Annual Conference FAQ

Who is the conference for?

TheMHS Conference is the largest multidisciplinary mental health conference in Australia and New Zealand. This means we welcome everyone involved and interested in the mental health sector, including clinicians, managers, people with lived experience/consumers, carers, and academics from NGO, public and private sectors of the mental health community.

Who can present papers?

TheMHS Conference has an official Call for Abstracts process that closes in early March each year, and we welcome abstracts from anyone that feels they have something valuable to contribute to the conversation about mental health. All abstracts are reviewed by an group of experts in the field, and successful presenters are notified between April and June each year.

How long has the conference been running?

TheMHS Conference started in Adelaide in 1991 and will hold its 30th annual conference in Perth in 2020.

Where is the conference program?

The conference program will be available on TheMHS website in 2020.

Please be aware that it is subject to change.

When does the conference start?

The conference starts on Tuesday 25 August 2020 with a pre-conference day of lived experience/consumer and carer forums. The conference is opened officially on Wednesday 26 August 2020, in conjunction with The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand Ceremony.

When are the winners for The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand announced?

The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand are announced on the morning of Wednesday 26 August, 2020.

Who is TheMHS Learning Network?

TheMHS (pronounced “themes”) Learning Network is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS Learning Network is an independent, registered charity run by a volunteer Board.

Who was the 2019 Ambassador for The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand?

The 2019 Ambassador was The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO. Click here for more information.

The 2018 Ambassador was The Honourable Julia Gillard, AC. Gillard is currently Chair of beyondblue.

How do I apply for a bursary or subsidy to attend the Annual Conference or Summer Forum?

TheMHS Learning Network is a charitable organisation that runs solely on the revenue we generate from conference registration fees and annual sponsorship.

An annual sponsorship from the Australian Government through the Department of Health enables our Conference to offer Lived Experience (Consumer and Carer/Family) Forums; The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Awards; and bursaries for Consumers to attend the Annual Conference. However, this sponsorship is restricted to the Conference and is dependent on an annual application.

We advertise when applications are open for bursaries for the annual conference via our broadcast emails, so please make sure you are subscribed to these.

Unfortunately at this point in time, we receive no funding for bursaries to our Summer Forum and in order to keep the fees as low as possible for everyone, we are unable to offer complimentary bursaries for Summer Forum.

Are Concession Fees available?

Concessions are given to full time students, pension card holders, government beneficiaries, community services card holders (NZ), SuperGold card holders (NZ) and unemployed people only. Please forward evidence (e.g. photocopy of pension card or student card) of concession/beneficiary status to TheMHS by either fax or email.