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18th International Mental Health Conference - Gold Coast, August 2017

This year’s conference will examine a range of issues from the perspective of Primary Interventions, Promoting Recovery, Prevention and the latest Policy Initiatives.

When:     Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017 

Where:    Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

Mental health awareness and well-being strategies remain urgent public concerns.  The Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians and how we can influence, educate and promote change.

Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes for absenteeism from work and early retirement all over Australia. Maintaining good mental health at the workplace is therefore not only essential for the individual but also a challenge facing business and society as a whole. There is considerable business and political interest in tackling poor mental health at work.

Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading practitioners, academics, researchers, mental health experts, NGO’s and policy makers, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals).  All delegates will have access to the program podcast library and Book of Proceedings included in their registration fees.

Click here for more information and to register.

9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health - Albury October 2017

This year our Symposium's theme will be Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People First.

When:    Thursday 12 – Friday 13 October 2017 (optional half day of workshops on Wednesday 11 October)
Where:   Commercial Club, Albury NSW

The National Mental Health Commission, in its review, recognised the importance of rural mental health with 6.9 million (29%) Australians living in remote, rural and regional communities. The number of Australians experiencing mental health problems in rural and remote areas is comparable to that in Sydney and Melbourne combined. However, rural and remote communities face challenges with limited access to support services, and high suicide rates. Anxiety, depression, stress, grief and other mental health problems can often occur with many rural communities being affected by environmental threats and economic downturn. In recent years we have endured severe drought, flooding, bushfires and cyclones, which puts stress on rural and regional farming and business communities.

Thanks to the work of this Symposium, its delegates, and the National Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health the profile and the importance of rural mental health is receiving more recognition than ever. The anticipated establishment of a Rural Health Commissioner offers further opportunities to influence and improve the mental health of rural communities. With the launch of the 5th National National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Equally Well National Consensus Statement on the physical health of people living with mental illness, and the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Symposium presents and invaluable opportunity to learn, network and collaborate as we seek to understand and apply these initiatives into rural mental health practice.

This year we will examine new and innovative approaches to care, recovery oriented practice, ageing communities, meaningful consumer and carer participation, current academic research, service integration, capacity-building, suicide prevention, physical health and mental illness, E-mental health and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.

The symposium will include keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and workshops that develop skills related specifically to the mental health needs of our rural and remote communities, and ways to effectively prepare mental health and other rural human service professionals to meet future challenges. Click here for more information.

Parliament of the World’s Religions - Toronto November 2018

The next international gathering of the Parliament of the World's Religions has been announced. 

When:  1 - 7 November 2018

Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.”

He continues, “As one of the most international, multicultural, and religiously pluralistic cities in the world, Toronto provides a perfect venue for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. More than 140 languages are spoken every day, and at least 47% of Toronto’s population speak a native language other than French or English. Over half were born outside of Canada, representing more than 200 ethnic origins.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory added his support for a Toronto Parliament, saying: “Nowhere is our diversity more evident than in the variety of places of worship you can find in communities across Toronto. These institutions are an integral part of the social fabric of our city . . . [and] our faith communities help build bridges of mutual understanding and make Toronto a welcoming place for people of all beliefs.”
In the coming 18 months, the 2018 Parliament program will be developed in close consultation with Toronto itself, as well as with religious and civic stakeholders across Canada and around the world, so that the event reflects the perspectives and priorities of multiple faiths and ideologies.

Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea, Parliament Ambassador and Interfaith Chaplain who serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Toronto Interfaith Council, will be among those introducing the 2018 event to groups across Ontario.

He said, “more than a symbol, the Parliament is an instrument of peace. This is why the Parliament of the World’s Religions will be converging on Toronto in 2018.”

Click here for more information.


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.

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.

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.

 Click here for further details about this conference.


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