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2nd Annual Mental Health & NDIS Conference - Melbourne Oct/Nov 2018

Mental Health Policy, Practice & Reform: Getting It Right In A Time Of Change

When:       Wednesday 31 October - Thursday 1 November 2018

Where:      Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Proudly organised by Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia, abstracts focusing on the conference themes are now welcomed:
•    Implementation of the 5th National Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Plan
•    The intersection of physical & mental health
•    Integrated service models
•    Co-design / co-production of mental health service delivery
•    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
•    Integration of the NDIS into the broader health system
•    Service quality & safety

 Our Master of Ceremonies this year will be the Dr. Norman Swan, host of ABC Radio National’s Health Report.

The event will feature keynote presentations from international and Australian experts, alongside lived experience and service providers presenting on a diverse range of insightful and inspiring topics in mental health. Click here for more information.

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium - Tasmania October 2018

Past. Present. Future. The remote possibilities!

When:       Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 October 2018

Where:      Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

The Symposium is celebrating 10 years of important discussions and education, providing a platform for collaboration of like-minded professionals who are passionate about improving mental health services and mental health outcomes within rural and remote Australia.

Suicide and harm prevention, physical health, digital and low intensity mental health, child and youth, supporting the mental health workforce and consumer focused recovery are some of the topics that will be addressed at the Symposium.

If you are working within service delivery, public health networks, research and policy and most importantly working to change the stigma of mental health and consumer focused recovery, we look forward to meeting you in October. Click here for more information and for a list of speakers.

Our Symposium is passionate about
  *  Suicide and self harm prevention
  *  Child and youth mental health
  *  Supporting rural and (very) remote mental health workers
  *  Mental health policies
  *  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  *  Mentally healthy workplaces
  *  Dual diagnosis, mental health and AOD
  *  Cross sections of the rural and remote community, service design and access
  *  Social determinants of health
  *  Consumer focused recovery, living with mental health issues
  *  Digital and low intensity mental health programs

​The Conference will be extensively promoted throughout Australia to NDIS participants; carers; mental health service providers; State, Territory and Commonwealth Government Departments; primary health networks; medical professionals and psychologists; and academia. 700 delegates are expected over two days, helping you to expand your professional network and fostering collaboration within the sector.

theMHS Conference - Adelaide August 2018

Hear the Whisper, not the roar: reform, reflect and review

When:     28 - 31 August 2018

Where:    Adelaide Convention Centre

We need to be mindful that each person’s mental health is different. People need opportunities to achieve their optimal level of mental health, and we all need to invest in that. Deterioration in a person’s mental health often starts in small ways, think of these changes as whispers. Unfortunately, whispers can be missed or misunderstood. Therefore, when we hear the whispers, we need to become aware that mental health is being impacted, and we need to listen more closely to what that whisper is telling us, rather than waiting for the roar before taking action. The concepts of mental health and mental illness have changed over the years and it is timely to use events such as TheMHS to showcase the evidence of how we reform, reflect and review the supports and services we all provide. The importance of meaningful input, both the whisper and the roar from people with a lived experience offers a unique opportunity to “reform, reflect and review” mental health at all levels. Change occurs at such a fast pace – research, innovation, globalisation, connectivity through the web, changes in evidence based practice, and impact of stressors experienced by different groups in different places. Australia and New Zealand need to adapt to these ongoing changes and be flexible in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. There is a need to reform the supports and services provided and the way these are delivered, and then to reflect on the effectiveness of these  reforms. We need to give ourselves permission to review the work we undertake as we try to meet the ever-changing mental health needs of our community.  

Early Bird Registration Deadline 17 July 2018

For more information and to register click here.

Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference - Sydney August 2018

This year the conference is venturing to Manly Sydney which is widely known as Sydney’s premier beach location and an ultimate seaside venue.

When:       8-10 August 2018, with one day pre conference workshops on 6 & 7 August 2018

Where:     Novotel Manly Pacific, Manly, Sydney

This unique professional development opportunity will bring together a diverse range of world-class international keynote speakers alongside local presentations, pre-conference workshops and networking events.

We are pleased to announce our keynote presenters for 2018;
Dr Donna Schuurman – The Dougy Centre for Grieving Families and Children, USA
Dr Wendy Lichtenthal – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
Dr Birgit Wagner – MSB Medical School, Germany
Professor Joan Beaumont – ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia
Professor Richard A Bryant AC – University of NSW, Australia

Our one day workshops will be presented by Dr Donna Schuurman, covering Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children and Adolescents and Dr Wendy Lichtenthal workshopping Meaning-Centred Grief Therapy.

Conference registrations are now open by clicking here, with early bird registration available until 30 May 2018.

For more information click here.

We are also inviting abstract submissions for the Conference. This is a rare opportunity to present to a bereavement-focused audience in Australia, and we encourage submissions from everyone with an interest in this field who would like to share their research and practice findings. Submissions must be made via the conference website. The third Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference will enhance your knowledge, widen your personal and professional network, stimulate your clinical and research practice, while providing a relaxing and memorable time in a beautiful and picturesque setting. It will also give you the opportunity to re-assess your self care strategies and grow your toolkit.

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare - Melbourne September 2018

Our 2018 theme is Connect. Co-Create. Communicate.

When:     10-12 September 2018

Where:     Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

In September 2018 the International Forum will journey for the first time to Melbourne, Australia, to provide an inspirational setting to meet, learn and share knowledge in our common mission to improve the quality and safety of care for patients and communities across the world.

