The Conference theme ‘Guiding the change’ addresses prevention, treatment and recovery across a broad spectrum of mental disorders and explored will be new innovative ideas and ways to guide the change.
With 9 keynotes and 80+ concurrent sessions as well as case studies, workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations, the Conference offers a collaborative platform of discussion on an international scale.
Topics that will be addressed include; Indigenous Wellbeing, Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival and creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery.
Other topics of discussion include; The Importance of Mental Health Carers, e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media, Research, Education and Case Studies, Clinical Disorder Updates and looking at The Journey of Life From Childhood through to Adolescense and Adulthood.
Conference Program Keynote Speakers
There will be an international line up of Keynote Speakers including; Professor Amanda Baker, Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of Newcastle who will present on ’Taking a Healthy Lifestyles Approach to Substance Use Among People Living With Mental Ill Health’.
Mr Tom Brideson, Member, Executive Group, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health, Chair, Management Committee, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Learning Network will present ‘The Secret Reflection is Vague in the Mirror’ addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing which remains one of the biggest challenges within and beyond the mental health system.
Mr David Butt, CEO, National Mental Health Commission will be speaking on; ‘Consensus statement on identification and care for the physical health of people with a mental illness’ and Dr Louise Byrne, Lecturer, Lived Experience Mental Health, University Central Queensland will explore this in her presentation ‘Lived Experience Leadership, the Heart and Soul of Recovery’.
Professor Helen Herrman, Professor of Psychiatry, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Melbourne, President Elect, World Psychiatric Association will speak on ‘Improving the Mental Health of Vulnerable Young People Removed From Their Families’.
Recommendations for achieving integrated, recovery oriented mental health care in Australasia will be made by Associate Prof Peter McGeorge, Director Inner City Health, Clinical Director Mental & Homeless Health Services, Integrated Care Clinical Stream, St Vincents Health Network (Sydney) who will present on ‘Integrated Mental Health Care – Challenges and Possibilities’.
Ms Sue Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Suicide Prevention Australia will be presenting ‘Towards a National Suicide Prevention Strategy’ and Ms Mary O’Hagan, Mental Health Entrepreneur and Former NZ Mental Health Commissioner will present on ‘System transformation -The Alien Report: Mental Health on Planet Earth’ exploring recommendations for system change.
Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Australia will be presenting ‘Mental Health in Australia - Where we are, how we got here, and where we need to go’. Mr Quinlan will discuss reforms such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme; Primary Health Networks; Health Care Home; and, the Digital Gateway for mental health all have the potential to transform support for people who experience mental illness.
This conference brings together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
The conference program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. To view the Program CLICK HERE.