social networks17th International Mental Health Conference
10 - 12 August 2016

The 17th International Mental Health Conference will be held 10 – 12 August 2016 at the brand new Seaworld Resort Convention Centre. The Call for Abstracts and Registrations will be opening in December 2015. Please sign up to our mailing to ensure you receive the latest news regarding the 2016 Conference.
The 2015 Conference was the biggest yet with over 430 delegates attending the 3 day Conference. The program included 8 keynote speakers, 70 concurrent presentations, 46 poster presentations and 8 workshops.
This year's Conference brought 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 was designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.
The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association would like to thank all of those who participated in this year's Conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters, our Conference Chair Philip Morris and Committee Members.
Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

To view the 2015 Conference Photos please click here

To view the 2015 Book of Proceedings, please click here.

The International Mental Health Conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, a not-for-profit organisation.

Thank you to our 2015 Keynote Speakers

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Professor Jane Pirkis, Director, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • 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

"This Conference was well organised, highly pertinent to current developments in mental health, and occasionally utterly brilliant."

"The calibre of speaker was excellent and the topics were interesting and relevant."

"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!"

Why You Should Attend

  • 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

Conference Quicklinks


Conference Proceedings 2015

Conference Proceedings 2015 now available. Assorted Podcasts from the 2013 Conference and Proceedings 2014 also available.

CLICK HERE and fill in the form to get your link emailed.     * free views


Media Pass

media pass

The Conference welcomes media at the Conference.  Click here to find out more

Sponsorship Opportunities

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What delegates thought about previous Conferences

"Congratulations on another successful conference. This was the third time that I have presented… I remain impressed with the quality of my peer presenters and the connections I make with others from the mental health sector. The conference certainly delivers on many levels."

P. R. – University of Queensland.

"The conference was fantastic and there were a great number of presentations that were useful for our current work in Mental Health programs across the state. The workshops were excellent…  it’s always great to refresh your enthusiasm for working in this difficult arena, especially when you are surrounded by others in the field that you can learn from and take inspiration from."

J.I. - Life Without Barriers  

Who Should Attend:

list Clinical Psychologists list Local/State/Government
list Consultant Psychiatrists list Therapist
list Registered Nurse/ Clinical Nurse list Counsellor
list Mental Health Support Worker list Social Worker
list Program / Operations Manager list Psychologist
list Allied Health Professional list Psychiatrist
list Academic/ Research Fellow/ Lecturer list General Practitioner
list Non-Government Organisation list Consumers and Carer
list Commonwealth Government list Aged Care Provider
list Old Age Psychiatrist list Counselling Psychologists
list osptv list

International Mental Health Conference 2013

SUBSCRIPTION:  12 Month Access


Resource Centre


Dr Philip Morris

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to view conference proceedings 2014 and previous archives including videos, powerpoints, programs and keynotes.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS 2014 are included in the archives.



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

Dr Alan Avery, Honorary Adjunct Fellow, School of Education, University of Western Sydney, 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


The Event

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

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Sponsorship Opportunities

To receive a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, please complete the form on the sponsorship page. An email will be forwarded to you with download details.

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2015 Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters

Black Dog Institute
Governance Plus
County Health SA
mind Frame
Bond University
Oz Help
Allen and Unwin
Hobart Clinic
Crisis Prevention Institute


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Event Information

Delegates can get information on the destination, accommodation and obtaining an Australian Visa here

1. National Mental Health Reform - Ministerial Statement

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