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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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

* Safer Care Victoria can offer you the special discounted rate of $1079 (a saving of more than $400) for a two-day registration - available for all Victorian's who wish to attend the upcoming IHI-BMJ Forum  - valid only until 1 August 2018
Visit the IHI-BMJ conference website and click on ‘Book now’ 
  *  Choose the attendee category: Australian Strategic Partner 
  *  Enter verification code: Energise2018

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

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.

#6APCRC - Melbourne October 2018

6th Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium -  learn, connect and collaborate

When:   Thursday 25 October 2018 - Friday 26 October 2018  9:00AM - 4:30PM
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Hosted by the Centre for Palliative Care, the Colloquium provides an invaluable opportunity for those interested or involved in the provision of evidence based care of patients with advanced disease to learn, connect and collaborate. Our keynote speaker this year is Professor Glenn Bowes from University of Melbourne, who will start us off by talking about Philanthropy and Palliative Care.

Other topics that will be discussed during the 6th Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium include:
  *  Steps for research in health interventions involving implementation science.
  *  New research and law: legal aspects of palliative care and end of life care.
  *  Practical aspects of clinical trials: challenges and learnings.
  *  Making collaborative interdisciplinary research a success.

Click here for more information.

The palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) will also host a pre-Colloquium Breakfast Forum on "Cannabis research in palliative care - The highs and lows" on Thursday 25 October 2018. This Forum will provide an overview on the current situation of cannabis research in palliative care and also provide general guidance on how to build a cannabis research program, using examples of current cannabis research studies. Additional issues with cannabis research that can become barriers to progress and possible solutions will also be discussed.

Casual networking opportunities have also been included in the Colloquium schedule to promote collaboration between attendees.

Key Dates:
10 Sept 2018          Call for Abstracts Close
19 Sept 2018          Authors Notified of Results
28 Sept 2018          Presenting Authors to Register by
11 Oct 2018            Registrations Close

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.

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.


15th National Rural Health Conference - Hobart, March 2019

Better Together! Call for Abstracts now open - For further information visit the website

When:    24 – 27 March 2019

Where:   Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart Tasmania

If you are concerned about the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in rural or remote areas of Australia this is the Conference for you.
In March 2019 we will gather in Hobart, Tasmania for the 15th National Rural Conference.  We will meet to learn, listen and share ideas about how we can continue to do strive for equitable health outcomes in rural and remote Australia. We will acknowledge the efforts of the rural health sector – there is much to celebrate. We will work together to produce a set of recommendations for the best health outcomes in rural and remote Australia.

The Conference
Proudly managed by the National Rural Health Alliance, the National Rural Health Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for inspiration and information about rural and remote health and wellbeing.  It has a well-earned reputation as the best rural health Conference in Australia.

The first National Rural Health Conference was held in Toowoomba in 1991. Since that time the rural health sector has continued to come together to discuss how to improve health outcomes for the 7 million people that live in rural and remote Australia. The 15th Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania. Hobart and its surrounds was home to the Muwinina people who we acknowledge as the traditional and original owners and we pay respect to those that have passed before us and we acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are the custodians of this land.

Who should attend
As a rural health conference it's a must for health professionals from all disciplines, but its content and focus recognise the critical role played in rural wellbeing by education, industry and business, communications, aged care and disability services, transport and a wide range of other sectors and professions. So as well as health professionals, it will have plenty of interest to people working in rural education, regional development, housing, local government, community services, transport and infrastructure.

Whatever your concerns about healthy, sustainable and resilient rural and remote communities, this Conference will be of interest to you.Whether you are a consumer, a health professional, student, researcher, or health service manager, you will be able to engage with people and topics of relevance to you.
Key Dates
1 June 2018
    Call for abstracts opens
20 August 2018
    Call for abstracts closes
September 2018
    Early Bird registration opens.  Closes 31 December 2018
October 2018
    Authors receive notification of outcome of abstract submitted
December 2018
    Draft program published


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