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.

Our Conference is passionate about



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

Confirmed Featured Speakers

    • 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
    • Mr Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand
    • Ms Gabrielle Vilic, Director Social Inclusion and Recovery, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health
    • Professor Mark Dadds, Co-Director, Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic, School of Psychology, Principal NHMRC Research Fellow The University of Sydney
    • Professor David Crompton, Director, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRP)

Invited Featured Speakers

Minister Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, Australian Government
Dr Raymond Chan, Professor of Neuropsychology an Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Featured Speaker Highlights 2017

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

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

Why You Should Respect and Value Lived Experiences and Connect with Your Local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community
Ms Leilani Darwin, National Consultant / 2016 Winner of the LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention across Australia

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

Conference Program Schedule 2018

  • Conference Day 1: 7.30am – 8.00am New Members Meeting
  • Conference Day 1:  8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Plenary and Breakout Sessions
  • Networking Function – Optional: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Conference Day 2: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Breakout Sessions and Plenary
  • Cycle Class or Yoga Session (Optional): 7.30am – 8.00am
  • Conference Day 3: 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Cycle Class or Yoga Session (Optional): 7.30am – 8.00am

Who’s attending?

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

2018 Conference Partners

International Mental Health Conference | 8 - 10 August 2018

2017 Conference Highlights