23rd International Mental Health Conference
Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 September 2022, Gold Coast Convention Centre QLD
For more information, see the Conference Handbook.
The International Mental Health Conference is a world-class forum for you to collaborate with national and international mental health leaders, while gaining tools to improve your approach to client care.
Join us this September to:
Former Olympian, Author, Radio Host & Mental Health Ambassador
Former Australian Swimmer Libby Trickett collected 24 gold medals on the international stage across Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championships events. This included eight long course and seven short course world titles, five Commonwealth Games and four Olympic gold medals which were won at three consecutive Olympic Games. Since retiring from swimming she has lived many lives, but she is currently studying a Bachelor of Counselling, and has co-founded a business called Unlocking Her Potential, to inspire and empower ALL women to unlock their greatest potential through exercise and holistic health practices.
Libby is also host of two podcasts, All That Glitters and The Sport Social; as well as running after her three young daughters, Poppy, Edwina and Bronte.
Media Personality, Actress & Author
Sam Frost is an Australian actress, media personality and author. She first won the hearts of the nation after appearing on The Bachelor Australia in 2014, described as the quintessential Aussie girl next door. Frost then starred in the very first Bachelorette Australia in 2015. In 2015, she also became a national radio host working alongside comedian and TV personality, Rove McManus, for 18 months. During her time on radio she also appeared on Hell’s Kitchen Australia. In 2017 Sam joined the cast of the long running Australia TV drama, Home and Away as Jasmine Delaney.
Sam’s talent has seen her win Radio Presenter of the Year, Women of the Year Awards (2016) and after her first 6 months in her role as Jasmine Delaney she was nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, TV Week Logie Award (2018).
In 2022 and after more than a year in the making, Sam published her first book ‘Believe’ with Hachette. Sam has a massive online presence and her undeniable popularity with fans has seen her on the covers of Women’s Health Magazine , Cosmopolitan, Who for Who’s Most Beautiful People, Stellar Magazine and Body & Soul to name a few.
Dr Ceri Evans is a consultant psychiatrist from New Zealand who helps leading organisations, businesses and teams perform under pressure. Ceri graduated in medicine with distinction from Otago University, completed a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University while playing professional football in the English Championship, and specialised in forensic psychiatry while completing a PhD in traumatic memory.
Ceri has served as Clinical Director of a Forensic Psychiatric Service, appeared as an expert witness in major court cases, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Now in private practice, Ceri has worked across the spectrum in high performance sport, corporate, medical, education and government environments. Author of Perform Under Pressure, he is perhaps best known for his work with the New Zealand All Blacks since 2010.
Partnerships Director, Today
Karen’s committed to making Australia a fairer, thriving country. Over the past 20 years, she’s led large-scale behaviour change programs, communications strategies, and stakeholder engagement; bringing people together for meaningful collaboration. Karen has designed and implemented transformation strategies for organisations like the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre, Austin Health, and the Nine Entertainment Co. She’s previously led the implementation for Australia’s My Health Record expansion for the Federal Government, and she chaired the Family Safety working group and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People working group to advocate for and implement critical improvements to the MHR system to increase privacy, safety and access.
Senior Strategic Designer, Today
Leva is a Senior Strategic Designer with deep knowledge and extensive experience in public health and nutrition.
She has a passion for designing better, more valuable outcomes for everyone in the care process and has worked in the health sector across government, not-for-profit and industry both within Australia and internationally for the last twenty years.
Most recently Leva has led a re-design of the model of care of a nationally known mental health counselling service, and worked closely with the Victorian Department of Health’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Division on the co-design of their Outcomes and Performance Framework.
Vice President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Karla Thorpe is Vice President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). She comes with a wealth of leadership experience and a unique mix of expertise in research, marketing, communications, and building key stakeholder relationships. She also sits on the Education Committee of the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC). Karla has earned a Master of Science in Statistics from Queen’s University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.
