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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

 

Agenda

CONFERENCE DAY ONE
Monday 28th November 2016

Day One | Day Two

 

08:50    OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

David Meldrum, National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

 

09:00    KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Disability and Mental Health: Making it Part of Every Day Life

Graeme Innes AM, Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner

 

09:40    The Current State of Mental Health Reform

  • What areas of reform are currently underway? How do they intersect?
  • What are the biggest risks to successful reform?
  • What needs to be in place on the ground to ensure success? What needs to happen at the national and state levels?
  • How will we know if we’ve succeeded?

Josh Fear, Director, Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia

 

10:20    Morning refreshments and networking

 

10:50    Digital Mental Health: Not Just Extra Resources, but a Revolution in Practice

Digital resources give unparalleled access to information, and are shifting the power balance between clients and therapists. A range of psychological treatments have demonstrated effective transfer to digital platforms, especially when coaching is provided. E-mental health can provide unlimited support in the natural environment, whenever and wherever it is needed. When practitioners harness the power of digital resources, they can therefore increase the efficiency and impact of clinical sessions. These emerging models of integrated practice pose significant challenges for training and continuing education, which must urgently be addressed.

Professor David Kavanagh, QUT and Director, e-Mental Health in Practice

 

LIVED EXPERIENCES OF MENTAL HEALTH REFORM AND THE NDIS

 

11:30    Mental Health Reform and the NDIS- A Carer’s Perspective

A Carer Representative

 

11.55    A Lived Experience of Mental Health Reform and the NDIS - The Consumer's Perspective

Michael Burge OAM, Consumer Advocate / Wellness Warrior, National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF)

 

12:20    CASE STUDY | Leading the Implementation of the Stepped Care Model at Murrumbidgee PHN

Jenni Campbell, Executive Director, Murrumbidgee PHN

 

13.00    Lunch and networking break

 

14:00    CASE STUDY | An Integrated Mental Health Model for Vulnerable Young People

  • The unique elements of the programs model-soft entry into the mental health system; an arts and music studio ‘engagement hub’; non-time limited, and sustained support; a flexible counselling, therapeutic and outreach response; holistic support and integrated pathways
  • How we work with young people and their pathways into and out of the program
  • Highlight the key learnings and challenges in integrating diverse programs and approaches

Julia Carroll, Connexions Program Coordinator, Jesuit Social Services

 

14:40    Volunteers and Consumer Leaders: Strengthening and Supporting Mental Health Sector Change

  • Mental health sector change provides opportunities for creativity and innovation        
  • The role and value of volunteers within mental health programs
  • The importance of developing, cultivating and supporting opportunities for consumer leadership     
  • Looking beyond traditional support     

Kathryn Buxton, Team Leader Mental Health Support Services, Merri Health

 

15.20    Afternoon refreshment break and networking

 

15:40    CASE STUDY | Centacare Anam Cara Transitional Housing Program (THP)

  • THP, commenced 2007, in Brisbane region across two houses - 24/7 and day support
  • Over 100 individuals have participated
  • Psychosocial support, based on recovery model, community /residential setting
  • No funding attached to individual
  • Step up/Step down depending on individual need

Todd Reynolds, Senior Support Worker, Centacare Anam Cara Mental Health Services

 

16.20    PANEL DISCUSSION | Managing Sector Change within Community Mental Health

  • How do we maintain a focus on recovery and rehabilitation in the reform process, and is reform moving away from this?
  • The role and importance of psychosocial supports and services
  • Supporting the workforce and maintaining a qualified workforce
  • How can community organisations stay viable through rapid change
  • Addressing remote access – including the more remote the less likely people are able to purchase services if they have an NDIS package

Facilitated by: Amanda Bresnan, Executive Director, Community Mental Health Australia

Panellists: Kathryn Buxton, Team Leader Mental Health Support Services, Merri Health
Karen Thomas-Goldsmith, General Manager – Strategy and Development, Connections Inc
David Meldrum, National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia

                                             

17.10    Closing remarks from the Chair

  

17.20    NETWORKING DRINKS | Informa invites all speakers and delegates to an informal drinks reception to discuss the day’s issues and network with their peers

  

CONFERENCE DAY TWO
Tuesday 29th  November 2016

Day One | Day Two

 

 09:00    OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

 

09:10    KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Can we Define the System we are Reforming?

Australia talks a lot about system reform. What defines the system?

  • Do our different subsystems best suit bureaucracies or service users?
  • Are our reform efforts making a difference?
  • How do we make best use of our collective effort?

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Acting Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission

 

9:50      KEYNOTE ADDRESS | An Update from the NDIA

Deb Roberts, Director, Mental Health, National Disability Insurance Agency

 

10:30    CASE STUDY | The Implementation of the Stepped Care Model as a Framework to Formalise Sector Reform and Realignment

This presentation will look at the implementation process in the Western NSW Primary Health Network, with a focus on the development of the Stepped Care model as a framework to formalise sector reform and realignment, and as a proactive process to address the complex systems issues raised by phenomenon such as the ‘missing middle’.

Raphael Chapman, Mental Health Adviser, Western NSW PHN

 

11.10    Morning refreshments and networking break

 

11:40    NDIS/FYI Preparing People with a Psycho-Social Disability for the NDIS

  • Sharing the learnings from delivering the NDIS Participant Readiness Initiative throughout Queensland since 2014
  • Connections have developed many tools to assist in this process, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

Karen Thomas-Goldsmith, General Manager – Strategy and Development, Connections Inc

 

12.20    INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION | Ensuring State-Wide Transparency and Accountability when Funding is Devolved to Regional Levels through Health Services or Primary Health Networks

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Acting Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
David Meldrum, National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Jenni Campbell, Executive Director, Murrumbidgee PHN
Raphael Chapman, Mental Health Adviser, Western NSW PHN

             

13:10    Lunch and networking break

 

14.10    CASE STUDY | Breaking down the Barriers

  • The Merry Hearts Choir-Breaking down the barrier  
  • Delivering best practice services for people who live with mental illness
  • Demonstrating qualities of leadership, vision and innovation
  • Demonstrating effective collaboration and consultation with consumers, their family and/or carers and other relevant agencies

Jenny Totterdell, Service Manager, Centacare Northgate Brisbane

 

14.50    CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION | Understanding the Nexus between Disability and Mental Illness in the Context of the NDIS and Collaboration between Sectors

Facilitated by: Arahni Sont, Consultant and Member of the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group

Panellists: Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck, Acting Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
Jenni Campbell, Executive Director, Murrumbidgee PHN
Raphael Chapman, Mental Health Adviser, Western NSW PHN
Jax Jacki Brown, Disability & LGBTI Consultant
Josh Fear, Director, Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia

 

15.40    Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference

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