Innovation and Opportunity

The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium was held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC.


The symposium theme “Innovation & Opportunity”, focused on being innovative in the delivery of services and entrepreneurial in the provision of mental health services to rural and remote Australia.

The program included 9 keynote presenters, 54 session presenters, 2 panel discussion, 8 optional workshops and 13 poster presentations over the three days.

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, and our committee members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

We look forward to your involvement and support of the 2016 Symposium. The destination and date will be announced in the coming weeks.


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


Michael Burge Mr Michael Burge OAM
Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor
David Butt Mr David Butt,
CEO of the National Mental Health Commission
Nicole Lee

Assoc. Prof Nicole Lee,
Director, LeeJenn Health Consultants

Kavanaugh Professor David Kavanagh,
Director, eMHPrac – e-Mental Health in Practice
Louise Roufeil Dr Louise Roufeil, PhD FAPS MCHP, Executive Manager (Professional Practice), Australian Psychological Society Catherine King MP Hon Catherine King, MP,
Member for Ballarat
Kezelman Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM John Macdonald Professor John Macdonald,  Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care, University of Western Sydney
Gordon Gregory

Gordon Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance




Who Attends

  • 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


2015 Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters

ANMF Black Dog CranaPlus
Healthcare Australia eMHPrac Alcoholics Anonymous
CPI beyondBlue NEDC
Mind Spot


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