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National Mental Health Summit

Articulating real challenges & discussing effective strategies for provision of mental health care services in Australia

November 2021

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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

Emily Hart

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

Darren Jiggins

Consumer Representative and Executive Board Member, Lived Experience Australia (LEA)

Tony Stevenson

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


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

PJ Menon

Senior Youth Counsellor, Headspace Midland & Youth Focus, LGBTQI+ Leadership Group, PACFA

Janey McGoldrick

Head of Implementation, Discovery & Innovation, Black Dog Institute

Angus Clelland

CEO, Mental Health Victoria

Genna Upson

Associate in the NDIS Practice, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Kathi Boorman

CEO, One Door Mental Health

A/Prof Morton Rawlin

Medical Director, Royal Flying Doctor Service, RACGP

Julie Borninkhof

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

Heather Nowak

SA Mental Health Commissioner

A/Prof Nicola Hancock

Lead, Mental Health Stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP), The University of Sydney

Scott Donatti

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?

Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Accessible from your devices
Learning and networking is now at your fingertips – the conferences and matchmaking platform is accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices

Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries

Business Matchmaking Live
Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.

Live and On-Demand
Wherever you are in the world, view the presentations at your leisure – either live or on-demand you’ll never miss a session.

Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!


View our virtual platform in the video below.


Still have a question?

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 02 9080 4432

Katrina Bowns
Conference Producer
+61 02 9080 406

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