10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

15 – 17 October 2018

Symposium Partners

The Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held on Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

The Symposium is celebrating 10 years of important discussions 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 will be 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 look forward to meeting you in October.

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


  • Commissioner Catherine Lourey, NSW Mental Health Commission

Monday 15 October - Suicide Prevention Pre Symposium Education Day

Challenges for Rural & Remote Suicide Panel

  • Ms Tracey Martin Cole, Director, Psychology CAFFE
  • Mr Robert Waterman, CEO of Rural Health Tasmania
  • Charles Anderson, Organisational Trainer, Wellways
  • Moderator: Mr Ian McMichael, Chair, Rural Alive & Well (RAW)

Implementing evidence-based integrated approaches to suicide prevention in remote locations


  • Ms Sue Hackeney, Suicide Prevention Manager, Western NSW Primary Health Network
  • Ms Chez Curnow,  Mental Health and AOD Manager, Country South Australia Primary Health Network
  • Ms Jenna Roberts, Suicide Prevention Manager, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network
  • Ms Jacki Ward, Suicide Prevention Manager, Western Australia Primary Health Alliance
  • Moderator: Ms Steffanie von Helle, Senior Implementation Manager, Black Dog Institute

Suicide Prevention Workshops

There will be 3 workshops with the following facilitators:

  • Dr Annette Beautrais, Adjunct Professor, School of Health Services, University of Canterbury
  • Professor David Perkins, Professor of Rural Health Research, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, The University of Newcastle
  • Facilitator TBA, Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Workshop

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Important Dates

Draft Program:
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Presenter Registration Due:
Monday 3 September 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes:
Monday 3 September 2018

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