Director, Regional Australia Mental Health Research Training Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of New England
Professor Myfanwy Maple is Director of the new Regional Australia Mental Health Research and Training Institute and Discipline Lead for Social Work and Community Services in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of New England, Australia. For over 20 years, Professor Maple’s research has focused on distress, trauma and loss, with a particular emphasis on understanding risk and resilience following exposure to suicide. A focus on lived experience underlies all of Professor Maple’s work where her emphasis remains on authentically including the voices of those with firsthand experience to better inform policy, research, and teaching. She lives and works in rural Australia bringing a regional perspective to her work.
CEO, Epilepsy Sparks
Torie is a podcast host (Epilepsy Sparks Insights), YouTuber, Epilepsy Sparks CEO, and public speaker regarding epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities, with the purposes of bridging the communication gaps between clinicians, researchers, patients, and the world!
Having had stints in psychiatric hospitals, brain surgery for her epilepsy, and taking medications for each, Torie provides an insight into the real worlds of invisible disabilities – including psychiatric and neurological illnesses.
Hear why mental health conditions can be more negatively impactful that seizures and why it’s crucial for clinicians and society as a whole to see the wider picture in order to improve people’s quality of life.
Tumu Whakarae (Director) Ember Innovations. Appointed to Te Hiringa Mahara; The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission of NZ
Taimi is the Director of Ember Innovations, appointed to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Deputy Chair of the Suicide Mortality Review Committee and Mental Health Advisor to the Royal Commission on Abuse in State Care. After early careers in business and entertainment, she has dedicated 2 decades to using her own lived experience of mental distress to support others to flourish, and believes innovation is the only way we can solve our system gaps. Featured as a global thought-leader in M2 Woman Magazine she was honoured with Mental Health's "Emerging Leader" award in 2019 and as a New Zealander of the Year’s Local Hero Medallist in 2021.
Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, Mental Health Advocate
Alistair is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader of the People and Organisational Performance Practice. Alistair works with clients to transform culture, orchestrate and lead change, develop leadership and talent and reimagine operating models and organisational design. Alistair is a leader of the McKinsey Health Institute and one of the drivers of McKinsey’s thinking on creating mentally healthy and safe workplaces. Outside of McKinsey, Alistair is a passionate advocate for mental health and a volunteer at Lifeline.
Executive Director Lived Experience, Mental Health and Wellbeing Division, Department of Health, Victoria
Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary established the international social enterprise PeerZone which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress. She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. Mary is currently Executive Director Lived Experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division at the Department of Health in Victoria. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.
The Conference Program Advisory Committee are seeking presentations of varying styles. This includes case study examples, emerging research, project or program analysis, lived experiences and learnings, as well as calls for action.
This September we will be exploring the theme 'Coming Together to Shape the Future: Positivity, Resilience & Optimism'.
Present to the audience in a 20-30 minute speaking session, with incorporated time for questions.
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 90 minutes.
Keep the attention of attendees via engaging, hands-on learning experience in a 90 minute workshop.
20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes to present, with 20 accompanying imagery slides that automatically progress.
Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area.
|Presenter applications close||Friday 13 May 2022|
|Successful presenters notified||Monday 6 June 2022|
|Acceptances & registrations due||Friday 10 June 2022|
|Program available||Thursday 16 June 2022|
|Scholarship applications close||Friday 22 July 2022|
|Early bird pricing ends||Friday 29 July 2022|
|Conference dates||Monday 5 September – Wednesday 7 September 2022|
Chair of Developmental Mental health The University of Melbourne
Clinical Nurse Manager, Mental Health NT Health - Central Australia Region
Natalie Colmer is a Clinical Nurse Manager she manages the Community and Crisis Mental Health Teams in Alice Springs. She has worked in mental health for many years in both government and non-government services she has experience in working with both children and adults.
Natalie was a part of the prestigious Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship in 2020. She has received multiple nominations under the NT Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards and took out the award for Mental Health Nurse of the year in 2013.
Natalie has been volunteering with CanTeen for over a decade being the sole nurse in many camps around the country. She is both passionate and committed to mental health and she works hard to encourage mental health nurses to pursue their ongoing professional development.
Chief Executive Officer, Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation Inc.
