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Perth is home to five universities, countless business, industry, political and community organisations providing access to talks and lectures from learned local and international renowned academics to outrageous hysterics. Until now, the content’s never been easy to find. We are working closely with the universities and other institutions to provide a one-stop shop. Don’t miss your chance to get your content first-hand!



Mental Health Week Breakfast

Auspire is proud to be hosting a Mental Health Week Breakfast on October 20th with arguably one of Australia's most renowned mental health experts, Professor Patrick McGorry AO.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7:00 am – 9:00 am AWST
  • Venue:Fraser's Restaurant


  • Hosted By:Auspire - The Australia Day Council of WA
  • Venue Address:60 Fraser Avenue West Perth, WA 6005
  • Ticket Price FROM:$72
  • Ticket price TO:$80
  • Type:Community,For Charity / Fundraising
  • Other:Health,Well Being,Lectures & Talks


In support of Mental Health Week please join Auspire, as we discuss the current state of mental health in our communities, and explore how we can improve connection and well-being in the wake of COVID-19.

Hosted by Tracy Vo from 9News Perth, guests will enjoy a gourmet breakfast and keynote presentation by 2010 Australian of the Year and the ‘godfather’ of mental health, Professor Patrick McGorry AO live streamed from Melbourne followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with local Australian of the Year Alumni and mental health advocates.

Proudly presented in partnership with St John WA, WA's leading ambulance and first aid service provider for more than 125 years, this thought-provoking breakfast will have you inspired and ready to lead change in your workplace, home and community.


Professor Patrick McGorry AO - Mental Health Expert and 2010 Australian of the Year (Streaming Live from Melbourne)

Professor Patrick McGorry is a leading international researcher, clinician and advocate for mental health. Professor McGorry is also a founding board member of Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. He believes that early intervention offers the greatest hope for recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating. His extraordinary 27-year contribution to the mental health sector has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people the world over.




Ashlee Harrison, Founder Zero to Hero & 2014 WA Finalist Young Australian of the Year

Ashlee Harrison is the 2016 Young Western Australian of the Year. She was recognised for her role as the CEO & Founder of mental health charity; zero2hero Inc. Ashlee is also the Director of social media company; Social Say and a safeTALK suicide prevention facilitator. Ashlee created the Charity at the age of 21 before commencing her Commerce degree at Curtin, and during her 10 years working in the mental health sector has partnered with organisations such as Lifeline, Suicide Prevention Australia and Foundation for Young Australians. Recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Woman of Influence, Ashlee and a team of staff and volunteers reach over 80,000 young Western Australian’s every year. Ashlee has also been awarded a Pride of Australia Medal in 2015, won the WA Youth Award for Education in 2013 and in the same year was also a Young Australian of the Year finalist.

Julian Pace, Founder of Happiness Co and Finalist WA Local Hero 2020

In just three short years, government health worker Julian Pace lost his father, his best friend and then his cousin – all to suicide. Devastated by his loss, Julian fell apart. Then, using a mix of medical and self-help including diet, exercise, and practicing gratitude, he rebuilt his life. Determined to turn his pain into purpose, Julian became an ambassador for R U OK. He then launched the social enterprise Happiness Co. Through workshops, webinars, online and face-to-face programs for individuals, organisations and teams, Julian’s programs help people address the causes of unhappiness, so they can create lives they truly want. Happiness Co also includes the Man Enough program, which aims to help reduce the shocking rate of male suicide in Australia by supporting men to develop the tools they need to overcome life’s challenges. Now living with happiness and purpose, Julian is helping more than 50,000 people do the same, showing by example that it’s possible to turn life around.

Donna Lawrence, Clinical Psychologist and Head of Well-being, Safety and Injury Management St John WA

Donna is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Head of Wellbeing, Safety and Injury Management at St John WA. Donna is passionate about mental health prevention and early intervention and strives to provide a service that keeps people mentally well and thriving. In addition to this leadership role Donna continues to practice as a Clinical Psychologist and specialises in working with people across the lifespan who have experienced trauma and abuse.

This event will be delivered within the WA State Government’s Covid-Safe guidelines.

By attending this event, you acknowledge you may be photographed and the images are the copyright of Auspire


ANZAC Afternoon: The Battle of Beersheba

Many of us have heard about the Battle of Beersheba. Here is a great opportunity to find our more about this famous battle.

  • Dates:Oct 25
  • Time(s):1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Venue:ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn


  • Hosted By:Friends of ANZAC Cottage Inc
  • Venue Address:ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn
  • Ticket Price:Entry by donation
  • Type:Community
  • Other:History,Lectures & Talks,Military,Museum events


The historic Battle of Beersheba took place in October 1917 and the Friends of ANZAC Cottage ‘s ANZAC Afternoon on October 25, from 1:30 to 4:00, will focus on this historic battle.  Phil Sullivan, a man with a wealth of knowledge about all things Light Horse, will be making a presentation about the Battle at 2:30pm, there will photographic displays to peruse and an activity for the younger visitors and, as always, visitors can learn more about the inspiring story of ANZAC Cottage

ANZAC Cottage is located at 38 Kalgoorlie Street Mt Hawthorn with entry by donation and afternoon tea available for a gold coin and drinks and ice creams available for purchase.

