Join us for

the 31st annual

The Mental Health Services Conference

12 – 15 October 2021

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s largest and most diverse mental health conference. It brings together people working across the mental health sector from a wide variety of disciplines.

This year’s conference theme is HOPE into ACTION – reflecting this watershed time in mental health.


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. 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.

Co-Hosting Organisations

Thank you to our co-host organisations


Thank you to our sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Flourish Australia is the mental health charity for people with lived experience, provided by people who have been there. For over 60 years, Flourish Australia have worked in local communities to support people on their mental health recovery journey.

Principal Sponsor

About the Conference

Thirty Years of TheMHS Conference

TheMHS conferences have been a milestone event in mental health for more than thirty years. They attract a large number of people from a broad spectrum across the sector to share challenges, opportunities and learnings.

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’s important to hear from researchers and clinicians, and also from consumers, carers and service managers.

These voices coming together is where the richest learning takes place.

Our program reflects the diversity of the mental health sector and our keynote speakers are selected to bring the very best and latest insights into mental health and wellbeing.