19th International Mental Health Conference

8th – 10th August 2018
RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and latest policies.

The conference program will challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.  The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental wellness, mentally healthy workplaces, disorder management, strategies and support for wellness of mental health workers, ehealth, suicide and harm prevention.  The conference topics are inclusive of citizens from the diverse society we live in from the aged, child and adolescent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, CALD and  LGBTIQ to examine solutions and share ideas in regard to mental health care.

Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise. Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals) to make change and provide the best possible outcome for those living with mental health conditions.

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Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Mr Kevin Allan, New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner
  • Professor David Crompton, Director, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)
  • Professor Mark Dadds, Co-Director, Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic, School of Psychology, Principal NHMRC Research Fellow The University of Sydney
  • Mr Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Ms Leshay Maidment, Regional Manager of Social Health, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health
  • Dr Harry Minas, Head, Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Carmel Nelson, Director, Clinical Services & Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health & University of Queensland
  • Professor Hector Tsang, Head, Department of Rehabilitation Services, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Ms Gabrielle Vilic, Director Social Inclusion and Recovery, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health

Plenary Panel

Moderator: Ms Nicole Dyer, Journalist, ABC Gold Coast
  • Ms Maureen Lewis, Deputy CEO, National Mental Health Commission
  • Mr Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Representative, Mental Health Services Branch, Health Services Division, Department of Health, Australian Government (invited)


ACCESS a best-in-class program in mental health delivered by experts in the field
LEARN new frameworks and skills that can be implemented in your organisation
EXPERIENCE incredible networking opportunities
ASK questions, challenge thinking
JOIN a community of change makers working to build a better world

2017 Keynote

Delivering Virtual Mental Health: Outcomes, Lessons, and Challenges
Professor Nick Titov, Project Director, MindSpot Clinic. Professor, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

2017 Keynote

On the Road to Mental Health Reform – Are We There Yet?
Dr Peggy Brown, CEO, National Mental Health Commission

Conference Champion - Queensland Mental Health Commission

Conference Snapshot 2018

What’s included?

Hear keynote presentations by renowned speakers
Have access to over 120 concurrent presentations, workshops and poster presentations
Participate in the discussion with Q&A opportunities
Attend the conference networking function
Access the presenter podcasts to catch up on any sessions you may miss
Enjoy meals for the duration of the event including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Receive conference materials
Meet with exhibitors and receive industry updates
Receive a Certificate of Attendance to claim your PD points

Who’s attending?

Clinical Nurses
Social Workers
Occupational Therapists
Support Workers
Peer Workers
Program Managers
Program Coordinators
Local/State/Commonwealth Government
Aged Care Providers

Topics to be discussed in 2018

  • Mental Health Access and Support, Service Design, Specialised
  • Clinically Focused Programs
  • Physical Wellbeing, Mental Wellness
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces
  • Strategies and Support for Wellness of Mental Health Workers
  • Disorder Management
  • Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, Australasia
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Suicide and Self Harm Prevention
  • Aged Care Mental Health Solutions
  • Consumer Focused Recovery, Living with Mental Health Issues
  • E-mental Health, Technology and Social Media
  • Mental Health Care

2018 Conference Partners

International Mental Health Conference | 8 - 10 August 2018

2017 Conference Highlights