For more information, please email Anne on [email protected] or call 0411 44 55 82.


Kembali 20 Perth

We may not be able to visit Bali at the moment but Writing WA is joining hands with our friends at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to bring a taste of the Festival to Perth!

  • Dates:Nov 1
  • Time(s):Afternoon
  • Venue:The Rechabite
  • Festivals:All Festivals


  • Hosted By:Writing WA
  • Venue Address:224 William St, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Ticketing options from $7.50 - $29
  • Ticket Price FROM:Individual Session: $7.50
  • Ticket price TO:Afternoon Tickets + Catering Package: $29.00
  • Other:Author Talks,Lectures & Talks,Literature,Writers Festivals


Kembali 20 Perth is a special afternoon of conversations with leading writers from Indonesia and Western Australia. The afternoon will consist of three sessions which will be presented simultaneously to audiences in Northbridge and Ubud.

Thanks to the chefs of The Rechabite, the afternoon also offers the possibility of sampling delicious Indonesian cuisine with a special ticket package that includes canapes and a complimentary drink.

Disrupted Festival of Ideas

A whole day of FREE talks, panels, music, fun and entertainment for all the family in the Perth Cultural Centre.

  • Dates:Nov 7
  • Time(s):10:00am
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre
  • Festivals:All Festivals


  • Hosted By:State Library of Western Australlia
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Community,For Kids,Free
  • Other:Author Talks,History,Lectures & Talks,Literature,Museum events,Technology,Writers Festivals
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA


Come to the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 7 November 2020 to enjoy a full day of FREE events and activities for the whole family.

Centred around the theme A Better World, the Festival will offer plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day and into the eventing.

There will be keynote presentations and Q&A sessions with Stan Grant and Griffin Longley. Thought provoking talks and panels debating topical issues. As well as plenty of music, shows and activities for the kids. 

Everything is FREE, so why not come along and check it out!

More information at disrupted.slwa.wa.gov.au

Remembrance Day at ANZAC Cottage

Join with us as we pay homage to those who have served our nation.

  • Dates:Nov 11
  • Time(s):4:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Venue:ANZAC Cottage


  • Hosted By:Friends of ANZAC Cottage Inc
  • Venue Address:38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,History,Lectures & Talks,Military,Museum events


Remembrance Day commemorates the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, signalling the conclusion of hostilities in World War I.  The signing occurred at 11am on the outskirts of Paris, and at that time it was 6pm in Western Australia.  Because of this, the Friends of ANZAC Cottage has timed its Remembrance Day service to occur at sunset (beginning at 5:30pm) on November 11. 

This year, given the current issues with the pandemic, the theme for Remembrance Day will be the 1918/1919 Spanish flu as it affected Australia.  Prior to the service there will be poppy making for children, the opportunity to hear the ANZAC Cottage story, guided tours of the Cottage and the Field of Remembrance will be on display for you to add a cross for your service man or woman. 

The Cottage, situated at 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn, will be open from 4:30pm to 6pm and entry is free.  Afternoon tea will be available for a gold coin donation.

For more information, please contact Anne on email [email protected]


The Lester Prize 2020 Exhibition Season

The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

  • Dates:Oct 31 - Nov 29
  • Venue:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD


  • Hosted By:The Lester Inc
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD
  • Ticket Price FROM:0
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Other:Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA,Yagan Square
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Youth
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free,Youth Art / Performance


The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most prestigious fine art portrait prizes.

Our annual program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Nights for both Adult and Youth finalists; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations; outdoor art pop up events around the city; a Community Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

The Lester Prize also conducts workshops with Starlight Livewire at Perth Children’s Hospital; aged care residents; and schools working towards making substantive and positive changes within their communities (with a particular focus on those who require additional support and have a high proportion of NESB and indigenous student populations).

  • MAIN EXHIBITION | Art Gallery WA’s Centenary Galleries | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • YOUTH AWARDS EXHIBITION | Brookfield Place Tower 2 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • SALON DES REFUSÉS | Outside Brookfield Tower 1 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EXHIBITION | Perth Cultural Centre | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ON THE BIG SCREEN DISPLAYS | Various locations in Perth CBD | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ST JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE TOURING EXHIBITION | Murdoch, Mt Lawley & Midland Hospitals | Dec 2020 — Feb 2021

For more information on our Adult & Youth Finalists' artworks, exhibitions and events (incl. ticketing) visit: www.lesterprize.com