Abstract Submission - Closed


The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma.

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;

  1. Promotion and Prevention - examine and review effectiveness
  2. Early Intervention - strategies and treatments
  3. Innovative ProgramsĀ  - designed to assist frontline workers and carers
  4. Implementing Government Policy - what changes can we expect
  5. Recovery - current practice innovations
  6. Treatment and Medication Interventions - what the future looks like
  7. New Technology - driver behind changeĀ 
  8. Inclusive Approaches: Multicultural, Indigenous, men, youth and older people

Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise.

Important Dates   

  1. Abstracts close: Monday 14th April 2014
  2. Notification to Authors: Monday 28th April 2014
  3. Author Acceptances: Monday 12th May 2014
  4. Draft Program available: Monday 19th May 2014

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop at the 15th International Mental Health Conference are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

Note: Presenting authors for Oral, Poster and Workshop presentations are required to register for the conference and pay the discounted fee.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations & 10 minute discussion). Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  1. Background
  2. Who should attend
  3. Structure of workshop
  4. Intended outcomes


Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the exhibition area and for the duration of the conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Peer Review

All accepted presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN. Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the conference proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

Terms and Conditions for presenting at the 15th International Mental Health Conference

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is 14th July 2014.

"By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference blog, Book of abstracts, email promotion. "

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the conference secretariat for further information.



Peer Review Panel

School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

  1. Chair: Dr Pieter Rossouw, Program Director, Master of Counselling Program
  2. Dr Bernadette Watson, Program Director, Master of Applied Psychology Program
  3. Dr Brian Rogers, Lecturer, Master of Counselling Program


Program Committee

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

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