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Theme: Morphability - the art and science of positive change.

This event occurred on
March 20, 2021
9:00am - 5:00pm AWST
(UTC +8hrs)
Mandurah, Western Australia

We are in amazing times, the likes of which have never seen before with the global environment changing month-to-month, almost day-by-day.

From bushfires to droughts to pandemics. It has brought out the best in us, highlighted the worst, showcased skills, brought friendships, developed understanding.

Our takeaway has to be that, within our lives, whether we went through positive or negative, ups or downs we have proven to ourselves beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have the ability to adapt and change to suit the environment, to suit the day, the job, the surroundings.

This is what Mandurah TEDx is all about. Morph-ability, the art, and science of positive change.

Change ourselves, our environment, our surroundings, our thoughts, and opinions
because, or in spite of, external forces – does it really matter?

The outcomes may not have been what they originally had in mind, but their journey and their learnings have carved spectacular ideas worth sharing…

Come and listen to how our speakers have morphed and reordered their world.

FishTrap Theatre, MPAC
9 Ormsby Terrace
Mandurah, Western Australia, 6210
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Candice Myers

Waste Tragic
Self-described waste tragic Candice Myers fell into the waste industry when she opened a small business with her sister in 2015. With a hospitality and accounting background, she never dreamed that a career in waste would be her future, however, the complexities of the issues surrounding waste captured her attention and soon became a passion. Realising she needed to know more, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Sustainability degree at 38 as a single mother to 3 children. That completed she is now enrolled in a Masters of environmental sciences. She can often be found volunteering at litter pickups, building worm farms and debating waste issues. Candice’s passion is focussed on waste but encompasses all the environmental issues facing us in these modern times. She is passionate about educating and finding solutions to the overconsumption leading to excess waste... and wants to change the narrative on waste being something we dispose of to a resource that needs to be valued.

Dr. Claire Pannell

An internationally recognised musician and STEAM professional. In her art practice, Claire focuses on electronic and experimental music that incorporates experimentation into instrument making. Applying acoustics and tinkering, she makes instruments using design thinking and innovative problem-solving. Captured sounds created by everyday objects can be processed and morphed into electronic music. The process involves prototyping, where the instrument is adapted in how it is played and sometimes, ephemeral. Claire is also an educator and shares specialist skills in workshops that incorporate arts with science.

Dr. Michelle Olaithe

How well do think you sleep at night? Your sleep impacts your daily function, your long-term brain health, and your mood. Dr. Michelle Olaithe is a Mother of 2, a psychologist, and a researcher with the University of Western Australia who investigates sleep and brain health. She has the drive to help people get better sleep for better health. Despite working just 1 day a week as an academic since graduating from her PhD 4 years ago, she has 2 book chapters, 4 invited commentaries, and 22 peer-reviewed papers (4 invited) and has also found time around her clinical roles to set up an online resource for people with mental health difficulties.

Ella Stephenson

Pre-med Student
Ella is a First-year biomedical science student in a direct pathway into the Doctor of Medicine at UWA. Her innate curiosity for science is driven by her passion to help others. Ella explains how changing a DNA sequence through biotechnology and transgenic organisms has the power to combat disease, malnutrition and climate change.

Nerida Mills

Psychosomatic practitioner and human behaviour specialist
As a psychosomatic practitioner and human behaviour specialist, Nerida Mills is no stranger to growth, challenge or change. However, it was through a sudden and unpredictable physical illness that saw her incapacitated and bedridden for months starting January 2020 that it all came into question. In her healing journey, Nerida was called to use it all, face it all and allow herself to be it all.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

How can we shine a light on darkness? So often, when heartache or tragedy occurs, we get mired in negative thought spirals that drag us down into the shadows. Rebecca Laffar-Smith, science fiction and fantasy novelist, mother of two special needs kids, and a mental diversity warrior, believes in the power of positive framing. She shares how one little mindset shift can make all the difference in our ability to face challenge and adversity with resilience, hope, and happiness.

Ron Barton

Once upon a time Ron Barton, an English teacher and published author, became fascinated by stories. In particular, he was drawn to the way stories influence our lives. Now he has a message to share: Change the Story, Change the World, Change your World.

Tom Oliver

Law Student
Is it just to incarcerate autistic individuals for having autistic traits? Autistic law/biomedical science student, Tom, believes that for most autistic people caught up in our justice system, the underlying cause for their crimes is their autism and the way society deals with this needs to change.

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Mandurah, Australia


Mandurah, Australia
  • Megan Underwood