Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar

Reform, Reflect and Review

Adelaide Convention Centre, 28-31 August 2018


Join us in Adelaide for the 28th TheMHS Conference on 28-31 August 2018.

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s leading and most diverse mental health conference – and we will be holding our annual conference in Adelaide this August.

The theme for this year’s Conference is ‘Hear the Whisper, not the roar: reform, reflect and review’.


The 2018 TheMHS Conference program is now available.

Please note that this is a

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2018 are now closed.


Keynote Speakers

TheMHS Conference Speaker, Matt Ball
Matt Ball

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Matt Ball is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who was recently named the 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Matt is co-director and founder of the HUMANE clinic. He brings compassion borne out of personal and professional experience to his roles, as well as a determination to look beyond psychiatric labels.  He facilitates alternative approaches to working with people labelled as experiencing psychosis, and  is currently a trainer with Blue Knot Foundation, teaching trauma informed practice and the three phased approach to complex trauma.

Matt has over 15 experience years working with individuals and groups in the United Kingdom and Australia. Matt also provides supervision, education and workshops and consultancy for individuals, families and organisations.  He currently works in private practice, the public health system and as a trainer for Blue Knot Foundation teaching trauma informed practice and the three phased approach to complex trauma.

TheMHS Conference Speaker, Michael Brown Obe
Michael Brown OBE

Chief Inspector

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Michael is the mental health coordinator for the UK National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing – he has been a serving officer with West Midlands Police for 20 years.  His work in the UK has prevented tens of thousands of vulnerable people being detained in police custody whilst in mental health crisis and has influenced public policy across policing based on his own operational experience policing in Birmingham.  He has commanded a large number of critical incidents involving those of us with mental health problems – including firearms incidents, sieges and multiple homicides.

His use of social media under the moniker ‘MentalHealthCop’ has been internationally award-winning and his blog has been used almost two million times around the world, something for which he was recognised by the UK’s leading mental health charity, Mind. Michael’s blog has since been turned in to official guidelines for policing. He has lectured in forensic mental health and law at several UK universities, and is a Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has given expert in opinion in UK and Australian Coroners’ Courts on police responses to mental health crisis incidents.

Michael was singled out for mention and commendation by the Home Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament after giving evidence to their inquiry into policing and mental health and he has advised the British Government on reform of mental health laws affecting the police.  He has worked in Namibia, Iceland and Northern Ireland and is a recipient of the prestigious President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for his “significant contribution to improving the lives of people with mental illness”.  In 2016 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth’s 90thBirthday Honours for his services to policing and mental health.

TheMHS Conference Speaker, Shannon Jaccard
Shannon Jaccard, MBA

CEO & Co-Founder Ballast Health

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Shannon Jaccard is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Ballast Health, an organization dedicated to creating stability in turbulence. She is the recent past CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego. Shannon serves on several boards including RI International and the Meeting Place Clubhouse in San Diego County. Shannon has received numerous awards such as; the Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination and the Channel 10 News Leadership Award. She was named one of San Diego’s “50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and her Master’s of Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos. Above all, she is the sister of someone with a mental health challenge. Shannon has published several articles bringing to light the experiences siblings share when a loved one has a mental illness.  Shannon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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About the Conference

The annual TheMHS Conference is held in a different city around Australia and New Zealand each year and attracts approximately 1,000 delegates annually.

The Conference is strongly interdisciplinary and multisectoral – making TheMHS Conference the place to be for networking in the mental health sector. Our delegates come from a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds including clinicians, managers, consumers, carers, researchers, educators and policy makers.

We know that it is important to hear not just from researchers and clinicians, but also from consumers, carers and service managers. Our program reflects the diversity of the mental health sector and our keynotes are selected to bring the very best and latest insights into issues of mental health and wellbeing.

Adelaide Convention Centre


The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens.

The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens.

Close proximity to the medical hub, entertainment, cultural and sport precinct, the Centre is a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and a taxi ramp are on their doorstep.

The international airport is just seven kilometres from the Centre, making a quick and economic taxi ride.

For more information about Adelaide Convention Centre, click here.


Our booking agent Ozaccom, on behalf of TheMHS, has organised special reduced rates at hotels within reasonable distance of TheMHS Conference venue, Adelaide Convention Centre. We recommend making all accommodation reservations and amendments through the online link to Ozaccom.

To obtain the special conference rate accommodation you must book via the Ozaccom website. They have arranged a range of hotels at varying prices. If price is an issue for you, please book your hotel room as soon as possible as hotel rooms fill up quickly and reduced rates cannot be guaranteed closer to the Conference dates.


Next conference: Brisbane 27-30 August 2019