Evening Meeting - Assoc Prof Simon Stafrace MBBS, MPM, MHA, FRANZCP


From: Monday August 26, 2019, 6:30 pm

To: Monday August 26, 2019, 8:00 pm

The appointment of Tracey Crouch as Minister for Loneliness in the UK in 2018 prompted an upsurge in interest in programmes aimed at tackling what has been referred to as the “growing problem of loneliness” and an “epidemic”. 

In a recent survey, the Australian Psychological Association found that one in four Australians (27.6%) felt lonely for three or more days per week.  Among people suffering from psychosis, loneliness is reported as one of the top three barriers to recovery, in addition to poverty and employment.  It is common amongst younger single mothers with children living at home, middle aged men following marital breakdown, and older people who have been recently bereaved.                                                                                                                                                                                

Loneliness has an adverse impact on the quality of life and the physical and mental health of the people affected by it. 

In this talk, I will describe what we understand about loneliness and why it matters to the health and wellbeing of a community. I will also talk about the work being done by the Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership to reduce social isolation and improve social connectedness in our part of Melbourne.


Co-hosted with Leadership Victoria

Cost: $25, $15 for students under 25 years of age

Refreshments served




Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building

20 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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