What is the actual role of diagnosis?

This panel discussion is great if you:
- Want to learn more about the history and meaning of mental health diagnoses
- Wonder what a mental health diagnosis means
- Wonder how we can gain further knowledge and understanding of diagnosis for the future
- Want to discuss whether diagnosis is fixed or does it change over time?

The panel discussion examines many of these questions by looking at the value, impact or meaning that diagnosis has for people.

It will also explore possible benefits and uncertainties associated with diagnoses.

Through shared experience and knowledge of diagnosis, this discussion considers how individuals, families, professions and communities might better understand diagnoses and their impact.

The panel will be made up of a mix of mental health professionals and people who have a lived experience with mental health diagnoses.
Audience members will be invited to listen to the perspectives of the panel members and to contribute to a Q & A at the end.

This event will cover:

  • different perspectives about the experience of giving and receiving diagnosis
  • Consider a future state of the use of diagnosis
  • Explore how to get a better/different understanding of a diagnosis
  • Explore some different views around the role of diagnosis
  • consider the value or impact of a diagnosis.


  • Dr. Nic Mims (Consultant Psychiatrist) — St Kilda Road Clinic, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
  • Mary Tsiros (Carer Consultant) — Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
  • Chris Darwin (Case Manager/Psychiatric Nurse) — Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
  • Stephen Buoy (Mental Health Support Worker) — St Kilda Road Clinic, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
  • Chris Stefano (Peer Worker) — Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
  • Christian Cosma (Senior Peer Support Worker) — St Kilda Road Clinic, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health

Categories: Consumer perspective, Recovery & supported decision making, Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing, Other
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Thursday 25 February 2021
10:00 to 12:00
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