Australia's leading event to improve mental health access & services in regional and remote communities
Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 November 2022
Hilton Adelaide, SA
Each year, around one in five, or 960,000 remote and rural Australians experience a mental disorder.
Limited services, fewer available professionals, and poor access to primary and acute care all contribute to inequality in mental health support for those in rural and remote areas.
Combined with a reluctance to seek help due to stigma, cultural barriers in service access, distance, and cost, these factors will continue to have a detrimental impact on the wellbeing of remote and rural Australians.
The Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is the platform for change.
Hear from mental health experts, network with service providers, and unite with fellow workers to provide greater mental health accessibility, support, and services to rural and remote communities.
We are committed to providing practical outcomes for you to utilise, adapt, and adopt into everyday practice.
Our program committee members have been specially selected for their vast knowledge and experience in rural mental health care. From academia through to lived experience, each member offers a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities faced across many sectors of service care, accessibility, treatment, and recovery.
This results in a program designed by the sector, for the sector.
Our program is carefully curated for professionals and industry workers to share best practice, encourage multi-sectoral collaboration, facilitate meaningful connections, and give real solutions to advance mental health in rural and remote areas.
By focusing on early intervention, prevention, and improving service accessibility, we will provide you with the tools to progress mental health and wellbeing for all rural and remote community members.
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University
Senior Lecturer in Marketing, School of Business
Mental Health Commissioner
Heather holds a passion for using her lived experience to inform future planning, design and delivery of services, to ensure that the journey for current and future consumers and their carers is made as smooth as possible, to enable optimal recovery outcomes and ultimately reduce suicide. Having been a consumer of mental health services during the past 35 years, Heather has experienced many of the difficulties faced by consumers residing in both metropolitan and particularly regional areas, having lived in the Southeast of SA for 17 years.
Working as a Peer Worker in the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program, both in metropolitan Adelaide and regionally in the Southeast, Heather has gained extensive experience in the peer role and valuable knowledge around many of the issues and challenges faced by Peer Workers. Heather participated in the development of the National Qualification for Peer Workers and assisted in co-designing the resources for Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work. As one of the National Peer Champions, Heather was fortunate to gain the qualification and work with the SA Mental Health Coalition to bring the qualification to SA. Heather has trained the certificate in NSW with the Mental Health Coordinating Council and established/delivered the qualification through TAFE SA from 2016 to 2021. Heather is Co-founder of ‘Mental Health Peer Work Solutions’ who provide a range of services and training opportunities to support the peer work sector throughout Australia.
Heather is a member of the National Consumer and Carer Forum and was an inaugural member of the National Consumer and Carer Register. Heather was the senior Peer Consultant for the Community of Peers Project and also provides consumer representation on the Australian Commission on National Safety and Quality in Health Care Mental Health Reference Group, the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration and the National Mental Health Commission Peer Workforce Development Guidelines Steering Committee, National Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Health Care Project Expert Advisory Group and the Review of Better Access Stakeholder Engagement Group
Heather is also a member of the Beyond Blue Speakers Bureau and Blue Voices. In 2011, Heather’s dedication and relentless hard work was recognised when she was awarded the Dr Margaret Tobin Award, for outstanding contribution to improvements for people with, or at risk of developing, a mental illness.
Chair and Executive Director, Lived Experience Australia
Sharon is Chair and Executive Director of Lived Experience Australia, a nationally awarded mental health consumer and carer advocacy organisation. Sharon is also a Professor at Flinders University and undertakes a broad range of mental health research. She is particularly passionate about addressing physical health and mental health comorbidity, stigma and coercion in care and exploring the person’s and their family’s experiences of seeking and receiving support within health care systems. Sharon is internationally recognised for her research on chronic condition self-management, self-care, peer work, and smoking in mental health settings.
Rural Psychiatrist (WACHS), Chair of Rural Section of Psychiatry (RANZCP), Clinical Academic (RCSWA), Commissioner (NMHC)
Mat is a rural psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in addiction psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is the Clinical Director of a rural region, the Great Southern, and remote region, The Midwest, in Western Australia. Mat is the inaugural chair of rural and remote mental health practice with The Rural Clinical School of WA (UWA) and has served two terms as a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. As a part time sheep farmer, he makes as a better rural psychiatrist.
SA Mental Health Commissioner, Government of South Australia
John is the Lead Mental Health Commissioner within South Australia and joins his fellow commissioners Heather Nowak and David Kelly, focusing upon the vison to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of all South Australians.
John Mannion is also the inaugural Executive Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation – Australia’s only foundation dedicated solely to investing into mental health research, within the areas of youth mental health, depression, indigenous mental health and eating disorders.
John’s career in mental health has spanned more than 30 years including as a practitioner as well as leading mental health services across the state.
He has a passion for community connectivity, suicide prevention and evidence-based interventions.
