her to speak, raise awareness, educate and champion the cause of literacy for all; and to promote the value of kind communication in evidence-based service delivery.

More than anything else, Rosalie is aware that nothing worth doing is ever done alone – she has enormous gratitude for the support, direction and opportunity she has received from family, friends and many colleagues.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission - Monday 14 August 2017
Early Bird - Friday 27 October 2017
Symposium - Friday 10 November 2017


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