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Well-known psychologist, social commentator and communications specialist.

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Sabina Read is a psychologist who works with organisations, groups, individuals, couples and families on relationships, well-being, stress, mental health, career development, leadership, change, life transitions, job loss, and parenting. She is passionate about normalising the universality of the human experience, believing that we all have more in common than we often realise.

Sabina lives in Melbourne where she navigates the swings and roundabouts of life with her husband, two teenage daughters, two rescue dogs, and occasional hits of dark peppermint chocolate.

Current Work

Sabina is the Resident Psychologist and Social Commentator on Channel 7’s The Morning Show and The Daily Edition; and the top-rating Afternoons program at Radio 3AW.

Sabina is listed on the Media Referral expert database with The Australian Psychological Society. She is also a Consultant Psychologist and Coach with Transitioning Well and Corporate Health Management; and she has worked with numerous corporates and government departments as a speaker, spokesperson, facilitator and content provider; including Jemena, SEEK,, NAB, Amaysim, Coffee Club, ANZ, Healthscope, Coles, and Ford.

Previous Experience

Media: She was the host and mentor on Dream Job, an original 8-week TV series airing on Channel 9, following 16 Australians on their journey to finding a new career path; was an expert on Season 1 of Channel 9’s observational documentary, Married at First Sight; and her expertise and comments are regularly sought in lifestyle, business and women’s media nationally.

Communications: In addition to her expertise and interest in human behaviour, Sabina is also a communications specialist, with significant experience working in public relations and marketing roles in Melbourne, San Francisco and London. During this time, Sabina worked in both in-house and consulting roles, with a variety of clients across a range of sectors including retail, consumer, telecommunications, health, hospitality, education, the arts, gaming, and professional services.

Talking Points

Cultivating Effective Relationships in the Workplace

Relationships are the cornerstone of our lives, and in many ways, the quality of our relationships impacts the quality of our lives and well-being in both the workplace and at home. 67% of employees nominate a good relationship with colleagues as being the primary reason for staying in a job; and relationships rank higher than salary as the major motivation for coming to work. Yet how much time to do we spend learning how to strengthen and hone our relational skills? This presentation introduces 7 evidence-based strategies that can be actioned immediately in the workplace to help leaders and employees to thrive, improve productivity and live more satisfying lives.

Managing Stress and Nurturing Well-Being

Stress is part of our adaptive survival system, however when left unchecked, long-term stress can come at a significant cost to our professional and personal well-being. This presentation explains the stress process and explores key issues linked to high stress levels in the workplace including poor work-life balance, perfectionism, and procrastination. It also offers tangible and practical strategies to help manage stress, with the primary assumption that we all have the capacity to implement positive changes to maximise well-being, so we can cope with both the minor and major stressors that are inevitable across the lifespan; and improve productivity and life satisfaction as a result.

Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace

A mentally healthy workplace acknowledges and addresses risk factors, and fosters protective factors; however, many individuals, teams, and workplaces are unclear how to best cultivate a mentally healthy organisation. This workshop outlines the key risk and protective factors, addresses and explains mental health related-issues including depression, anxiety, and suicide; equips attendees to have healthy and appropriate conversations within the workplace to support themselves and each other, and breaks down mental health-related stigmas in a supportive and open environment.

Using Your Strengths to Build your Best Career

Many people claim money is their primary motivator to work, however research suggests that most of us are driven by deeper intrinsic motivators including mastery, autonomy and purpose. This workshop addresses strategies to understand and tap into key motivating factors; and uses the rigor of positive psychology to identify and utilise individual strengths to encourage employees to do what they believe they do best. When a strength-based approach is employed, individuals feel empowered resulting in higher levels of engagement at work, job satisfaction, resilience and thriving.

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Sabina read the audience well, and responded to their needs. She had a strong perception of the group and its needs and I appreciated the way she read the vibe as she went and was flexible enough to adapt her presentation to the feel of the group. I also appreciated her understanding in the lead up to our event. Berry Street

Sabina's presentation was insightful, humorous and emotional. All delegates got a lot out of the session.

Education Queensland International

The conference was great and everyone enjoyed the content. There has been lots of good feedback about Sabina's presentation. Delegates all took something from it and all, despite their working roles, saw the relevance to themselves as individuals. Thanks again for a wonderful presentation.


Thank you again for Sabina's presentation at our conference. We had such a huge positive response from the attendees and they were all really inspired by Sabina's presentation in particular. There was much learnt from the day and Sabina played a big part in that. We really appreciate the time she spent with us at the conference, especially the time spent with attendees after her presentation.

Murrindindi Shire Council

Many thanks for the excellent presentation. It was wonderful to the watch the women feel so comfortable approaching Sabina before and after the session. It would be great to get her back next year.

Family and Community Services, NSW

Sabina was very well received by our leadership group. She got them thinking and talking about resilience and stress in a very pragmatic and understandable way.

City of Greater Dandenong
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