Conference FAQ

IS THE 2021 CONFERENCE IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL?

The Pre-Conference, Conference and TheMHS Awards will be entirely virtual, via broadcast on an easily accessible, user friendly streaming platform.

CAN I ACCESS THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FROM ANYWHERE?

Yes, all you need is an electronic device with a stable internet connection.

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 March/April 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 a group of experts in the field, and successful presenters are notified between May and June each year.

WHEN CAN I REGISTER FOR THEMHS CONFERENCE?

Registrations will open on 17 June 2021 with a Welcome Back to TheMHS special.

REGISTER HERE!

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?

Abstract Submissions Open 19 February 2021

Abstract Submissions Deadline 16 April 2021

Abstract Acceptance Emails Sent Mid-June 2021

Provisional Program Available Mid-June 2021

Welcome Back to TheMHS special offer registration opens 17 June 2021

Welcome Back to TheMHS special offer closes and full payment due 30 June 2021

Early Bird Registration Opens Mid-June 2021

Early Bird Registration Closes 17 August 2021

TheMHS Pre-Conference Day 12 October 2021

TheMHS Conference 13-15 October 2021

How long has the conference been running?

TheMHS Conference started in Adelaide in 1991 and will hold its 31st annual conference in October 2021.

Where can I review the conference program?

The conference program can be viewed here.

Please be aware that it is subject to change.

When does the conference start?

The Conference starts on Tuesday 12 October 2021 with a Pre-Conference day of lived experience/consumer and carer forums. The Conference is opened officially on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

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 during the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 13 October, 2021.

Winners will be notified beforehand.

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 IS THE 2021 AMBASSADOR FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND?

The 2021 Ambassador is Professor Fiona Stanley, AC

For previous Awards Ambassadors and Award presenters, please see the Winners Archive.

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

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 and Carers to attend the Annual Conference. However, this sponsorship is restricted to the Conference and is dependent on an annual application.

For more information, please refer to TheMHS Melbourne Conference Bursaries.

Subscribe to the TheMHS newsletter and broadcast e-mails for continuing updates on applications.

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 e-mail.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THE CONFERENCE?

COVID-19 CANCELLATION POLICY (Applies to Delegates who have previously paid for an in-person registration)

In the event that TheMHS is required to cancel the conference in October 2021 due to government imposed restrictions on travel or meeting size, delegates will be offered:

  1. the option to attend virtually and be refunded the price difference in registration fees, or
  2. be refunded 100% of their registration fee, if they do not wish to attend virtually.

In the event that the delegate is not able to attend the conference in October 2021 due to travel restrictions imposed by their state of residence within 7 days of the conference, delegates will be offered:

  1. the option to attend virtually and be refunded the price difference in registration fees, or
  2. be refunded 100% of their registration fee if they do not wish to attend virtually.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY

  • At any point prior to the event you are welcome to contact us in writing to nominate a substitute delegate at no additional charge.
  • Delegate fees will be refunded 100% (less a $AU120 administration fee) only if TheMHS Learning Network is notified in writing six (6) weeks before the annual conference – that is 31 August 2021.
  • 50% of fee (less a $AU120 administration fee) will be refunded if written notification is received in writing four (4) weeks before the annual conference – that is 14 September 2021.
  • NO REFUND will apply after these dates, except at the discretion of TheMHS Learning Network’s Executive Director. Late applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Director, with its decision being final.
  • If a delegate from a group of 5+ cancels, thereby reducing the group size to less than the specified minimum (see Group Discount section), the group coordinator will be invoiced for the complimentary registration.
  • All accommodation bookings will be subject to the individual hotel cancellation policy. Please contact Ozaccom for the hotel cancellation policy.