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Embracing Change: Through Innovation and Lived Experience, 29 August - 1 September 2017

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Sydney, Australia will be the setting for an exciting and vibrant TheMHS Conference 2017 – Embracing Change: Through Innovation and Lived Experience.

Mental Health services across Australia and New Zealand have undergone unprecedented change over the past 10 years. Over the next 10 years we anticipate even more. Adherence to the principles of recovery and recognition of lived experience as key to mental health reform are expanding the range of choices beyond traditional illness management.

New models, new funding, new providers and the voices of people with a lived experience have informed us about change, innovation and different approaches to collectively improve our systems of mental health support.

Embracing change through innovation and lived experiences is a theme that enables new directions and conversations which are based on building on the extraordinary strengths we find in individuals, families, and communities.

Venue: Hilton, Sydney

Title: Embracing Change: Through Innovation and Lived Experience

Host Organisations: Sydney Local Health District, Inner West Sydney Partners In Recovery (IWSPIR); and Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)

Local Convenors: Jenna Bateman, Paul Clenaghan, John Downie and Megan Still

Local Committee: Paul Clenaghan
Megan Still
John Downie
Jenna Bateman
Jemima Isbester
Lorna Downes
Lyn Anderson
Stephen Suttie
Sammy Beck
Bè Aadam
Nadia Garan

TheMHS MC Liaison: Barbara Tooth

Keynote Speakers: Mike Slade: "Making a real sustained difference - the challenge of managing innovation"
Lewis Mehl-Madrona: "Two-Eyed Seeing from North America: Building culturally appropriate, client-based mental health services"
Flick Grey: "Opening the dialogue about madness and distress"

Major Sponsors:

Government Sponsors:

  • Australian Government Department of Health
  • New Zealand Ministry of Health

Gold Sponsors:

  • Flourish Australia
  • icare
  • Neami National

Other Highlights:








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