Helen Day has lived experience of mental health challenges and was born in Darwin but raised in Canberra returning to the Territory in 2009.
She changed careers to work in the mental health industry in 2017, and currently is the Chief Executive Officer for the only Northern Territory consumer-run drop-in centre – Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation (TEMHCO). This drop-in centre provides a range of holistic therapeutic activities to assist with mental health recovery plus encourage social inclusion.
In her current role, Helen has been able to use both her personal and work experience to advocate for consumers living with mental health, who can sense her experience, genuine empathy and can feel safe to share any concerns.
Helen is a qualified counsellor who provides basic one-on-one counselling services for the consumers who attend the centre. More recently, she has been involved in establishing the NT Peer Workforce pilot project that helps support vocational pathway for people with lived experience of mental health challenges to enter the community services sector as well as educate and build the capability of organisations in the NT to employ these people. She has also been involved in establishing a Northern Territory Lived Experience Network (NTLEN).
Helen is a co-facilitator of the Wellways My Recovery Program and a board member of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition and NT Consumer Representative for the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.
Before working in the mental health industry, Helen had a successful career as an accountant working both in both the public and private sector with non-government and not-for-profit charity organisations. One of her greatest achievements as an accountant was when she was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for a large Aboriginal Corporation to assist them in coming out of Special Administration.
Helen first developed a passion for protecting consumer rights in the health industry when she worked for the Consumers Health Forum in Canberra during the early 90s. She believes that progress is achievable when the voices and expertise of people with lived experience and service providers can work together for the same purpose.
Group Chief Executive, Emerge Aotearoa
Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the New Zealand education and health sectors. She has held a number of senior public positions including chair of the first Mental Health Commission and Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for special education.
Barbara has worked in a number of non government organisation Chief Executive roles including the Mental Health Foundation, Richmond Fellowship and now Emerge Aotearoa.
Barbara has been involved in a number of Government reviews including chairing the review of the ACC Sensitive Claims pathway and as a panel member of the recent Mental Health Inquiry. Barbara was also a panel member for the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service which heard the stories of over 1000 people who had experienced abuse or neglect while in state care.
She is currently the Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa, a large non government mental health, disability and social housing provider.
Barbara has a doctorate in education from Macquarie University Sydney and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to mental health.
Executive Director Statewide Services, Berry Street
Annette has worked for over 35 years with children and families who have experienced trauma and neglect. She has worked across child protection, out-of-home care, family preservation and therapeutic services. She currently oversees Berry Street’s statewide services including Take Two (therapeutic service for children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect) and the Berry Street School. Annette has published in peer-reviewed journals and books on topics with a particular focus on child neglect and child trauma.
Senior Manager Inclusion, Participation and Strategic Reform, Research and AdvocacyMind Australia
Katie Larsen is the Senior Manager Inclusion, Participation and Strategic Reform at Mind Australia. Katie works to better mental health outcomes for people within marginalised populations through systemic and structural change processes focusing on cultural safety, equity, lived experience and participation. She works from a social justice and human rights perspective incorporating lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ identity and mental health supported by a Master of Social Work. She is a graduate of the National Mental Health Commission, Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship and is a PhD Candidate at Deakin University researching intersectional approaches to inclusive leadership and decision-making in mainstream mental health services.
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University
Melissa is the Deputy Director for the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University and the National President for the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. She convenes and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units within the School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie and also maintains a small private practice that focuses on providing treatment to individuals experiencing obsessive-compulsive and related problems.
Melissa’s research is focused on discovering the factors and processes that contribute to the aetiology and maintenance of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and substance use problems. She examines both general (e.g., interpersonal difficulties and perceived distress intolerance) and disorder-specific factors (e.g., object attachment in hoarding disorder).
Melissa is passionate about closing the science-practice gap. Whether focusing on her own scientific research or digging into the scientific literature, she consistently sticks to the research evidence, highlighting the knowns, unknowns, and limitations of the literature. She believes it is imperative that mental health practitioners use treatments that have not only been shown to work, but that are also based on plausible theories that have scientific support. This philosophy guides her approach to research dissemination and clinical training. Melissa was recently recognised as a 2021 Highly Commended Finalist for the Student-Nominated Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Award at Macquarie University for her approach to fostering critical thinking and providing educationally worthwhile experiences.
