Consumer Bursaries

Bursary Applications will open in April 2019 (pending funding confirmation)

We will advise via Broadcast Email when the bursary application process is open.

The purpose of TheMHS Bursaries is to enable mental health consumers to attend the annual conference.

Important Information

The TheMHS Bursaries are offered to Consumers who wish to attend The Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand. A limited number of Bursaries are offered to each Australian state/territory and to New Zealand. Carers/families may also apply, but will be considered after consumers’ places are finalised.

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.

Who is Eligible for a Bursary?

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.

Consumers who … (in priority order)
  • Those who have been actively involved in consumer groups/organisations or consumer advocacy.
  • Those who, for financial reasons, would be unable to attend this year’s conference.
  • Those who did NOT receive a TheMHS Bursary for last year’s conference.
  • Priority will be given to those who are presenting (whether paper, workshop, symposium or poster) at the conference and who would have financial difficulty attending the conference.
TheMHS Bursaries Do Cover:
  • Travel to and from the conference – this includes a return airfare, and taxis (if necessary) to and from the airport. NOTE: Bursary recipients are not permitted to make travel arrangement changes, which will incur extra expenses, without TheMHS office authorisation.
  • Free registration to the conference. This does include the Consumer Forum and the 3-day conference but it does not include other pre or post conference workshops.
TheMHS Bursaries Do Not Cover:
  • Accommodation costs. (You must make your own arrangements for accommodation during the conference).
  • Expenses for food or any other item (lunch is supplied at the conference but you must make your own arrangements for breakfast and dinner).

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2019 will open in early March 2019.

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