Event Essentials

When

  • No Scheduled Sessions

Where

Little Collins Street Campus

595 Little Collins Street, VIC

Cost

Free! Just

What to expect

Join us at Torrens Open Day at our campus in Melbourne or online and explore opportunities to upskill your rewarding Education career.

Open Day is a great opportunity for you to meet our inspiring lecturers, explore our modern campus facilities and learn all about our interactive online platforms that give our students the best possible academic experience and positive career outcomes.

Our Course and Career Advisors will also be on site to discuss your options and help you design a study path that suits your lifestyle.

Learn more about our courses in:

  • Master of Education (Reading & Literacy)
  • Master of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Education (Special Education)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Autism)
  • Master of Education (Innovation & Change)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Innovation & Change)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Mental Health)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Learning Differences)

AUTISM AND MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION SESSIONS AT OPEN DAY 29 APRIL

Torrens will be hosting guest speakers Paul Walshe from beyondblue and Chris Varney from the ICAN Network.

About our speakers:

Paul Walshe
beyondblue Ambassador
12.00pm-1.00pm

Paul will share his journey of hope, recovery and resilience in the face of depression and anxiety and will briefly cover what beyondblue does and how to seek help, or support a friend or family member who may find themselves in a difficult position.

Paul had a decorated 17-year career with Victoria Police including being awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2003 where for 3 months he travelled overseas studying best practice in managing Police Informers, studying with agencies such as the F.B.I., Scotland Yard and The Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Paul became a beyondblue speaker in 2004 to share his lived experiences of mental health conditions with audiences as part of his commitment to encourage and offer hope to those who are afflicted by mental health condition and their family and friends.

Chris Varney
Founder and Chief Enabling Officer at I CAN Network
1.00pm-2.00pm

Chris will share the importance of a person first approach when supporting an individual with autism by listening to the lived experiences. Chris will share stories and examples of educational platforms for success in schools and the workplace.
Chris Varney is Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of the I CAN Network and a director on the Strategic Enablers.

Chris is a 28-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome. The I CAN Network mentors young people on the autism spectrum to live life with an ‘I CAN’ attitude.

Chris has a background in campaigning, public speaking, facilitation, management, training and consultancy. With World Vision International and World Vision Australia, Chris worked in human resources (2008), was co-director of youth movement ‘Vision Generation’ (2008) and manager of youth supporters (2014). In Australia’s youth sector, Chris has held senior roles at Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, The Foundation for Young Australians and was Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations (2009). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote this message after Chris’ tenure at the UN.

It was as Youth Representative that Chris encountered the stigma-induced ‘I Can’t’ talk in young people on the Autism Spectrum. This compelled Chris to envision The I CAN Network, modelled off the network of mentors he enjoyed as a young person with Asperger’s. Chris later founded I CAN in September 2013 with the support of James Ong and Penny Robinson.

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