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.
This year our Symposium's theme will be Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People First.
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.”
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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.
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.
Mental health consumer consultant, trainer, researcher, Intentional Peer Support facilitator and student of Open Dialogue.
Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.
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.
For Academic enquiries please contact Duncan Sayer via email@example.com and for any other enquiries please contact Liz Roberts via ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1772 892650
For further information, please visit the conference website.
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
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.
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.
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
- 9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health - Albury October 2017
- Parliament of the World’s Religions - Toronto November 2018
- 27th TheMHS Conference, Sydney - August 2017
- Death, Dying and Disposal 13: Ritual, Religion and Magic Conference, UK - September 2017
- 12th National Allied Health Conference, Sydney - August 2017
- Australian Palliative Care Conference, Adelaide - September 2017
- 9th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute, Washington - July 2017
- Art of Presence - 12th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat, Assisi - August 2017