15th International Mental Health Conference
Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention
The 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014. Optional workshops will held on Wednesday the 27th of August.
The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma.
Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise. Featuring Australia and New Zealand's leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals) by sharing information about;
- Promotion and Prevention - examine and review effectiveness
- Early Intervention - strategies and treatments
- Innovative Programs - designed to assist frontline workers and carers
- Implementing Government Policy - what changes can we expect
- Recovery - current practice innovations
- Treatment and Medication Interventions - what the future looks like
- New Technology - driver behind change
Inclusive Approaches: Multicultural, Indigenous, men, youth and older people
Around one in three Australians experience mental illness at some stage in their life. Mental illness affects people of all ages, with a significant impact on many young people. Around two million Australians with mental illness do not receive any mental health care. And it's the most vulnerable – people in rural and regional areas, Indigenous Australians, men, young people and disadvantaged groups - who are among the least likely to seek treatment. Untreated mental illness can mean reduced employment, family breakdown, homelessness and suicide. And the burden extends beyond the individual to family and friends.
Although depression is common and disabling at any age, depression is the most common mental health problem in the older population. There are several causative and contributory factors for late onset depression including physical co-morbidities, prescribed medications, grief, loneliness, financial problems, loss of independence, feeling useless to society, chronic pain and aged related brain changes. Though common, depression is often under-diagnosed in primary care, in residential aged care facilities and even in general hospital settings. Even when diagnosed, there is a tendency for late onset depression to be under-treated. The suicide rate is high in older adults and the risk factors include male sex, widowed or single, social isolation, recent bereavement and disability. Treatments for depression are effective but require age appropriate management strategies to achieve and maintain remission.
Multicultural mental health focuses on key issues and challenges, and ways to build inclusive approaches and strategies that respond more effectively to the mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Migrants and refugees settling in a new country, such as Australia, experience unique mental health issues and have both protective and risk factors that are deeply influenced by culture, especially if they are settling into a culture that is quite different from their own. Culture influences our understanding of health and illness, modes of treatment as well as health-seeking behaviour such as attitudes to preventative and curative care, attitudes to providers as well as expectations of the healthcare system.
The challenge remains to provide the right mix and level of mental health services when people need them, and to remove the barriers and stigma that prevent people with mental illness, their carers and families from asking for help (1).
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Prof David Ames, Executive Director, National Ageing Research Institute
- Professor Amanda Baker, Research Academic, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
- Susan Beaton, Suicide Prevention Consultant
- Associate Professor Andrew Chanen, Deputy Research Director at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre & Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
- Commissioner John Feneley, Mental Health Commission of NSW
- Professor Justin Kenardy, Clinical Health Psychologist and Acting Director of the Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor, Schools of Medicine and Psychology, University of Queensland
- Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot, Head of e-Health, Black Dog Institute. Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
- Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Policy, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University. Associate, Menzies School of Health Policy
Mr Keir Wells, Lived experience from a proud Manic-Depressive
Invited Keynote Speakers
- Professor Richard Bryant, Director, Traumatic Stress Clinic. Scientia Professor, School of Psychology, UNSW
An Invitation to Attend
I would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend and participate in the 15th International Mental Health Conference on the Gold Coast from the 25th - 27th August 2014. This year the conference theme is 'Mental Health: Innovation I Integration I Early Intervention'.
The importance of mental health for individuals, communities and nations has never been more appreciated as we all are challenged to be at our most effective in a fast-paced and stressful world. While much has been achieved in public education and de-stigmatization in mental health, our field cannot afford to stand still. The theme of the conference focuses on the next steps forward in advancing knowledge, effective practice and prevention through innovation, integration and early intervention across the broad spectrum of mental disorders.
This year the meeting venue is at the fabulous QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise. We have an excellent faculty of keynote, symposium and workshop speakers ready to inform you. This is the "must not miss" mental health meeting in 2014. I look forward to seeing you there.
Prof Philip Morris
President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program willinclude:
- Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
- Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
- Networking Function
- Trade Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
- Poster Presentations
- Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference
Prof Philip Morris
President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, QLD
Professor Vaughan Carr
Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. CEO & Scientific Director, Schizophrenia Research Institute, NSW
Professor Kuruvilla George
Director of Medical Services and Director of Aged Persons Mental Health, Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health, Eastern Health, VIC
Dr Kairi Kolves
Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, QLD
Professor Cynthia Shannon Weickert
Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, NSW
Why You Should Attend
- Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
- Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
- Be inspired
- by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
- by profound and positive speakers
- Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
- Learn how to make a positive difference
This conference has been accredited with 15 core points from the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.
Peer Review Panel
School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
- Chair: Dr Pieter Rossouw, Program Director, Master of Counselling Program
- Dr Bernadette Watson, Program Director, Master of Applied Psychology Program
- Dr Brian Rogers, Lecturer, Master of Counselling Program
The Conference welcomes media at the Conference. Click here to find out more
What delegates thought about the 2013 Conference
"Congratulations on another successful conference. This was the third time that I have presented… I remain impressed with the quality of my peer presenters and the connections I make with others from the mental health sector. The conference certainly delivers on many levels."
P. R. – University of Queensland.
"The conference was fantastic and there were a great number of presentations that were useful for our current work in Mental Health programs across the state. The workshops were excellent… it’s always great to refresh your enthusiasm for working in this difficult arena, especially when you are surrounded by others in the field that you can learn from and take inspiration from."
J.I. - Life Without Barriers
"I enjoyed every moment and came away from the conference re-energised, and with a lot more knowledge."
L. L. - Manning Mental Health Inpatient Unit
"My eighth time at this conference, I think it continues to be one of the best Mental Health events in the country, in terms of program quality and value."
J.W. - University of NSW
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association are awarding limited scholarships to attend the 15th International Mental Health Conference. The following individuals are eligible to apply for a conference scholarship:
- Full time students (student ID card must be provided)
- International Delegates
(Scholarships are not available for presenters at the conference)
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Speaker Podcasts* and Proceedings from the 2013 Conference now available
CLICK HERE and fill in the form to get your link emailed. * free views