The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is proud to present the 57th Barton Pope Lecture.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by South Australian Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns, who will present ‘Looking for the Slip, Slop, and Slap of mental health - sounds like a breeze when you say it like that’.
The Barton Pope Lecture will be held at 7:30 pm on the 8th of October in the Radford Auditorium at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The Lecture is free of charge, but registrations are essential.
The lecture is open to all Members of RANZCP and the general public, and supper is included.
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About South Australian Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns
An experienced advocate and strategic planner, Commissioner Burns is a former military officer and consultant in defense and international relations.
He has a passion for improving services and ensuring people with lived experience of mental illness, their families and carers are central to the Commission’s work and ongoing mental health reform.
Commissioner Burns is taking a whole-of-person, whole-of-life, whole-of-community and whole-of-government approach to the development of South Australia’s Mental Health Strategic Plan. In leading this key task of the Commission, his focus is firmly on strengthening the mental wellbeing of South Australians.
A brief history of the Barton Pope Lecture
The annual Barton Pope lecture was established in the 1980s and is named after industrialist Sir Sidney Barton Pope (1905-1983).
Sir Pope was a prominent South Australian who had first hand experience of caring for someone with mental illness. This experience inspiring him to act as an early advocate for the rights of people with mental illness in South Australia.
Together with psychiatrist Dr. Willman Dibden, Sir Pope helped to establish the South Australian Association for Mental Health and acted as its Vice President from 1956 – 1960 and President (1960-68).
The South Australian Association for Mental Health later became the South Australian Branch of the RANZCP.
The RANZCP in South Australia has hosted the Barton Pope Lecture in his honor for the last 57 years.
The Barton Pope lectures are held every year on the 8th of October also known as World Mental Health Day. Just like its namesake, the lectures aim to raise awareness for mental illness and help break down stereotypes and stigma.
The Barton Pope lecture is only possible through the continued support of Ramsey Health.
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