Executive DirectorMindSpot Clinic, Macquarie University
Nick Titov is a Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Nick is Executive Director of two digital mental health services (DMHS), the MindSpot Clinic (www.mindspot.org.au) and PORTS (www.ports.org.au), which deliver mental health care to more than 35,000 adults across Australia each year. Nick is a Clinical Psychologist and serves as an advisor to numerous Australian and international groups on matters pertaining to digital mental health services. He is also actively involved in research evaluating new models of delivering mental health care.
Survivor/Consumer, Perspective Consulting, Training & Supervision
Indigo is a survivor academic, artist and activist. She is a partner in Athena Consumer Workforce Consulting, independent consultant, speaker and supervisor, and holds multiple sessional teaching roles. She recently launched an interactive community arts project for trauma survivors who use self-injury, called Slice/Silence. Indigo brings lived experience as a survivor of childhood trauma, madness and psychiatric services, and 17 years’ experience in consumer/survivor leadership roles. She has been an advisor to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, senior advisor to Victoria’s Chief Psychiatrist, founder of Victoria’s hearing voices network and has also worked in peer support, advocacy, policy and research.
Clinical Director, Rural & Remote Mental Health Services, Government of South Australia
Dr Brian McKenny has been the Clinical Director of the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service of South Australia since 2010.
He has held senior leadership positions in public and private psychiatry in South Australia.
He currently leads a clinical service which covers a million square kilometres with a population of 500,000.
The telepsychiatry service pioneered videoconferencing in 1996 and conducts over 3000 assessments per year.
Senior Consultant, PSYCH2U
A/Prof Savio Sardinha is a Senior Consultant with over 25 years experience in Psychiatry in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He worked for the World Health Organisation in training Primary Care Physicians to develop Mental Health curriculum in Family Medicine.
My name is Dom Barry. I am a Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara man from the remote community of Kaltjiti (Fregon) in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. I have spent the past four years studying at UniSA completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree with aims to go on and complete a Master of Psychology (Clinical). Previously, I have played at the elite level AFL with Melbourne Football Club (2012-2014) and Port Adelaide (2018). This year I was fortunate to be involved in meaningful research in understanding how Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara conceptualise mental health from their own perspective title ‘Nintirikunytjaku: understanding Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara mental health beliefs’.
The Symposium Program Advisory Committee are seeking presentations of varying styles, whether case study examples, emerging research, project or program analysis and learnings, as well as calls for action.
In 2022 will be exploring the theme Championing Stories of Innovation, Resilience & Endurance.
We want to hear how you're paving the way for change in our rural and remote communities. Share your latest workplace developments, case study findings, lived-experience learnings or industry developments in rural and remote mental health care.
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 15 July 2022|
|Successful presenters notified||Wednesday 3 August 2022|
|Program available||Thursday 25 August 2022|
|Scholarship applications close||Friday 9 September 2022|
|Early bird pricing ends||Friday 16 September 2022|
|Conference dates||Wednesday 9 November – Friday 11 November 2022|
Professor, Charles Sturt University
Dr Russell Roberts is professor of mental health, and leadership at Charles Sturt University, and Clinical Associate Professor at University of Sydney. He is national director of Equally Well Australia, tasked to oversee the national implementation of actions to improve the physical health of people living with mental illness. He is also Chief Investigator on the Rural Universities Network (RUN) mental health research collaborative.
He is a board member of ANZ Mental Health Association, and has previously served on the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council, as Director of Clinical Training at Griffith University, Queensland, as Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health and as Chair if the Workplace Mental Health Symposium. He is referenced as one of the 50 most influential rural Australians.
Russell has extensive experience as a clinician, rural mental health service director and academic. He has worked as Clinical Psychologist in rural SA, Qld and NSW. As the director of a mental health service in western NSW, leading an organisation of over 1,000 staff, and $110m pa budget delivering comprehensive services across the spectrum of care. Facilities in his organisation ranged from Australia’s largest integrated mental health hospital, to teams in Australia’s most remote locations such as Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Wilcannia.
With state, national and international awards in E-mental health and Aboriginal workforce development, Russell has over two decades of experience in developing, implementing, and consolidating new and innovative health services across a range of complex service environments. He has led the development of several of innovative, programs such as the Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, the Mental Health Rural Outreach Service, and the Aboriginal Workforce Development Program. He has published over 90 refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, over 60 conference presentations, 15 keynote speeches, with $9.725 Mill in research grant funding and over 4,600 citations of his research work.
Jo Rasmussen is a national award-winning mental health advocate. Jo’s most recent role was the Mental Health Data Analysis and Engagement Lead at Murray PHN.
In this role Jo lead engagement with mental health consumers and carers, which also had a strong focus on addressing the stigma of mental illness, which includes designing and leading the Stop Stigma project.
Jo also has strong background in data analysis, with many years spent in the geospatial data field, combined with her recent role in primary mental health data.
