Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th March 2022
Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast
Early intervention has proven to be one of the most effective means of mental health care. This can not only help prevent or reduce the progress of a mental illness, but also improve mental health and wellbeing far into the future.
Unite with professionals committed to improving the lives of children and adolescents with greater mental health detection, prevention, treatment, and support.
The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference is designed to provide practical skills, relevant information, personal insight, and strategies for professionals committed to the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Find out more about assessing, treating, & providing ongoing mental health support for children, young people, and their families.
of mental disorders first emerge by the age of 14.
Almost one third of all 4–17 year olds experienced 2 or more mental disorders at some time in the previous 12 months.
Australian children and adolescents aged 4–17 years assessed as experiencing mental health disorders
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Mental health consumers, carers and service providers, and other key stakeholders have the right to actively contribute and participate in influencing and co-developing projects and programs.
It is widely accepted that genuine engagement results in greater empowerment and ownership, effective advocacy and in due course - a higher return on investment.
Co-design goes beyond traditional methods of consultation and instead forms authentic partnerships with stakeholders, including lived experience. This approach utilises knowledge and experience to develop, design and deliver a more successful program, product, or service.
This year’s theme Listen, Learn and Co-Design: Establishing Partnerships with Children, Young People & Families will be focusing on incorporating all stakeholders in the delivery of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and the recovery journey.
Mentally healthy, happy, and well-supported children and adolescents.
To educate and inspire professionals to better support young people throughout crucial developmental stages of life.
Commissioner, Queensland Family & Child Commission
Natalie Lewis is a Gamilaraay woman and the Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
Natalie’s career spans more than 25 years across youth justice, child and family services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. She was the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak for 8 years and has also held numerous appointments on Boards and Councils that have driven significant reform in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection and family services sectors.
Natalie is fiercely committed to progressing a transformational reform agenda to ensure that children’s rights are upheld in Queensland and nationally.
South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Announced in October 2018, April Lawrie became South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and continues in the role newly enshrined in legislation in October 20201.
Commissioner Lawrie live in Adelaide with her husband and children and heralds from the Mirning and Kokatha people from the Far West Coast of South Australia.
Over the last 30 years, Commissioner Lawrie has contributed to the formation of policy at a State and National level and excellence in service innovation and community development with regard to Aboriginal health, education, child and family services, foster care services, justice services, across the metropolitan and regional areas including rural and remote.
Commissioner Lawrie strongly believes that we need to bring the voices Aboriginal children and young people and their communities into how we are designing and delivering health, education, justice and child protection services so Aboriginal children and young people can flourish.
The Commissioner believes that to improve services and outcomes we need to recognise the solutions coming from our Aboriginal communities and families and act upon them in a meaningful way.
A key priority for Commissioner Lawrie is addressing the growing number is Aboriginal Children in non-Aboriginal care.
Founder BackTrack Youth Works; 2020 Australian of the Year - Local Hero
Bernie Shakeshaft is the Founder and a Director of BackTrack. With 25+ years of youth work experience under his belt, he believes that young people are the most accurate barometer of how we are faring as a nation. In the early days of his career, Bernie saw kids dropping out of school, getting into trouble and falling through the cracks of a system that couldn't meet their complex needs.
BackTrack was his solution. In 2006, Bernie founded the organisation with just a shed, a passionate crew of volunteers and a desire to make a real difference for young people doing it tough. Since then, BackTrack has gained national recognition for its holistic, flexible and long-term model and set a gold standard for youth work across the country. After holding the position of CEO for 15 years, Bernie continues to play an active role in setting the organisation's strategic direction in his capacity as founder, board director and member of the Executive team.
Bernie has been named Australian of the Year Local Hero (2020) and National Rural Health Alliance Unsung Hero (2019) and received the Spera Australian Rural Education Award (2018), the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award (2017), the Churchill Fellowship (2014) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New England (2020). He and BackTrack have also been the subject of the award-winning documentary 'Backtrack Boys' and biography 'Back on Track'.
College of Health & Medicine, Australian National University
A/Prof Michelle Banfield is a prominent international lived experience leader in mental health services research. She is Head of Lived Experience Research at the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, and the Lived Experience Lead Investigator for ALIVE: The National Mental Health Research Translation Centre. She has over 17 years of experience conducting collaborative research focused on lived experience knowledge for system reform, including 8 years leading ACACIA: The ACT Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research Unit.
National Manager + Head of Headspace Schools, Headspace
Kristen Douglas has a Bachelor & Master of Education and over 27 years’ experience in the education, health, mental health, suicide, not for profit, and government sectors. Kristen has held several roles such as educator, Principal, Adolescent Forensic Health Manager (Royal Children’s Hospital), National Mental Health Manager, and roles within state government.
Kristen has significantly contributed to the synergy between education and mental health in Australia. From guiding government policy to leading transformational change and national reform. Kristen has led many national and state initiatives in the critical areas of whole school approach, youth mental health, principal leader mental health and wellbeing, and leading teams through complex environments like COVID. Kristen has authored several national resources and frameworks and specialises in the impact of suicide, complex events, trauma, and natural disasters on schools and communities and how they respond and recover.
