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Highlights from the 2015 conference included:

The highlights for me were the discussions around primary health intervention, as well as advocacy and eligibility for the NDIS

Really positive to hear the lived experience accounts

Great couple of days and I enjoyed the variety of subjects discussed

Excellent speakers overall and I am pleased I came to the conference. I particularly enjoyed the presentations from David Butt and John Feneley

Highlights included hearing about successes in the sector, especially the Hunter's positive outcomes from the NDIS

Mental Health Conference  

Mental Health Conference

Championing the mental health reform, community development and funding for coordinating and delivering choice and individualised care

28 - 29 November 2016 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Book 3 delegates and 4th comes free - All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify. Please contact Customer Service on +61 (2) 9080 4307 or email to take up this offer.

There are a lot of exciting changes occurring in terms of mental health reform and the delivery of mental health care in 2016 and the 4th Annual National Mental Health Conference will bring together high-calibre speakers and delegates to discuss mental health policy reform, community development and funding for coordinating and delivering choice and individualised care, along with practical experiences in preparing for the NDIS and PHN implementation.

We are delighted to announce that keynote addresses will be given by:

  • Graeme Innes AM, Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner
  • Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Acting Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Deb Roberts, Director, Mental Health, National Disability Insurance Agency

Other speakers include:

  • Josh Fear, Director, Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia
  • Professor David Kavanagh, QUT and Director, e-Mental Health in Practice
  • Catherine Lourey, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • Raphael Chapman, Mental Health Advisor, Western NSW PHN
  • Julia Carroll, Connexions Program Coordinator, Jesuit Social Services
  • Kathryn Buxton, Team Leader Mental Health Support Services, Merri Health
  • Jenni Campbell, Executive Director, Murrumbidgee PHN
  • Arahni Sont, Consultant and Member of the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group
  • Amanda Bresnan, Executive Director, Community Mental Health Australia
  • David Meldrum, National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
  • Jax Jacki Brown, Disability & LGBTI Consultant
  • Todd Reynolds, Senior Support Worker, Centacare Anam Cara Mental Health Services
  • Karen Thomas-Goldsmith, General Manager – Strategy and Development, Connections Inc
  • Jenny Totterdell, Service Manager, Centacare Northgate Brisbane

Topics to be addressed include:

  • An Update on the NDIA
  • Disability and Mental Health: Making it Part of Every Day Life
  • The Current State of Mental Health Reform
  • Lived Experiences of Mental Health Reform and the NDIS
  • An Integrated Mental Health Model for Vulnerable Young People
  • Volunteers and Consumer Leaders: Strengthening and Supporting Mental Health Sector Change
  • Can we Define the System we are Reforming?
  • Digital Mental Health: Not Just Extra Resources, but a Revolution in Practice
  • The Implementation of the Stepped Care Model as a Framework to Formalise Sector Reform and Realignment
  • NDIS/FYI Preparing People with a Psycho-Social Disability for the NDIS
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the Nexus between Disability and Mental Illness in the Context of the NDIS and Collaboration between Sectors
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring State-Wide Transparency and Accountability when Funding is Devolved to Regional Levels though Health Services or Primary Health Networks
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Managing Sector Change within Community Mental Health
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