The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017.
This year’s conference will examine a range of issues from the perspective of Primary Interventions, Promoting Recovery, Preventing Relapse and the latest Policy Initiatives.
Mental health awareness and well-being strategies remain urgent public concerns. The Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis.
Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes for absenteeism from work and early retirement all over Australia. Maintaining good mental health at the workplace is therefore not only essential for the individual but also a challenge facing business and society as a whole. There is considerable business and political interest in tackling poor mental health at work.
The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.
Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading practitioners, academics, researchers, mental health experts, NGO’s and policy makers, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals). All delegates will have access to the program podcast library and Book of Proceedings included in their registration fees.
Following overwhelming feedback from delegates in 2016, the meeting will return to Seaworld and feature a dinner in the Marine Park.
The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn.
The program includes:
- Keynote plenary sessions
- Presenter concurrent streams based on experiences, research, case studies and results
- Panel discussions
- Workshops (optional)
- Conference dinner
- Poster presentations
- Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
- Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference.
Who Should Attend
What you will gain from the Conference
- 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
Thank you to our 2016 Keynote Speakers
|Professor Amanda Baker,
Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of Newcastle
|Mr Tom Brideson,
Member, Executive Group, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health
Chair, Management Committee, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Learning Network
|Mr David Butt,
CEO, National Mental Health Commission
|Dr Louise Byrne,
Lecturer, University Central Queensland
|Professor Helen Herrman,
Professor of Psychiatry, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Melbourne, President Elect, World Psychiatric Association
|A/Prof Peter McGeorge,
Director Inner City Health, Clinical Director Mental & Homeless Health Services, Integrated Care Clinical Stream, St Vincents Health Network (Sydney)
|Ms Sue Murray,
Chief Executive Officer, Suicide Prevention Australia
|Ms Mary O’Hagan,
Mental Health Entrepreneur and Former NZ Mental Health Commissioner
|Mr Frank Quinlan,
CEO, Mental Health Australia
The 18th International Mental Health Conference is an initiative of The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.