Panel Event 2.0: How will our farming communities benefit from the Royal Commission findings?

August 26, 2021 @ 12:30 pm 1:30 pm

Panel Event Postponed

We are sorry to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, our panel discussion can no longer go ahead today as planned. We apologise for any inconvenience, and will let you know when the webinar will be going ahead at a future date.


Join us on Thursday 26th August, from 12:30-1:30pm, for our webinar event which will further explore the question “How will farming communities benefit from the Royal Commission findings?”

The release of The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System report relealed 65 recommendations to reform Victoria’s mental health system, with the Victorian Government pledging $3.8 billion to help turn these recommendations into a reality. Of this budget, $700 million will be directed to rural and regional areas. But what does this really mean for rural farming communities?

To better understand what these recommendations mean for rural Victorians our acting director, Dr Alison Kennedy, is hosting a second panel discussion to explore the challenges and opportunities highlighted in the report.

This event will be entirely interactive in a question answer forum. You will be encouraged to share your questions and opinions on this topic with our panellists, who will discuss and answer them.

Dr Alison Kennedy will be joined by our esteemed panellists Alistair Gabb, Kelly Barnes, and Matthew Hercus, who are returning to answer your questions. Each of our four panelists brings a unique perspective to this important discussion, and we invite everyone to join the event by registering below.

Kelly Barnes – Creator and Founder of the Mates Dog School and the winner of the 2020 Victorian AgriFuture Rural Women’s Award. Kelly has lived experience and shared her experiences with the Royal Commission during the consultation stage of the inquest.  

Alistair Gabb – a Farmer from Skipton, who, like Kelly, is someone with lived experience. He was an expert witness to the Royal Commission hearings.  

Matthew Hercus – Matthew is the Executive Director of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs System Management, Mental Health and Wellbeing, for the Department of Health. 

Anyone with a question or opinion on the topic is encouraged to submit it ahead of time by emailing Alison via (these will remain anonymous). 


To see the recording of our last webinar please follow the link below.

To download your copy of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, follow the link below.

Click the link below to find out more about our work in the mental health space.