The Mental Health Services Learning Network (pronounced as "themes")
TheMHS Learning Network Inc. is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS Learning Network is a registered charity run by a volunteer Management Committee.
TheMHS events bring together people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems.
We believe in promoting positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness.
Our forums foster the exchange of ideas, focus discussion on workforce development, and are a great place for networking and debate for professionals, consumers, families and carers, managers, researchers and policy-makers.
TheMHS Learning Network's mission is to:
- Recognise and promote quality collaborative research, practice, policy-making and education.
- Promote active involvement and inclusion of all mental health stakeholders
- Advocate and promote leadership in the mental health field.
TheMHS Learning Network provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, professional development, networking and debate for professionals, consumers, families and carers, and managers. TheMHS Learning Network aims to promote positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness, and to stimulate debate that will challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care.
Our Indigenous Acknowledgment
TheMHS Learning Network acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our office is located.
We also acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands in the location that our annual conference takes place across Australia and New Zealand.
Help close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health gap by pledging support for the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to make the pledge, which has been organised by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health group.
More information about the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration and Pledge can be located at http://natsilmh.org.au/
TheMHS Learning Network runs 2 annual events:
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 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.
TheMHS Summer Forum
TheMHS Summer Forum is a two day educational program that examines the obstacles to good mental health services, highlights recent research, sets out the challenges, and focuses on policies, programs and directions for the future. Each year a different “hot” topic in mental health is chosen and speakers with expertise in the field are invited to present at the Forum.