17th International Mental Health Conference – 2016

Mental Health ConferenceThe 17th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. An optional half day of workshops will held on Wednesday 10 August 2016. You are invited to join us as we address the conference theme “Guiding the Change” across the broad spectrum of mental disorders.

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.

2016 Program Topics

The Conference Program will include an extensive range of topics with keynotes, concurrent sessions, case studies, workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations.

Topics will include:

  • Indigenous Wellbeing
  • Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery
  • The Importance of Mental Health Carers
  • e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media
  • Research, Education and Case Studies
  • Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival
  • Clinical Disorder Updates
  • From Childhood to Adolescents to Adulthood – The Journey of Life

Meet your 2016 Keynote Speakers

Amanda-Baker Professor Amanda Baker,
Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of Newcastle
Tom-Brideson 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
David Butt Mr David Butt,
CEO, National Mental Health Commission
Louise-Byrne Dr Louise Byrne,
Lecturer, University Central Queensland
Helen-Herrman 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
PeterMcGeorge_Photo A/Prof Peter McGeorge,

Director Inner City Health, Clinical Director Mental & Homeless Health Services, Integrated Care Clinical Stream, St Vincents Health Network (Sydney)

 Sue-Murray Ms Sue Murray,
Chief Executive Officer, Suicide Prevention Australia
Mary-OHagan Ms Mary O’Hagan,
Mental Health Entrepreneur and  Former NZ Mental Health Commissioner
Frank-Quinlan_Photo Mr Frank Quinlan,
CEO, Mental Health Australia

Program Format

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn.

The program will include:

  • Keynote plenary sessions
  • Presenter concurrent streams based on experiences, research, case studies and results
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops (optional)
  • Networking function
  • Conference dinner
  • Poster presentations
  • Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference

Registration Inclusions (full delegates only):

Dinner at Australian Outback Spectacular on Wednesday 10 August including 3 course meal, drinks and transfers Access to trade displays and poster presentations during meal breaks on conference days
Casual networking function on Thursday 11 August including drinks (beer, wine, soft drink) and canapes Exclusive Shark Bay Encounter on Thursday or Friday morning before the Conference
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on conference days (afternoon tea only on workshop day) Discounted accommodation rates and the opportunity to extend your stay over the weekend – bring the family!
Complimentary workshop registration for the first 100 delegates to register Heavily discounted theme park tickets (Seaworld, Movieworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild)
Access to over 70 concurrent streams and 9 keynote addresses Access to Presenter Podcasts and the Book of Proceedings post conference
Conference materials including satchel and handbook Certificate of Attendance emailed post conference

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Who Should Attend

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse/ Clinical Nurse
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Program / Operations Manager
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Academic/ Research Fellow/ Lecturer
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Local/State/Government
  • Carer Peer Workers and Carer Practitioners;
  • Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • General Practitioner
  • Consumers and Carer
  • Aged Care Provider
  • Geriatric Specialists
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers
  • Peer Workers and Lived Experience Practitioners;

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Advertisers

BCA-National QMHC general logo PNG Biological-Therapies
Crown-Furniture eMHPrac Healthcare Australia
PCMIS Professional Practice Academy (Aftercare) Rural-Workforce-Agencies
Australian-Academic-Press Child-Aware Cambridge-University-Press
Commonwealth-Respite-and-Carelink-Centres NSW-Institute-of-Psychiatry-HETI Aspire
The-Professional-Development-People Australian-Psychological-Society Turning-Point
Mental-Health-First-Aid Your-Brain-in-Sickness--in-Health

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

The 17th International Mental Health Conference is an initiative of The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

The Committee would like to thank the 2015 Keynote Speakers

  • Mr 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
  • Ms 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, BSc. Psyhology (Hons),M Psychology (Hons), PhD.
  • Professor Jane Pirkis, Director, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Allan Sparkes CV VA, beyondblue Ambassador. Suicide Prevention Advocate
  • Professor Harvey Whiteford , Professor of Psychiatry and Population Mental Health, University of Queensland

What delegates said about the 2015 conference

“The calibre of speaker was excellent and the topics were interesting and relevant. Very engaging and fulfilling.”

“Loved it! These conferences get better and better.”

“This conference brought together an inspiring collection of front line services and cutting edge ideas. I came away feeling energised, with renewed idealism and hope for the future for clients with Mental Health needs. We are improving and evolving in our care. The evidence comes from the collaboration and review in this and many more conferences to come. Many thanks to everyone involved! “Good to have a conference that covered and linked so many professions and knowledge bases.”


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