News & events

We advise you to check in here regularly to hear about important upcoming events, including our annual personality disorders conference, Project Air workshops and online training opportunities, new resources and research findings.

Project Air has a number of e-learning resources for health professionals.

Staying connected when emotions run high workshops

Suitable for:   Families and carers
Organisers:    Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Clinical Coordinator) Family and Carer Mental Health Program
Cost:   Free
More Info:  contact Toni Garretty Phone 02 4220 7919 

Me and my relationships

A 12 week program that assists carers to overcome interpersonal problems and build stronger & healthier relationships with others, in particular the person they provide support to.

Where: University of Wollongong & ARAFMI Illawarra
Suitable for: Carers
Organiser: University of Wollongong
Cost: Free
More Info: Flyer for me and my relationships program (pdf 137kb)

Family connections program

Designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with BPD.

When: Call 02 4283 3993 or 02 4283 3499 for dates
Suitable for: parents, spouses, adult children & siblings of person with BPD
Organiser: ARAFMI Illawarra
Cost: Free
More Info: Flyer for family connections program (pdf 719kb)

Personality disorder carer support groups

Support groups for carers who support a loved one living with Personality Disorder’s and want to share experiences and strategies on positive caring in NSW & ACT.

When: 1st Tuesday of the month 5.30pm to 7.30pm 
Suitable for: Carers and family members of people with a Personality Disorder
Organiser: ARAFMI Illawarra
Contact:  02 4283 3993 or 02 4283 3499
Cost:  Free
More Info:
  Flyer for NSW personality disorder carer support groups (pdf 968kb)

Where: Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt ACT 
When: 1st Monday of the month 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Suitable for: Carers and family members of people with a Personality Disorder
Contact: 0415 111 894 
Cost: Free
More Info: Flyer for ACT personality disorder carer support groups (pdf 132kb)

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Pre-Conference Consumer & Carer Day: Thursday, 3 November 2022
Scientific Conference: Friday, 4 November 2022
Clinical Workshop: Saturday, 5 November 2022

Person-centred care - holding the brain in mind is the theme for the upcoming 16th International Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference 3-5 November 2022 to be held in Wollongong Australia. Every person has a unique experience of themselves, and person-centred care encourages a compassionate, individualised and tailored approach to the person's needs, goals and aspirations. Inclusive practice has the person with lived experience at the heart of decision making, supported by their health team, carers and peers. Psychological therapies for personality disorder have been shown to change brain functioning, and new science discoveries are opening an era of individualised therapy targeting brain and mind. The conference will be held over three days, with combined or separate registrations available. Thursday will be our Consumer, Family, and Carer Day; Friday will be our Scientific Conference Day, and Saturday will be our Clinical Workshop Day. Read more on the science behind this theme.



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Keynote speaker

Professor Anthony Ruocco from the University of Toronto, Canada will be a keynote speaker and all-day Saturday workshop presenter for our upcoming conference this November. Professor Ruocco is Chair and Director of Clinical Psychology Training who works at the intersections of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and cognitive-affective neuroscience. His research encompasses neurocognitive, social-cognitive, and neuroimaging studies of externalizing psychopathology (e.g., disinhibited behaviours, personality disorder diagnoses and traits, substance use disorders), suicidal thinking and behaviours, and depression, with a particular emphasis on executive functions, especially cognitive control. His research extends to family studies and investigations that incorporate measures of brain structure and function, including using magnetic resonance imaging and near-infrared spectroscopy brain imaging techniques.


What’s happening now

Peer and clinician led group program for consumers with borderline personality disorder (free)

Consumers with lived experience of borderline personality disorder are invited to participate in research by attending a peer support group program and completing questionnaires.

BPD and the Brain: Invitation to participate -2 different studies

Consumers living with BPD are invited to be part of a brain functioning study.