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Mental Health Models & Facilities Forum

Building better mental health models and facilities in Australia

25 July 2024 | Crown Promenade Melbourne

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This specialised forum will bring together a mix of stakeholders from both public and private for productive cross sector discussion on improving mental health models and facilities in Australia.

What can we learn from emerging innovative models? What do we need to do to enable new models of care for different cohorts? What are the challenges and opportunities with shifting funding models for mental health? How do we ensure we are delivering the right workforce and leveraging multidisciplinary teams to ensure better patient care? How do we need to rethink facilities design and planning for new models? These are just some of the questions to be explored in this critical one-day forum.

Key topics include:

  • History of psychiatry in health precincts
  • Innovative models of care in mental health
  • Innovative mental health facilities for better modern care
  • Integrating technology for personalised mental health solutions
  • Evolving paradigms in mental health system and funding
  • Accessibility and inclusivity in mental health facility design
  • Next vision for Australia


Prof Vlasios Brakoulias

Conjoint Professor, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Ravi Carothers

Head of Health Fund Relations and Revenue, Healthe Care

Prof Tarun Bastiampillai

Professor of Psychiatry, Flinders University, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University, Consultant Psychiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, South Australia

Dr Kerryn Rubin

Clinical Director of Mental Health Service, Peninsula Health

Prof Bruce Singh

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne

Justin James

Chief Executive Officer, HIF

Prof Jayashri Kulkarni AM

Director HER Centre Australia, Monash University

Tom Patrick

Partner, Head of Healthcare Property, Barwon Investment Partners

A/Prof Bridget Hamilton

Director, Centre for Mental Health Nursing, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Maya Zerman

Founder, Dialectical Consulting

A/Prof Vinay Lakra

Divisional Director, Mental Health, Northern Health

Mark Lacey

Senior Consumer Consultant, Mental Health, Grampians Health

Prof Richard Newton

Consultant Psychiatrist, Peninsula Mental Health Service; Adjunct Professor, Monash University

A/Prof Sathya Rao OAM

Executive Clinical Director, Spectrum (part of Eastern Health), President, Australasian Association for Research & Treatment of Personality Disorders (AART-PD)

Karen McKendrick

Assistant Director Capital Works, Forensicare

Collins Munetsi

Project Manager - Clinical, Forensicare

Hediyeh Vahdat

Managing Director, Lineaire Projects, Non Executive Director, Karitane, Academic, School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Academic, School of Population Health and Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of NSW , Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Royal North Shore Hospital


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:05 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Prof Richard Newton, Consultant Psychiatrist, Peninsula Mental Health Service; Adjunct Professor, Monash University

9:10 am

OPENING KEYNOTE | History of Psychiatry in Precincts

Prof Bruce Singh, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne

9:40 am

  • Success requires the commitment of all key stakeholders.
  • Understanding new models of care required education and training.
  • Trauma-informed care models need to consider the staff providing care.
  • Carer and consumer involvement using co-design principles is pivotal.


10:10 am

  • The need for Women-only units
  • Current design, women-focussed programmes
  • Outcome so far & future directions

10:40 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:10 am

Retrofit or new build – towards a vision of excellence at Northern Health

A/Prof Vinay Lakra, Divisional Director, Mental Health, Northern Health

11:40 am

  • How to secure adequate funding to meet growing demand for services and innovative model of care?
  • Are there opportunities for collaboration between public and private sectors? Any learnings from the two?
  • Are there funding priorities within the clinical model of care?
  • Any examples of successful innovative funding strategies or partnerships?

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

  • What are the current trends in Australia, what factors are driving these trends?
  • Do government policies influence private investment strategies?
  • Any specific features or services investors prioritize when assessing opportunities?
  • What are the potential risks and challenges?


2:15 pm

  • The Thomas Embling Hospital is Victoria’s secure forensic mental health hospital providing care and treatment for people living with a serious mental illness in, or at risk of entering, the justice system.
  • As one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system the Victorian Government is investing $515.7m to deliver 82 additional beds at the hospital, including a 34-bed dedicated women’s precinct.
  • Forensicare will provide an overview of the project and how it will transform delivery of forensic mental health care, and how this project is be delivered without compromising safe and quality care as the hospital continues operating.

2:45 pm

  • A comprehensive Model of Care that includes primary, public and private mental health systems and locals will be proposed
  • A care competency framework for Mental Health Clinicians will be discussed
  • A Personality Disorder Initiative of the department of health that was successfully completed will be presented

3:15 pm

Networking Break & Afternoon Tea

3:45 pm

KEYNOTE | Outlook for Australia

Prof Tarun Bastiampillai, Professor of Psychiatry, Flinders University, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University, Consultant Psychiatrist, Flinders Medical Centre, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, South Australia

4:15 pm

  • What does the future model of care look like?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating community-driven mental health programs into existing healthcare systems and infrastructure?
  • How will technology and digital innovations shape the future, such as virtual therapy platforms, remote monitoring systems, and artificial intelligence-driven interventions?

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

End of Day 1 & Networking Drinks



Packages Price
Standard Pass$1695+GST
Virtual Pass$1595+GST
Extras Price
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Reconnect and re-engage with your industry peers at the Mental Health Models & Facilities Forum.

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as the annual Networking Dinner, networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318

Event Code of Conduct

This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour – because actions can impact others and everyone has a role to play in getting it right.

Anyone not following these rules or behaving in an unacceptable way will be asked – and expected – to stop doing so immediately and may be removed from the event. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

when & where

25 Jul 2024

Crown Promenade, Melbourne
Power Street Reserve,
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the night of 24 July 2024.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.


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