AMWF Melbourne wellbeing talk with Wayne Schwass

9 July 2024

The ACA is proud to present wellbeing advocate and former professional sportsman Wayne Schwass for a free interactive discussion about wellbeing and connection. Join us at Brickworks on 1 August for an evening of stories and conversation. Leave with tools and strategies to have authentic conversations with staff, family and friends on mental, emotional and physical wellbeing to help you and others thrive.

An opportunity not to be missed.


Wayne will discuss

  • Normalising mental health – why it’s important and how
  • The connection between our physical and mental health
  • The relationship wellbeing has to our lives, including professionally
  • Potential stressors
  • Benefits of good mental health
  • Why we service our cars but not our mental health
  • Barriers that prevent us from prioritising our wellbeing
  • Time, the number 1 barrier preventing us from investing into our wellbeing
  • Why so many of us find it difficult to prioritise ourselves
  • Practical and effective strategies for investing in your wellbeing
  • The positive effect prioritising your wellbeing has on those around you

Positive wellbeing is a focus of the ACA’s Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) and of the Guides to Wellbeing in Architecture Practice, a key outcome of the Wellbeing of Architects research project. It is an important issue for modern workplaces and critical to all in our built environment industry. We welcome you all to come along for this fantastic event.


Wayne Schwass is a formidable presence in the worlds of sport, mental health advocacy, suicide prevention and inspirational leadership. With a career spanning 15 years in the Australian Football League (AFL), Wayne left an indelible mark as a respected athlete. From the rugged fields of AFL to the forefront of suicide prevention and mental health awareness, Wayne’s courageous battle with mental health challenges during his AFL career truly defines his legacy. By openly sharing his own struggles with depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder in 2006, Wayne has continuously shone a bright light on the stigma associated with mental health conditions, initiating and facilitating authentic and genuine wellbeing conversations and fostering a culture of connection, openness, and acceptance.

Wayne started the Sunrise Foundation, a not-for-profit that delivered preventative education programs to more than 5000 year-10 secondary school students in Victoria. Wayne has also taken on several important roles in the community including being the lead witness in the 2019 Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System and serving as a panel member for the review of the Victorian Mental Health Act 1986 as well as being a leading voice on mental health and suicide prevention. The Sunrise Foundation confirmed that mental health and suicide prevention, is indeed Wayne’s passion. The second iteration of Wayne’s social enterprises was founded in 2017, PukaUp.


Thursday 1 August

Join us from 6pm for light refreshments

6.30pm presentation start


Brickworks Design Studio Melbourne

Ground Floor, 367 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000


Attendance is free of charge thanks to the support our event sponsor and host, Brickworks Design Studio Melbourne, and the ACA Vic/Tas Branch Committee.


Please make a booking below or through the booking site to reserve your place

  • RSVP by 25 July to allow for catering to be confirmed.
  • Please advise of any dietary restrictions for catering purposes during the booking process.
  • For any questions or later bookings please contact Katherine Ygosse


Participation in this event will deliver 1 formal CPD point. Certificates to be provided following confirmation of in-person participation at the event.

Learning Outcomes – To better develop tools, knowledge, confidence and strategies to create psychologically safe environments in and out of the workplace for authentic and genuine conversations, to engage, educate and empower people to to prioritise their wellbeing, stay healthy and thrive.

AACA Competencies – Practice Management and Professional Conduct – PC1, PC2