Webinar is now available for post-conference viewing

Our first Freud Conference webinar has been a great success and on behalf of the committee we would like to extend a big thank you to our presenters, Dr Jo O’Reilly and Phil Stokoe, to the chairs, Dr Peter Smith and Dr Rob Gordon and all of our attendees for engaging in what was such a thought-provoking delivery.

Special thanks also to our IT/media team of David Christov and Damien Pierce.

The conference is now available for viewing in its entirety for the next month for all attendees, and new registrations are also now available at the slightly discounted rate of $130. Bookings through Trybooking.

Register now for the 2021 Freud Conference

Registrations are now open for the 2021 Freud Conference zoom webinar.

Click on the Trybooking link below to receive the zoom registration and access code for the conference:

Register with TryBooking

The conference will run live from 6pm-10pm AEST, and from 9am-1 pm UK time.

Following the presentations by Jo O’Reilly and Phil Stokoe there will be a one hour and twenty minute Open Forum Q&A session moderated by Rob Gordon.

For those unable to join the conference live, registering for the conference will allow you to view a full recording of the event post-conference until June 15.


2021 Online Freud Conference

This year (2021) we will be running an Online Conference on Saturday 15th May with the theme: Covid, Contagion and the Organisational Containment of Anxiety.
The conference will run from 6-10 pm (1800-2200) Australian Eastern Standard Time in order to accomodate the speakers delivery from the UK at 0900-1300 GMT.


Dr Jo O’Reilly
Fear, Loss and Estrangement: the emotional impact of the covid pandemic upon staff working in mental health and how the organisation can help.

Phil Stokoe
The impact of Covid on the healthy function of organisations and teams: recognising isolation and its effects

Click here for 2021 Freud Conference Advance Notice outlining the speakers and program.

Please watch our website for further notices and updates: www.freudconference.com

2020 Freud Conference postponed to 2022

The 2020 Freud Conference, LOVE in a Hostile Environment, has unfortunately been cancelled because of the pandemic, and the resultant worldwide lockdowns, the closure of all entertainment and travelling arrangements, and large gatherings of people.

In consultation with our two internationally renowned Freud Conference speakers, Phil Stokoe and Mary Morgan, we have now rescheduled our conference, with the same theme, to Saturday 7th May, 2022.

The venue remains as: The Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, MELBOURNE.

Our advertising brochures will be revised and sent out to everyone on our mailing list around September/October 2021. At the same time our online registration, together with the brochure, will be available on our website, and emailed to all interested new registrants.

Please watch our website for further notices and updates: www.freudconference.com

We hope you all remain safe during this very distressing period.

Thank you and best wishes on behalf of the Freud Conference organising committee:
Christine Hill (AAGP, PPAA)
Roslyn Glickfield (APAS)
Maryanna Podreka (AAGP)
Gurli Hughes (Administrative Manager)
Damien Pierce (Media & Design)

Webinar Consultant:
David Christov (Design/IT)

Tidal River, January 2020, DP.

Recent Books by Phil Stokoe and Mary Morgan

A Couple State of Mind is a much anticipated book aimed at an international audience of practitioners, students and teachers of psychoanalytic couple therapy, describes the Tavistock Relationships model of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, drawing on both historical and contemporary ideas, including the author’s own theoretical contributions. The book references contemporary influences of other psychoanalytic approaches to couples, particularly from an international perspective. It will be invaluable for all students learning about psychoanalytic work with couples for other psychoanalytic practitioners interested in this field.

Phil Stokoe is currently writing a book on the application of psychoanalysis based on the lectures and experiences of the Short Course Intervention.

Mark Solmes and Toby Walsh on The Conversation Hour, 774 ABC

Broadcast: Fri 24 May 2019, 11:00am

Jon Faine interviews Mark Solmes and Toby Walsh on
The Conversation Hour, a day before they present at
The Freud Conference.

You can listen to it here:


note: Mark Solmes and Toby Walsh interview starts at 25:45 on this podcast . Click on the download link and scroll to 25:45

Image: John Standish

Books by the presenters

Mark Solms and Toby Walsh and their recent book publications:

Neuropsychoanalysis is the fastest growing area within psychoanalysis and it provides a bridge between psychoanalysis and the neurological sciences. This book provides an accessible introduction to the field through a selection of papers by one of its leading figures. It includes papers on the theoretical and philosophical foundations of neuropsychoanalysis, scientific papers on the brain mechanisms of dreaming and consciousness, the application of neuropsychoanalysis in psychiatry and neurology, and clinical case studies.

There are few other human inventions that are likely to have as large an impact on our lives as machines that can think . . . The steam engine liberated our muscles. The computer is set to liberate our minds.

The development of thinking machines is an adventure as bold and ambitious as any that humans have attempted. And the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already an indispensable part of our daily lives. Without it, Google wouldn’t find out whatever you need to know. Your smartphone would be . . . just a phone. In countless ways AI has made the world what it is today.

But where will AI technologies take us in the future? We know they will continue to change society, but how? Will AI destroy our jobs? Could it even pose an existential threat? What should we be doing now to prepare for the future?

In this new book, Toby Walsh provides a fascinating survey of Artificial Intelligence for the general reader: where it came from, the state of the art today, and where it will take us tomorrow. His ten predictions of what AI will have achieved by 2050 will surprise you! Walsh discusses how AI will transform our societies, our economies and even ourselves, and what we can do about this.

‘A compelling invitation to imagine the future we want’ —BRIAN CHRISTIAN, author of The Most Human Human

By 2062 we will have built machines as intelligent as us – so the leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts predict. But what will this future look like? 

In 2062, world-leading researcher Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, economics, politics, everyday life and even death. Will automation take away most jobs? Will robots become conscious and take over? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud? How will politics adjust to the post-truth, post-privacy digitised world? When we have succeeded in building intelligent machines, how will life on this planet unfold?

Based on a deep understanding of technology, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that the future remains bright.

‘Clarity and sanity in a world full of fog and uncertainty – a timely book about the race to remain human.’
—RICHARD WATSON, author of Digital Vs. Human and futurist-in-residence at Imperial College, London

Readings Bookstall will be at the conference.