DR MARI SWINGLE
Fostering Health & Happiness in the Digital Age
Dr. Mari is a practicing therapist, clinical researcher, public speaker and the author of i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behaviour, and the Evolution of Our Species. She is a winner of a 2015 Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioural Sciences Foundation (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award ‘for her major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behaviour and for increasing awareness of research through media and public outreach’. She speaks locally and internationally to professional and public audiences alike on the topic of the brain, technology, societal shifts, and mental health.
Director, Jump up for kids
Madeline Avci is the Director of Jump Up For Kids and is a huge advocate of children balancing their time in front of screens with time playing outside where they ignite all of their senses. At work and through her own children, she sees the joy in children’s eyes as they rise up to meet the challenges that nature provides.
Jump Up For Kids brings together over twenty years of Madeline’s experience in Occupational Therapy, teaching and parenting, to offer children and their families a ‘just right’ experience in a world that often feels hurried and stressed. J
DR RACHAEL SHARMAN
Senior Lecturer and Psychology Researcher
Dr Rachael Sharman is a senior lecturer and researcher in psychology, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, specialising in child/adolescent development. Rachael's research is focused on the optimal and healthy development of the paediatric brain, and has covered the neuro/psychological impacts of: dietary practices of parents and their children; physical activity; obesity; sport participation; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; phenylketonuria; concussion and childhood trauma.
DR DESIREE SILVA
Head of Paediatrics, Joondalup Health Campus
Professor Desiree Silva MBBS; FRACP; MPH; PhD, is the Head of Paediatrics at Joondalup Health Campus and the University of Western Australia. She is also a board member for Nature Play WA.
Desiree qualified as a doctor in the UK and completed her paediatric specialist training in Western Australia and Northern Territory. She has a strong interest in nature connectedness and improving mental and physical health. She has recently published the ADHD GO-TO GUIDE for parents and teachers. Desiree is currently the project co-director for the ORIGINS study, which is a community intervention birth cohort in Perth Northern suburbs.