10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

15 – 17 October 2018

Symposium Partners

The 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium was held over 15 –17 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

The Symposium celebrated 10 years of important discussion and education, providing a platform for collaboration of like-minded professionals who are passionate about improving mental health services and mental health outcomes within rural and remote Australia.

Suicide and harm prevention, physical health, digital and low intensity mental health, child and youth, supporting the mental health workforce and consumer focused recovery are some of the topics that were addressed at the Symposium.

If you are working within service delivery, public health networks, research and policy and most importantly working to change the stigma of mental health and consumer focused recovery, we encourage you to join us when we head to Adelaide in October 2019.

A huge thank you to our keynote speakers, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium a great success.

Symposium Snapshot 2018

Featured Speakers


  • Mrs Lucy Brogden, Chair, National Mental Health Commission
  • Dr Aaron Groves, Chief Psychiatrist, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
  • Dr Ross Kirkman, Consultant Psychiatrist, PSYCH2U powered by GP2U
  • Dr Annette Beautrais, Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator, South Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand
  • Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra
  • Ms Samantha Wild, Director, Awakening Cultural Ways
  • Ms Elida Meadows, Deputy Carer Co-chair, National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum
  • Professor Tim Carey, Director, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University


Access a best-in-class program in mental health delivered by experts in the field

Learn new frameworks and skills that can be implemented in your organisation
Experience incredible networking opportunities
Ask questions, challenge thinking
Join a community of change makers working to build a better world

Important Dates

Draft Program:
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Presenter Registration Due:
Monday 3 September 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes:
Monday 3 September 2018

SAVE $100 off registration by becoming a member - IT'S FREE

Our Symposium is passionate about

Suicide and self harm prevention
Child and youth mental health
Supporting rural and (very) remote mental health workers
Mental health policies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
Mentally healthy workplaces
Dual diagnosis, mental health and AOD
Cross sections of the rural and remote community, service design and access
Social determinants of health
Consumer focused recovery, living with mental health issues
Digital and low intensity mental health programs

With 10 years of commitment to rural and remote health:

Information exchange + research + best practice outcomes + collaboration on prevention, treatment and recoveryEducation for professionals and products, services and delivery models for communities and everyday Australians


* subject to change

Half Day of Workshops 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Welcome Reception (tbc)

Plenary: 8:45am – 10:30am
Morning Tea: 10:30am – 11:00am
Plenary: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Breakouts: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Breakouts: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Networking Function: 5:00pm – 6:30pm (tbc)

Plenary: 9:00am – 10:30am
Morning Tea: 10:30am – 11:00am
Breakouts: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Plenary: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Symposium Close

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Reasons to Attend the 2018 Symposium

What’s Included?

Hear keynote presentations by renowned speakers
Have access to over 70 concurrent presentations, workshops and poster presentations
Participate in the discussion with Q&A opportunities
Attend the symposium networking function
Access the presenter podcasts to catch up on any sessions you may miss
Enjoy meals for the duration of the event including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Receive conference materials
Meet with exhibitors and receive industry updates
Receive a Certificate of Attendance to claim your PD points

Who’s Attending...

Aboriginal Health Practitioners
Chief Executive Officers, General Managers, Directors, Assistant Managers, Regional Managers & Program Managers
Clinical Nurses
Clinical Psychologists
Clinical Services Managers
Community Engagement Leaders
Departmental Officers
Lecturers, Professors, Researchers, Students & Other Academic Roles
Local/State/Federal Government
Mental Health Clinicians & MH Nurses

Who's Attending...

New Access Program Leads
Occupational Therapists
Peer Workers
Policy and Stakeholder Engagement Managers
Portfolio Managers
Principal Policy Officers
Senior Advocates
Sole Practitioners
Specialist Bereavement Counsellors
Speech Pathologists
Suicide Prevention Managers
Social Workers
Support Workers
Team Leaders
Youth Care Coordinators

Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
15-17 October 2018

10 Years of Symposium Highlights