16th International Mental Health Conference
12 - 14 August 2015
The 16th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. An optional half day of workshops will held on Wednesday, 12 August 2015.
You are invited to join us as we address the conference theme “Mental Health Future For All” across the broad spectrum of mental disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Bipolar, Dementia and Suicide.
This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. The program will include an extensive range of topics with keynotes, concurrent sessions, workshops and posters. Topics will include:
- Early intervention and treatment advances
- Recovery oriented practice
- e-Health, technology and social media
- Suicide prevention and support
- Child, youth and family mental health promotion and services
- Demands for an aging population
- Targeted services for vulnerable groups
- Indigenous mental, social, emotional and environmental health
- LGBTI mental health promotion and resilience
- Workplace health and wellbeing
- Mental health in the custodial and forensic setting
- Consumer and carer participation and opportunities
- Offering hope: stories from the front line and lived experience
- Open topic
Almost half the total Australian population experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives. Becoming more resilient will help with the ability to bounce back from difficult times and avoid developing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders experienced by Australians. Depression alone is predicted to be one of the world’s largest health problems by 2020.
Our most vulnerable populations are among the least likely to seek treatment. How can we overcome the challenge of removing the stigma and barriers for these people to access mental health services?
There is a need to find the right combination of services, treatments and supports while implementing new mental health promotion and prevention that can provide a positive Mental Health Future for all.
The Conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, non-government, not for profit organisation. Become a member of the Association.
The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will include:
- Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
- Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
- Welcome Reception
- Trade Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
- Poster Presentations
- Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Michael Burge OAM FAPS, Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment , a Director Board of Directors of the Australian Psychological Society
- Dr Monique Faleafa, Chief Executive Officer, Le Va, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy), New Zealand
- Alize Ferrari, BPsySc Hons, PhD, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland
- Professor Antony Jorm, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
- Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services and Director of the Psychology Clinic, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales.
- Professor Philip Morris , President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
- Professor Jane Pirkis, Director, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
- Allan Sparkes CV,VA, beyondblue Ambassador. Suicide Prevention Advocate
- Professor Harvey Whiteford, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Mental Health, University of Queensland
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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
BOOK OF ABSTRACTS
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What delegates thought about previous Conferences
"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
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