17th International Mental Health Conference – 2016

Mental Health ConferenceAfter welcoming people from 12 countries including USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Israel and South Korea, the 17th International Mental Health Conference ended with our delegates feeling inspired that although there are many challenges, the changes occurring within the sector will be supported with positive guidance.

Tom Brideson, Executive Group Member, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health noted to all the delegates in our closing session that for the indigenous community ‘change continues as a compelling fact in history for us’ and so the change continues.

The conference was opened by Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia and David Butt, CEO National Mental Health Commission who both outlined the key areas of change including the role of the PHNs, e-health, NDIS, stepped care, suicide prevention, childhood mental health pathways and the integration of youth mental health services as well as services for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Although the 5th National Mental Health Plan was considered elusive, our keynote speakers were able to provide valuable information on suicide prevention, improving the mental health of vulnerable young people and taking a healthy lifestyle approach to living well with mental illness. Dr Louise Byrne closed the conference with a focus on the value of the lived experience and recovery.

With nine keynotes speakers, over 80 concurrent presentations, workshops, panels and poster presentations the conference received very positive feedback from the over 400 people who attended. The Book of Proceedings and podcasts will be available to all delegates.

International Mental Health Conference 2016

International Mental Health Conference

Thank you to our 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 included:

  • 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

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  The-Sanctuary-Byron-Bay

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.

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