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Welcome to Bipolar Australia

Bipolar Australia is the peak national, not-for-profit organisation, supporting everyone affected by bipolar disorders, including people with the condition, their families and carers, mental health services and professionals.

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Raise community awareness about Bipolar Disorder


Provide broad-based education programs regarding the condition


Promote a positive understanding of bipolar among health care professionals and service providers


Encourage the formation of bipolar support groups

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What is Bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder is a serious life long mental health condition which features pronounced mood swings. The condition was formerly known as manic depression.

Services Directory

Find places where you can access help and support regarding Bipolar Disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder Course

It is our great pleasure to introduce our free e-learning course developed by Bipolar Australia, designed to help you learn about the definition of bipolar disorder, how it is different from other illnesses, how to identify the different types of bipolar disorder and their key signs and symptoms, treatments including diagnosis, medications, therapies, mood tracking & wellness plans treatments, as well as the role of carers, family and friends in Bipolar Disorder management. We hope you enjoy the content.

Susana and Michael Bluwol at the NSW Parliament House Mental Health Providers Showcase on

18-10-2023 with the NSW Minister and Shadow Minister for Mental Health


The Hon. Rose Jackson, MLC, NSW Minister for Mental Health


Robyn Preston, NSW Shadow Minister for Mental Health




Professor Michael Berk is currently a NHMRC L3 research Fellow and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the Institute for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT). He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He has published over 1400 papers and is listed by Thompson Reuters ISI as highly cited (2015-2023). He has been awarded over $144M in grant funding. His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.



Dr. Lesley Berk, PhD, School of Medicine, is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University. Dr. Berk has worked extensively in the area of bipolar disorder as a psychologist and a researcher. She is passionate about research that involves active collaboration with people who live with bipolar disorder and those in their support networks. She has contributed to journal articles, book chapters, and books on psychosocial topics such as the treatment alliance, adherence to treatment, psychoeducation, diagnosis, and psychosocial interventions. She has developed guidelines for caregivers of people with bipolar disorder, which have been translated into booklets in other languages and form the basis of a website for caregivers ( Lesley leads the team involved in developing and evaluating DepressionASSIST a website specifically for family members, partners, and friends of adults with major depressive disorder ( Dr. Berk co-wrote ‘Living With Bipolar’, a guide to understanding and managing the disorder.

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World Bipolar Day

Bipolar Australia hosted a wonderful Gala Dinner to celebrate World Bipolar Day. There was a fantastic lineup of speakers presenting on the evening and we've made all the recordings available on the World Bipolar Day page. Thank you to everyone who attended and for your generous donations to help us continue our mission.

Gala Dinner 2023

Support Groups

Watch these excellent videos from the

World Bipolar Day 2021 Presentation Series

Dr. Greg Murray

Self-management to stay well with Bipolar Disorder

Prof. Gregory de Moore

Lithium and the taming of Bipolar Disorder

An Australian Story

Prof. Philip Mitchell

Recent advances in Bipolar Disorder

(as at March 2021)

What's New

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Support Us

With your support, we can ensure that every Australian affected by this condition, and every carer, knows that bipolar can be diagnosed, treated, and well managed, and we can ensure that they have the support they need to recover.

Bipolar Australia gratefully acknowledges the past and present support of the following entities

An Odd View Creative
L&E Beresh Optometrists
Bipolar Australia Limited is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Your donations of $2 or more are all Tax Deductible.
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