About TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

TheMHS Learning Network (pronounced as “themes” and standing for ‘The Mental Health Services Learning Network’) is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS Learning Network is a registered charity run by a volunteer Board.

TheMHS Learning Network events bring together people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems.

We believe in promoting positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness.

Prizes are awarded in each category. Winners will receive Financial support to attend the 2018 TheMHS Conference in Adelaide including travel, accommodation and a complimentary 3-day conference registration. Winners will also receive recognition on our website, in the Conference eBook of Proceedings, the TheMHS Awards Booklet and the Online Resource Collection.

TheMHS Learning Network’s Mission is to:
  • 1. Recognise and promote quality collaborative research, practice, policy-making and knowledge exchange through education, training and other learning experiences;
  • 2. Promote active involvement and inclusion of all mental health stakeholders;
  • 3. Develop innovative approaches for engagement, collaboration and sharing across the mental health sectors of Australia & New Zealand;
  • 4. Advocate and promote leadership in the mental health field.

Our People

TheMHS Board Members
  • Tom Brideson
  • Cath Chapman
  • Lynne Dunbar (Awards Coordinator)
  • Michelle Everett (Chair)
  • Paula Hanlon
  • Kevin Kellehear
  • Vivienne Miller (Conference Director)
  • Fiona Orr (Deputy Chair & Deputy Treasurer)
  • Sadie Robertson (Secretary)
  • Alan Rosen
  • Tully Rosen (Treasurer)
  • Maree Teesson
  • Barbara Tooth
TheMHS Association Members
  • Maria Cassaniti
  • Roger Gurr
  • Peter McGeorge
  • Marilyn McMurchie
TheMHS Learning Network Staff

Vivienne Miller
TheMHS Conference Director

Ash Wood
Development & Communications Manager

Alexis Linton
Events Manager

Penny Hatzis
Communications Coordinator

Anne Allen
Events Coordinator

Our Indigenous Acknowledgment

TheMHS Learning Network acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our office is located.

We also acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands in the location that our annual conference takes place across Australia and New Zealand.


Help close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health gap by pledging support for the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to make the pledge, which has been organised by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health group.

More information about the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration and Pledge can be located at http://natsilmh.org.au/