• Location: IKON Park Function Centre - 400 Royal Parade, Princes Hill VIC 3054

Athletes are vulnerable to developing mental health issues for a number of reasons. This symposium will focus on the assessments and structures that can be used to identify mental health issues, the interventions that can be provided to help athletes, and the links these have to performance.

Key topics will include:

  • Athlete mental health – assessment, interventions and links to performance
  • Role of mental health in sport & the organisation of elite athlete mental health support
  • Using resilience to build mental health in athletes
Time Topic  Speaker
7:00pm – 7:30pm Athlete mental health – assessment, interventions and links to performance Dr Ranjit Menon
7:30pm – 8:00pm Role of mental health in sport Dr Matt McGregor
8:00pm – 8:30pm Using resilience to build mental health in elite athletes Dr Adam Deacon
8:30pm – 9:00pm Q&A with all presenters


Dr. Adam Deacon is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist who works in the private and public sector. Adam enjoys working with adolescents and their families. Intervention is based on developmental, systematic and psychodynamic principles. He has a special interest in complex adolescents and forensic issues. He has a broad interest in criminal and civil forensic psychiatry. He also works with athletes in the role of a Sports Psychiatrist.

Dr Matt McGregor is an experienced Psychologist with an extensive history of working in the sporting industry with individuals, teams and organisations. Skilled in Sports Psychology, mental health and wellbeing, sports management, coaching and, performance psychology. Strong community and social services professional with a PhD, Masters degree, and certificate of Practice in Clinical Neuropsychotherapy focused in Neuropsychotherapy from Mediros.

Having completed his basic medical degree in 1996 Dr Menon worked and trained in surgical specialties until a back injury forced a change of career. He moved to Perth, WA in 2000 and started his career in psychiatry. He subsequently moved to New Zealand in 2005 after being offered a training position at the prestigious Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago. He completed his basic training in 2009, an Advanced Certificate in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry in 2011 and received his Fellowship with the Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Menon relocated to Melbourne and set up his private practice at The Melbourne Clinic. Due to his interest in research and teaching he was invited to join the Professorial Unit at The Melbourne Clinic. He has since been involved in several research studies into treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and has authored/ co-authored several publications in Australian and International Journals. Dr Menon has also been involved in supervision and training of trainee psychiatrists and medical students. He has given several lectures and educational talks to General Practitioners and other medical specialists.

A member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, he has been working closely with a variety of sporting organisations including Cricket Australia, AFLPA and Racing Victoria as a preferred provider in managing high performance athletes. He also works with a number of Melbourne based AFL clubs through their club doctors and club psychologists. He is working on research to improve management of athlete related psychiatric disorders. 

Registration is essential.

SMA Member – $20 (Membership number must be provided in the registration process. Please contact members@sma.org.au if you are unsure of you membership number)

Non-Member – $40