Celebrating 20 Years of Mental Health Education, Awareness and Advocacy

The 2019 International Mental Health Conference will be held from Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2 August at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.

Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the 2019 International Mental Health Conference continues in its 20th year to network, share research, projects and formulate ideas for change for those living with mental health conditions.

Enjoy a three-day program of inspiring keynote addresses, speaker presentations, workshops, poster presentations and ample networking opportunities.

What's on the 2019 program?


ExpPhysical wellbeing, mental wellness

Clinical challenges

Exploring the stepped care approach

Mentally healthy workplace

Open topics

Mental health across a lifespan

Suicide and self-harm prevention

Mr Kevin Allan, New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner

Mr Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission

Ms Leshay Maidment, Regional Manager of Social Health, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health

Professor David Crompton, Director, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)

Professor Hector Tsang, Head, Department of Rehabilitation Services, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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

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

Dr Carmel Nelson, Director, Clinical Services & Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health & University of Queensland

Program Advisory Committee

  • Mr Russell Evans, Principal Policy Officer, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Professor Philip Morris, President, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (Conference Chair)
  • Dr Lyn O’Grady, Manager, Srtategic Projects, The Australian Psychological Society
  • Ms Gabrielle Villic, Director Social Inclusion and Recovery, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metrol South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health
  • Mr Philip Williams, Manager headspace Southport Enhanced Program, Lives Lived Well

Venue & Accommodation

Situated in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast, midway between the beaches of Surfers Paradise and the rainforests of the Hinterland, RACV Royal Pines Resort offers the perfect balance of business and entertainment.

The resort is 32km north of Gold Coast Airport and 80km south of Brisbane International Airport. For guests travelling from Brisbane, the Gold Coast is connected to Brisbane by rail, and Nerang Station is five minutes’ drive from the resort.