18th International Mental Health Conference – 2017

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017.

This year’s conference will examine a range of issues from the perspective of Primary Interventions, Promoting Recovery,  Preventing Relapse and the latest Policy Initiatives.

Mental health awareness and well-being strategies remain urgent public concerns.  The Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis.

Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes for absenteeism from work and early retirement all over Australia. Maintaining good mental health at the workplace is therefore not only essential for the individual but also a challenge facing business and society as a whole. There is considerable business and political interest in tackling poor mental health at work.

The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading practitioners, academics, researchers, mental health experts, NGO’s and policy makers, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals).  All delegates will have access to the program podcast library and Book of Proceedings included in their registration fees.

Following overwhelming feedback from delegates in 2016, the meeting will return to Seaworld and feature a dinner in the Marine Park.

Featured Speakers 2017

Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Dr Peggy Brown, CEO, National Mental Health Commission
  • Professor Nick Titov, Project Director, Mindspot Clinic, Macquarie University
  • Leilani Darwin,  Program and Community Liaison Manager, headspace and 2016 Winner of the LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention work in Australia.
  • Sue Pieters Hawke, Speaker, Advocate, Consultant and Educator, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dr Kairi Kolves, Principal Research Fellow, AISRP, Griffith University
  • Mr Shaun Robinson, CEO, Mental Health Foundation New Zealand

Invited Speakers

  • Professor Kaarin Anstey, Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
  • Associate Professor Stephen Stathis, Medical Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
  • Dr Tanya Davison, Senior Research Fellow, Mental Health and Aged Care, Institute for Health & Ageing, Australian Catholic University
  • Professor John McGrath, Director, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, University of Queensland

Program Format

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn.

The program includes:

  • Keynote plenary sessions
  • Presenter concurrent streams based on experiences, research, case studies and results
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops (optional)
  • Conference dinner
  • Poster presentations
  • Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference.

Conference Topics

  • Indigenous Wellbeing
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Mental Health and the Elderly
  • e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media
  • Research, Education and Case Studies
  • Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, Productive and Enhance Recovery
  • The Importance of Mental Health Carers
  • The role of the Mental Health Worker
  • Self-Harm, Suicide and Survival
  • Disorder Updates

Online Registration


bpoint-transparent-bgFull Registration from $660.00
Day Registration from $475.00
Half day Workshops from $90.00

Early Bird closes 5pm Monday 3 July 2017

Who Should Attend

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse/ Clinical Nurse
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Program / Operations Manager
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Academic/ Research Fellow/ Lecturer
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Local/State/Government
  • Carer Peer Workers and Carer Practitioners
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • General Practitioner
  • Consumers and Carer
  • Aged Care Provider
  • Geriatric Specialists
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers
  • Peer Workers and Lived Experience Practitioners

What you will gain from the Conference

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
    • by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference
International Mental Health Conference 2016

International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference is an initiative of The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

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