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Welcome to the NEW TheMHS Resource Library

Over the last 27 years of TheMHS Conferences, Summer Forums and Award programs, we’ve accumulated one of the most comprehensive records of mental health services, programs and research in Australia and New Zealand, and we think it’s worth sharing!

In this Resource Library, you will find proceedings from 27 years of TheMHS Conferences, Award winning programs and services dating back to 1994, video and audio recordings of some of our keynote presentations over the years, as well as supplementary material (including powerpoint files) from these presentations. The contents of the Resource Library will be regularly updated, so be sure to check back to see what’s new.

Please note that the Resource Library is a collection of presentations and other materials from TheMHS Learning Network events over the past 27 years. TheMHS Learning Network does not endorse the views of all authors or the content of all presentations and other materials.

How to use the Resource Library

It’s simple! You may search by event (e.g. 2015 TheMHS Conference), by type (e.g. Awards Application), or by Keyword. Searching multiple fields at the same time will NARROW your results. 

E.g. Searching for the word “keynote” and the event “2003 TheMHS Conference” at the same time will deliver keynote papers and audio recordings only from 2003.

Quick Links

With so many resources to choose from, we've put together a handy list of quick searches to get you started.

Keynote Resources & Recordings

Recommended Reading

Siblings: The Forgotten Survivors

Blog description: Keynote speaker at this year's TheMHS Conference, Shannon Jaccard, suggests that the sibling community is the secret resource that could help provide stability to the mental health system.

Emerging Minds: The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health

Blog description: Experiences in infancy and childhood play a very important role in lifelong mental health. With 1 in 7 children experiencing mental health difficulties, this presentation will highlight the many opportunities across workforce groups to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and children.

Meeting core mental health needs using a hands-on approach to neurodevelopment: Use of the First Touch Program with Infants to level-out mental health risk factors.

Blog description: Deborah Lockwood from Relationships Australia SA, discusses how the simple, low-cost and culturally adaptable intervention of cue based infant massage can have a long-term impact on mental health.

Queen's Birthday 2018 Honours: Douglas Holmes, For service to community health.

Blog description: Congratulations to Douglas Holmes, recipient of an OAM in The Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours for his for service to community health.

Stories of men's mental health recovery in a dry and dusty land

Blog description: For Men’s Health Week, Bruce Jones shares his experience and highlights the importance of Peer Workers who ‘know how to yarn’ in supporting the recovery journey of people in the bush.


Authors: Stephanie Liddicoat

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference


Authors: Stephanie Liddicoat

Event: 2016 TheMHS Summer Forum

Pre-Conference Forum for Consumers and Carers/Families

Blog description: Being Bold to Be Heard - Tuesday 28th August 2018 - We know from experience and evidence that the best people to shape better outcomes for people living with and/or caring for someone with mental health issues, are those who also have a lived experience

Reflections on madness, compassion and love within the human to human relationship

Blog description: As a professional with lived experience, keynote speaker at this year's TheMHS Conference Matt Ball, shares his insights on the value of lived experience in the clinical setting.

Schizophrenia and Gambling Related Harm: The need for improved prevention and intervention.

Blog description: Monya Murch-Gangemi provides and insight into her work on the the co-occurrence of problem gambling harm and people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Embracing Change - Open Dialogue The Finnish Approach Of Treating Psychosis

Authors: Satu Beverley, NSW

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Building The Capacity Of Carers In Advocacy And Self-Management

Authors: Pauline D’Astoli, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

The Story Arts In Recovery

Authors: Heidi Everett, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Embracing Our Community, Using Our Natural Support Connections

Authors: Rosie Frankish and Beth Fogerty, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Doorway, Principles To Support Individualised Recovery In Mental Health And Homelessness

Authors: Rosie Frankish, Vanessa Von Berg and Beth Fogerty, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

The Real Value Of Co-Design: Everybody Learns, The System Benefits

Authors: Sally Gaven & Catherine Baker, NSW

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Not Just Another Funding Initiative

Authors: Angie Hunter, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Mind Blank: What Is Forum Theatre?

Authors: Alison Kelly, QLD

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Diversity Responsive Practice: Cultural Portfolio Holders At St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Authors: Jan Kilicaslan, Harvey Tuck, Brigid Ryan, Emma Bohmer VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Open Dialogue And Family Peer Support In Action. Innovations At Headspace Family Peer Support Program

Authors: Jacinta Kuklych and Lindy Chaleyer, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

The HOMHS Model: A Consortium Approach To Homelessness For Individuals With Severe And Enduring Mental Illness

Authors: Fiona Markwick and Aoife Pollins, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Before During After: A New Harm Reduction Tool

Authors: Bronwyn Morrison, Simon Kroes, Corinne Owens, Jennie Fairclough, Kevan Myers, Melissa Petrakis, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Enhancing Responsiveness To Family Violence In Front Line Mental Health

Authors: Melissa Petrakis, Meg Buck, Loren Urzia and Sara Cantwell, VIC

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Mabu Liyan Project

Authors: Chris Scanlan, WA

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Choice And Control And The Impact Of The National Disability Insurance Scheme - Consumer Perspectives

Authors: Elena Sutcliffe and Debbie Hamilton, NSW

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

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