As National Manager & Head of headspace Schools, Kristen continues to lead a large multi-disciplinary national team of mental health and education professionals to support primary and secondary schools across Australia from promotion, prevention, early intervention, intervention, to postvention.
She is a highly respected and sought presenter nationally and internationally on the topics of educational leadership, health and wellbeing, suicide, mental health, critical incident response and recovery, and other related topics.
Kristen is also currently a member of the Sydney Myer Foundation and proud member of School Council at Princess Hill Primary School. Kristen was very proud to be awarded a Victorian Leadership Award in 2021 –Through ACEL (Australian Counsel Educational Leadership).
Head of Advocacy and Research, yourtown
From therapists and medical practitioners through to counsellors, social workers, carers, and educators, every worker needs the skills to communicate with young people and provide the right support at the right time.
By sharing insight, you can create change for thousands of children and adolescents living with mental health conditions and provide greater support to carers and families.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - Benjamin Franklin
Wellbeing in childhood is associated with a range of positive outcomes such as higher academic attainment, economic security and improved social relationships. It is a long-term investment for society and requires a solid foundation of strategies across perinatal influences, family and other interpersonal relationships, schools and workplaces, sports, social and cultural activities, media influences, and both government and non-government services.
We are seeking robust submissions that focus on evidence-based research and/or creative initiatives that can be applied early in life and/or early in the progression of a mental health condition.
It is encouraged to consider co-design and co-production with lived experience and young people.
" If you really want to grow in your lifetime, learn to be as inquisitive as a child" - Tony Robbins
Services aim to improve mental health and wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents, parents, guardians, and carers, in order to reduce the lifetime risk and burden of mental illnesses within society. To achieve this, we need to continually transform and redesign service delivery, and adapt accordingly to internal and external influences. Services also should welcome findings from research and lived experience to share their own experiences, reflections and recommendations.
We are seeking robust submissions that explore the variety of support services for children and young people with emotional and behavioural problems. Submissions exploring integrated systems and service access challenges for children, parents and families is highly encouraged.
"We’re all equal. I don’t care what their colour is, or religion. Just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies" - Mandawuy Yunupingu
Did you know? Half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is aged 21 years or younger, with individuals aged 18–24 years reporting higher levels of psychological distress than non-Aboriginal people the same age.
With a range of contributing factors and evidence gaps, the sector needs to work with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and lived experience to help close the gap. The question remains, how?
We are seeking robust submissions that can speak on proactive assessment, treatment and implementation. A focus of indigenous led programs and projects is encouraged.
"We have all been born into this world as part of one great human family. We all desire happiness and do not want suffering" - Dalai Lama
Australia has a diverse community – it is one of our greatest strengths. From LGBTIQA+ to migrants, refugees and those with disability - our children and young people have the ability to make wonderful change.
It is well documented however that 80% of homophobic bullying occurs at school, with LGBTIQA+ communities three times more likely to experience depression.
Teenagers with disability or chronic conditions are also at greater risk of depression than peers.
We are seeking robust submissions to determine why and how services can listen better to lived experience and in return - be better equipped to understand cultural factors and personal needs.
Take the stage and present to the audience in a 20 minute speaking session.
Panel presentations bring together views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. Each panel session will run for 90 minutes.
Keep the attention of attendees via engaging, hands-on learning experience in a 90 minute workshop.
20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes to present, with 20 accompanying imagery slides that automatically progress.
Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area.
|Conference Date||Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 March 2022|
|Presentation Applications Close||Friday 1 October 2021|
|Successful Presenters Notified||Thursday 21 October 2021|
|Presenter Acceptances Due||Thursday 4 November 2021|
|Program Launch||Tuesday 9 November 2021|
|Early Bird Pricing Ends||Friday 11 February 2022|
Community Psychologist and Conference Chair
Lyn is a Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health of children, young people and families. She has previously worked with parents in the community sector, as a school psychologist and as a manager of the KidsMatter Project for the Australian Psychological Society. She currently works in private practice with children, young people and families and is a registered supervisor of psychology interns. Lyn is also interested in suicidology and regularly conducts workshops and training in this area for mental health professionals. She is also the author of a book for parents of teenagers who are suicidal.
State-wide Senior Service Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Children’s Health Qld, Child & Youth Mental Health Service
Kathy Eadie is a registered psychologist with an extensive research background. Kathy has worked on research projects over the past 25 years in several different settings including government, non-government, the university sector and private hospitals. Throughout this period, Kathy has worked in mental illness, chronic disease, disability, domestic violence, substance abuse, childhood trauma and out of home care. Kathy has produced several papers for peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
National Clinical Manager, Headspace Schools
Nicola is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher who has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced adversity and trauma. She is Director of ACATLGN at the ANU, and is responsible for developing and delivering resources, training and interventions based on the latest evidence base to support individuals and families affected by adversity and trauma. Nicola is also the ANU Project Lead for Emerging Minds: The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, an initiative to support workforces identify, assess and support children under 12 years who are at risk of experiencing mental illness.
