Violet Marshman Oration with Magda Szubanski AO

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Award-winning actor Magda Szubanski AO will discuss the negative impact of social media on mental health, achieving positive social change even during a COVID lockdown, and her work with Phoenix Australia to create a program which provides best practice PTSD skills for disaster impacted communities.

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Tuesday 24 November 2020 04:00 pm until Tuesday 24 November 2020 05:15 pm (Add to calendar)
Victoria Dillon
Presented by:
Magda Szubanski AO, Professor Jennifer McIntosh AM
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture

Magda Szubanski AO is a multi-award winning actor best known for her work in making Australia laugh for over three decades. Aside from her theatrical work, Magda also played what many have described as a crucial role in the Marriage equality campaign. Most recently she reprised her role of Sharon Strzelecki from the comedy program Kath and Kim, producing a public health advertisement in a bid to encourage people to follow Victorian Government health advice regarding the wearing of masks. It was this commercial that attracted online trolling and social media attacks for demonstrating her support.

Human beings are social creatures and during times of physical distancing and isolation, social media can be an invaluable tool for staying in touch with friends, loved ones, and the world. Ironically however, these platforms can also increase loneliness, anxiety and create divide. Magda Szubanski AO will be discussing the negative impact social media platforms can have on mental health, her attempts to achieve positive social change even during a COVID lock down and the work of Phoenix Australia where she is working to create a program to provide world’s best practice PTSD skills for disaster impacted communities.

Born in the rural village of Branxholme in western Victoria and trained as a nurse, Mrs Violet Vines Marshman devoted much of her life to improving the health and wellbeing of people living in regional and rural Australia.

Ten years before her death in 2014, Violet established the VV Marshman Charitable Trust, with her sons – Ian, Neil and Ken – as three of its Trustees. The $3 million investment in establishing the Violet Vines Marshman Rural Health Initiative at La‚ÄČTrobe will enable the expansion of La‚ÄČTrobe’s cutting-edge partnership work with communities to address the major challenges and issues that impact on rural health and wellbeing.


Magda Szubanski AO

Magda Szubanski AO has been famous for making Australia laugh for over three decades.

Magda has received many accolades in the course of her career, including a Mo Award, seven Logie Awards, three Awgie Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, two Astra Awards and the AFI for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Australia’s favorite second-best friend, Sharon Strzelecki, a character she created herself. She has been awarded the 2018 Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership by Women and Leadership Australia. She is also the 2018 recipient of the nation’s top free speech honour, the Voltaire Award, given by Australia’s oldest human rights organization, Liberty Victoria.

Magda completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in Philosophy and Fine Arts. After early training with the ABC-TV cult show D-Generation, Magda shot to fame in 1989 in response to the huge variety of comic characters she created. . She was a key player in some of this country’s most successful, iconic and groundbreaking shows - Kath and Kim, Fast Forward, D-Generation, and Big Girl’s Blouse, sketch comedy Fast Forward, which played for several seasons and became one of Australia’s highest-rating comedies. She had an emotional journey when the SBS television show Who Do you think You Are? did a story on her family’s heritage.

More recently she has become a best-selling, award-winning author, following the release of her internationally acclaimed memoir Reckoning. Released late 2015, Reckoning won a slew of literary awards including winner of the 2016 ABIA Book of the Year, Biography of the Year, Booksellers Choice Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Indie Award for Non-Fiction; Winner Victorian Community History Award and was shortlisted for several more awards including the National Biography Award.

Over the years Magda has campaigned for several charities including Very Special Kids, Starlight Foundation, Oxfam, and Royal Children’s Hospital.

Professor Jennifer McIntosh AM

Jennifer McIntosh AM is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and researcher. Jennifer has specialised in the development of risk assessment methods and interventions to support the relational and mental health of vulnerable families and children. In 2019, she received national recognition for her research, through the award of Member of the Order of Australia, and international recognition as recipient of the AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award in 2011. Through her work, McIntosh has had a substantial impact on both policy and practice formation in Australian and international Family Law.

In 2020, Jennifer joined La Trobe University as the Inaugural Professor of Research at The Bouverie Centre. She is also Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Deakin University, and Fellow of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. This year, McIntosh has conducted original research into the well-being of mental health practitioners with highly vulnerable families working during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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