Submit Abstract

Abstract submission is now closed.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper at the 17th International Mental Health Conference in Gold Coast, QLD from 10 – 12 August 2016 are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. “Guiding the Change” is the theme and direction for the 2016 Conference.

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 and Poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted rate is offered on the full registration fee for all presenters.

Conference Topics

  • Indigenous Wellbeing
  • Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery
  • The Importance of Mental Health Carers
  • e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media
  • Research, Education and Case Studies
  • Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival
  • Clinical Disorder Updates
  • From Childhood to Adolescents to Adulthood – The Journey of Life


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

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
  • Seclusion, restraint and involuntary treatment of those with severe psychiatric (non-drug and alcohol) disorders
  • The workplace as part of the road to 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

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

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

Clinical Disorder Updates

  • New treatment approaches and advances
  • What is working – what is not, and future directions and strategies

From Childhood to Adolescents to Adulthood – The Journey of Life

  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and mental health
  • Child and adolescent mental health promotion and early intervention in schools and communities
  • Mental health and homelessness amongst adolescents
  • Reducing the stigma of mental health
  • Older persons mental health promotion
  • Domestic violence and the implications towards mental health
  • The voice of lived experience

Key Dates

  • Abstracts Closed
  • Notification to Authors: Friday 6 May 2016
  • Author Acceptances Due: Friday 20 May 2016
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 23 May 2016
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Monday 27 June 2016
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: Wednesday 29 June 2016

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion). The abstract 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 – 10 August 2016
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

Accepted oral and panel 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 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 Wednesday 29 June 2016.

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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