Director, National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, Emerging Minds
Brad Morgan is the Director of Emerging Minds, the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. Brad is responsible for leading systems change and building the knowledge, skills and capacity of Australia's health and social service workforce to create better mental health outcomes.
Brad’s background is in occupational therapy, public health, child development and mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention.
Brad is regularly interviewed by the media on mental health topics including child mental health, childhood trauma, parent and family mental health and government mental health-related announcements.
Senior Research Fellow, Black Dog Institute
Dr Michelle Tye is a Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. Since joining the Black Dog Institute in 2015, she has led a number of research projects in the field of suicide prevention focused on developing and testing novel interventions for communities and young people specifically. Her work which aims to ensure that effective interventions are delivered in the right settings, at scale, to reach those in need to prevent suicide crises. She has 16 years research experience, having completed her PhD in Public Health from the University of New South Wales in 2015, and working as a senior research office for the 10 years prior to that in the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for early career excellence, including a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2018 – 2021), NSW Tall Poppy award in 2018, and the Paul Bourke Award in 2020.
Nicolas Brown is CEO at batyr. After Graduating from Southern Cross University in 2011, Nic has spent most of his career in Not for Profit organisations as well as in State and Local Government. Working with young people in Australia and overseas has been the main focus in each of these roles. In 2015 he began work at batyr as the School Program Manager in the early stages of batyr’s growth. After implementing processes and structures to ensure a scalable and safe rollout of the batyr@school program he applied the same approach to all of batyr’s programs as the National Program Manager. In 2017 he moved into the role of General Manager before taking on the role of CEO in late 2019 where he continues to support batyr’s growth and reach toward smashing the stigma around mental health and empowering young people to create a mentally healthy Australia. These roles have allowed Nic to gain valuable experience in preventative education, mental health and suicide prevention in the areas of schools, universities and the importance of sharing lived experience stories and vulnerability. Nic has sat on advisory committees for the Global Coalition for Youth Mental Health and on the Integrated Content Technical Advisory Group for the Beyond Blue National Education Initiative and currently sits on Suicide Prevention Australia’s Policy Committee. Nic is originally from the Mid North Coast of NSW and loves getting back to the slower pace and quieter beaches of that region to surf and spend time with his family. Snowboarding, spending time with friends and exercise are other things he is grateful for.
CEO, Youth Affairs Council Victoria
Katherine is CEO of Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic), the peak body and leading advocate for young people and the youth sector in Victoria. One of YACVic’s key policy areas is mental health, with work such as inclusion of youth perspectives in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and convening a Youth Mental Health Community of Practice in partnership with Orygen.
Katherine’s previous roles include Director of Youth Affairs at the Commonwealth of Nations, working on youth policy and programs across 53 countries; and CEO of youth development organisation the Reach Foundation. Earlier, she spent over a decade in the private sector, working both in Australia and internationally in a variety of analysis, strategy and corporate social responsibility roles.
Katherine believes that it is vitally important to recognise young people as experts in their own lives, and make sure their unique needs and perspectives are at the heart of the policies, decisions and programs that affect them.
Katherine holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in e-Business, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma of Youth Work.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Child Mental Health, Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Alix Woolard is a research fellow in Child Mental Health within the Youth Mental Health team at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Australia. Alix’s current research is looking at childhood trauma and the ways we can identify, target, intervene and improve the lives of children and young people who have experienced trauma. She is currently working on psychosocial interventions to improve the resilience and recovery of children who experience child maltreatment or medical trauma. Previously, Alix has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Institute focussing on neurodevelopmental research across the lifespan. Alix’s research background is in parent-child interactions, social development, early signs of autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and most recently, childhood trauma.
Senior Researcher, Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)
Dr Samantha Batchelor is a Senior Researcher at the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO), Australia’s national education evidence body. Prior to joining AERO Sam spent 10 years working with not-for-profits where she led applied research and evaluation projects on topics as diverse as suicide by children and young people, domestic and family violence, and student engagement with education. Sam’s broad interests include anything that helps children and young people to thrive, and she has a keen interest in promoting the value of lived experience expertise. Sam holds a BA with 1st Class Honours in Psychology from Sydney University and a PhD from Griffith University.
Personalise your display and engage with conference attendees in a thriving exhibitor hall.
The perfect opportunity to raise your profile in a relaxed and open environment.
Draw people to you, and receive continual interaction with attendees throughout the conference.
Distribute your branded materials or flyers on the seats of attendees before each session begins.
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217
Resort room - $159.00 per room, per night
Deluxe room - $184.00 per room, per night
$18.00 per person per night
Accommodation can be booked during the registration process. If you have any questions, please contact us here - Contact Us.
Date: Monday 28 March 2022
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Cost: Included in your full registration. $70 for guests.
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided
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