Lynette’s perspectives of mental health and mental health services are shaped by both personal and professional influences. She began her working life as a nurse before a life altering injury resulted in a change in career and a move back to her rural Tasmanian home, from Queensland.
Lynette has been involved in mental health systems advocacy and reform for more than twenty years. She has contributed to the development of state, national and international projects, committees, and initiatives. She held the position of Chair of Tasmania’s mental health community advisory committee to Tasmania’s Minister for Health for six years before moving to her current role as Senior Consumer and Carer Liaison Consultant with Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate in Tasmania. As an Associate with the University of Tasmania Lynette was instrumental in developing and implementing the inclusion of lived experience perspectives into undergraduate and post graduate nursing programs in the university.
Lynette’s own experiences of mental health challenges and her supporting role caring for family members with mental illness continue to inform all aspects of her work. A strong interest in leadership and seeking to understand how best to engage people in all aspects of systems development, culture change and personal achievement is a driver in Lynette’s current area of study, Advanced Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership.
Director of Services, SANE Australia
Sophie Potter is the Director of Services at SANE Australia. Passionate about digital programs, she is proud to lead the team delivering SANE’s support services across peer support, counselling and self-help resources. Before her current role as Director, Sophie led SANE’s peer program through a period of significant growth. She is a mental health professional that combines her lived and learned experience to deliver exceptional digital programs.
Sophie has worked in the UK, south-east Asia and Australia with a focus on women’s and youth mental health – most recently holding senior roles at ReachOut Australia. She has academic qualifications in Cultural Studies and Community Welfare.
CEO and Director, ConNetica
Marion is the CEO and co-founding Director of ConNetica, a social enterprise dedicated to advancing mental health and reducing suicide through effective leadership, change management and training. ConNetica, since its inception in 2007 has completed more than 300 mental health and suicide prevention related consulting assignments in Australia and overseas. Prior to establishing ConNetica, Marion was a senior executive (Strategic HR) in the ACT and Commonwealth Pubic Services and was the ACT Deloitte Consulting Change Management and Training Manager.
Key to Marion’s work is supporting individuals, communities, and organisations to achieve their potential. She is a strong believer in systems thinking, early prevention and advocate for authentic conversations that result in practical solutions to complex challenges. She has worked in the areas of change management, strategic HR, mental health, and suicide prevention for 3 decades.
Marion has undertaken numerous mental health and long term employment service evaluations, conducted in-depth analysis and compiled reports on hospital transition pathways for people with a mental illness, consulted on self-managed care plans, facilitated co-design and consultative workshops with service providers, carers and consumers, and designed and delivered over 100 evidence informed wellbeing and suicide prevention training programs across Australia.
Marion is the key driver behind ConNetica’s early suicide prevention programs, which includes the design and delivery of face to face, eLearning, live webinars, and Apps. These programs have been delivered to a broad cross section of First Nations Peoples and non-indigenous people across Australia in rural, remote, and metropolitan locations. The Stronger Smarter Yarns for life program is endorsed and commended by The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention and was a finalist in the 2018 Qld Mental Health Awards.
Marion launched a community grass roots initiative, Conversations 500 which aims to further shift the dial to early suicide prevention. To achieve this aim, Marion created a cross sector collaboration with Qld Pharmacy Guild and PRDnationwide real estate and individuals with a lived experience. Supporting businesses included R U OK? Movember, multinational mining company Glencore and diverse businesses based in rural, remote and metropolitan locations and overseas. In 5 days, Marion gained the support of 48 businesses and filled 145 training spaces.
Marion was awarded one of ten, 2021 Westpac Social Change Scholarships. This scholarship is providing numerous opportunities to extend her leadership, networking and professional expertise and work with First Nations Peoples.
