2nd Australasian VIRTUAL Conference for Neuroscience, Learning and Well-being


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Professor Selena Bartlett

Group Leader Neuroscience and Obesity, Translational Research Institute, Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT

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Professor Selena Bartlett is an award winning neuroscientist and a Group Leader in Neuroscience and Brain Fitness at the Translational Research Institute in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, QUT. She is a trained pharmacist and medically trained neuroscientist and was the Director of the Preclinical Development Group at the Gallo Centre at the University of California San Francisco for 8 years. In 2014, she launched the Brain Vitality Index mobile app and presented a TEDx talk about brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution. She won the Lawrie Austin Award for Neuroscience in 2019 from the Australian Neuroscience Society, Women in Technology (WiT) Biotech Outstanding Achievement Award and the Biotech Research Award. She recently launched a book called Smashing Mindset.


Ms Sheryl Batchelor


Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation

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Sheryl Batchelor is a proud Kunja woman with over 28 years teaching, training and leadership experience in a variety of educational, community and health settings. She has been involved in projects that have measurably improved the memory, attention, brain speed and social skills of the most vulnerable children, youth and adults with severe learning and behavioural challenges arising from trauma, abuse, neglect, disabilities and other causes including children in foster care and young people in the Youth Justice system. Sheryl is a certified trainer of various neuroplasticity programs and adopts a personalised approach with no one-size-fits-all. She has presented at conferences and workshops in Australia as well as in the USA and UK. She has a keen interest in working with communities to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage through using scientifically validated neuroplasticity programs aimed to improve the brain health of all individuals.

Yiliyapinya was established in 2019 as a not-for-profit, registered charity to assist vulnerable children, youth, adults, and seniors improve their quality of life. Our unique service offerings are grounded in one purpose – to close the gap in learning and earning outcomes of people who have experienced adverse life circumstances/toxic stress in a culturally responsive and contextualised manner.


 How to Apply Neuroplasticity

Neuroscience to help Educators drive a Growth Mindset


Objectives: Understand the principles of neuroplasticity and neuroscience that underpins a growth mindset. Understand how psychological distress and trauma impact cognition and learn how to apply neuroplasticity to improve social and emotional learning and educational engagement in children, adolescents and adults.


Professor Bartlett and Ms Sheryl Batchelor will deliver a presentation and an interactive workshop to engage and educate you about your brain and how it is affected by stress and how this leads to cognitive impairments that disrupt learning and engagement in education. Understanding how to train the brain to manage stress and improve cognition is one of the keys to develop a growth mindset and social and emotional learning skills (SEL). We often hear that having a growth mindset and SEL skills are essential for the 21st century, however, there are few tools available that can be implemented in our daily lives, schools and communities. Scientists now understand that humans have the capacity to change our brains forever using the principles of neuroplasticity. The workshop will focus on the core principles to teach you how to train the brain to handle stress, improve cognition and SEL and develop a growth mindset.


Two Learning Objectives for participants will be to 1. Understand the neuroscience behind developing a growth mindset and 2. Help educators apply the principles of neuroplasticity to drive a growth mindset for themselves and their students.