Join us in Melbourne

for the 31st TheMHS Conference

12 – 15 October 2021

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s leading and most diverse mental health conference.

TheMHS will be holding our annual conference in Melbourne in October 2021.

The theme for the conference is ‘HOPE into Action’.

There are also virtual attendance options for TheMHS Melbourne Conference.


HOPE into Action

After decades of individual and collective advocacy, we are on the cusp of a mental health revolution. Mental health is now a political issue and 2021 is set be the watershed year when Commonwealth and State reforms start to come to life.

But despite the incredible progress, our work is not yet done. To realise a new vision for mental health, people with lived experience, community and hospital care providers, and those charged with managing reform implementation need to work together.

A path forward, richly informed by diverse community voices, that includes Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, is at the heart.

With hope, collaboration, and energy, we can create a world leading, contemporary and compassionate mental health system that will serve all Australians and New Zealanders.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embed diverse community voices and lived experience at the centre of mental health system design and delivery.

COVID-19 has shown us we can adapt quickly when forced. With emerging technologies and new partnerships the opportunity to “change and do” is within reach.

HOPE into Action, the TheMHS 2021 Melbourne Conference offers an opportunity to share, embrace, reflect, celebrate and explore our diversity, our lived experiences, stories, creativity, and wisdom.


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 Mental Health Services 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.


Abstract Submissions Open • 19 February 2021

Abstract Submissions Deadline • 16 April 2021

Abstract Acceptance Emails Sent • Early June 2021

Early Bird Registration Opens • Mid-June 2021

Provisional Program Available • Mid-June 2021

Early Bird Registration Closes • 17 August 2021

TheMHS Pre-Conference Day • 12 October 2021

TheMHS Conference • 13-15 October 2021


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