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Photo taken at Humanist Society of Victoria Monthly Public Lecture on 28 March 2019 at Kew Seniors Centre - Fiona Patten (leader of Reason Party) on 'Secularism, Humanism and Political Engagement'The Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly public lectures by guest speakers raising questions of public interest and importance. We welcome everyone interested in fostering a more rational and caring society. You will find a link to a summary of each lecture as they become available.

Entry is by gold-coin donation at the door. For enquiries, contact Stephen Stuart on (03) 9857 8318 or at secretary@vichumanist.org.au

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start

Reproductive Coercion and Religion

Thursday 25 July 2019, 6:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Jacquie O'Brien

Jacquie O’Brien

Jacquie will draw on the findings of a recent White Paper released by Marie Stopes Australia on the issue of reproductive coercion. She will discuss specifically some of the structural issues in Australia that can prevent people from making decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Jacquie will look at some of the cultural and religious influences involved in Reproductive Coercion and draw on some of the experiences of Australians who have left religious communities.

Bio: Jacquie O’Brien is Director of Public Affairs at Marie Stopes Australia, a national not-for-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health services. She specialises in the use of stories to create lasting positive social change. Jacquie coordinated the development and release of Marie Stopes Australia’s recent White Paper on Reproductive Coercion, Hidden Forces: Shining a light on Reproductive Coercion.

Deep Mental Health through Presence, Meaning and Connection

Thursday 22 August 2019, 6:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Photo of Dr Debra Campbell

Dr Debra Campbell (psychologist and author)

Humanists think deeply about what gives meaning and purpose to living. In this address, Dr Debra Campbell will examine how positive psychology and emphasising love in all its aspects can lead us to become more present, healthy and connected to our sense of meaning in our lives.

Bio: Dr Debra Campbell has worked as a psychologist in private practice for almost 20 years in a variety of areas, including relationships, panic, depression and grief. She worked as a couple therapist at Relationships Australia and collaborated with author/psychotherapist Dr Francis Macnab on thought-leadership in well being, relationships and spirituality. She is also a former university lecturer and author of Lovelands.

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