Kim Mueser

Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Dr. Mueser’s clinical and research interests include family psychoeducation, the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, psychiatric rehabilitation for serious mental illnesses, and the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. He is the co-author of over 10 books and treatment manuals, and has published extensively, including numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Mueser has also given numerous lectures and workshops on psychiatric rehabilitation, both nationally and internationally.

Kim Mueser will be speaking at TheMHS Conference 2019 on August 28
Presentation: Enhancing Resiliency in Recovery from First Episode Psychosis

Louise Byrne

Dr Louise Byrne is a researcher with deep knowledge of organisational issues relevant to ‘lived experience’ mental health employment. Louise’s work is informed by her own experiences of mental health diagnosis, service use and periods of healing.

Louise is currently employed as a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University, in the School of Management.  Louise was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship in 2017 to conduct research on lived experience employment in the United States. During her Fulbright research, Louise was a visiting scholar within the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.  Louise is currently leading the development of a Framework for Lived Experience Workforce Development, funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

In recognition of her work in this area, Louise has received several industry and academic awards and been featured on respected national media, including Radio National ‘Life Matters’ and ABC’s ‘Q&A’.

Louise Byrne will be speaking at TheMHS Conference 2019 on August 29
Presentation:  If we value lived experience, why is disclosure still fraught, and what can we do about it? 

Ofelia Altomare

Director of District 3, Micro-areas, Trieste Health Services Agency. She has a background in specialist nursing and rehabilitation.  Trieste is known as the City that Cares (La Città che Cura). Trieste micro-areas form an integral part of the health network, bringing together community members who are in need of assistance.  She will present an overview of the programs, how mental health is integrated into the health agency and the results of the latest research.

Ofelia Altomare will be speaking at TheMHS Conference 2019 on August 30
Presentation: Building a Healthy Community in a City that Cares



Building Healthy Communities: Stories of Resilience and Hope

Mental health treatment has undergone a momentous shift towards a recovery model and the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing for everyone.

But, how do we build healthy communities that support people to withstand, adapt and cope with mental health adversity?

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Music in Mind


Music in Mind

Orchestral Performance led by the Musicians and Academics from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

For the first time ever at a TheMHS Conference, we will be joined by a chamber orchestra, drum circle, singer/songwriter and other musicians in an exciting collaborative event.  Students, academics and researchers from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University will present short performances interwoven with research findings and practical applications of music supporting mental health and wellness in the community. Focussing on the theme of Music in Mind, this is a not-to-be missed opportunity to hear wonderful music linked to stimulating discussion with experts working in the field.

The event is from 6.30 – 8.00pm on Thursday 29 August 2019 and is included in your Conference registration fee.


Novel Approaches to Suicide Risk Management:

PROTECT – PROactive deTECTion

Through a range of case studies and experiential training, workshop attendees will explore many innovative concepts. Deep empathy, relational safety, despair map, risk response balance sheet and “creep – crash -crawl”  to name a few. The skills, knowledge and competencies needed are captured in four frameworks that make up PROTECT.

Who should attend? Doctors, nurses, psychologists, allied health workers, rehabilitation specialists and peer workers in mental health will benefit. Further information about PROTECT can be found here

International Workshop

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Please register via the conference registration form.

Consumer and Carer Day


Story, Resilience and Community

The day aims to open a dialogue to respectfully discuss the challenges both consumers and carers face. It will be a transformative day of story, peer leadership and building your own resilience toolkit. There will be the options to workshop and discuss issues within the consumer and carer experiences, there will be positive takeaway messages including self-care and resilience. The day will include activities, relaxation and mindfulness with a positive experience.

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

“When we deny stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending” – Brene Brown


These symposia provide in-depth investigation of topics of interest in the mental health sector.

2019 topics include:
• Mental Health, Substance Use and Discrimination – Three Key Issues for Australian Young People
• Novel Approaches to Suicide Risk Management
• Cognitive Remediation
• Community Development, Arts & Health
• Innovations in Community Services
• Mental Health Commissions

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