2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in rural and remote mental health. Since our last symposium, 5 states and territories have released their mental health plans/strategies, the Commonwealth has committed to local solutions and autonomy, and the Fifth National Mental Health Plan shapes a strong focus on the importance of integration and leadership at the regional level.
Across all of these national, state and local directions some consistent themes emerge:
- The imperative for greater cross-sector collaboration
- The expansion of consumer, carer and peer sectors
- The need to grow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce
- The growth of the community managed sector, and
- The key role of Primary Health Networks in coordinating local mental health care.
Our symposium theme of “Working Together, Integrating Care” captures all of these elements and our symposium offers a unique opportunity to learn about exciting new initiatives, to discuss challenges, and to workshop solutions in rural and remote mental health.
This year we have some fantastic leaders in Australian mental health presenting and sharing the latest developments in rural service provision and research. We have also changed the format of our workshops to focus on some of the key enablers of service excellence – leadership, integration, workforce development and working together across sectors.
This year’s symposium promises to be our best ever, it provides opportunities to learn, discuss, workshop and network with others who share a passion for rural and remote mental health.
On behalf of the Committee we look forward to meeting you at the Mantra on Salt Beach Hotel in beautiful Kingscliff.
Dr Russell Roberts
Associate Professor of Leadership in Charles Sturt University
Director of Mental Health Consulting Pty Ltd
The 2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held at Mantra on Salt Beach**, Kingscliff, NSW from 3 – 4 November 2016. An optional half day of workshops will be held on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
**Mantra on Salt Beach is just 20 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, 30 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay and 90 minutes from Brisbane.
|THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS OPEN|
The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn.
The program will include:
- Keynote plenary sessions
- Presenter concurrent streams based on experiences, research, case studies and results
- Panel discussions
- Workshops (optional)
- Networking function
- Symposium dinner
- Poster presentations
- Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
- Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference
- Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, Director & Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute, Chair, Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
- Professor Jane Farmer, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne
- Mr David Meldrum, National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
- Ms Susan Moylan-Coombes, Founder and Director, The Gaimaragal Group
- Dr Vahid Saberi, Chief Executive, North Coast Primary Health Network
- Professor Nick Titov, Professorial Fellow, Project Director, MindSpot Clinic, Macquarie University
- Associate Professor Philip Ward, Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of NSW
Who Should Attend
What you will gain from the Symposium
- 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
The 8th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is an initiative of The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.
What delegates said about the 2015 Symposium
|“Found the symposium valuable for networking and hearing about the great initiatives”
“Really great program this year. I love that over the last 3 years, it has really evolved. I see clear evidence of community-based professionals working with academics to produce excellent research”
“It is a very positive and motivating symposium full of like minded people who wish to make a difference”
Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters 2015