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Barbara Hocking OAM

The Hocking Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australians to undertake a study tour in an area of interest that advances the public understanding of complex mental illness, improves treatment, support and the wellbeing of people affected by mental illness, and contributes to stigma reduction.

The Fellowship honours Barbara Hocking OAM (Executive Director of SANE Australia 1995-2012) who worked tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of all Australians affected by mental illness.

Current Hocking Fellows

Dr Imogen Rehm

Dr Imogen Rehm

Dr Imogen Rehm is a psychologist in private practice and lecturer at RMIT University.

In 2016, she received her PhD in clinical psychology at Swinburne University of Technology for work exploring the role of unhelpful thinking styles and beliefs in trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder).

Imogen serves on the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria committee of management, Australian Psychological Society technology advisory group, and RMIT University human research ethics committee.

Imogen’s Hocking Fellowship research

Trichotillomania and skin picking disorder are body-focused repetitive behaviour disorders (BFRBs) that involve difficult-to-control hair pulling and skin picking, respectively. These disorders cause shame and disruption to work, relationships, and quality of life for as many as 500,000 Australians affected.

Awareness of BFRBs among mental health professionals and the public is lacking, and so too is access to effective treatments. Many people with BFRBs turn to the internet for information and support. Access to reliable digital mental health resources can reduce misinformation, raise hope and provide evidence-informed options for recovery.

Imogen’s Hocking Fellowship project will develop evidence-based digital resources for Australians with BFRBs.

Through attendance at international conferences and training programs, and interviews with leading researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience of BFRBs, this project will guide the development of digital resources for Australians with trichotillomania and skin picking disorder, and training for local clinicians.

Dr Mark Tayar

Dr Mark Tayar

Dr Mark Tayar has completed a PhD on the internationalisation of higher education and published on learning and teaching, education management and HRM.

Mark has worked at the Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney.

Mark lives with schizoaffective disorder and is an advocate for mental health.

Mark’s Hocking Fellowship research

Mark's Hocking Fellowship project will investigate the role of storytelling in the healing process for people with lived experience of mental illness, with particular attention on the use of relatable metaphors and rich narratives in digital and traditional formats to tell stories.

‘I am a PhD-qualified education researcher living with schizoaffective disorder. I have published my own brief memoirs and two of my carers are working on memoirs about their journey during my psychotic episode.

‘I have felt the catharsis of storytelling about mental illness. I have also felt the fear of stigma from sharing a story that involves involuntary admissions to hospital, psychosis and relapse.

‘Drawing from my lived experience and my academic research on visual metaphor and digital storytelling, I will interview people who have shared their stories online or in books. I will also visit lived experience groups to investigate the role of oral storytelling and story-listening. Those interviewed will also have the option to anonymously tell a story about mental illness. These will be combined with images and animation and published online.’

Learn more about past Hocking Fellows

Can I apply?

Applications are open to all Australian citizens or permanent residents who are active in the field of mental health. This includes people living with mental illness, carers and mental health professionals.

What the Fellowship offers

Fellows receive a grant of up to AU$20,000 to undertake a study tour in Australia or overseas to visit other mental health organisations, exchange information and learn from their experiences. The grant is for one year.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to): 

  • stigma reduction
  • digital mental health
  • workplace mental health
  • alternative approaches to managing mental health and wellbeing (such as mindfulness or Open Dialogue)
  • trauma and mental illness.

The grant covers travel, accommodation and associated costs.

The Fellowship is not intended for the purpose of clinical research.

What do I need to deliver?

A report should be presented to SANE Australia, including how findings will be disseminated and what action will be taken on what has been learned.

  • Initial itinerary, timeline and budget
  • Interim update on progress
  • Final written report on findings (to be delivered within one month of completion of the Fellowship)
  • Contribute to a range of promotional activities such as writing articles for publication on the SANE website, doing media interviews, promoting project findings and speaking at events

How are projects selected?

  • Applications will be read by a selection panel comprising, SANE CEO, Board members and SANE Speakers.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further information (if required).
  • Referees will be contacted by selection panel, and applicants may also be interviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be advised by phone. Unsuccessful applicants will by advised by email.

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2017.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 Fellowship have now closed. Follow SANE Australia on Facebook, or subscribe to SANE's mailing list to hear future announcements.

Need more information?

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Last updated: 12 January, 2018

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