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Looking after yourself with mindfulness, resilience and mental focus

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the toughest health and economic challenges of our generation, and looking after our mental health has never been more important.

In this session, you’ll get practical advice on how to use mindfulness, resilience and mental focus to help boost your professional goals.

Featuring expert academics and alumni from diverse disciplines, this Q&A-style event explores:

  • Maintaining resilience and prioritising mental health while navigating uncertain times
  • Enhancing mental strength and applying this to every stage of your career
  • Finding a balance between the demands of establishing a career and sustaining your mental wellbeing

This event was originally live-streamed in September 2020 as part of Ask Alumni Live – a series of monthly career events developed for our alumni community.

Whether you are job seeking, taking your first career steps, or looking for a change, we hope this session will be helpful.


Zainab Korashi | Host

President of the Melbourne Population Health Student Association (MPHSA).

Professor Brock Bastian
(PGDipPsych 1999, PhD 2007)

Professor Brock Bastian is a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is trained as a social psychologist and his research broadly focuses on the topics of ethics and well-being.

Dr Sophie Adams
(MBBS (Hons) 1997, PhD 2018)

Dr Sophie Adams is a psychiatrist and the Director of Clinical Services for Primary Services at Orygen. She is the clinical lead for five headspace centres and four Enrich programs. In addition to youth mental health, she has interests in Consultation Liaison, Neuropsychiatry, clinical governance and service innovation.

Martin Heppell
(BEd(Prim) 2007)

Martin is a partner and facilitator at The Resilience Project where he has conducted over 1,700 presentations across Australia to key stakeholders at schools and their communities, corporations and elite sporting organisations including the AFL, NRL and the A-League. He is currently working with the Hawthorn Football Club.

Dr Skye Kinder
(MD 2016)

Dr Skye Kinder is the 2017 VIC Junior Doctor of the Year and 2019 VIC Young Australian of the Year. A passionate advocate for rural and other marginalised patient populations, her interests include health policy, workforce planning, and service and process enhancement. Skye is also an advocate for the wellbeing of her colleagues and students in the medical profession. She was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a top “100 Women of Influence”.