Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

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.

This symposium will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Rural Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand. The symposium program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.


Program Format

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

Who Should Attend

  • Workers in the provision of rural and remote mental health services
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Aboriginal Health Workers
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Public and Private Health Services
  • Private Practitioners
  • Counsellors
  • General Practitioners
  • Academics
  • Researchers
  • Clinicians
  • Rehabilitation Consultants
  • Health Professionals
  • Carers
  • Consumers
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Community Representatives
  • Educational Institutions
  • Local/State/Governments
  • Policy Makers

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”

The Program Committee would like to thank our 2015 keynote speakers:

Michael-Burge_t Mr Michael Burge OAM., Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor David-Butt_t Mr David Butt, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission
nicolelee_t Assoc. Prof Nicole Lee, Director, LeeJenn Health Consultants David-Kavanagh-t Professor David Kavanagh, Director, eMHPrac – e-Mental Health in Practice
louise-roufeil_t Dr Louise Roufeil, PhD FAPS MCHP, Executive Manager (Professional Practice), Australian Psychological Society Catherine-King_t Hon Catherine King, MP, Member for Ballarat
Kezelman-t Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM John_Macdonald-t Professor John Macdonald,  Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care, University of Western Sydney
gordong_t Gordon Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters 2015

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