The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant negative mental health impact on people across Australia and the world. A potent combination of social isolation, increased anxiety and financial and economic pressures mean Australia’s community is more vulnerable to mental ill-health than ever, placing significant stress on a mental health sector already in crisis.
The National Mental Health Summit of 2020 will examine the pre-existing challenges facing the mental health sector in Australia exacerbated by the pandemic and explore where there are opportunities for intervention, innovation and sustainable reform which are now more urgent than ever.
The conference will feature insightful presentations and interactive panels offering the opportunity to discuss key questions and network with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Topics and Discussion Points:
- How can we leverage the disruption and negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for positive, sustainable reform?
- What are the public policy responses to the mental health impacts of COVID-19 that are most likely to deliver real benefits?
- Co-design in the provision of mental health services – What does this mean & how can we make it reality?
- Driving stakeholder engagement from start to finish
- Exploring solutions to the ‘missing middle’ – the role and design of PHNs and effective service provision
- Emerging innovations and adaptations e.g. scaled-up models of e-health solutions and stronger coordination between different levels of government and service providers
- Addressing the crisis within the hospital ED
- Strengthening the community sector and the peer workforce
- Models of care and best practice for early intervention and prevention
- Commissioning services for outcomes not outputs
- How to improve the integration of services
- Complaints procedures with NDIS – clarifying the interrelatin between PHNs, their services and the NDIA
- End user engagement for medications
- Tools & techniques for measuring outcomes – How do we know we are having an impact?
- Addressing the gaps within the workforce
Janne McMahon OAM
Founder and Executive Director, Dual Winner, Australian Mental Health Prize 2018, Lived Experience Australia
Professor Ian Hickie
Co-Director, Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre and Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health, Translational Research Collective, University of Sydney
Professor John Mendoza
Executive Director, Mental Health and Prison Health, former chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and former chief executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
A/Prof Jill Benson AM
Medical Director, Spinifex Health Service, Tjuntjuntjara, Senior Medical Educator, GPEx, South Australia, Clinical Associate Professor, Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM
Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University
Consumer Representative and Executive Board Member, Lived Experience Australia (LEA)
CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia Inc (MIFA)
Dr Gávi Ansara
Psychotherapist, Clinical Educator, & Clinical Director, Ansara Psychotherapy Clinic & Imanadari Counselling Victoria (Boon Wurrung country, Kulin Nations)
Dr Richard Lakeman
Senior Lecturer & Course Coordinator for SCU Online Post Graduate Mental Health Programmes, Southern Cross University
A/Prof Charlotte Hespe
Chair, NSW & ACT, RACGP
Professor Sharon Lawn
SA Mental Health Commissioner
Dr Warren Kealy-Bateman
Previous Chair of the Committee for Training, RANZCP, Clinical Director Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Western NSW LHD
Senior Youth Counsellor, Headspace Midland & Youth Focus, LGBTQI+ Leadership Group, PACFA
Head of Implementation, Discovery & Innovation, Black Dog Institute
CEO, Mental Health Victoria
Associate in the NDIS Practice, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
CEO, One Door Mental Health
A/Prof Morton Rawlin
Medical Director, Royal Flying Doctor Service, RACGP
CEO, PANDA and Former Deputy CEO, NWMPHN
Associate Professor Samuel Harvey
Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Discovery, Black Dog Institute
Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin
Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation, The University of Newcastle
SA Mental Health Commissioner
A/Prof Nicola Hancock
Lead, Mental Health Stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP), The University of Sydney
Youth Access Clinician, Counselling Sexologist, Headspace Midland
Professor Greg Murray
Director, Centre for Mental Health, Swinburn University of Technology
Benefits to Attending Virtually
The National Mental Health Summit as a Virtual Event.
The health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff is our top priority. That is why the Summit will now run as a virtual event. We are delighted to present an innovative and easy-to-use format for the event which allows for greater participation from delegates. It will be hosted on a sophisticated, fully interactive platform that encourages communication through instant chat and video meetings. This event has a longer life span, having access to the excellent networking capabilities for one month after, but also access to the quality content after the event.
Why attend the virtually delivered National Mental Health Summit?
View our virtual platform in the video below.