Lecturer, School of Rural Health, Monash University
Dr Rochelle Hine is a social worker and academic with over 25 years of practice experience in a range of sectors including foster care, women’s health promotion, community and clinical mental health, education and research.
Rochelle's research is grounded in social justice and identifying and addressing inequality. Her research focuses predominantly on critical qualitative approaches to exploring the circumstances of people’s lives, collaborating with lived experience experts and other stakeholders.
Specific areas of research interest and expertise include social and emotional wellbeing and healing, rural communities, women's health, parenting, gender, promoting antiracist policy and practice in healthcare and family violence prevention.
CEO, Moving A Head
Sandra founded mental health charity organisation Moving a Head in South Australia.
Having worked in the mental health ﬁeld for over 14 years she realised that early intervention was a key aspect of combating mental health issues. Sandra has designed and implemented early intervention courses for people experiencing depression.
She has a BA and Grad Dip in Counselling and has worked previously in private practice. She has also worked in individual psychosocial rehabilitation support services, as well as in the Headspace program.
Originally from Sydney, residing in South Australia for 23 years, 9 years living and working in regional and remote SA. Lived experience role for 6 years with Country Health SALHN Mental Health Services.
Chair, SA OCP Lived Experience Advisory Group; MH Coalition SA Board Member:
Co-Chair Governance Committee, Urgent Mental Health Care Centre: National Consumer & Carer Forum consumer representative: Equally Well Australia lived experience member.
People with lived experience (including carers/family members) are central to driving mental health reform through leadership, growth of the peer workforce, codesign and inclusion at all levels. A human rights based approach to care is needed to improve experiences and outcomes for consumers and addressing equity and access remains a priority.
My 2020 Australia Day Honour as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia. “For significant service to mental health and consumer support organisations.” is a huge sense of pride.
Chief Executive Officer, Rural Alive & Well Inc
Barb is the current CEO of Rural Alive & Well, a Tasmanian not for profit which builds healthy and resilient rural communities to reduce the prevalence of suicide in ages 14yrs and above.
Barb is steadfast in not taking mental health and wellbeing for granted and uses her lived experience in mental health and wellbeing which has seen RAW become the leading organisation in Tasmania for rural mental health and wellbeing support.
Having lived in a remote Tasmanian towns all her life, Barb understands first-hand the complexities and joys experienced from remote and rural areas, and is excited to be able to bring her knowledge and passion to this year’s Program Advisory Committee.
Research, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance, University of South Australia
Martin Jones is a Registered Nurse in Australia and the United Kingdom. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Nursing. He currently works as the Director and Associate Professor with the University of South Australia Department of Rural Health. He is interested in rural health workforce development, which includes supporting health care workers to extend their roles in the absence of other health care professionals and rural health workforce recruitment and retention. He has led on the development and implementation of an online professional certificate program to support non specialist mental health workers to treat depression. He is an Associate for the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
Executive Director, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs BranchNT Health
Cecelia Gore is the Executive Director Mental Health and AOD for NT Health. She has more than 25 years’ experience developing, commissioning and evaluating service systems and projects, and crafting policy solutions in complex environments. This has included roles in both government and non-government sectors, and in QLD, NSW and the NT.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager, Centacare FNQ
Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle and Adjunct Professor at University of Canberra, Centre for Mental Health Research
David Perkins is a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Centre for Mental Health Research. He was previously Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.
David's career spans academic research and health services management in Australia and the UK. He is the coordinator of the Orange Declaration on rural mental health services and a member of the International Institute of Mental Health Leadership. His interests focus on mental health systems and integration in rural contexts.
David is widely published and sits on a range of national and international advisory committees. He is a past editor-in chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
Principal Advisor and Research Director, WA Primary Health Alliance
Dr Daniel Rock is the Principal Adviser and Research Director at the WA Primary Health Alliance who have the contract to operate the three WA Primary Health Networks. He is an epidemiologist and an Adjunct Professor in the Disciple of Psychiatry, the University of Western Australia and at the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra.
Prior to joining WAPHA Daniel was Deputy Executive Director at North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health and Director of Clinical Research in Perth. During his time at North Metro he was also a co-joint Clinical Professor in the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and the School of Population Health, the University of Western Australia and Co-Director of the UWA Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry.
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233 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
A cozy stay by the Adelaide Central Market. The hotel overlooks Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide’s entertainment and shopping district. The hotel is located under 500 metres from local attractions like the Central Market and Chinatown, and two kilometres from Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the University of Adelaide. Take a relaxing dip in the heated outdoor pool or visit the wine cellar with over 500 labels.
King Hilton Deluxe Plus - Room Only
$359.00 per room, per night
King Hilton Deluxe Plus Room + Breakfast for One
$384.00 per room, per night
King Hilton Deluxe Plus Room + Breakfast for Two
$409.00 per room, per night
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