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27th TheMHS Conference, Sydney - August 2017

Embracing Change Through Innovation and Lived Experience

When:     29 August - 1 September 2017
Where:    Hilton, Sydney

Mental Health services across Australia and New Zealand have undergone unprecedented change over the past 10 years. Over the next 10 years we anticipate even more. Adherence to the principles of recovery and recognition of lived experience as key to mental health reform are expanding the range of choices beyond traditional illness management.

New models, new funding, new providers and the voices of people with a lived experience have informed us about change, innovation and different approaches to collectively improve our systems of mental health support. Embracing Change Through Innovation and Lived Experience is a theme that enables new directions and conversations which are based on building on the extraordinary strengths we find in individuals, families, and communities.

Click here for the Conference website.

Keynote Speakers
Lewi Mehl-Madrona
Faculty Pysician and Associate Professor in Family Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation, Orono, Maine, USA.

Flick Grey
Mental health consumer consultant, trainer, researcher, Intentional Peer Support facilitator and student of Open Dialogue.

Mike Slade
Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.

Palliative and Aged Care Forum, Melbourne - June 2017

Re-Thinking and Improving End-of-life & Ageing Care for Senior Citizens

When:      14 – 15 June 2017
                 Post Forum Site Visit & Workshops:  16 June 2017 
Where:     Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

“How can our elders live well and eventually die well?” is a question that people working in a compassionate sector like the aged care industry often ask themselves. In the face of a global silver tsunami, ensuring quality of ageing life for elders with escalating health complexities and needs, has become a national and international matter. Click here for more information on the website.

The Australian government have begun to address the issue of a growing ageing population by introducing and strongly advocating Palliative Care, a life enhancing care into the aged care system. However, such advocacy was countered with negative connotation as many elders and aged care providers still perceive Palliative Care as a form of care strictly for terminally ill patients. Nevertheless, research has proven that Palliative Care, a comfort oriented, supportive and symptom management care can ensure a better quality of life for people, especially our elders who are entering old age, facing receding physical and mental capability. So how exactly can we, as aged care providers ensure palliative care and aged care to go hand in hand with the ultimate aim to improve the overall quality of life for our senior citizens?

Any questions or inquiries, please contact Clariden Admissions Office at +61 3 9909 7310.

Death, Dying and Disposal 13: Ritual, Religion and Magic Conference, UK - September 2017

In popular western culture the number 13 is often unlucky, evoking superstition, or witches. Yet there were 13 members of the last supper, Friday the 13 is lucky in Italy and in Judaism it is the age for rites of passage.

When:    6 - 10 September 2017

Where:   University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
The theme for this DDD is Ritual, Religion and Magic its perception interpretation and role in healthcare, death, dying, and burial.
Individual papers might include, but are not restricted to: death technology and magic, liminality, religion and spirituality in end of life care, ethics and culture at the deathbed, dying inside (and outside) of modern health care, spirituality and the death of animals, rites of passage in dying, superstition and funerals, ritual application in preparing the corpse and burring the dead. Emergent religious and cultural practices in the disposal of the dead, ancestors online, Death, dying and grief in public and on the internet. Talking with the dead, the dead in popular horror, the dead in witchcraft execution or haunting or social rituals associated with the dead body, spirituality or lifeways and deathways.

Contact information
For Academic enquiries please contact Duncan Sayer via and for any other enquiries please contact Liz Roberts via or +44 (0) 1772 892650

For further information, please visit the conference website.

12th National Allied Health Conference, Sydney - August 2017

Stronger Together

The National Allied Health Conference Organising Committee is delighted to present the 12th National Allied Health Conference Sydney Australia for all Allied Health. This premiere conference will be held at Sydney International Convention Centre with pre and post conference workshops scheduled for the 26th and 29th respectively. Hear a range of eminent speakers explore the current and emerging issues that will shape the future for Allied Health. As the focus of health policy shifts to the management of complexity in primary care, Allied Health will be Stronger Together.

When:     26 - 29 August 2017
Where:    International Convention Centre (ICC) Darling Harbour Sydney

As Australia works toward a truly integrated health care system that delivers seamless, holistic care across a persons lifespan, Allied Health Professionals are well placed to:
  *  provide responsive services across sectors and locations in a market increasingly driven by consumer choice
  *  develop a resilient workforce by building capacity and capability to meet the health needs of our communities
  *  deliver effective and efficient services informed by reliable systems

The conference will provide a forum for Allied Health professions to gather from every service setting: private sector, public health, non-government organisations and government agencies. Delegates will consider solutions to the challenges posed by major health reforms such as the NDIS, the management of chronic diseases, and the interface between acute and primary care. Click here for more information.

You are invited to submit an abstract or poster proposal for presentation at the 12th National Allied Health Conference. Proposals should address the conference theme of "Stronger Together: responsive services, reliable systems and resilient workforce" and be of interest to allied health professionals working in all sectors. We encourage submissions of research, practice improvement activities or quality improvement projects which address the themes of the conference. The scientific committee is pleased to offer mentoring in abstract preparation for colleagues who would like additional support.

Abstract submissions close 17 March 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance 15 April 2017
Conference registration opens for delegates and presenters March 2017
Deadline for Presenters to register 30 June 2017
Conference registration close date 26 July 2017

Australian Palliative Care Conference, Adelaide - September 2017

Connection with Community

The biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for anyone who is interested in quality palliative care at the end of life. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this unrivalled personal development opportunity.

