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Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended

Would you like to give a presentation at TheMHS Aotearoa 2016?

Abstract SubmissionSubmissions are now closed. Please contact for information about late abstract submissions.

Join us in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016

Your presentation may be one of a number of different formats: papers, symposia, workshops, debates, brief papers, e-Posters or roundtable discussions. See the guidelines for further category details. Anyone involved in, or interested in mental health services is invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the 2016 program. 

All abstracts will be reviewed and assessed according to the Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts.


What will you present in Auckland?

Below are some questions relating to the topic to get you thinking:

Authenticity – what is it?

  • How does authenticity relate to best practice; research; leadership; education and training of the workforce?

Making a positive difference

  • How can our workforce demonstrate attitudes and values that make a positive difference to consumers and families?
  • Does co-design and co-leadership between consumers, clinicians and managers work and make a positive difference?
  • How are values and attitudes incorporated in our services and what difference do they make for people who use services and their families?

Leadership and workforce

  • How can leaders support our workforce to demonstrate authentic values and attitudes?
  • Is the consumer/peer workforce now a valued part of the service continuum, how are we supporting its leadership, growth and vibrancy?
  • Do you bring your ‘heart’ to work every day and how would the people who use your service or your colleagues know?

Effective services

  • What do families and whānau really need and how do services measure up?
  • What do effective services look like for indigenous people?
  • How are physical health disparities being addressed for people who experience mental health and/or addiction problems?
  • Effective collaboration and collective impact across primary, secondary, tertiary health and NGO - what’s your story?


Authenticity = Genuineness, validity, reality, truthfulness

Whānau = Māori concept of family encapsulating nuclear and extended family


Essential Information

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It is essential that you read the Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your abstract please email or call +61 02 9810 8700

You will be advised about the status of your abstract in May 2016.