The conference will explore the challenges and effectiveness of alliances between government, NGO’s, and communities through presentations and evaluations of partnership initiatives. It will also examine “diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness” in regional, rural and remote Australia.
An extensive program has been developed with over 50 presenters including
Prof Pat Dudgeon, Pat serves on the Australian Govt's National Mental Health Commission, is the Chair of Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), a member of the Indigenous Strategies Working Group, a Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and a member of the Mental Health Expert Working Group.
Dr John Durkin, Director, BeTr Foundation, London UK
Prof Hal Swerissen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Latrobe University.
A/Prof Meaghan O'Donnell, Director of Research, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Professor David Ashbridge, Chief Executive Officer , Barwon Health.
Ms Susan McLean, Cyber Bullying Expert
Prof James A Dunbar MD, Director of Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health, Flinders University and Deakin University
Methuen Morgan BPsych. Methuen was awarded the 2010 UNE Australian Psychology Prize for his thesis “Future Time, Environmental Attitudes and behaviours within the Australian Rural Sector”.
Alison Fairleigh, Rural Mental Health Activist Alison Fairleigh is the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Qld Rural Woman of the Year and is now in the running to become the RIRDC Australian Rural Woman of the Year
Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc