Friends for Good

A one-day conference bringing together researchers and other professionals to discuss the latest research and understandings of loneliness: The Australian Loneliness Dialogue 2022

Some of the brightest minds in mental health and loneliness research will come together next week for the third Australian Loneliness Dialogue.

Sponsored by the Queensland Mental Health Commission and presented by Australian not-for-profit Friends for Good, Loneliness Across the Generations will be held online on Tuesday 17th May 2022.

The conference will explore research and facilitate discussions on topics such as:

  • loneliness in the workplace
  • the experience and effects of loneliness amongst people with lived experience of homelessness
  • mental health and loneliness in young people
  • new international research in the field of loneliness


Speakers include: 

  • Cormac Russell (keynote address), Founder and Managing Director of Nurture Development and faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute
  • Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer of Relationships Australia
  • Marlee Bower, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre, University of Sydney
  • Stephanie Power, Research Assistant at the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland
  • Luke Walsh, Community Engagement Coordinator at headspace Nundah & headspace Woolloongabba


Friends for Good Chief Executive Patricia Lauria said that the conference provides an important opportunity for the mental health and research community to come together to discuss issues pertaining to the prevalence of loneliness in the Australian community.

“Over the past two years we’ve seen thousands of people experiencing social isolation and loneliness, many for the first time, so much so that it’s estimated that 1 in every 3 people experiences some form of loneliness with almost 3 million Australian adults experiencing high levels of loneliness,” Ms Lauria said.

“Between March 2020 and now we’ve experienced the pandemic taking so much away and forcing us to come face-to-face with many threats. Sadly, it has also brought into focus the loneliness felt by many, people of all ages and walks of life.

“The Australian Loneliness Dialogue aims to keep the spotlight on loneliness and social isolation by ensuring cross dialogue between researchers, health professionals, government and those working on the frontline which is instrumental to the ongoing development of best practice to ensure positive impacts on outcomes.”


Australian Loneliness Dialogue

Tuesday 17th May 2022
9:50am-4:30pm AEST