EPS Symposia

Symposia occur 5-6 times each year as a gathering moment for postgraduate students and staff to discuss a range of topics and ideas.

The purpose of symposia is to 'help postgrads and staff flourish in their workplaces and see how all knowledge finds its fullness in Christ.'

The Next Symposia:

Mental Health Seminar with Rev Dr Keith Condie – 1pm June 13 – Quad General Lecture Theatre (GLT)

The perseverance required to complete postgraduate study can make your work feel like a war of attrition. It's little wonder that postgraduate students and university staff are particualry vunerable to mental health struggles. According to one recent study:

• One in two PhD students experiences psychological distress; one in three is at risk of a common psychiatric disorder.

• The prevalence of mental health problems is higher in PhD students than in the highly educated general population, highly educated employees and higher education students.

• Work and organizational context are significant predictors of PhD students’ mental health. 

For our next symposium, we'll think together about the various mental health challenges facing postgraduate students and employees of universities. How can we survive and thrive in the midst of a challenging environment?

Our Speaker: Keith Condie
Keith is Co-Director/Founder with his wife Sarah of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute at Anglican Deaconess Ministries. He has degrees in psychology, theology and history, and for his PhD at Sydney University, he looked at meditation in the thought of a 17th-century Puritan pastor, Richard Baxter. Keith has worked in child welfare for the state government as well as serving as an assistant minister in two churches in Sydney. For nearly 20 years, he was on the faculty at Moore Theological College as Dean of Students and lecturer in ministry and church history. Keith loves keeping fit but can also be found with a book or over the stove cooking dinner to honour the Condie’s Thursday night ritual of family dinners. Occasionally, he escapes to the coast for long walks along isolated beaches. 

Schedule for 2019:

  • April 30 – Everyday Peacemaking with Bruce Burges from PeaceWise
  • June 13 – Mental Health with Rev Dr Keith Condie (PhD Sydney) from ADM Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute
  • August 8 – Gender Equality in the Univertsity
  • October 15 – Prayer and Academia with Rev Dr Mark Earngey (D.Phil Oxford)
  • November 14 – Conflicts of Interest

Previous Symposia

  • Justice (with Jacob Sarkodee from International Justice Mission)
  • Doctrine of Creation (with Murray Smith from Christ College, Sydney)
  • History (with Dr Meredith Lake, award winning author of The Bible in Australia and presenter for ABC Radio)
  • Mental Health Seminar (with Leissa Aitken, clinical psychologist and PhD candidate)
  • The Ethics of Technology (with Rev Dr Andrew Sloane from Morling College. Sydney)
  • Faith in Science: Living Well as a Christian Science (with Dr Liz New (Chemistry), Dr Peter Kim (Maths), and Dr Luke Barnes (Physics))