- Wayne Schwass played AFL for 14 years with the North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.
- He’s now a highly regarded football commentator.
- He is the founder and former CEO of The Sunrise Foundation, launched after being one of the first footballers to speak openly about depression.
- Founder of Puka Up, a social enterprise launched in 2017 focusing on mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Master of Ceremonies
Passionate and personable.
Wayne was such a joy to work with, very supportive and his session was thought provoking, informative and engaging.
Wayne Schwass was very engaging and great Ambassador for Men’s Health. He spoke from the heart and was very open and up-front, which the men attending appreciated.
Carer Events East
Absolutely loved it. Wayne was engaging and natural. He had just the right combination of doom and gloom, laughter, seriousness and fun. Would highly recommend for corporate presentations.
Melbourne Cricket Club
Wayne was a fantastic speaker. The audience was so captivated and motivated by his story. A bit of humour involved in his delivery also helped to lighten the mood and relax the audience. Our parents, staff and students found Wayne’s story incredibly brave, motivating and inspiring, which has encouraged others to speak out on mental health/wellbeing and approach certain life challenges differently. Wayne was a fantastic speaker. The audience was so captivated and motivated by his story. A bit of humour involved in his delivery also helped to lighten the mood and relax the audience. Our parents, staff and students found Wayne’s story incredibly brave, motivating and inspiring, which has encouraged others to speak out on mental health/wellbeing and approach certain life challenges differently.
St Joseph's College Mildura
Wayne was an engaging presenter and was a great fit for our event. His personal knowledge and experience within sporting contexts was evident and he used this effectively to engage the audience on a personal level as well as in their roles as sporting coaches/administrators.
Wayne’s messages were solid, realistic and appropriate to the topic. He clearly defined his role and the purpose of his message and the limits of his knowledge. Though that said, Wayne clearly has a very good understanding of mental health and how to appropriately frame messages and responded to audience questions with clarity and very good practical messages. As a trained social worker working within the mental health field, I felt very confident that Wayne’s information and key messages were of a high quality, sound and very appropriate to a community forum.
Wayne was fantastic. Wayne was enthusiastic and interactive with staff throughout his presentation. Highly recommend him.
Wayne had our audience captivated by his speech – we have had many comments on how wonderful he was! Definitely a perfect choice for our event. He was also very generous towards our cause on the night....
Eastern Health Foundation
Wayne was informed, entertaining and brutally honest. He cut through the “fluff” when it comes to talking about mental health by sharing his raw experience – there was not a person in the room that didn’t relate to his message.
Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria
Wayne engaged the group with his passion and authenticity. The event was well attended and many people following up directly with Wayne and with our event coordinator to express their gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to hear Wayne speak on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention.
Wayne was a great speaker – professional yet relaxed, and very humble. His content was perfectly pitched for the audience, and themed appropriately for our event. He was happy to pose for photos after the event, and was great with the children who were there. Would (and have!) recommend to others.
Bethany Community Support
Wayne is a is a highly intelligent visionary; whose dedication to his work in the mental health space is absolutely inspiring. The team at The Banksia Project were lucky enough to have Wayne participate in our 'mental health in sports' forum in May 2017; where Wayne’s insight and delivery were instrumental to the success of the event.
The Banksia Project
Wayne was honest, open, engaging and very refreshing. His interaction with the audience was extremely professional and the way in which he drew parallels to other types of illnesses without the stigma was excellent. And last but not least, very entertaining and would recommend to change nothing.
Municipal Works Operations Association
Wayne spoke to about 110 of our employees and had them captivated for more than an hour with his passionate and honest story about his battle with depression. Wayne has the ability to connect with people’s hearts and minds. The workplace was abuzz with staff talking about Wayne’s story and his messages, and the positive impact on the workforce was considerable. I am confident the increased level of awareness around mental health issues will better equip our staff to seek help if they need it, and support those people suffering with mental health issues, both at work and at home.
Asset Manager, ENGIE Loy Yang B Power Station
Wayne was fantastic, a very down to earth powerful and inspiring speaker. Wayne was involved in our Mens Health Event, he was able to connect with everyone in the room, which lead to many members of the community feeling comfortable to s[peak in front of fellow community members about their own personal story with a mental illness. As an organizer I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the event. I would not hesitate to recommend Wayne to others.
Maryborough District Health Service