Marion has a Master of Education, Human Resource Studies (UniSA), a Bachelor of Education (QUT) and has initiated the process to commence her PhD.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, LBGTIQ+ Health Australia
Zed has worked in the not-for-profit community service sector for thirty years, specializing in homelessness, housing, and mental health.
Zed specialises in values-based leadership, business and strategic development and cross sector collaboration.
Zed has previously sat on a variety of Boards, including, President Gender Centre Inc, The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre and Women and Girl’s Emergency Centre. Zed currently sits on the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia and is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia.
Zed’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Sociology and Social Policy and Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.
CEO, Cognitive Behavioural Education
Shanna White is a Psychologist and Clinical Consultant, named as an Ambassador for the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. As CEO of bespoke consultancy firm Cognitive Behavioural Education, Shanna brings passion, knowledge, and experience to providing trauma-informed practice skills, therapeutic resources, and professional development. Host of successful podcast, The Trauma Tales, Shanna interviews trauma survivors and shares their stories with compassion, knowledge, and even a few laughs. Becoming a published author has provided a platform to share training, resources and most importantly, honours the stories of those who have survived and thrive beyond their experiences of trauma.
Acting CEO, Carers Australia
Ms Cantwell is currently the Acting CEO of Carers Australia. Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level.
Carers Australia’s vision is an Australia that values and supports the contribution that carers make both to the people they care for and to the community as a whole.
Ms Cantwell has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector including 14 years with Mental Health Australia, the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. Melanie has over 20 years of board director experience and has previously volunteered overseas with Australian Volunteers International. Her areas of expertise are in governance, executive leadership, compliance and accountability, risk management, strategic and operational planning, budget planning and management, policy analysis and development, stakeholder engagement, and health lobbying and advocacy.
Director of Wellbeing System Leadership / Insights Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
Filipo recently joined the Commission as the Director of Wellbeing System Leadership and Insights, bringing extensive lived LGBTIQA+ and childhood experience of trauma to the role.
In this role, Filipo leads on cross-government relationships and ensuring the voices of Māori and priority population groups are reflected in the implementation of the He Ara Oranga Wellbeing Outcomes Framework. Filipo also drives both the qualitative and quantitative strategic data insights capability approach for the Commission and takes an all-of-Government approach to how the framework is developed and implemented.
Prior to working as a policy analyst in social, economic, and fiscal policy as well as supporting Ministers in Parliamentary Service, Filipo spent 10 years as a broadcast journalist in New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
Filipo has also spent time in the finance sector as a Corporate Responsibility Manager and Strategy Manager for BNZ, and as a Marketing and Communications Manager at Te Papa.
Filipo holds a several qualifications from AUT University including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Lived Experience of Pasifika Gay Men of Legislative Change, a Master of Philosophy, a Bachelor of Communications Studies (Hons), and a Diploma of Journalism.
CEO, Roses in the Ocean
Bronwen is the CEO of Roses in the Ocean, Australia’s national lived experience of suicide organisation providing innovative, highly collaborative leadership within the suicide prevention sector, for people with LE of suicide, communities, sector organisations & government.
Having dedicated themselves for over a decade to developing the lived experience of suicide movement, driving system reform, sharing learnings, and co-designing innovative service solutions that address service gaps, Roses in the Ocean has recently launched the Lived Experience of Suicide Informed and Inclusive Culture Change suite of resources to support services, organisations and government to meaningfully integrate lived experience in all suicide prevention activity.
As the driving force behind the National Safe Spaces Network, Roses in the Ocean have been working with communities over recent years to co-design safe spaces and peer enhanced services, including their community managed and led Pop-up Safe Spaces. Their Peer CARE Connect service provides a national lived experience of suicide warm line and in-community suicide prevention peer workforce services.
Bronwen holds a variety of state and national advisory positions, to which she first and foremost brings her personal lived experience of suicide to the table, while also striving to honour the vast perspectives of others she has been privileged to work with and walk alongside over many years.
Bronwen is the Co-Chair of the International Association of Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group: Lived Experience.
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The conference will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
Gold Coast Convention Centre
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy
Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
Date: Monday 5 September 2022
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Cost: Included in your delegate registration. $88 for guests.
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided.
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