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Join us as we explore the theme of Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People First

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper at 9th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium be held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017 are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

All proposals received will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission on Wednesday 17 August 2016.

Note: Presenting authors for Oral and Poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted rate is offered on the full registration fee for all presenters.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts Open:  April 2017
  •  Abstracts Close: 7 July 2017
  • Notification to Authors: 21 July 2017
  • Author Acceptances Due:  4 August 2017
  • Draft Program Available: 7 August 2017
  • Presenter Amendments: 25 August 2017
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: 1 September 2017
  •  Presenter Registrations Close: 30 August 2017
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: 30 August 2017
  • Non-Peer Review Papers:  29 September 2017

Conference Topics

Structural Reform

  • Primary Health Networks and rural mental health partnership
  • Impact on rural and remote locations and service provision
  • Stepped care
  • NDIS, PIR and mental illness
  • Regional services integration

Harnessing Digital Information

  • Integrating digital mental health in rural communities
  • Innovative solutions
  • Ehealth

Looking after the rural mental health workforce

  • Recovery orientated practice
  • Developing leadership in rural mental health
  • Training and development of rural and remote staff
  • Consumer participation
  • Integrating the peer workforce

Integrated Care, physical and mental health

  • Physical health of people living with mental health
  • Holistic Care
  • Provision of tailored programs
  • Working together, local solutions

Innovative Practices

  • Community driven initiatives
  • Peer workforce development

Indigenous Mental Health

  • Issues and challenges
  • Training of mental health workers, indigenous

Child and Youth Mental Health

  • Early intervention
  • Planning and delivery

Open Topics

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 20 minutes duration. The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

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

Workshops – 11 October 2017
Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Conference theme and topics.

Posters will be displayed in the venue foyer and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Peer Review

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed published in the Book of Proceedings with an ISBN. Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is 30 August 2017.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference blog, Book of Abstracts, email promotion.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.  All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

Symposium Secretariat
Ph: 0478 958 841  Fax: 07 5527 3298

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