When:    6 – 8 September 2017
Where:   Adelaide Convention Centre SA

The conference will attract decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, those who influence policy and the people involved in the latest research and thinking about palliative care. You will meet clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and others who have a passion for palliative care. You’ll also be mixing with providers of palliative care, volunteers and consumers.

Call for abstracts open Monday 6 February  Please submit your abstract by Tuesday 18 April 2017. The theme of the conference is Connection with Community. This theme challenges us to examine how we connect, who we connect with and how effectively our connections can strengthen and build a community of practice and care within palliative care. Click here for the themes and sub-themes as well as further details about this conference.

Spiritual Care Australia Annual Conference, Surfers Paradise - May 2017

Engaging a Mosaic of Care

When:     7th - 10th May 2017

Where:    Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Queensland

As spiritual carers, we find ourselves being one piece in the mosaic of care encountered by each individual. Our gaze and our concern must be first and foremost for that individual. Sometimes only the spiritual carer sees all the pieces that make up the mosaic of the individual, whilst also knowing the whole mosaic or system in which the individual may feel themselves to be only a small piece. Exciting speakers, stimulating and practical keynote sessions and a diverse range of workshops will help us grow as spiritual care professionals.  We will focus on the mosaic that is each individual we encounter, as well as the mosaic in which we work.

For more information click here and download the poster with a list of the keynote speakers.

Ageing in a Foreign Land, Adelaide - June 2017

Flinders University presents the 4th International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land - the theme for 2017 is Hope, Strength and Meaning

When:      21st - 22nd June 2017

Where:     Adelaide, South Australia

Building on an international theme, the title of the conference - ‘Ageing in a Foreign Land’ - highlights the important issue of ageing from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) perspective. This unique conference with a multicultural perspective journeys into the deep cultural, spiritual, and linguistic areas of ageing amongst CALD communities. It represents a stimulating and colourful cross disciplinary and cross generational insight into our noiseless, but not silent, ethnic communities and neighborhoods. We welcome attendance and participation from academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, service providers, aged care workers, and the community. Further information available from the website.   

Keynote Speakers

Rev Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM, FACN, PhD
Registered nurse and a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia and adjunct Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.

Professor Iris Chi
School of Social Work, University of Southern California; Holder of the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly; Consultant, World Health Organization; Honorary Professor, Peking University

Dr Heather Booth
Associate Professor of Demography, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, and lead on the Group on Longevity, Ageing and Mortality (GLAM)

Early bird registrations close 30th April 2017


9th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute, Washington - July 2017

The George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health
When:      10th - 13th July 2017

Where:     Washington DC

Please save the date for the 9th Annual Spirituality & Health Summer Institute! This event is a unique experience for those looking to delve further into the field of spirituality and health, and offers excellent opportunities for learning, networking, and reflection. Stay tuned for the call for posters, as well as the opening of registration.
About the Spirituality & Health Summer Institute:
At this conference, we review and discuss new research findings in spirituality and health, learn to identify and treat spiritual distress in the clinical setting, and share innovative clinical and educational models. The conference design is geared to foster creative dialogues with speakers and other participants, and to allow participants to reflect on their role in integrating spirituality - broadly defined - into clinical care.

For more information, please visit our website

Call for Poster Presentations
Deadline to Submit: May 15, 2017
We invite you to submit a 250-word abstract for a poster that addresses the issues at the intersection of spirituality and healthcare. Although we invite proposals on the full range of topics related to spirituality and healthcare, preference will be given to those that focus on state of science in spirituality in health, the role of interdisciplinary teams in the development of a biopsychosocialspiritual treatment/care plan, models of excellence for integrating spirituality-based care in clinical practice, compassion and spiritual practices, and reflective rounds in professional education. Proposals will be selected based on their application to the above themes, quality, and scholarship.

Click here for the abstract submission guidelines.




International Conference on Trauma & Mental Health, Jerusalem - May 2017

Advances in Diagnosis and Management

Presenting the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of PTSD from the world’s leading researchers. Learn of the latest research and the outcomes achieved in the areas of trauma, attachment and grief. Hear how new findings can benefit your practice. The world’s leading experts on trauma and grief will be gathering for this conference and it will be relevant to mental health workers, pastoral care workers, paramedics, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and medical personnel. The timing of the conference also coincides with Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) which is a beautiful celebration of the city in Springtime.

When:     21st - 23rd May 2017

Where:    Jerusalem, Israel

Visit for full details on speakers, accommodation, program, registration and extra-curricular activities

Art of Presence - 12th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat, Assisi - August 2017

George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.

We invite you to join us in Assisi, Italy, for our 12th Annual Art of Presence retreat

When:       17th - 23rd August 2017
Where:      Assisi Italy

Health professionals and providers from many disciplines involved in caring for patients and families, from all faiths, beliefs, and cultures are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary retreat designed to provide respite and renewal, reflection and nourishment, and to re-ignite one's original call to serve others. For more information click here.

The Assisi retreat is facilitated by:
     Christina Puchalski, M.D. - Renowned Healthcare Clinician & Educator
     Michael Stillwater - Musical Artist and Educator
     Doris Laesser Stillwater, Dipl. Psych. FH  -  Contemplative Psychologist
     Edward O'Donnell -  Spiritual Director and Educator  




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