Across the programme we will be looking at how supporting connections between patients, frontline staff and management leads to a culture of collaboration where everyone in a workforce is empowered to make a difference. Across the programme we will be looking at how supporting connections between patients, frontline staff and management leads to a culture of collaboration where everyone in a workforce is empowered to make a difference. We will also explore how through the use of effective communication, ideas can be translated into global improvements in patient care. Click here for more information.

The 2018 programme will offer:
  *  The opportunity to visit outstanding organisations and experience first hand how they deliver exceptional care during our off-site experience days
  *  Skills based training workshops with internationally renowned experts in quality improvement
  *  Keynotes from influential figures in the quality improvement landscape as well as perspectives from other industries
  *  Over 40 sessions with presenters from across the world
  * More than 50 speakers
  *  Networking: We will have a dedicated space in our exhibition area for you to meet up with colleagues, make new connections and begin work on future collaborations with delegates from across the world
New for 2018:
  *  30 minute morning energiser sessions that give you the opportunity to get hands on and learn about exciting new developments ahead of the day
  *  Three minute thesis competition, where you can hear about cutting edge and exciting new developments from our student presenters

19th International Mental Health Conference - Gold Coast August 2018

 Our Treatment. Our Environment. Our Strategies.

When:       8th – 10th August 2018
Where:      RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

The conference program will challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.  The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental wellness, mentally healthy workplaces, disorder management, strategies and support for wellness of mental health workers, ehealth, suicide and harm prevention.  The conference topics are inclusive of citizens from the diverse society we live in from the aged, child and adolescent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, CALD and  LGBTIQ to examine solutions and share ideas in regard to mental health care.

Click here for more information, the list of speakers and to register.

Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference 2018 - Melbourne June 2018

This year’s theme, Setting Standards, showcases the latest range of initiatives and resources that can support inclusive practice in the aged care sector.

When:         Friday 15 June 2018    9am - 4.30pm
Where:        The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Speakers will include:
    Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM, Former Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at RMIT University, and the first Professor of Transcultural Nursing,  Victoria
    Noeleen Tunny, Policy Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Victoria 
    Our care our way: Aged care services for Aboriginal peoples
    Ann Wunsch, Executive Director Operations, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
    Ljubica Petrov, Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing, Vic
    Inclusive Service Standards - embedding inclusive practice across all policies, strategies and practices
    Cristina Giusti, Director of Policy – Ageing & Disability, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA), ACT
    Focusing on solutions and strategies that improve aged care outcomes for older people from CALD backgrounds
    Margaret Teuma, Service Excellence Specialist CALD, Practice & Quality, Uniting, NSW - Uniting’s Cultural Diversity Strategy
    Journey to becoming an inclusive organisation
    Julie Hallifax, Senior Account Manager and Michael Edwards, Manager, Client Liaison, Translating & Interpreting Service (TIS National), Victoria 
    Accessing interpreting services via TIS National

The Conference provides a platform for policy makers, aged care service managers and leaders to explore how they can work towards implementing organisation wide initiatives that ensure the needs of older people from diverse backgrounds are met. The conference will feature presentations from the winners and finalists of the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards 2018. Winners will be announced at the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards dinner to be held on Thursday 14 June. Click here for more details and to download the program.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing through Australian Government Department of Health, Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) funding. Enquiries 

Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute - Boston, July 2018

The 2018 CRSI will be a four and a half day conference and hosted by the School of Theology at Boston University for Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes. 

 When:   July 23-27, 2018
Where:   Boston University School of Theology Boston, MA

Chaplains have embraced the importance of a research-informed approach to chaplaincy practice, including the importance of research literacy. The Transforming Chaplaincy project and other activities such as the APC Webinar Journal Club are helping chaplains to develop research literacy. Through the Chaplain Research Fellowships, Transforming Chaplaincy is also helping to develop a cohort of chaplains with the training to contribute to chaplaincy research. What is missing is an opportunity for chaplains with more limited time to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to undertake basic but important research and quality improvement projects. The purpose of the Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute (CRSI) is to equip chaplains with that knowledge and those skills in a short-term intensive format with follow up. An additional purpose is to develop a network among novice and experienced chaplains engaged in chaplaincy research.

Participation will be limited to 30 persons. Participants must be working or otherwise engaged as a chaplain, or providing consultation to chaplains, in a health-related context (hospital, clinic, hospice,long-term care). With nationally-renowned faculty like George Fitchett, Wendy Cadge, Daniel Grossoehme, and Katherine Piderman, participants are sure to leave the Institute invigorated for original research and novel contributions to spiritual care.

For more information, including the Institute's schedule and application information, see the flyer or contact Kathryn Lyndes at or (312) 942-0247. See you in Boston!

2018 International Dementia Conference - Sydney June 2018

Mission Impossible - Truth and Lies in the age of choice

When:       7  - 8 June 2018

Where:      Hilton Sydney NSW

Mission Impossible? This is the question we’ll be addressing with thought leaders from across the globe. Choice is at the core of this International Dementia Conference and we will confront and debate what choice means in every aspect of our lives, clinical decisions and care. ‘Truth and Lies in the age of choice’ will provide a major platform for listening and learning from the international and Australian communities through research, experience and practice in our plenary talks and concurrent sessions, with many opportunities for important networking and engagement.

If you have any questions at all about how we can support you as a person with dementia or family carer to attend the International Dementia Conference, please don’t hesitate to phone our Conference Team on +61 (0)2 8437 7355, or send us an email at

For more information go to the website.

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.



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