Abstract Submission is now open

Submission Overview

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper at the 18th International Mental Health Conference in Gold Coast, QLD from 21 – 23 August 2017 are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

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 topics.

There are 4 options for presentations which you can select in the online submission form:

  1. 30-minute oral presentation
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Workshop presentation (workshops are held on Wed 23 Aug)
  4. Poster presentation

Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

Note: Presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the discounted speaker rate.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts Open: December 2016
  • Abstracts Close: Monday 15 May 2017
  • Notification to Authors: Monday 5 June 2017
  • Author Acceptances Due: Monday 12 June 2017
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 12 June 2017
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Friday 14 July 2017
  • Presenter Registrations Close: Monday 10 July 2017

Submit your abstract


Submissions Close: Monday 15 May 2017

30-minute oral presentation

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion).  Presentations can address the following topic areas:

Indigenous Wellbeing

  • Mental health of indigenous communities from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Hawaii
  • Current state and future predictions
  • The gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population of Australia
  • Approach, understanding and specific strategies
  • Healing the spirit

Child and Youth Mental Health

  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and mental health
  • Child and adolescent mental health promotion and early intervention in schools and communities
  • Early intervention and the role of the family
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health and homelessness amongst adolescents
  • Reducing the stigma of mental health
  • The voice of the lived experience

Mental Health and the Elderly

  • Alzheimers, dementia, depression and anxiety
  • Cause and risk factors
  • System support areas and the community
  • The role of the family
  • Geriatric mental health promotion
  • Reducing the stigma

e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media

  • How effective is technology and social media in the treatment of patients
  • Challenges and advances
  • Innovations

Research, Education and Case Studies

  • Early intervention strategies
  • Community based mental health

Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery

  • Connecting culture and care in the workplace
  • Complex trauma and the life-long effects on the ability to work
  • Encouraging and promoting an agile workplace
  • New treatment approaches and advances that facilitate recovery

The Importance of Mental Health Carers

  • Role in planning and delivery
  • Promotion, prevention, early intervention strategies and future directions
  • Challenges and advances
  • Barriers faced by consumers and families

The role of the Mental Health Worker

  • Issues and challenges
  • Learning and development
  • Future direction
  • Managing aggressive behaviours in clients
  • The mental health workplace
  • Creating a safe workplace culture and environment

Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival

  • Self-harm, suicide, substance abuse, mental illness and survival
  • Seclusion, restraint and involuntary treatment of patients with substance abuse (drug and alcohol)
  • Suicide prevention, research and education

Disorder Updates

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-polar
  • Other disorders
  • New treatment approaches and advances
  • What is working – what is not, and future directions and strategies

The presentation should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

Panel Presentation

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.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

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.

Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist 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 – 23 August 2017

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

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 theme and topics.

Posters will be displayed in the venue foyer and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Peer Review – Optional

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed published in the Book of Proceedings with an ISBN.

Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

Terms and Conditions

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 Monday 10 July 2017.

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, Association Journal and Social Media.

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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