The 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium brings together leaders in Australian mental health presenting and sharing the latest developments in rural service provision and research. This year’s symposium promises to be our best ever, providing opportunities to learn, discuss, workshop and network with others who share a passion for rural and remote mental health.
Keynote Speaker Mr David Meldrum, National CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia will discuss ‘Lessons Learned - Development and Delivery of Services to People Affected by Severe Mental Illness’.
Mr David Meldrum
MIFA and its member work with communities to develop and deliver services, support and training in regional and remote Australia. In developing new opportunities or responding to government policy directions, MIFA and has learned valuable lessons as we strive become more competent in assisting people living outside traditional service areas (cities and major towns).
Key lessons discussed include partnering with local mental health organisations- listening and valuing local expertise, recognising all community members and their contribution to continuing community health, offering services that are fit-for-purpose. We also believe that working to include professional development and community learning opportunities is essential, as the opportunities may not arise often.
MIFA members seek to continue to develop services and supports for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends even as the service map is shifting during changes such as NDIS, Partners in Recovery and Personal Helpers and Mentors and Mental Health Carers respite.