Abstract Submission - closed

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


Presentation Award

NeuropsychotherapyThe session and poster presentation judged to have made the most valuable contribution to the education program will be awarded a commemorative plaque at the closing ceremony.

The Neuropsychotherapy Institute is a proud Sponsor of the Poster Presentations.

Important Dates   

  1. Abstracts open: December 2014
  2. Abstracts close: Friday 10 April 2015
  3. Notification to Authors: Friday 24 April 2015
  4. Author Acceptances: Friday 8 May 2015
  5. Draft Program available: Monday 11 May 2015
  6. Full Papers for Peer Review: Monday 6 July 2015

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop at the 16th 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: All presenting authors that have an accepted abstract for Oral, Panel, Poster and Workshop presentations are required to register for the conference and pay the discounted fee.

Oral Presentations – 13th and 14th August 2015

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.

Panel Presentation – 13th and 14th August 2015

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:
Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.

Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

Combined submission of a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presentations must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group. Panel presentations will be allocated a total of 90 minutes. Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Workshops – 12th August 2015

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:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes


Poster Presentations – 13th and 14th August 2015

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 16th 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 3rd July 2015.

"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.




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Peer Review

Bond University
School of Psychology, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Program Committee

Professor Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, QLD

Dr Alan Avery, Senior Mental Health Promotion Officer & Conjoint Senior Lecturer. Hunter New England Local Health District & University of Newcastle, NSW

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

Mr Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy and Development, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, NZ

Mr Peter Sugg, CEO, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, QLD

Dr Alex Wilde, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, NSW

Sponsorship Opportunities

Website Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to find out more about the website sponsorship package contact the secretariat..

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