Share your research, projects or experience with an audience passionate about making a difference to rural and remote mental health

Program Topics

Suicide and Self Harm Prevention

  • Community programs
  • Suicide risk assessments
  • Evidence based updates, challenges and trends in rural & remote locations

Child and Youth Mental Health

  • Behaviour and conduct management within schools
  • Early intervention and the role of the family
  • Solutions for supporting serious mental health issues

Mental Health Policy

  • NDIS transition and delivery in remote regions
  • Building partnerships between agencies, inter-agency collaboration
  • Funding, evaluation and planning to deliver supports in remote areas
  • Primary Health Network implementation
  • Mental health and wellbeing, preventative
  • Linking localised services, stronger voice to national arena

Supporting Rural and (very) Remote Mental Health Workers

  • Development of the peer support network
  • Assessing the worker, right fit for rural and remote work
  • Consumer and carer
  • Wellbeing initiatives

Digital Health

  • Tele-psychology
  • Psychology practice in rural areas
  • E-health, learnings

Community Effectiveness and Involvement

  • Mental health localised leadership
  • Social Determinants of Health, support and services
  • Primary Health Networks (PHN) challenges and successes
  • Strategy for physical health to improve mental wellness
  • Consumer and carer support and learnings

Low Intensity Mental Health Programs

  • Implementation of low intensity service
  • Moving from stepped care to low intensity care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse, Ageing Population, Farmers

  • Mental health access, service delivery and support
  • Co-designing programs and services from the ground up

Mental Health, AOD and Health Considerations

  • Programs that address the correlation of dual diagnosis
  • Treatment within a rural and remote context, service delivery
  • Palliative mental health
  • Long term physical health conditions

Service Design and Access

  • Accessing services
  • Stepped care model
  • Occupational health challenges

Cultural Considerations

  • Racism, lack of respect for cultural needs
  • Stigma of mental health professionals
  • Cultural engagement of non-indigenous professionals

Open Topics

The Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium currently has availabilities for

Oral Presenters

Oral presentations run for 30 minutes (20-minute presentation and 10-minute Q&A time with the audience).

When submitting a presentation to become an oral presenter, outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study you’re presenting.

Papers not selected for oral presentation may be given the option of a poster presentation.

90 Minute Panel Presenters

Panel presentations bring together views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is comprised of two components:

Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.

Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

Each panel will consist of a chair and at least 3 panellists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster Presenters

Poster presentations combine text and graphics highlighting one or more of the conference topics and will be displayed in catering areas for the duration of the conference. This gives you the opportunity to connect and network with conference attendees, while delving deeper into your poster topic and how you are making an active contribution.

Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Workshop Presenters

Workshop presentations run for 90 minutes and are designed in an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation – this is your time to shine!

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

  • INFLUENCE Place yourself and your organisation before an audience of 200+ professionals in mental health
  • SHAREProvide insight into your research, experience or plans for advancing Australia’s rural and remote mental health industry
  • NETWORKIncrease your industry connections for potential new partnerships or business advancement
  • INFORMUse your presentation to inform your audience what you are doing to actively progress mental health in our rural and remote areas
  • CONTRIBUTEHelp to spread ideas and inspiration for a strong, successful and supported mental health network all around Australia

Important Dates

Abstracts close Friday 28 June 2019
Notification to authors Fri 19 July 2019
Author acceptances Fri 26 July 2019
Draft program available Tues 6 August 2019
Presenter registration and payment Fri 30 August 2019
Full papers for peer review Fri 13 September 2019
Early bird registrations close Fri 13 September 2019
Full paper for non-peer review Fri 18 October 2019

Australian Journal of Rural Health.

Peer-reviewed papers from the proceedings of the Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will be eligible for the Australian Journal of Rural Health. For submission details, you can download the guidelines here.