Professor Sandra Radovini is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Mindful, the Victorian state-wide Child & Adolescent Mental Health teaching and training unit for professionals working with children, young people and their families. Mindful is part of the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. Sandra has held a number of key leadership positions in Mental Health: as the inaugural Chief Child Psychiatrist (2009–11); in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist with the Victorian Department of Health; and as the inaugural Clinical Director of headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Facilitated by:

Dr Bianca Forrester, has lived and worked in the Geelong community for 15 years. She is a senior lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Melbourne and is also a lecturer at Deakin’s School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she runs several communities of practice on issues including COVID care, family violence and youth mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has created a context of stress, disruption, pressures, change and fear on a global level. During this time we have witnessed and no doubt experienced first hand an increased number of young people presenting with distress and mental health issues. 

This episode will sit under an overarching theme of recovering and resilience, and we will aim to build practices that bear stress and pressures born out of the pandemic in mind when assessing young people attending the DiSS clinic. We will consider interventions relevant to our current context and also focus on some of the basics – food, shelter, sleep and safety – as we consider how some of these basic needs may be unsettled and undermine mental health in teens. We’ll talk about how we can play a useful role in recognizing and helping teens with these issues.  


This webinar was recorded on 10 May 2022.