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Present at the Frontline Mental Health Conference 2025

Stand out as an expert, your use voice, experience and expertise to create positive solutions and services for the frontline community.
  • Share your expertise and knowledge with the wider frontline mental health community.
  • Have your voice at the front of the conversations shaping the future of the FMHC sector.
  • Inspire your peers with your ideas, insights, research, stories and case studies.
  • Build your reputation and enhance your professional profile.
  • Build your self-confidence and grow in leadership and influence.

Presenters come from all areas of frontline, government, academia and research, culture and community.

Apply To Present

Applications Close Friday 23 August 2024.

Share insights on our core topics

Thriving on the Frontlines: Integrating Prevention, Culture, and Leadership for Lasting Wellbeing

With the full program to be created after our presenter applications have been accepted, take a look at the main topics and subtopics which will form the program.
Click to expand the topics below.
  1. Protective influences and mediating factors on the health and wellbeing of frontline workers (aka prevention)

    • Building emotional resilience to prevent and combat mental health challenges 
    • The role of authentic relationships, social connection and community in mental health 
      protection 
    • Physical wellness to improve mental wellness – building health, vitality and energy via 
      exercise, nutrition etc 
    • Proactive mental health care – crafting a self-care plan for ongoing mental wellbeing 
    • Identity, meaning and purpose and its power to support and heal the frontline community 
    • Integrated Prevention Strategies: Managing and Supporting Vicarious Trauma 
    • Understanding Empathic Distress Fatigue: Differentiating Stressors and Building Resilience with 
      Self-Compassion
    • Leveraging technology to enhance mental health: innovative tools for early intervention
  2. Beyond the individual – the role of organisational culture and stressors

    • The impact of organisational culture on health and wellbeing
    • The role of the leader in fostering a positive culture / Importance of supportive leadership in mitigating psychosocial risks
    • Trauma informed organisational practices and support systems – how a positive work environment can help to buffer stress responses.
    • Organisational culture change initiatives and strategies for improving organisational culture
    • How culture affects psychosocial risk
    • Primary prevention strategies based on psychosocial hazard identification, assessment, and elimination.
    • Navigating the return to work: best practices for organisations supporting reintegration after psychological injury or burnout.
  3. Moral injury on the frontlines

    • Moral injury and post-traumatic embitterment disorder
    • Contributing factors: Events and cultures that increase the risk of moral injury
    • Risk factors and protective strategies for moral injury: identifying vulnerabilities, risks and mitigating factors
    • Healing and recovery from moral injury: effective therapeutic approaches and interventions for recovering from moral injury
    • Learning from case studies and real-life examples: practical lessons from real life experiences
    • Future directions in moral injury research and practice
  4. Leadership's Role in Mental Health: How effective leadership can positively impact the mental health and wellbeing of frontline workers

    • Understanding the connection between organisational culture and frontline worker mental health: Implications for leadership
    • Leading for health: how leaders can better support the mental health and wellbeing of teams
    • Leadership strategies for building a culture of psychological safety
    • Supporting leaders’ mental health and ability to lead through challenging times
    • Navigating the path to leadership: Exploring the common challenges faced by frontline workers transitioning to leadership roles
    • Vicarious trauma: what leaders and organisations can do
  5. Impacts of frontline work on parenting and children

    • Prevention and management of cumulative stress and burnout in families
    • Building resilience within families: strengthening family ties and providing coping 
      strategies
    • Vicarious trauma: spousal and partner coping mechanisms
    • Research into parental PTSD and child development
    • Strategies for explaining a parent's PTSD or psychological health conditions to children
    • Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma through early intervention
  6. Navigating the lifecycle of first responders: from entry to retirement and beyond

    • Essential skills and knowledge for new recruits: preparing for the stresses of frontline work
    • Impact of age on trauma responses: How trauma responses vary across different age groups and the implications for treatment and support
    • Experience-Based differences: Differences in trauma responses between novice and experienced first responders and tailored interventions for each group
    • Promoting career longevity: Best practices for maintaining physical and mental health throughout a first responder's career to promote longevity and reduce burnout 
    • Transitioning safely out of service: Understanding the psychological impact of retiring from 
      a first responder role and the challenges associated with identity loss
    • After service (retirement) care: post-retirement connection, health and wellness
  7. Treating trauma: latest thinking in therapeutic approaches and treatments

    • Psychedelic Assisted Therapy: current research and clinical trials
    • Leveraging technology to enhance mental health: innovative tools for personalised treatment
    • Up to date research into evidence-based interventions: latest advancements in approaches specifically tailored for trauma survivors
    • Somatic therapies and body-oriented approaches
    • Trauma informed care and integrated treatment models
    • Cultural and contextual sensitivity in trauma treatments
    • From surviving to thriving: Post-traumatic Growth (PTG)
  8. Peer support approaches for mental health and wellbeing

    • Types of peer support programs: overview of various peer support models
    • Developing a structured peer support program: guidance on creating, implementing, and sustaining a structured peer support program 
    • Case studies of successful initiatives: successful peer support initiatives, showcasing best practices and lessons learned. 
    • Evaluation and effectiveness of peer support programs: methods and tools for assessing the impact and success of peer support initiatives
    • Technology and peer support: exploration of digital platforms and tools that facilitate peer support. 
    • Building and sustaining a supportive peer community
    • Adapting Peer Support Programs: Strategies for evolving with current challenges.
    • Supporting PSOs: Methods to manage strain, enhance resources, support mechanisms

What to present at FMHC25

What content is best shared at FMHC25?

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If you are passionate about creating a healthy, thriving Frontline sector and you have insights, ideas, research, results or future plans to share - please apply to present now.

The conference committee is looking for presenters who are ready to share:

  1. Research findings, data and information which could inspire changes in service delivery and help create a safer and healthier future for the sector.
  2. Case studies which inspire innovations across the sector (think digital solutions, leadership training, on-the-ground education).
  3. Best-practice applications to create immediate improvement for all frontline workers.
  4. Successful Frontline mental health initiatives and projects which deliver long term success.
  5. Culturally responsive solutions for Indigenous, First Nations people within the frontline community.

Presentation Styles

Oral Presentation

Take to the stage and present to the audience in a 15 or 25 minutes speaking session with 5 minutes for questions.

Workshop Presentation

Keep the attention of attendees via engaging, hands-on learning experience in a 60-minute workshop.

Panel Presentation

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 60 minutes and will consist of at least 3 panel members.

Poster Presentation

Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area for the duration of the conference. A dedicated 15-minute poster session is included in the conference program. Posters also displayed virtually to e-delegates.

Important Dates

 

Presenter Applications Closing Friday 23 August 2024
Notification to Presenters Tuesday 17 September 2024
Presenter Acceptance and Registration Due Friday 27 September 2024
Program Launch Thursday 3 October 2024